Pet Friendly Vacations in Fairfax County
We here in Fairfax County love our pets. And it's always been that way. Pet friendly accomodations, attractions, parks and more await you and your best friend for your pet-friendly DC getaway or pet-friendly Captial Region vacation.
Pet Friendly People
In fact our most famous resident, George Washington, absolutely loved dogs. He had many dogs roaming the grounds of his beloved Mount Vernon Estate when he lived there. Some were working dogs, some were sporting dogs, but he made sure to visit them in their kennels each and every day. Another little known fact is that Washington is even credited by the American Kennel Club as being one of the people to develop the breed known as the American Foxhound. Talk about pet-friendly Virginia!
Pet Friendly Spaces
As evidenced by General Washington, our love for being around pets literally spans centuries. And we're pleased that this tradition continues today with over 50 pet friendly hotels for you to choose from that reside in all corners of our county. They're ready to roll out the welcome mat (or dish) for you and your traveling companion, just keep in mind that most hotels have size/weight restrictions so please be sure to verify this when booking your room.
Pet Friendly Places
Another thing that makes staying in Fairfax County on your Capital Region adventure a no-brainer is that you'll find yourself in close proximity to most of the area's most famous pet friendly vacation attractions. We're talking National Parks, historic cemeteries, presidential estates (such as Mount Vernon pictured to the right) and more! Plus, there are plenty of dog parks in DC for you and your traveling buddy to stetch out and meet new people. We've listed some of the more recognizable attractions below where you can bring your furry friend. These sites have specific rules and regulations regarding pets on their property so please make sure you understand the rules before you arrive.
Pet Friendly Sites And Attractions In The Capital Region
Doggie water bowls greet you at the entrance to the Estate property and at the entrance to the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center. See the FAQs section of their website for specific regulations. Read More
All leashed pets are invited to explore the park trails, parking lots, falls overlooks, and picnic areas. Owners must have physical control of their animals using a six foot leash, at all times. See website for more regulations and safety instructions. Read More
Dogs are welcome but must stay on a leash and are not allowed inside any buildings or on the back patio of the main production building. Please be respectful and clean up behind you and yours while visiting. Read More
All Fairfax County Park Authority maintained parks are pet friendly! Please browse through the list of parks on their website which include scenic lakefront parks, community parks, historic sites and more. Read More
Stroll amongst the iconic monuments and memorials with your leashed pooch. You're permitted up to the monuments except in indoor or covered areas but dogs are restricted on the walkways at the Vietnam or Korean War Memorials. Read More
Pets are allowed as long as they are on a leash or hand held. Keep in mind that this is hallowed ground so please respect this property where many of our nation's heroes are laid to rest. Read More
Pets are welcome in the park but must be kept on a leash at all times. Site of two Civil War battles, this park offers many activities, scenic vistas and walking trails to interest the casual visitor or the true Civil War historian. Read More
The site of the only major Civil War battle in Fairfax County welcomes all leashed pets to stroll the interpreted loop trail located within the 5-acre site. Read More
On April 26th, May 24th, June 7th, July 19, August 9th, September 27th - enjoy a short river cruise leaving from Old Town Alexandria! Dogs ride FREE. Advance ticket purchases are strongly recommended. Visit site for details. Read More
Canines who enjoy a friendly romp have seven dog parks within Fairfax County where they can be unleashed to have free play. The hours of operation are dawn to dusk, unless posted otherwise. Read More
This water oriented park in the southern part of Fairfax County welcomes your pooch on all trails and even allows for dogs to accompany owners on certain boat rentals. Check with park rangers for more details. Read More
Leashed dogs are are allowed on the grounds of Historic Woodlawn, which was a gift from George Washington to Major Lawrence and Nelly Custis. Also on site is Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House. Read More