Planning a vacation can be tough when you have pets. In addition to the anxiety that sometimes comes with leaving your dogs behind, there’s also the added expense of either boarding them or hiring a pet sitter. Good news! If you visit Colonial Williamsburg, you may be able to bring your dogs with you!
Where Your Dogs Can Stay!
Please note we do have a limited number of pet-friendly rooms available so book your room in advance (as these rooms go fast!) and specifically mention your needs when you call.
The main rule is only two dogs per room and both have to weigh 50 pounds or less. You’ll be asked to sign a pet policy when you check in and you must crate them when you leave. For a look at the complete list of rules (including fees), click on the links below.
Where Your Dogs Can Visit!
If your dogs exceed the weight limit or you simply don’t want to crate them during the day while you’re out exploring, we have the perfect solution. Check out St. Francis Pet Resort. From doggie daycare to grooming, it’s the perfect way for your pets to pass the time while you enjoy learning about our historic trades, dining in our taverns, or touring our 18th-century gardens. A reminder you do need to make a reservation ahead of time and you will also have to complete the Canine Boarding Packet.
Where Your Dogs Can Play!
Duke of Gloucester Street, known to the locals as DoG Street is a perfect place to walk your pooch. There are a couple of grassy field areas including Palace Green. (Just remember, Williamsburg does have a leash law!). We also ask that you please pick up after your pup! Keep in mind that if your dog is easily spooked by loud noises, you definitely want to take into consideration the cannons, horses and carriages, and Fifes and Drums. If you walk early in the morning (before 9) or in the evening (after 5), you can usually avoid these obstacles.
You’ll also get to know the friendly spots where interpreters are known to hand out dog treats. We caught Duke snagging a biscuit at the Cider Stand! Water buckets are also strategically placed in front of certain buildings, including Chowning’s Tavern.
Do you have suggestions for how Colonial Williamsburg can be more dog friendly? We want to hear from you! Please leave them for us in the comment section below this post.