Situated along the James River, Newport News is a dog friendly city with several parks and trails where you can walk Fido. One of the most popular areas to spend time with your pup is the Newport News Park, where you can walk along trails or set up a tent in the campground. Pups who need medical care will be spoiled by any of the 10 veterinary clinics and hospitals located all over the city. The Newport News Animal Hospital is a full-service facility using some of the most advanced technology available.
Pups who love the water will enjoy spending time at Huntington Park located at the base of the James River Bridge. Fort Fun – a huge playground – will entertain the children while you play a game of fetch or frisbee with your pooch. While walking through the park with your furry pal, admire views of the river at sunset and enjoy some peace and tranquility.
There are several restaurants in the area that welcome your pup, including the Traditional Brewing Company where you sit with your pup at the outdoor tables and enjoy a drink with friends. The Brickhouse Tavern is another popular destination where you and Fido can meet up with friends for pizza, wings or burgers.
Rural atmosphere in a suburban neighborhood perfectly describes the Lee Hall area, which was named after the Lee Hall Mansion built in the 1800’s. Residents and visitors spend hours walking over the 30 miles of trails with their pup at the Newport News Park. Covering over 7,711 acres, the park features playground, picnic shelter and even a golf course. While spending the day with your canine companion, you will see other dog lovers walking and playing with their pups. If you are a history buff, take your dog with you to the pup friendly Endview Plantation. Here, you where you can explore the house and grounds that date back to the 1700’s.
Family and pup friendly, the Shore Park/ Old Orchard neighborhood is perfect for walking your pup and socializing with other furry friends. Pup owners often make play dates and meet up at the Fido Field Dog Park that covers over 1 acre of space. Pups must be registered and be up to date on shots. In addition to the large area for big dogs, there's also a ½ acre fenced area for smaller dogs that may be perfect for your shy pup. Owners can relax on the shaded covered benches, and the dog park is wheelchair accessible. After a day playing and socializing at the park, head over to Dairy Queen where you can get a pup cup for Fido and a chocolate sundae for yourself.
Clean and well lit, the City Center neighborhood is perfect for walking Fido day or night. Spending time on the weekend at King-Lincoln Park is great when you pooch needs some extra exercise. This 18-acre park is located on Hampton Harbor and offers a natural beach and picnic shelters. You need to keep your pup on a leash, and be sure to bring doggie waste bags to clean up after your pooch. The kids will enjoy spending time on the playground while your pup sniffs the wildlife and has a tail wagging good time out on the salt water fishing pier.
The Beaconsdale neighborhood is family friendly and many residents spend time walking their pups around the neighborhood after a day at work. Deer Park offers additional space to walk Fido and spend time with furry pals. Your pooch will love sniffing through the grass looking for deer and other wildlife. If your pup likes to get wet, head over to the freshwater fishing area. For a pawsome hike, spend some time walking through the trails surrounded by woodlands and connected to the Virginia Living Museum. Bring water bottles and a bowl, and take a break at one of the picnic shelters before heading back home.
The quaint English style Hilton Village neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is recognized as the first U.S. Federal war-housing project. Its sidewalks are also perfect for walking your pup. If you are looking for more space to give Fido his exercise, walk on over to the Lake Maury Natural Area that offers accessible trails all year. You and your pooch can stroll through the area, but make sure to keep your pup on his leash and bring doggie waste bags to clean up. Fishing in the lake, or renting a boat and taking Fido for ride are great ways to spend quality time with your family and furry companion.