Dog-Friendly Norfolk

We understand that dogs are part of the family and encourage visitors to bring their pups when they visit Norfolk. From pet-friendly patios at our breweries and restaurants, to beaches and over 10 miles of trails, Norfolk is a doggy vacation paradise. While here, you will quickly discover that our local businesses and community love animals and are happy to see visitors traveling with their furry companions. 


All 7.3 miles of Norfolk’s beaches are free and open to leashed dogs and domestic animals Labor Day through Memorial Day. The rest of the season, animals are allowed any time before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m., perfect for enjoying a sunrise over the bay.

Explore the Hermitage Museum and Gardens with Your Dog

Leashed dogs are welcome on the 12 acres of gardens at this early 20th century Arts-and-Crafts estate, where you’ll find modern and historic artwork throughout.

Sunday Dog Days at the Norfolk Botanical Garden

Explore the Garden with your canine best friend. BYOB (bring your own bowl) as freshwater bottle refill stations are located throughout the Garden.

Chelsea: The Most Dog-Friendly Neighborhood

Chelsea is sprinkled with dog-friendly patios and breweries, all within walking distance of each other. Dogs are sure to make friends at the covered patio of Benchtop Brewing and can share a burger with their human by the fire pit at Torch Bistro.

Stroll Along the Elizabeth River Trail

The ERT is a 10.5-mile pedestrian riverfront trail that runs along the Downtown waterfront through various dog-friendly neighborhoods. It offers sweeping views of the Elizabeth River and interpretive markers that tell visitors and locals alike the maritime history of the area and environment.


Dogs are welcome at all Norfolk breweries in some capacity: inside Elation Brewing Company, which serves both craft beer and local wine; Maker’s Craft Brewery, which features a cigar bar and large beer garden, at Armed Forces Brewing Company, a military-themed brewery owned by military veterans and first responders, that features a pet-friendly beer garden and indoor taphouse; and on the wraparound porch of the veteran-owned Bold Mariner Brewing Company.

Custom Dog Collars at Selden Market

Downtown Norfolk’s artisan market provides a dog-friendly indoor shopping experience. One of the shops, Werther Leather Goods, sells custom dog collars, as well as dog-specific popups offering holistic treats, toys and more.

Release Your Dog’s Energy At One of These Dog Parks

Looking for a spot for Fido to release that built up energy? We’ve got you covered. Choose from fenced in turfed parks to a waterfront property that has doggie access to the Elizabeth River; time to get their doggie paddle on! Click here to download a map of Norfolk’s Dog Parks.

Take a Tour with Your Leashed Pet with Norfolk Tour Company

Norfolk Tour Company gives guided tours of Downtown Norfolk, NEON District, Ghent and Freemason, focusing on Norfolk’s art, history, architecture, haunts and more. Leashed pets are welcome to take part in all outdoor tours.

Pet Friendly Hotels

Norfolk VA has many reasons for you to stay, starting with accommodations. The city offers options for every preference and budget, from downtown high-rise hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts and everything in between. No matter where you stay, expect a comfortable visit packed with Virginia hospitality. 

Motel 6 Ocean View

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Best Western Holiday Sands Inn & Suites

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Tru by Hilton Norfolk Airport

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Residence Inn by Marriott Norfolk Airport

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Quality Suites at Lake Wright – Norfolk Airport

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La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Norfolk Airport

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