Taking a trip with friends is the best – taking a trip with man’s best friend? Even better. While traveling with dogs can be challenging in many cities, Washington, D.C. is incredibly dog-friendly. So jump in the car with Fido and come explore the District with these 12 dog-friendly activities.
Elevate your dog’s love of ball to a love of baseball. The Nationals host a series of dog-friendly games where you and your furry best friend can watch the game in a special, reserved area. Dog tickets are $10 but the memories are priceless. The park has designated “Pet Sitters” to watch your dog when you run to the concession line.
Gravy, grilled sirloin, and peanut-banana pupsicles – Art and Soul’s Pooch Patio boasts an entirely dog-friendly menu that’s good enough for humans! Enjoy your own plate while your pup samples frozen beef bones and Bowser Beer, a non-alcoholic brew for those older than 21 dog years.
The expansive National mall is dog-friendly and open 24/7. While you do have to keep your dog leashed, you can explore the monuments together. Some memorials require carrying your dog. Make sure to stop by the FDR memorial, as he was a true dog-loving president and his Scottish Terrier, Fala, has a statue, too.
This gym has gone to the dogs – literally. This indoor facility offers agility courses, self-grooming stations, classes, boarding, and “specialized canine gym equipment.” Plan ahead if you want a slot on the day boarding list, as there is often a waitlist. Or you can pay $12 to drop in at the gym and take your dog through his paces. He’ll be dog-tired by the end of the day.
Is your dog whining to go out? Why not go out to wine. This winery is especially dog-friendly. If you want to sip vino on the patio, your leashed dog can join you. If your dog is not the lie-in-the-shade type pup, you can move over to the off-leash dog park where your dog can run and play while you enjoy a glass at a shaded picnic table. Starting in July, 2018, dogs are even allowed inside the winery.
Does your dog love to socialize? Check out the S Street Dog Park, where your pups can enjoy tennis balls, a kiddie pool, fresh water, and dozens of new friends. This dog park is a mix of astro-turf and mulch and is well-tended by city employees.