Dog Friendly Swimming Holes Around Virginia Beach


Summer is right around the corner, and let’s face it, we’re feeling it already! What’s better than going for a swim on a hot day? Being able to bring your dog with you! Here are a few places in your area where Fido can go for a dip too. Please remember, these are public places, your dog should be kept on a leash and make sure to clean up after your pet.

First Landing State Park, VB

There is so much to do and see here. You can bike, hike and swim. The entire park is pet friendly, but dogs are required to be leashed. There are water fountains along the hiking trails, which includes floor bowls specifically for pets. If your pup likes to swim, definitely check out the bay side of the park, but watch out for crabs! There is a daily parking fee and is open from 6:30am-8pm.

Virginia Beach public beaches

During the summer, dogs are welcome on Virginia Beach’s public beach before 10am or after 6pm. There are certain areas they are allowed, which include the north end of the beach, above 42nd street, or the south end closer to the Sandbridge area. Between Labor Day weekend through Memorial Day weekend, your pooch is welcome on any of the public beach at any time.

Pleasure House Point, VB

This has been referred to as a hidden gem, located just west of the Lesner Bridge. It’s an animal habitat so you will see many different types of birds, fish and other wildlife. You can kayak or canoe, go for a nature walk, and let your pup take a dip to cool off. It is a marshy area, so bug spray is highly recommended.

Ocean View, Norfolk

During off peak season, dogs are always welcome here. From the Saturday before Memorial Day through Labor Day, they’re not permitted on the beach between 10am-6pm. Bummer! This is a great place to burn off early morning energy or take a quick evening swim to cool off after these hot days.

Bea Arthur Dog Park, Norfolk

This is a 1-acre dog park right of the Elizabeth River. It has double gated entrances so your pupper will be safe from escape. This park also includes, a water station and picnic area (for the humans), there is a toy bin, and an easy access ramp for dogs to go right into the river. The park is open 24/7 and is free of charge.

Oak Grove Lake Park, Chesapeake

This park just about has it all! Bring Fido for a nice walk along some of their hiking trails or even stop at their doggy park. Around the park, there are exercise machines and benches for you to take a break at. There are playgrounds for the kids as well. The views around the lake are serene and the sunset is amazing! At the end of your adventure, let your pup get their paws wet for a nice cool off.