Washington, D.C., is full of dog lovers -- and dogs. If you're looking for one of D.C.'s elusive dog parks, we've got you covered.
Unfortunately, D.C. is not full of open space for the dogs to run around and play. You have to get creative, let Fido pee on your balcony, or take way more walks -- which really don’t get rid of all that endless energy. But there are a few gems tucked away in D.C proper. Here are three off-leash dog parks you should definitely take your dog to.
Shaw Dog Park
St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
Hours: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
The nice thing about the Shaw Dog Park is that there’s two section: a small dog area and a large/all dog area. So if your dog is tiny or is a total freak around bigger dogs, and you’re worried about them getting trampled or attacking giants three times their size, you don’t have to fret. Especially in the all dogs area, the space to run is massive. The park always has tennis balls laying around, so you won’t have any problems at all playing ball with your bestie and getting them some much-needed exercise. The neighborhood is friendly, and mostly residential, so the same dogs keep popping up, and it’s easier to make a play date.
Bundy Dog Park
470 P St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20001
Hours: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Staying in the neighborhood of Shaw, this dog park is a little smaller, a little more residential -- but what it lacks in space, it makes up for in character. There are no divisions between small and large dogs here, so make sure your dog is social and calm enough to handle that before you go. Once you have the social skills under control, you’ll find this park is amazing for play. The set-up is a narrow rectangle, which is perfect for running, and the artificial grass is the exact turf you need for a long game of fetch. If you have a fast dog or a dog that loves going from one end to another, this is the place for you. Buddy will have the best time, burn off energy, and you’ll be a happy camper later when he’s tired and ready to snuggle.
S St. Dog Park
17th & S Sts., NW, Washington, D.C., 20009
Hours: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Located on the corner of S and 17th
streets in the quant Dupont Circle neighborhood, this is a dog park for the social butterfly -- the dog of all dogs. It’s a little on the smaller side in comparison to the other two on this list, but it's awesome for that pet that just wants to chill, sniff butts, and meet some his (or her) friends. The park also features benches for people, which is nice and just adds to that relaxed vibe. Because it's such a neighborhood-friendly spot, residents maintain cleanliness (but really, what isn’t clean in Dupont? Of course, even the dogs here are polite and proper!), and there’s always plenty of water and toys lying around. As a bonus, the park is perched on a hill, so for those dogs that aren’t as into running, there’s still a bit of exercise involved.
Where do you take your dog to play off-leash in D.C? Do you have a feature that’s super important to you? What dog parks are your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
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