Bring Fido! Best Pet-Friendly Activities in Williamsburg

Dogs are welcome in Greater Williamsburg’s restaurants, lodgings and walking trails.

Barkeology at Historic Jamestowne
Paws at the River
Kayaking on the James River

Face it, for many of us, it's a dog's life. 

Pets are family so who wants to leave them at home when we go on vacation? When one of the main thoroughfares in Greater Williamsburg is nicknamed DoG Street, you know you're in the right place to bring Fido and friends.

Here's what to do, where to stay and where to eat with your best friend by your side.

Take a Walk

There are dog walks and then there are dog walks in Greater Williamsburg. You’ll get more than exercise. You’ll find nature, history, architecture and long, watery views.

Head to Yorktown and hit the 1001 beach and beach picnic area or nearby Riverwalk Landing — great spots to enjoy the view and the water, and to get in your pup's 10,000 daily steps. 

Go into battle at the Yorktown Battlefield, where pets on a leash are welcome. Or hop in the car and head down the Colonial Parkway to the Historic Jamestowne where leashed dogs are a-OK. Walk around an ongoing dig. Stop by the fort. Explore along the James River during the late afternoon for stunning sunsets. 

Follow the meandering paths at Waller Mill Park and maybe sneak your pooch onto a pedal boat or see if he’s up for disc golf. There's also Freedom Park with a couple of miles of trails just right for a leisurely stroll. 

Finally, you can't leave Greater Williamsburg without walking down Duke of Gloucester (DoG) Street in Colonial Williamsburg’s historic area. You're sure to run into plenty of furry friends, even a few dogs.

Stay Overnight with Your Four-Footed Family

As expected, lodging choices that are friendly to pets abound in the area. Whether your pet prefers luxury or Spartan lodging, there's a choice for all of you. 

In Yorktown, check the Red Roof Inn,  Staybridge Suites, or Candlewood Suites, all sweet sleeps for your pup. In Williamsburg, the choices go on longer than a throw-and-fetch session with an energetic tail-wagger. The Residence Inn by Marriott Williamsburg, La Quinta Inn, the Williamsburg Lodge, The Williamsburg Inn, the Red Roof Inn Williamsburg, the Brick House Inn, and the Super 8 Motel Williamsburg/Historic Area all offer doggie accommodations.

Chow Down (Water Bowls Included)

Looking for a biscuit (for you, not your dog) and a coffee? It's here, and you can bring him along. A sandwich with a view? Got you covered. Something for the gourmet in all of you? It's all here. More than three dozen restaurants in the area welcome dogs at their outdoor tables. Start in downtown and historic Williamsburg with The Cheese Stop, the DoG Street Pub (naturally), The Hound's Tale, (of course), Aroma's World Coffeehouse, Berret's Seafood and Taphouse Grill, Blue Talon Bistro (check out the brunch), The Trellis Bar & Grille and Blackbird Bakery

Farther afield, check out The Carrot Tree in Jamestown and Yorktown, the Water Street Grille, Riverwalk Restaurant and Olde Towne Pizza.

Dogs are also allowed at Yorktown Market Days, the Saturday farmers market, which runs April 14-28 and May 19-Sept. 29, 2018. There’s even a themed market each year called “Paws at the River” (Sept. 8, 2018), which is dedicated to pets and their owners. FiDough Homemade Dog Treats, a regular vendor, has a popular “watering” station on hot summer days.

Rock Out

Does your pooch like to boogie? Dogs are welcome at the outdoor Sounds of Summer concert series, which runs every Thursday, June 7-28 and July 12-Aug. 2, 2018, at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown. Some of the area’s top acts play toe-tapping beach favorites for the whole family.

Finally, be sure to introduce your special hound to the celebrity in town, Colonial Williamsburg's Liberty, a Briard who walks the historic area. It's likely Thomas Jefferson brought the breed to America after serving as ambassador to France in the 1780s. 

Meet the other animals in Williamsburg, explore outdoor activities, and check out fun family ideas for everyone. Then plan your visit today.

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