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Dog Areas in Washington, DC

5 Parks
7 Trails
3 Shops
68 Eateries
28 Groomers

As the country’s capital, Washington, D.C. attracts both tourists and other visitors from around the world. The city is home to many important monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, as well as to several famous museums and galleries such as the Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and International Spy Museum.

The city’s dog parks are popular with local and visiting canines. The Department of Parks and Recreation oversees 11 of these off-leash areas, ensuring that dogs have plenty of places to run free. The S Street Dog Park is centrally located, which makes it ideal for a quick visit during the day. Though it doesn’t have as much space due to its location, it is still big enough for dogs to get some much-needed playtime.

Meridian Hill Park is a 12-acre urban park with a range of attractions. The land was purchased in 1910, and in 1914, a landscape architect was hired to develop the park into a beautiful gathering area. The park now has several unique statues, a presidential memorial, and a large cascading fountain. Bring your dog here for a long walk around the park or to simply enjoy a quiet moment away from the busy city.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Washington, DC

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    Population Density 14,210/sq mi

    #1 Capitol Hill

    When you picture iconic Washington, DC you most likely see images of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. With its host of scenic national parks and museums, Capitol Hill is the perfect spot to spend a pleasant day outdoors bonding with your canine companion. The National Mall allows friendly, well-behaved, on-leash pets, making this the perfect destination for an afternoon stroll. Located in the heart of Capitol Hill, the East City Bookshop welcomes pets and humans to spend hours perusing shelves and getting lost in the written word. With more outdoors, pet-friendly dining and annual pawsome doggy events than you can shake a stick at, Capitol Hill is sure to have something to please both two and four-legged family members.
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  2. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 18,350/sq mi

    #2 Foggy Bottom


    While the name may elicit a giggle or two, Foggy Bottom is a popular Washington, DC area and a prime location to live or visit with your canine companion. The Capital Crescent Trail is one of nearly 1600 U.S. trails that are part of the Rails to Trails conservancy project. This river-hugging walkway is a great place to take Fido for a stroll. People and doggy-watch while your furry friend gets some much needed socialization on this well-used thoroughfare. Follow your exercise up with a little retail therapy. The nearby Lush Cosmetics offers lotions and potions for you and a dog friendly environment for them, making this a win-win no matter how much fur you have!

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  3. Dog Parks 1
    Population Density 46,880/sq mi

    #3 Logan Circle Shaw

    Logan Circle is an iconic area of Washington, DC and one of the best spots in the city for residential and retail people-watching, dining, and pup-friendly activities. Nearby Shaw Dog Park is the perfect spot for Fido to get a little off-leash time in the nation’s capital. For home goods shopping, check out one of the dog friendly neighborhood shops such as Homerule, where your well-behaved canine is welcome to help with your décor selections. For another outdoor option, be sure to check out S Street Dog Park. Here you’ll find faucets, doggy obstacle courses, and more, sure to leave Fido with a pawsome urban experience.
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  4. Dog Parks 0
    Population Density 33,630/sq mi

    #4 Adams Morgan

    Adams Morgan is a popular and scenic neighborhood located just North of the White House and Congress steps in Washington, DC. While this area is convenient for humans looking to visit the National Zoo, it’s also a popular place to live, play, and dine with your canine companion. Well-maintained streets and parks provide ample walking areas. The local retail area offers a number of restaurants with dog-friendly dining options. Finally, the Walter C. Pierce community dog park is a DC favorite. This fenced, off-leash park is the perfect spot for your urban pooch to stretch their legs and for humans to huddle around exchanging political gossip.
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  5. Dog Parks 7
    Population Density 87,000/sq mi

    #5 Northwest

    Located away from the urban hub of downtown Washington, DC, the Northwest area boasts a variety of architectural homes and plenty of spaces for families with canine to get in some quality time. Piney Branch Park may have been intended for human enjoyment, but on-leash dogs are perfectly welcome to stroll the scenic grounds alongside their human best friends. For some hiking and adventuring, nearby Rock Creek Park offers scenic waterways, dense brush and plenty of boulders perfect for posing for that dog and human selfie. If you’re looking for an area that has it all, look no further than Northwest Washington, D.C.
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