Carrollton is a census-designated place in Virginia with a super-convenient location that is close to cities like Hampton, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake. Carrollton is also minutes away from Virginia beaches along the James River, pawfect for water-loving pups!
Carrollton does have one vet hospital in town, but you’ll need to travel a few miles outside of the area to have some fun with your pup. Fortunately, since several cities are close by, you won’t have to go too far. Just a bit under 16 miles from Carrollton is Hampton, which has plenty of dog-friendly restaurants, hotels, and attractions. The Sandy Bottom Bark Park is a pawtastic place to bring Spot here, offering a fenced area for dogs to run and play. Leashed pups can also check out the Sandy Bottom Nature Park to enjoy its walking trails.
Head about 30 miles southeast of Carrollton to visit Chesapeake, which has several dog parks and public parks that welcome dogs. You’ll love City View Park, which allows leashed dogs to enjoy its walking areas, picnic shelters, sporting events, playgrounds, and more.
Carrollton’s close proximity to some of Virginia’s favorite cities and beaches makes it a furtastic spot for outdoor-loving dogs and their owners.
Historic Smithfield is just over six miles from Carrollton. The neighborhood sits along the Pagan River and is the home of the Smithfield Farmer’s Market, local events, historic walking tours, and charming, old-fashioned homes and shops. One of the biggest draws for pet owners to this neighborhood is the Windsor Castle Park, which has over 200 acres of play areas, marshlands, walking trails, and fishing and picnic areas. Your pup can also check out the dog park, a fenced-in area that gives pups lots of space to play off their leashes and even has a dog-cleaning area to spruce them up before getting back in the car.
About 12 miles from Carrollton is Wynnewood, a neighborhood in Suffolk, VA. Wynnewood is an affordable neighborhood that’s mostly residential but close to shopping areas. If you’re headed to one of the nearby cities, like Norfolk or Portsmouth, this neighborhood can be a great place to stop for a meal at a dog-friendly restaurant. A local favorite is La Parilla Mexican Grill, which serves authentic Mexican dishes in a casual atmosphere and has several outdoor tables for you and your pup to sit. Or, check out Decent People Taproom with your friends and their dogs and enjoy wings, burgers, or one of the brews on the outdoor patio.
The Olde Towne South neighborhood of Portsmouth is about 19 miles from Carrollton and right in the heart of the city. This neighborhood sits along the Elizabeth River and is filled with old-fashioned homes and buildings along with one of the most popular children’s museums in the state. You and your pup can walk along the water by the famous Seawall or enjoy a meal on the outdoor patio at one of several dog-friendly restaurants. Bier Garden is a pupular spot that welcomes dogs and offers authentic German dishes and beer to guests. Or, opt for some Italian food at Mannino’s Italian Bistro.
Fort Norfolk is a historic neighborhood in Norfolk, Virginia and is just under 20 miles from Carrollton. The area is known for its roots in American history as one of President George Washington’s waterfront defenses that also played a role in the Civil War. This super dog-friendly area has two dog parks that locals and tourists can enjoy. Hague Dog Park is an unfenced area that lets well-trained dogs play and make new friends. Your dog will probably go mutts, though, for PETA’s Dog Park. This waterfront park has toys, picnic areas, and access to the water to give your pup a good splash!
Ghent is a furtastic neighborhood in Norfolk that’s also one of its most populated. Ghent’s about a 20-minute drive from Carrollton and this waterfront area is sure to be a hit with dog owners. You’ll have a wide variety of dog-friendly restaurants to choose from, like Little Dog Diner, a diner reminiscent of the '50s and '60s that serves up American classics. Once growling bellies are satisfied, take your pup to the Ghent Dog Park to let them off their leash for socialization and exercise. Coelacanth Brewing also has an outdoor area for dog owners to enjoy a beer with their furry companions.