Would it be cheesy to say that the sweltering “dog-days” of summer are almost over?
Dad jokes aside, the Fredericksburg area loves dogs! From pupper-friendly parks to huge expos dedicated to doggies, there are loads of activities to choose from.
For adventuresome doggos, there are various trails to romp around on (with a leash, of course ). We suggest:
Image of Maddie courtesy of her owner Mary Helen Dellinger
- Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania National Military Parks
- Government Island
- Crow’s Nest Area Preserve
- Stafford Civil War Park
If offleash is more your jam, head over to Duff's Dog Park. Located in Stafford County, this dog park is approximately 4 acres of open field. The small dog side accommodates dogs under 30 lbs and the large dog side is for 32 lbs and up.
While some dogs thrive on activity, others… well… others are outdoorsy in that they like to hangout on porches. We see you and we have you covered, too.
Strolling Downtown Fredericksburg and stopping by their dog-friendly restaurants and shops is always a win.
Castiglia's Italian Restaurant is a doggie favorite!
Image courtesy of Gabrielle Bradway
Image courtsey of Matthew Campeau
Image courtesy of Drew Bradway
Another great opportunity to get outside in Fredericksburg with your dog, is at the Farmer's Market. So many wonderful things to smell and people to meet! Just ask our buddy, Thor.
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Wineries and breweries are a top notch option for our less energetic, four-legged friends. You could spend all afternoon relaxing outside in a stroller, eating from food-trucks, enjoying live music, and throwing a frisbee.
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On July 1, a new law went into effect relaxing restrictions on dogs in wineries and breweries.
"The bill sponsored by a group of Northern Virginia delegates led by Del. John Bell of Loudoun County would allow a dog inside or on the premises of a winery as long as the dog is kept out of any area used to actually make the wine or other food."
Here are a few great dog-friendly brewery/ winery options:
- Potomac Point Winery- Dogs on leach are allowed in their tasting room, grounds, courtyard, and on the patio. Due to VA health code dogs are not permitted in the D’vine Lounge, ballroom, barrel boom or production area.
- Strangeways Brewing - Join them for monthly Yappy Hours! “Strangeways Brewing is proud to support local nonprofit animal advocacy groups through monthly Yappy Hours March - November. If you are interested in our nonprofit benefiting from Yappy Hour contact firstname.lastname@example.org" Follow their social media pages for Yappy Hour updates.
- Wilderness Run Vineyards/ 1781 Brewing Company - There are chickens and turkeys on site, behind a fence. If your dog gets excited by chickens you may want to hold back on this one. If chickens are no sweat, Wilderness Run Winery/ 1781 Brewing Company is a great place to bring a dog (or be a dog)! Outside you will find beautiful scenery, a playground for kids, and a stage for live music… oh and lots of great new smells. That last part was geared more for the pups.
- Lake Anna Winery- This beautiful family owned winery sits on 75 acres! Pack a picnic for you and your dog and spend the afternoon in the sunshine.
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For those looking to just relax on the water without a schedule, head on over to…
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Rent a boat, paddle-board, or raft and take your dog for a ride, like our friend Jack!
Image courtesy of Jack Smith
The Fredericksburg Pet Show at the Expo needs a spot on your calendar. The September 22-23, spot to be exact. Discover unique pet products, find services, join clubs, and meet animal rescue organizations, veterinarians and more!
The Fredericksburg Dog Mart is another annual event that we love (September 29). This year marks the 320th anniversary! You can watch dog shows and demonstrations, and there is even an adoption showcase.
If you are simply looking to spoil your puppy or stock up on nutritious food, Dog Krazy in downtown Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County, and Stafford County, has everything you could need or want. It’s a must visit for dog lovers! Maxwell has been visit the shop since he was a puppy and just adores it!
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We’ve also been told that many dogs have enjoyed a cone from Carl’s Frozen Custard, in downtown Fredericksburg, but you didn’t hear that from us....
Written by, Brenda Sapanghila proud dog mom to Nala