Spring is here, and Fidose of Reality is rolling out the spring green carpet with 10 pet friendly things to do and see this year. Whether you are a weekend warrior, pioneer of pooch travel, or like to take your dog everywhere you go, there’s something on this pet friendly list for you.
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Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery, located in the northern part of the state, is the final resting place of more than 300,000 people. Beginning with the American Revolution, veterans from each of our nation’s wars along with astronauts, sports figures and dignitaries are buried in Arlington. The tree-lined walkways and pristine grounds reflect a silent dignity while exploring, paying homage and saluting this sentimental landscape. Of special interest, the Tomb of the Unknowns is guarded 24 hours a day, year-round, by the elite 3rd US Infantry. Plan a tour and locate must-see gravesites by visiting the official website at www.arlingtoncemetery.org.
We highly recommend seeing if there are any drive-in movies near your town. Here’s the link for finding them: Drive In Movie Finder . This is a fun, affordable way to spend a night together. We always have a good time as a family, away from all technology, a night under the stars, meeting lots of dogs and people, and watching movies (and the snacks are fun, too).
Whale Watching in Cape Cod
Captain Ahab would be proud to know that the Dolphin Fleet of Provincetown, located at the tip of Cape Cod, welcomes most dogs aboard their whale watching excursions. Dogs must be accustomed to water, leashed or crated, friendly with people, and able to handle a three- to four-hour water ride. Pack essentials, sunblock, camera and something warm and water-resistant/protective for Rover as the open waters and whales await!
Pet Friendly Wineries
Leashes and leaves, concords and canines: As the leaves turn, so do the grapes at America’s wineries and distilleries. What better way to spend a weekend afternoon than strolling the picturesque grounds of a winery, the crisp memory-invoking scents in the air with Fido along for the visit. Peruse the Virginia wineries and the Napa Valley wineries for more information.
Dog Mountain and Dog Chapel, St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Dogs are welcome with their parents to visit Dog Mountain in St. Johnsbury. Housed on this glorious land are 400 acres of nature for hiking, and the famous Dog Chapel. Atop the white steeple, a Labrador Retriever points his wings to the wind as if beckoning to visitors. We visited in 2015 and plan to go back. If you love dogs, this place is a must visit.
Click This: Dog Mountain and Dog Chapel
BlogPaws Conference: Phoenix, Arizona
Very few business conferences welcome pets with open arms and paws. BlogPaws is no ordinary conference. Founded in 2009 by three dedicated pet lovers and bloggers, BlogPaws grew out of the need for a focus on excellence in social media and a devotion to helping pets in need. In less than six years, BlogPaws has become the go-to resource for pet bloggers and social media enthusiasts looking to build their online presence to enhance their social networks and support animal shelters and rescues around the world. Brands also consider BlogPaws the go-to resource when looking for social media attention and contacts. Together, it’s a win-win for the pets.
The location of the next conference is the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass from June 23-25, and we will be there. Bring your pet, brush up on social media skills, network, and have fun. Meet us at BlogPaws 2016!
Knoebels Amusement Park: Elysburg, Pennsylvania
Knoebels is a free-admission dog friendly amusement park for families, with roller coasters, classic rides, award-winning food, campgrounds, a golf course, and a pool. The amusement park is not Disneyland and is not super duper high tech. It feels like yesteryear where life was simple and fun. It feels like the amusement parks of my childhood. Located in a small wooded valley in central Pennsylvania called Elysburg, it has been America’s largest free-admission park for 89 years of operation.
Fido’s Festival: Burlington Country Fairgrounds in Columbus, New Jersey.
Fidose of Reality is an official media sponsor of Fido’s Festival USA® , a national dog festival, taking place June 4th and 5th.
SUPERMUTTS” is the theme of this year’s weekend-long celebration of the family dog, which will feature canine superhero-inspired contests, activities, speakers and entertainment for the entire family. The 2016 Festival will also include an assortment of contests, expert guest speakers and fun activities for dogs and their human companion.
A community of doggie-focused vendors will also be on hand to showcase their various canine products and services in the worlds of dog grooming, health and nutrition, fashion, training, photography, vacationing and much more. Attendees can meet new dogs or puppies from the many local rescues and shelters in attendance and apply to bring a new best friend home. We will have a dog lovers merchandise booth, too!
Fido’s Festival USA® will be held rain or shine and group discount hotel rates are available at several local pet-friendly hotels.
Fee: Advance tickets are only $8 for a one-day pass and $15 for a weekend pass. All dogs and children under 12 years old are admitted free.
For more information and to purchase advance tickets, please visit http://www.FidosFestivalUSA.com.
Marshalls / TJ Maxx / Home Goods
Always call ahead, but it has been our experience to be welcomed with open paws at these stores. We love Home Goods. Always be sure to ask first and to have a soft pillow or blanket for your dog to sit/lay on while he or she is carted around the housewares!
Open Air Trolley (ABQ Trolley): Albuquerque, New Mexico
Since Fidose of Reality prides itself on finding dog-friendly things to do and we are mega fans of the show, Breaking Bad, we had to get our paws on tickets for the ABQ Trolley Co. Breaking Bad tour. There are only a few tours this year, but the ABQ Trolley is generally very pet friendly.
ABQ Trolley Co. opened its doors to the public on May 5th, 2009 (Cinco de Mayo!). Albuquerque never had this type of unique tour service to take visitors all over town in this fun trolley ride!
Click This: Breaking Bad Trolley Goes to the Dogs
Do any of the above sound like fun to you? Get started on planning your spring and summer dog-friendly destinations.
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