This is a 1 1/2-acre dog park with two fenced-in areas for dogs to run off leash: one for dogs weighing 30 pounds or less, and the other for larger dogs. If you are not a resident, you still need to register your dog at the Operations Building and you must show paperwork to prove your pup has up-to-date shots and is registered, wherever you live. You can pay a yearly nonresidents’ fee of $62 for the first dog ($25 for each additional) or $2 per day per dog.
We'd love to share heartwarming pet-friendly stories about these presidents' love of dogs but Thomas Jefferson was outright hostile about them. James Monroe did not have a dog of his own but apparently his daughter Maria did, a small black spaniel, exact breed unknown.
We do hit pay dirt with John Tyler, tenth president of the United States, though. He had a pair of Irish wolfhounds, names unknown, and an Italian greyhound named Le Beau. As for non-canine pets, he also had a canary named Johnny Ty (named after himself) who died shortly after the family tried to mate him with another canary who turned out to be a him (according to The Presidential Pet Museum).
Williamsburg is a wonderfully pet-friendly town, and designed for walking. The grounds of the college are beautiful, but don't stop there. Colonial Williamsburg is right in the center of the town and pet friendly; with your pooch on a leash, you can go anywhere in the park, except the buildings.
Just about a 10-minute car ride away is Historic Jamestown, which is also pet friendly. Again, keep your buddy on a leash and out of the buildings. The same is true of Historic Yorktown, which is a bit further away but worth the trip. If you go, don't miss the Riverwalk Landing; it's a mile-long walk from Yorktown Battlefield to the American Revolution Museum of Yorktown and runs along the York River. You and your pooch can stop along the way at one of the many outdoor cafes for a bite to eat.
If you're going to eat in Williamsburg, you've got lots of choices, at all levels of dining. For full-on splurge, grab yourself a table at the pet friendly patio of The Trellis Bar & Grill. The menu is a tasty cross between classic steakhouse and classic southern with offerings like Black Angus Rib-eye Steak and Rainbow Trout with Crab and Cornbread Stuffing.
On the other end of the spectrum is Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que. If it can be smoked, you'll find it on the menu—pulled pork, chicken, brisket, ribs—plus classic sides like hushpuppies, Brunswick stew, and collards.
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