Williamsburg is equal parts historic and fun, not just for its human residents and visitors, but the four-legged ones, too. There are plenty of pet-friendly attractions, so you don’t have to leave your furry friends to experience the best of what Williamsburg has to offer. Below are some of the many pet-friendly activities and places to visit in Williamsburg, VA.
1. Stroll through Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg is an expansive 301-acre living history museum and historic district that is the heart of Williamsburg’s rich colonial heritage. You can admire the Colonial Revival buildings that line its streets and have a chat with costumed actors.
Since most of Colonial Williamsburg is open-air, don’t hesitate to bring your dog. Leashed pets are welcome in specific outdoor areas and on shuttle buses but are not permitted in buildings save for the visitor’s center.
2. Visit Historic Jamestowne (Pet Policy)
A short drive away from Colonial Williamsburg is Historic Jamestowne. It marks one of the first successful English colonies in what would become the United States.
You can join guided tours of the archaeological sites where the story of this historic settlement is slowly being unearthed and participate in living history tours and reenactments. For a less managed excursion, you can bring your dog along and hike, bike, or drive around the Jamestowne Island Drive. It has way stations that highlight the region’s flora and fauna, as well as historic remnants of the original Jamestown settlement.
Leashed pets are welcome and are allowed in the Historic Site and Island Loop Drive, but not in the visitor’s center and museums (seeing eye dogs and other service animals excepted). You are also expected to clean up after your pets.
3. Tour the Yorktown Battlefield (Pet Policy)
The third leg of Virginia’s Historic Triangle, the Yorktown Battlefield marks the last major battlefield of the Revolutionary War. You can tour the historic village of Yorktown and the battlefield park as pets are welcome in most outdoor areas of the Yorktown Battlefield except within the National Cemetery. Don’t forget to look after your pets and clean up after them.
4. Dine with your pups
You won’t struggle to find pet-friendly places to eat in Williamsburg, VA. Check out some of the local restaurants that are happy to serve you and your furry friends.
DoG Street Pub (401 W. Duke of Gloucester Street)
DoG Street Pub (named after the contraction of Duke of Gloucester Street) serves “casual cuisine with an English accent” and, true to its name, is also a dog-friendly restaurant. Apart from the outdoor seating area, DoG Street Pub also hosts a weekly running club that’s both pet- and family-friendly. The club meets each Monday for a 5k run, followed by a healthy pint and a bite to eat.
The Hound’s Tale (515-200 Prince George Street)
A cozy bistro-style restaurant that’s “gone to the dogs”, as the owners put it, The Hound’s Tale opens daily at 4pm and serves tasty bites, comfort food, and fine wines and spirits. You can enjoy all of these with your pooch in the bistro’s outdoor dining areas.
The Barkery (501 Prince George Street)
The Hound’s Tale’s sister restaurant, The Barkery, is open daily for lunch and offers doggie treats and drinks. They also sell dog-themed merchandise, including puppy coasters and pillows, art prints, and pillow covers.
5. Go golfing at the Williamsburg National Golf Club
The famed Williamsburg National Golf Club is one of the best in and around Williamsburg, VA, with golf courses designed by the Nicklaus Design group and Tom Clark. The scenic Jamestown and Yorktown courses provide beautiful vistas of the Virginia countryside as well as varied challenges for golfers of every skill level.
6. Get spooky with Colonial ghost tours
For an evening filled with urban legends and colonial folklore, check out the Colonial Ghost Tour, which sheds light on centuries of the spooky side of Williamsburg’s colonial past. These are pet-friendly tours and well-behaved leashed pets are welcome. Book your tour in advance and spend an evening exploring the dark corners of Williamsburg’s past.