Going on a vacation can be difficult when planning a trip for you and your furry, four-legged friends. Fortunately, Prince William is an ideal pet-friendly destination. Below are some of the great locations where you and your dog can spend some time together during your trip.
Locust Shade Park is a beautiful, 400-acre park that is great for a family trip with your pup. Children can enjoy miniature golf and playgrounds. And your dog is sure to enjoy all of the smells present along the hiking trails. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy your meal with a lovely waterfront view.
Your dog will love the shoreline and flowing water!
You could spend an entire day exploring the beautiful scenery available in Prince William Forest Park. The beautiful foliage and ample space for you and your dog to walk (and sniff) makes this national park the perfect destination during your dog-friendly vacation. Go during the fall to enjoy the colors of autumn, or during the spring to see all of the trees in full bloom. Prince William Forest Park is a great place to camp overnight with your dog. Bring the whole family for an unforgettable experience. Read about the park’s pet policy.
Your dog will love running through all of the colorful leaves on the ground!
Leesylvania State Park is a unique park with a historic trail, small beach and fishing pier. Go for a walk with your pup on Lee’s Woods Historic Trail, where you will find Civil War points of interest. Enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by trees and a view of the Potomac River. After lunch, you and Fido can dip your toes in the sand and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the river. Leesylvania also allows pets to stay with their owners in overnight cabins. Read about the park’s pet policy.
Your dog will love playing in the water at Leesylvania’s beach!
Veterans Memorial Park is located adjacent to the Marumsco Creek, Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge and the Occoquan Bay National Water Reserve. Your dog is sure to love watching the ducks swimming in the pond and smelling the water. You will love the nice, easy nature walk and picnic areas within the park.
Your dog will love looking at the ducks roaming around the park!
Lake Ridge Park has a marina and hiking trails that are perfect for you and your four-legged companion. One of the great things about the marina is that you can bring your dog on canoes and jon boats. Can you imagine how cute your dog will look with a little life jacket on?!
Your dog will love the feeling of adventure as you hike through the trails at Lake Ridge!
2 Silos is located on the 8-acre Farm Brew LIVE campus in Manassas. Bring your family and friends together to enjoy craft beer, craft food and live local music. Dogs are allowed on the patio as long as they are leashed and picked up after.
You don’t have to brave the airlines to visit an authentic little European neighborhood bistro. Come down to the quaint riverfront town of Occoquan for a little boutique shopping and finish up with a visit to Cock & Bowl for a fine Belgian beer and a delicious meal. Serving up always-fresh, always-homemade European bistro specialties and a selection of 50+ Belgian beers! Dogs are permitted on the patio as long as they are leashed and well behaved.
Occoquan, Virginia’s tiniest snack shop offering food and drinks. Mill Street Snacks is a walk-up window where you can order a snack. Great for an afternoon pick me-up! There is always a water bowl available for their doggie guests.
Located in Woodbridge, Brixx is a dog-friendly restaurant that will greet your pup with a bowl of water. Your dog can relax on the patio while you enjoy some delicious pizza, pasta or sandwiches.
BurgerFi is a delicious burger place you can enjoy with your dog, located in Woodbridge. They have nine outdoor tables where you and your dog can enjoy a selection of burgers, fries, onions rings and yummy shakes. Table service isn’t available, so you’ll need to tether your dog when you go inside to order
Madigan’s Waterfront is a locally owned and operated seafood and steak restaurant located on the Occoquan River in Historic Occoquan. You can hang out with your pup in the Tiki Bar as long as they’re leashed.
Hidden Julles Café is locally owned and operated. They proudly feature locally-sourced, organic breakfast and lunches. Located in Haymarket, Hidden Julles allows dogs on their patio as long as they are leashed.
Stop into Uncle Julio’s Mexican Restaurant, it is the perfect place to grab delicious fajitas, margarita and fresh tableside guacamole. Dogs are allowed on the patio as long as they are leashed.
Foster’s Grille welcomes dogs to dine with their owners at four outdoor tables; however, guests must order and pay inside at the counter where dogs are not permitted. Menu items include char-grilled burgers topped with cheese, grilled chicken sandwiches, fried chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, veggie burgers, turkey sandwiches, salads, chicken wings, and beer.
Swirlie’s has soft serve ice cream, sundaes, banana splits, shakes, malts and Hawaiian shaved ice. Dogs are welcome at their patio picnic tables.
Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant is a casual eatery that serves up a variety of delicious, authentic Italian cuisine. Fido is welcome to join you at one of their many pet-friendly outdoor tables while you enjoy your meal.
Cupcake Heaven and Cafe serves up a variety of freshly baked cupcakes and pastries, along with a small assortment of soup, quiche, sandwiches, lattes, teas and smoothies. Your pup is welcome to join you at one of their eight pet-friendly outdoor tables while munch on a savory chicken salad sandwichs and sip your White Chocolate Mocha Latte.
The Bone is a simple, no-frills barbecue joint located in Gainesville. Choose from a variety of tasty menu options including pulled pork, smoked turkey, beef brisket, spicy sausage, hickory chicken, ribs, etc. Your dog is welcome to join you at one of their seven pet-friendly outdoor tables while you enjoy your BBQ meal.
La Parrillada is a casual eatery serves where you can enjoy a variety of Authentic Mexican dishes. Start your meal off with warm chips & salsa and a margarita as you sit outside at one of their pet-friendly tables.
Eggspectation is a unique eatery that specializes in anything and everything EGG! Choose from menu options like steak & eggs, omelets, pancakes, french toast and more. Your dog is welcome to join you at one of their eight pet-friendly outdoor tables.
Written by Deena Westenhofer for Prince William County.
Featured image provided by Visit Prince William.
Come experience DC’s Countryside for an unrivaled getaway so close to the nation’s capital. Explore two National Parks and picturesque hiking trails near the Potomac River and Bull Run Mountains for a much-needed breath of fresh air. Learn American history at the site of the 1st and 2nd Battles of Bull Run / Manassas or experience living history inside a makeshift Civil War hospital. Shop ’til you drop at the largest outlet mall in Virginia or in a historic downtown. No matter the getaway you seek – you are overdue to make a journey to stay and play in Prince William, Virginia.