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Pet-Friendly Housing and Places Guide

We’re so proud that our community is getting more and more pet-friendly by the day! We’ve compiled a list places that will welcome you and your pet in RVA.

Pet-Friendly Housing

View and search for pet-friendly housing in the Richmond area to suit your lifestyle.


Restaurant Patios & Breweries

We recommend contacting the restaurant prior to your arrival with your dog to ensure their policies have not changed. Patio Pups lists even more pet-friendly patios that will welcome your canine companion.

  • Alamo BBQ
  • Ardent Craft Ales
  • Barrel Thief
  • Bottoms Up Pizza
  • Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
  • Burger Bach
  • Buskey Cider
  • Can Can Brasserie
  • Casa Del Barco
  • Center of the Universe Brewing
  • Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream
  • En Su Boca
  • Espresso-A-Go-Go Coffee Shop in Monroe Park
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
  • Hobnob
  • Home Team Grill
  • Ipanema Café
  • Ironclad Coffee Roasters
  • Isley Brewing Company
  • King Of Pops
  • Lamplighter
  • Palani Drive
  • Poe’s Pub
  • River City Roll
  • The Savory Grain
  • Southern Railway Taphouse
  • Strangeways Brewery
  • Triple Crossing Brewing
  • Union Market

Travel & Hotels

  • Amtrak
    Small dogs and cats may travel aboard certain Amtrak trains in Virginia. Learn more.
  • Graduate Richmond
    301 W. Franklin Street, Richmond
  • GRTC Transit System
    GRTC will welcome smaller pets in carrying cases within their personal seating space, or secured in the accessible priority spaces toward the front of their busses. Generally, a small/medium dog or cat carrying case will fit in your lap or by your feet safely. ADA service animals are always permitted.
  • Quirk Hotel
    201 W. Broad Street, Richmond
    Pet-friendly for dogs up to 70 lbs., with plenty of parks and surrounding green space for walks. The hotel often has specials for travelers bring their pets.
  • The Jefferson Hotel (Home of the Fur Ball!)
    101 W. Franklin Street, Richmond

Art Galleries

  • Art Works
    320 Hull Street, Richmond
  • Quirk Gallery
    207 W. Broad Street, Richmond

Farmers Markets

  • Ashland Farmers Market
  • South of the James Market, Forest Hill Park


While visiting RVA’s wonderful parks, please keep your pet on leash at all times for the safety of your pet and the safety of other visitors. Dog parks that offer fenced areas for supervised play are designated below.

  • Barker Field, Byrd Park near the Carillon
    Supervised off-leash play permitted within fenced area
  • Bark Park, Chimborazo Park in Church Hill
    Supervised off-leash play permitted within fenced area
  • Garland Dodd Park at Point of Rocks
    201 Enon Church Road, Chester
  • Hanover Dog Park at Taylor Park
    12401-12829 Taylor Complex Lane, Ashland
    Supervised off-leash play permitted within fenced area
  • James River Park System
    Located throughout the City of Richmond
    Dog-friendliness varies by location
  • Northside Richmond Dog Park
    Pine Camp in Ginter Park, Richmond
  • Pocahontas State Park
    10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield
  • Phideaux Field at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church
    4401 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond
    Supervised off-leash play permitted within fenced area
  • Ruff House Dog Park at Rockwood Park
    3401 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield
    Supervised off-leash play permitted within fenced area

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