We know you were getting impatient for breezy, sunny spring weather, and it FINALLY happened! But you know who else is definitely itching to get outside and burn off that winter cabin fever? Your pup!
Head to one of these dog parks in the DMV to soak up that first bit of sunshine and let your dog run free with their four-legged friends.
Location: 1673 11th Street, NW
Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m.- 10 p.m. on weekends
Facilities: The dog park is 15,000 square feet. There is a small enclosure for small dogs (under 25 pounds), senior dogs and physically-challenged dogs. There is an additional, larger area for active pups to play. And there are double gates to make sure there are no escapes.
Location: 2901 20th Street NE
Hours: Open dawn-dusk
Facilities: This spacious park has separate play areas for little dogs and larger dogs. It's wide enough you can play a nice game of fetch with your pup. It's mostly gravel, but has shade for those warmer days so your furry friend can cool off before re-joining their friends. Langdon Dog Park has a water fountain and bags available for potty breaks.
Location: 39th and Newark Streets, NW
Hours: Summer Hours (April 1 – October 31) Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – Dusk, Saturday – Sunday and holidays: 8:00 am – Dusk; Winter Hours (November 1 – March 31) Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 7:30 pm Saturday – Sunday and holidays: 8:00 am – 7:30 pm
Facilities: This dog park also has two separate sections: one for smaller or more timid dogs, and one for larger and active dogs. The grounds are made of a crushed/decomposed granite surface that feels good on your pooch's paws. There are benches and shade for pet owners to sit and relax while watching their dog have a blast. Water, bags and tennis balls are all available at this park.
Location: 470 P St NW
Hours: 7 a.m.-Dusk
Facilities: This dog park is a long and narrow fenced-in space with turf, perfect for hours of fetch and running around. It is just one area, not separated into two sections for different sized dogs. A bonus to this dog park is that there is free parking! You can't beat that in D.C.
Location: 95 M St SW
Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Facilities: The dog park, run by the non-profit PAWS of Southwest, is separated into two areas for small and large dogs. Bags and water are available in the park. The grounds are made up of gravel and grass. It is entirely fenced in so your dog can roam as it pleases.
Location: 2710 S Oakland St. Arlington, VA
Hours: Sunrise-half hour after sunset
Facilities: This Arlington dog park is roughly a half mile long, giving your dog ample space to run, play catch and hang out with the other dogs. It is next to a stream that many dogs will swim in during the hotter summer months. Bags and water are available in the park and picnic benches for pet owners to sit. The area is separated into areas for small dogs and large dogs -- both have double-gated entries. There is a blacktop path through the middle of the park for owners to walk on, and grass/dirt throughout the rest. There is a ton of shade at the park, too.
Location: 1230 N Hartford Arlington, VA
Hours: Sunrise-9 p.m. (but closed 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Facilities: This huge dog park, located right in the heart of Clarendon, has so much space for your dog to play. There is even a pool/fountain for them to splash around in! There are ample benches for owners to take a breather and even table areas. There is a blacktop area as well as grass and sand-like surfaces. There are double gates in order to prevent escapes.
Location: 198 Darwin Ave, Takoma Park, MD
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Facilities: This dog park has both a graveled section and a big area with AstroTurf on a hill, which will help your pup get even more exercise. There is a water bowl at the park, but no water fountain -- so be prepared and bring your own. There are usually tennis balls available at the park, too.