In Fairfax County, you'll find a variety of national parks, historic sites, and unique museums. The city of Oakton, set north of muttropolitan Fairfax, is a small place with a friendly attitude to newcomers and four-legged visitors. It's also a great spot to stop by before traveling further north through Virginia. If your buddy gets hurt or needs medical attention, you'll find an animal hospital here, and five more veterinary clinics in Fairfax and Vienna.
Despite its size, Oakton is home to a special dog-friendly place where your mutt is welcome to have fun, play with other tail-waggers and enjoy some mutts-needed off-leash freedom. Oakton Blake Lane Dog Park is a super fun place to bring Fido to socialize and make a few new friends! The place is basically packed after 5 p.m. every day. This park features an extensive grassy field and fence, but does not have any drinking water facilities.
Enjoy the coziness of Oakton’s downtown, passing by Oakton Shopping Center to find a few dog-friendly eateries in the area. If you and your mutt are into Mexican food, you just have to visit California Tortilla at Chain Bridge Road, featuring outdoor tables for pooches and tasty burritos made with a secret ingredient: pure love!
Courthouse Road starts in the city center of Vienna and stretches farther south, eventually bumping into Chain Bridge Road, which is less than a mile from Oakton. If you're driving along the road, it'll be hard to miss Nottoway Park, which is adjacent to Moorefield Park to the east. This alluring and extensive playground is worth visiting, especially if you have a tired or restless pooch in the car! Moorefield Park is happy to welcome your mutt at the designated Vienna Dog Park, featuring a fence, at least 5 acres of off-leash fun, and a wood chip surface. Let your puppy stretch his tired paws and exercise on the agility equipment provided by the park! Drinking water doggy and human fountains are also provided.
The northern border of Fairfax is an area that's home to bustling streets and lots of shops and eateries. Follow along Prosperity Avenue until you spot Halsted At the Metro, where a hidden gem and a local favorite dog-place is located. You're very much welcome to enjoy the friendly atmosphere at Bark and Play Dog Run at Halstead Square. This is a secluded, fenced dog park offering plenty of off-leash fun with new canine friends in the early morning and late evening! Hungry? Visit Lost Dog Café Dunn Loring, which is a super dog-friendly place to dine with your pooch!
Looking to chow down with your hound? Tysons Corner, Virginia is the pawfect place to do it! You'll find something to please both your palates here no matter what you're craving. Treat yourself and your pooch to some exotic cuisine at Asian Kizuna, which has pet-friendly outdoor tables. Or, join in the cheerful and happy atmosphere of Paddy Barry’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, which has a diverse menu offering simple appetizers, salads, and main courses. Well-behaved pooches are welcome in the outdoor area. Don't fur-get to bring a leash along, as well as a water bowl. Bone Appetit!
East Falls Church is an extensive neighborhood set at the very edge of western Arlington, near the town of Falls Church. Featuring several public parks and recreation areas, the neighborhood includes a busy highway, plenty of residential quarters and simple shopping and dining facilities. Feel free to explore Benjamin Banneker Dog Park at Benjamin Banneker Park, set off Custis Memorial Parkway. This is a simple and convenient dog park featuring grassy areas, a fence, water spigots, plenty of shade and tons of off-leash fun. Time to stretch the legs! Afterward, leash up your pup and get ready for a nice treat at one of the dog-friendly cafes in the area, such as Chasin’ Tails or La Cote D’Or Café. Both restaurants have pet-friendly outdoor seating.
Glencarlyn is a southern neighborhood of Arlington set off Arlington Forest. Its eastern border runs along Four Mile Run and features Glencarlyn Park, which is separated into several fields, one of which is dedicated to canine visitors! Get through Glencarlyn Park Playground and the terrain of the dog park will reveal itself immediately. The place is not fenced, but has a well-maintained, spacious area with easy access to the water to cool off and splash on a hot day! Plenty of room to run, play, and enjoy the good company of other tail-waggers paired with off-leash freedom are just a few perks of this doggie heaven!