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Dog Areas in Washington, DC

5 Parks
7 Trails
3 Shops
68 Eateries
28 Groomers

Sprawling parks, five-star restaurants, luxury hotels, informative walking tours, off-leash dog parks: our nation's capital offers no shortage of dog-friendly things to do, see, and even eat! Many of D.C.'s most famous historical attractions welcome leashed, well-behaved dogs to wander the grounds. See the city from a different perspective on a dog-friendly walking or tricycle tour.

Start your adventures in Washington, D.C. at Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens for a little birdwatching and hiking. Keep your buddy on their best behavior as you amble among colorful wildflowers and tranquil ponds. The lotus blooms provide the "pawfect" backdrop for a selfie with your fur-baby! Or, escape the city altogether and steal away to Theodore Roosevelt Island. Trek the short hiking trail network that meanders along swampland, through the forest, and past the park's plaza. 

If Spot needs some off-leash exercise, you'll find plenty of dog parks in Washington, D.C. where your hyper hound can romp the day away. Once you two have worked up an appetite, chow down at one of dozens of dog-friendly restaurants. Grab a cold one at any of the city's dog-friendly breweries, or savor a sit-down meal at an upscale eatery serving up all manner of international cuisine, from Thai and Indian to classic Italian. Some of the best dog-friendly restaurants in Washington, D.C. offer special dishes for doggos. Craving dessert or after-dinner drinks? Dog-friendly pubs and bakeries abound in D.C.

No visit to the capital is complete without perusing some of the artifacts on display at D.C.'s most iconic museums. Unfortunately, Fido will have to sit out for those adventures, but there's no need to leave your lapdog lonely. Our on-demand dog walking service makes it easy to find Washington, D.C. dog walkers to keep your canine compadre entertained while you're out and about.

The good news is, your dog can join you for many of your excursions in D.C. Keep reading to discover the top activities and attractions in Washington, D.C.'s dog-friendly neighborhoods.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Washington, DC

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    Population Density 20,667/sq mi

    #1 Adams Morgan

    Adams Morgan is a historic neighborhood located just north of the White House and Capitol Hill. While this area is convenient for humans looking to visit the National Zoo or soak up some nightlife, it’s also a popular place to live, play, and dine with your canine companion. Well-maintained streets and parks provide ample walking areas. Hungry hounds can take their pick of dog-friendly restaurants in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Finally, Walter C. Pierce Community Dog Park is a firm favorite with dog walkers in Washington, D.C. This fenced, off-leash park is the "pawfect" spot for your urban pooch to stretch their legs and for humans to huddle around exchanging political gossip.
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    Population Density 16,787/sq mi

    #2 Capitol Hill

    When you picture Washington, D.C., you most likely envision the Capitol Hill neighborhood. With a host of scenic national parks and museums, Capitol Hill is the perfect spot to spend a pleasant day outdoors bonding with your canine companion. The National Mall, a lush green space bookended by the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, allows friendly, well-behaved, leashed pets, making this the perfect destination for an afternoon stroll. With more pet-friendly dining options and fun events than you can shake Fido's favorite stick at, Capitol Hill is sure to have something to please both two- and four-legged family members.
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    Population Density 28,620/sq mi

    #3 Logan Circle


    One of D.C.'s trendiest neighborhoods, Logan Circle lures tourists with bespoke clothiers, gourmet dining, colorful murals, and buzzing pubs. Doggos wandering through this hip district will be tugging on the leash en route to Shaw Dog Park. This spacious park provides two separate areas for large and small pups, but not much else, so don't forget the water and waste bags! For another place to play, be sure to check out S Street Dog Park. This puptastic park comes with all the amenities, including water faucets, doggy obstacle courses, and more. After playing the day away at the dog park, go on a "pup" crawl and sample some of the craft brews on offer at the neighborhood's bars.

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    Population Density 18,350/sq mi

    #4 Foggy Bottom


    While the name may elicit a giggle or two, Foggy Bottom is a popular neighborhood for Washington, D.C. dog walkers and a prime location to live or visit with your canine companion. The Capital Crescent Trail is one of nearly 1,600 U.S. trails that are part of the Rails to Trails Conservancy project. This riverside walkway is a great place to take Fido for a stroll. Do some people- and doggy-watching while your furry friend gets some much-needed socialization on this well-used thoroughfare. Follow up your exercise with a snack at one of the dog-friendly restaurants just north of the neighborhood along Pennsylvania Avenue.

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    Population Density 18,725/sq mi

    #5 Crestwood

    Located away from the urban hub of downtown Washington, D.C., the Crestwood neighborhood offers a refreshing contrast to the busy city, with single-family homes and immaculate yards lining the quiet streets. Crestwood's "pupulation" is also well cared for here with a spacious park. Rock Creek Park offers scenic waterways, dense brush, and plenty of boulders, making it the perfect place to snap a selfie with Sparky. Stop by the nature center to grab a checklist of the park's wildlife, then set out for an easy walk along the park's paved trails. A few blocks away is the aptly named Petworth neighborhood, where you'll find a few Fido-friendly cafes and restaurants.
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