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10 Pet Friendly Places You Didn’t Know Existed Giveaway

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.

Keep reading because we have an opportunity to win a $100 gift card from Target to spend on your spring and summer travels (or anything you might need)! Oh and Trip Advisor named us a Pet Blogger to Visit, so we have been around!

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.

Dexter overlooking fallen soldiers graves at Arlington National Cemetery.

Drive-In Movies

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).

Pet friendly Drive in Movies

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!

Dog friendly winery
Coco and Dexter share a weekend at a pet-friendly winery.

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

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
My dog, Dexter, is welcome at BlogPaws, and so are you!

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!

dog friendly amusement park

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. Fidos Festival

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!

dogs with carts

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

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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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  1. Great post I think you have a lot more dog friendly places in the States than we do here in New Zealand. Love the photos of Dexter it looks like he’s having a great time!

  2. I simply love this!!! I didn’t realize there were so many places that you could go with your dog! However, the drive-in movie is my favorite. Gosh! I haven’t been to one of those in ages!!! Got to get my planning cap on!

  3. I will have to remember the whale watch the next time I am in p-town. That’s not far from me at all.

  4. We love going for a walk at our local cemetery. Sounds odd to some, but it’s really quite lovely. Only recently have they allowed dogs to enter and I’m so happy they have. Its quiet and scenic and a great place for dogs that aren’t into dog parks or high traffic areas. Best of luck on your giveaway!

  5. Thanks for all these terrific suggestions for dog-friendly places. I never knew that ArlingtonNational Cemetery was dog-friendly. I’ve been there a few times (without my dogs.) I’m not sure about whale watching with dogs, I think the dogs would distract me from the whales.

  6. When you mentioned a drive-in, I thought of one of the only ones I know about – in Cape Cod. Then you discussed whale watching! Whoa. My dog would freak out. In a good way.

  7. Awesome post! I’m lucky that both my dogs are okay when I leave the house, but I often tell people that I’m the one with separation anxiety. I hate going places without them! I’ll have to look into the places you mentioned – I’m always on the lookout for fun places to go with my dogs.

  8. We’ve been to some of those places but there are some that we’d love to visit. I had no idea that Arlington was dog-friendly. A drive-in movie would be so fun!

  9. You know, more places should be pet friendly! I remember back in the day you would see dogs in the hardware store and not they aren’t allowed unless they are a service dog. I always liked seeing them there so it makes me sad.

  10. Oh! You got to go Whale Watching! That’s SO cool. We haven’t done that yet off the coast of Oregon but need to — also congrats on the Trip Advisor shout out. That’s huge!

  11. Wow! What a great list. I would never have thought that there were wineries where you can bring a dog. And the whale watching — so cool!

  12. Wine tasting with my dogs?!? I’m totally in 😉 These are such great suggestions! We have some dog friendly stores and events here in town but I would love to see more dog-friendly attractions around. Definitely adding some of these stops to our next cross country road trip!

  13. Last year we purchased an RV specifically so we can see God’s beautiful country with our four pets! They love traveling and being included in our every day adventures in searching for pet friendly places.

  14. Great to know that your furry friends are welcome at all those places. We don’t have a lot of dog friendly places where I live, but I live in a woodsy area so they have so many options in my own neighborhood.

  15. Wow, there are so many great places to go with your dog, makes me kind of with we lived back East…! We are going to have to create a West coast list. We’ve been to a few wineries in the Napa Valley. We can’t wait to see you at BlogPaws!

    1. The same here, Denise. There are so many pet-welcoming wineries. I love taking Dexter along and having a fun and relaxing day.

  16. I didn’t know Arlington was pet friendly. My son was in Old Guard, such a wonderful group of young men, all very dedicated to their work.

  17. We see dogs out and about all the time here in California — in some places that I doubt are pet friendly. I don’t think some owners care. They just take their dog not matter what. But I’ve also never seen someone upset about it. I saw a dog inside a brand new theater at a performing arts center the other weekend. I thought that was a little odd. It was just an open house, but still… inside a performance theater? Hope to meet you and the pups at BlogPaws!

  18. Fun post, Carol! Didn’t realize some of these were dog friendly. Great tips for planning some fun summer outings with our babies. Thanks! Oh, and entered the giveaway…LOVE Target (pronounced tar gea). LOL!

  19. I didn’t know TJ, Marshalls & Home goods stores might be dog friendly! Most retail places are not. I love all these ideas, thanks!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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