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Pet Friendly DC

Multiple Parks

Visitors walking dogs on path in Rock Creek Park.
Visitors walking dogs on path in Rock Creek Park.

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Dogs love national parks too!

From Woof Trap Park for the Performing Arts to Kennel-worth Park and Aquatic Garden or LBJ Memorial Grove on the Puptomac, bring your dog and some friends (and their dogs) to check out these great dog friendly national parks in DC! There are plenty of places for you and your pup to visit inside Washington, DC and within a 45 minute drive of the White House.
Explore With Your Pup
    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Self-Guided Tours - Walking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
    • Duration: 15–60 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    A child reaches up to touch a large bronze statue of Franklin Roosevelt.

    From the Great Depression to World War II and beyond, follow a timeline representing America's longest-serving president and the challenges our nation faced.

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    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Self-Guided Tours - Walking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Meridian Hill Park
    • Duration: 1–2 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    Visitors walk through Meridian Hill Park.

    Meridian Hill Park was designed and built between 1912 and 1936, and has been under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service since 1933.

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Visit the National Mall and Memorial Parks

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Self-Guided Tours - Walking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: National Mall
    • Duration: 1–7 Days
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Aerial View of the National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Each year, millions of people visit the National Mall and Memorial Parks to recreate, to commemorate presidential legacies, to honor our nation's veterans, to make their voices heard, and to celebrate our nation's commitment to freedom and equality.

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    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: Yes
    • Activity: Camping
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: 6565 Greenbelt Road Greenbelt, MD 20770
    • Duration: 1–2 Days
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    Tent camping at Greenbelt Park.

    Just twelve miles from Washington, D.C., Greenbelt Park is located in suburban Greenbelt, Maryland. The park features a 174 site campground with specific site reservations, nine miles of trails, and three picnic areas. The campground is open all year round.

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  • Theodore Roosevelt Island

    Discover Theodore Roosevelt Island

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Theodore Roosevelt Island
    • Duration: 1–3 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    Theodore Roosevelt statue

    Theodore Roosevelt Island is a memorial that honors the legacy of a great outdoorsman and conservationist. Learn about America’s 26th president, and the diverse human and natural history of the island.

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    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Planetarium
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Rock Creek Park
    • Duration: 1–8 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    Trees turn colors in Autumn at Rock Creek Park

    Rock Creek Park is truly a gem in our nation's capital. This 1,754-acre city park was officially authorized in 1890, making it the 3rd national park to be designated by the federal government. It offers visitors the opportunity to escape the bustle of the city and find a peaceful refuge, recreation, fresh air, majestic trees, wild animals, and thousands of years of human history.

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    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Self-Guided Tours - Walking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac
    • Duration: 1–2 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove

    From this distance the seat of national power appears pristine across the river, so President Johnson came here often when he needed to escape from the stresses of building a Great Society. After he died, his wife chose this place for his memorial. A landscape of serpentine paths, white pines, a granite monolith, and an open meadow honors his legacy of social justice and conservation legislation.

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    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Self-Guided Tours - Walking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Piscataway Park
    • Duration: 1–2 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    View of Mount Vernon across the Potomac River from Piscataway Park.

    As a scenic easement meant to preserve the view from Mt. Vernon, Piscataway Park is a testament to the rich history of the Potomac River.

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  • George Washington Memorial Parkway

    Take a walk on the Mount Vernon Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Self-Guided Tours - Walking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Mount Vernon Trail
    • Duration: 1–4 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    The Mount Vernon Trail

    The Mount Vernon Trail winds alongside the Potomac River offering uninterrupted views of Washington, D.C.'s skyline. A run, walk, or cycle along the trail leads to all of the same sites that can be reached by car on the parallel section of the parkway.

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    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Guided Tours
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: 1900 Anacostia Ave SE Washington , DC 20020
    • Duration: 1–8 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    Flowers at Kenilworth Gardens Lotus Festival in 2016.

    Sparkling in the sun on a breezy day, this natural area of Anacostia Park has origins in a 1926 act of Congress to preserve the forests, water quality, and recreation value of the waterways of Washington, DC. The park reflects the policies that affect rivers and wetlands.

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  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

    Explore the Outdoors at Wolf Trap

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
    • Duration: 30–90 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    A dog on a hike at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

    Winding through the woods and walking through the native meadows, discover the natural side of Wolf Trap!

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  • National Mall and Memorial Parks

    Walk Around the Tidal Basin

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Self-Guided Tours - Walking
    • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
    • Location: Tidal Basin
    • Duration: 1–3 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    Cherry trees blooming at the Franklin Roosevelt Memorial

    The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and the Washington Monument are easily visible along the two mile long Tidal Basin Loop Trail.

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    • Activity Fee: Yes
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: Yes
    • Location: Great Falls Park
    • Duration: 1–2 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    Potomac River at Great Falls Park.

    Great Falls Park has many opportunities to explore history and nature, all in a beautiful 800-acre park only 15 miles from the Nation's Capital.

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Last updated: June 19, 2017