Boy walking dog on beach at sunset

Tail-Wagging Adventures Await You & Your Pup

Bring Your Dog on Your Next Vacation to Virginia Beach

When it comes to a family vacation, nobody deserves to be left behind, including your fur baby. If you’ve been searching for the best dog-friendly vacation spot, you’ll find it right here in Virginia Beach. From beaches and parks to eateries and breweries, your four-legged friend will have the time of their life. While there are more pet-friendly establishments in the city than we can count, we can assure you they’re in for a real treat at these spots.

Boardwalk & Beaches

A new law was passed permitting leashed dogs on the boardwalk from Memorial Day to Labor Day, colloquially known as the “prime season,” from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. However, they are not permitted on the beach between the Rudee Inlet and 42nd Street during that time. But don’t you worry, pups are permitted on the sands of North End, Sandbridge and Chic’s Beach (Chesapeake Beach) between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. during the prime season and any time of day for the rest of the year. 


Enjoy the fresh air with man’s best friend at one of the many local parks in Virginia Beach, where you can explore nature trails, make a splash or observe wildlife. Red Wing Park isn’t too far from the resort area and is a gorgeous spot with Japanese gardens, a cherry blossom festival and play areas for both children (8 years old or older) and pets. Marshview Park has plenty of wide-open spaces, making it a great place to get a lot of energy out, and includes a dog park that will keep your dog stimulated. First Landing State Park is one of the most popular places for dog owners to frequent, as the trails provide rewarding views, picnic areas, swimming areas and so much more. Mount Trashmore is also a good one to lounge or play a game of fetch in a beautiful setting. 

Eat & Drink

Local dining and libation establishments in Virginia Beach continuously provide newer and improved levels of pet-friendliness. All breweries in the city welcome dogs, as well as most restaurants with outdoor patios. Some places have even taken the pet-friendly concept and incorporated it into their business model by offering specially made dog treats and desserts, selling pet merchandise, or even featuring their own pet play areas. Two brand new spots that will certainly attract locals and visitors alike include Pups & Pints, a dog park, restaurant and taphouse and Salty Paws, the first doggie ice cream bar in Chic’s Beach.


Of course, everywhere you can play with your dog doesn’t have much of an impact if you can’t stay with your dog. Luckily for you, Virginia Beach is loaded with pet-friendly hotels and vacation rentals, whether you want to stay steps from the beach or further inland. Visit for more information

So don’t leave your pup at home – let them enjoy the beautiful city of Virginia Beach with you! It will be an unforgettable, tail-wagging time.