Norfolks’ Chelsea neighborhood is overflowing with pet-friendly patios and breweries and you’ll find that most businesses also put out water bowls for thirsty four-legged visitors. Grab a burger by the firepit at Torch Bistro or quench your human thirst with a cold craft beer on the patio of Benchtop Brewing, where well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. You can also dine alfresco at one of the many restaurants in the Waterside District, which overlooks the city’s downtown waterfront and shipping lanes.
For a taste of the arts, the Neon District —filled with colorful murals and local artwork—is perfect for a colorful stroll or take a sniff of the gorgeous gardens at the 12-acre Hermitage Museum & Garden. To check out all of the fun dog-centric neighborhoods and get your exercise for the day, walk the 10.5-mile Elizabeth River Trail that runs along the river and features informative markers with details on the history and environment of the area. Pups can also put their paws in the sand on Norfolk’s beaches before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. during the summer season, and leashed dogs are welcome anytime in the off-season from Labor Day to Memorial Day.
For more information on pet friendly places to stay, eat and play, Visit Norfolk has you covered!