The beach is a wonderland from a dog’s perspective. On dog friendly beaches, there are all of those great scents, you can run around a bit, there’s sand to dig in, and there are birds to keep an eye on. The ocean also tends to be a bit of a novelty: Do you chase it? Do you swim in it? Do you just splash in it? And you certainly never turn your back to it, that’s for sure! It’s a dog’s life, indeed. But sometimes finding beaches that allow dogs can be a challenge. Not to worry, I’ve got four great East Coast dog friendly beaches that you’ll love.
While many beaches don’t allow dogs during the summer, the offseason is prime season for a beach vacation with Man’s Best Friend! But there are many beaches that allow dogs even during the peak season.
With miles of unspoiled beaches, historic sites, and parks, North Carolina’s Outer Banks is fun for the whole family — and that includes the ones with four legs! If your dog is anything like mine, he or she will love watching the sanderlings on the beach and getting a good sniff of those famously strong winds that lured the Wright Brothers a century ago. But there is more than just the beach as the Outer Banks is extremely dog-friendly! From the Outer Banks’ most dog-friendly restaurant to plenty of activities, here’s your guide for a vacation that is truly for the whole family!
Alexandria, Virginia, at less than a half-hour’s drive from Washington, DC, is a breath of fresh air. The city boasts a historic old town that charms with buildings dating as far back as the colonial era. Add to that its setting along the Potomac River waterfront, its easy walkability, and the fact that this small town is dog-friendly. Alexandria makes for the perfect spot for families or couples looking to relax, recharge, and set their own pace. I recently headed to Alexandria with my husband and George, our miniature schnauzer, for a weekend visit to take in the sights and the sounds of this popular Southern small town.
There’s no surer sign that spring is here than the cherry blossoms! In Japan, the practice of hanami, or the viewing of flowering trees (usually cherry), is a long-standing tradition with hundreds of years of history. And while the arrival of blossoms on flowering trees is always special, in recent years the Japanese enthusiasm for this natural phenomenon has been adopted in the West. The cherry trees that encircle the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC are famous for their fluffy pink blooms. The trees are so famous, in fact, that each year the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the blossoms’ arrival. Everyone should see these beautiful cherry blossoms at least once. It’s too spectacular to miss!
With the short window of opportunity for cherry blossom viewing, you can expect huge crowds. But I’ve got a few tips for seeing the Washington DC cherry blossoms while still avoiding the crowds!
New Jersey’s southernmost point, Cape May, is a beach town that many know for its charming Victorian architecture, cozy B&Bs, and miles of beaches. But that doesn’t mean you have to leave your pets at home. Bring your furry friend along for a Cape May dog-friendly vacation. There’s so much fun for you both to enjoy without sacrificing.
Brooklyn’s Coney Island is famous for its amusement parks and hot dogs. A place of timeless nostalgia where rollercoasters race and bright lights blink. And a place where families make memories. But that doesn’t mean that your dog can’t get in on the action. Enjoy a Coney Island dog-friendly getaway with miles of sandy beaches to walk and so much for you and your furry friend to explore. During the offseason, dogs are even welcome on the Coney Island beach. The Brooklyn seaside spot is just one of the dog friendly beaches NYC has to offer.
This year for my birthday the plan was to take a day trip to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, for a relaxing ride on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. The mountain town was once dubbed the “Switzerland of America” and it is an easy drive from Philadelphia or New York. It attracts visitors for the historic train, outdoor adventures or simply exploring the small downtown area. But it’s also extremely family friendly — and that includes your furry four-legged family members!
The City of Brotherly Love gets much of the attention when it comes to the history of the United States’ founding. True, Philly did serve as the capital and the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. And today, you can get up close to the Liberty Bell or visit the Museum of the American Revolution. But the surrounding suburbs of Philadelphia played an important role, too. Crucial battles were fought in some of these areas. But it was the battle of a different kind that makes Valley Forge Park worth visiting.
In many respects, Washington, DC is a traveler’s paradise. The city is full of world-class museums, many of which are free to visit. There’s a large park full of notable monuments to explore. And the architecture and history in the city are difficult to fathom. But traveling to Washington, DC with a dog offers lots of possibilities! Traveling can be difficult but it shouldn’t be because your best friend can’t come along. My husband and I recently took a day trip to DC with George, our mini schnauzer. And all the members of the pack had a lot of fun. Here are some ideas for a Washington, DC dog-friendly day trip!