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Dog-friendly Rosslyn

Looking for some paws-itively fun ways to get out and about in the neighborhood with your four-legged friend? Check out below for some ideas on where you can take your dog around Rosslyn!

Play fetch at the Gateway Park Interim Dog Park

Located on the west end of Gateway Park, the Gateway Park Interim Dog Park is the hot spot for Rosslyn dogs to gather and play! 

The park includes separate play areas for small and large dogs, a 5-foot-tall visual screening fence, a water source, waste bins, and plenty of benches to comfortably watch your pups.

Take a walk in the park or visit a monument

Just a five-minute walk from the heart of Rosslyn, the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial is a great spot to take in views of D.C. while getting some exercise with your dog.

Pack a picnic and stay for the day, or make your way to other outdoor spaces in Rosslyn, like Gateway Park on Langston Boulevard. If you're feeling especially explorative, check out the iconic art in Dark Star Park or take WalkArlington's guided tour of Rosslyn’s public art!

Get your steps in on one of Rosslyn’s nearby trails

What better way to motivate for some daily exercise than a walk with your dog! With an entrance just off of N. Lynn Street (before the Key Bridge), the Mount Vernon & Potomac Heritage Trails are the perfect place to enjoy a scenic walk or run. From there, make your way over to Theodore Roosevelt Island for a quick escape from the urban landscape that both you and Fido will love — just make sure that your furry friend is on a leash less than six feet long.

Check out a list of path options to explore on our Rosslyn Fitness & Wellness page!

Enjoy a meal with your four-legged best friend

Rosslyn is home to plenty of dining options with patios and outdoors spaces — weather permitting — to bring your pup along! Continental Beer Garden (seasonal), Open Road, Barley Mac, and Nando's are among those with patio seating open to you and your dog.

And for a treat to cool down you and your pup, check out South Block, which offers smoothies and acai bowls for humans, and a special puppy bowl for dogs with bananas and peanut butter!

Make a pit stop in one of Rosslyn’s pet gardens

Don’t have time to visit any of the above, but still want to get out and about with your pup?

Check out one of Rosslyn's pet gardens, conveniently located on N. Kent St. and 19th St., and the other off of Nash St. and Wilson Blvd. Both locations offer green space, pet waste stations, and Adirondack chairs.

Send your pup to paradise while you're away

While we hate to leave our pets behind, Rosslyn's newest dog care facility can ensure they're in good hands while you're away! Next time you're out of town or need a pet sitter for the day, consider bringing your pup to Playful Pack.

In a brand-new facility with spacious daycare rooms, Playful Pack is excited to host local Rosslyn dogs for days of play and socialization. With an amazing team of dog lovers, they're here to provide your furry best friend with a premier experience!

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 Featured Rosslyn Events

Boot Camp with Coach Vic
Monday, April 29 - Wednesday, May 22
at Gateway Park

Rosslyn FRESHFARM Farmers Market
Wednesday, May 1 - Wednesday, October 30
at Central Place Plaza

Rosslyn Reads Book Festival
Saturday, May 4
at Central Place Plaza