According to one employee at the 3,000-acre First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, almost everyone who works there has a dog. And they love having friends to play with. You and your pet can walk along 19 miles of hiking trails and swim together, so long as he’s leashed. That’s not the only reason to visit Virginia Beach. You can also bring your dog on a kayak adventure or let him run free in one of five off-leash dog parks.
For hotels, you can check with pet hotel guru, you have over a dozen options, including Red Roof Inn, Residence Inn by Marriott, and Sheraton Ocreanfront Hotel. Several restaurants welcome pets outdoors, such as Abby Road Restaurant and Pub, a venue that offers a full schedule of events. If you’d like a little taste of history, you can bring your pet on the Elizabeth River Ferry, the oldest continually operating public transport in America. Once you get from Olde Towne Portsmouth to Norfolk’s Waterside Festival Marketplace, you can spend the day shopping and dining—and the night dancing if you’d like.
After all this pet-friendly fun you may need a day to yourself. No problem! Just drop your little buddy at PetsHotel by PetsMartday kennel.