锘? Vacation places for you and your dog.
Has summers furnace breath turned your formerly fun-loving dog into a lazy Camiseta Daniel Carvajal
, tongue-lolling couch potato who refuses to venture outdoors? Of course you know the best antidote, at least for any water-crazy canine: an emergency trip to a place where your pet can plunge into cool, crystalline waters after a stick or ball. In fact, youd like to do the same, sans stick. Unfortunately, its getting harder to find waterside havens that allow dogs during summer or outside of limited early morning and late afternoon hours. Many ban pooches entirely. But dont despair or wilt: Here are four refreshing destinations that welcome dogs to their shores.
First Landing State Park
Virginia Beach, Va.
Lucky canines can cavort year round along the sandy shore of this popular East Coast jewel set on the Chesapeake Bay. Here, where our countrys first colonists landed 400 years ago, leashed dogs and their people have the opportunity to swim together. The nearly 3,000-acre park features 19 miles of dog-friendly hikes Camiseta Marcelo
, including a boardwalk swamp trail beneath trees dripping Spanish moss. Visitors can fish, crab, and launch canoes and other small craft at the Narrows boat ramp.
Almost everyone who works here has dogs, so its very pet-friendly, says employee Brenda Mueller, who swims at the park with her water-loving Labrador Retriever mix, Daisy.
Take proof of your pets rabies shot, be aware that no lifeguards patrol the beach, and watch for jellyfish.
Parking and swimming fees: $2 to $4. Reserve two-bedroom cabins with decks, grills Camiseta Gareth Bale
, air conditioning, and more for $678 a week during summer, Virginia residents; $753, non-residents.
Info: (757) 412-2300; www.dcr.state.vaparks1stland
Guadalupe River State Park
Spring Branch, Texas
Thirty miles north of San Antonio, dogs find cool sanctuary from the fierce Texas heat along the Guadalupe Rivers cypress-shaded banks. At this almost 2,000-acre park situated amidst the ruggedly beautiful Hill Country, leashed dogs accompanied by their bipedal companions can swim in the rivers clear waters, hike five miles of trails, and camp. You can enjoy fishing Camiseta James Rodriguez
, canoeing, tubing, and outdoor nature programs on Saturday nights, and your dogs are welcome, too.
We love having dogs here as long as their owners obey the rules, says Bill Beach, assistant office manager. That includes keeping your dog on the appropriate length leash, cleaning up after him, and preventing Blue from lifting a leg on someones beach towel. Be sure to carry proof of your pets rabies vaccination and look out for rattlesnakes. Entrance fee, $6 per person. RV camping with hook-ups Camiseta Karim Benzema
, $18; regular tent sites, $14; $12 for walk-in tent sites. Make advance reservations at (512) 389-8900.
Info: (830) 438-2656; www.tpwd.state.txspdestfindadestparksguadalupe_river
Kohler-Andrae State Park
On the southern edge of Sheboygan, this busy, 1,000-acre state park lets leashed dogs play in Lake Michigans brisk waters along a lovely segment of white-sand beach that stretches about half a mile from the nature center north to the park boundary. Canines can also join their humans on several hikes through sand dunes and wetland areas rich with bird life.
Its amazing how many pet owners come here, says Mary Kultgen, a visitor services associate who has three Shetland Sheepdogs, including one ambitious dog who enjoys herding waves. We see a lot of Labs and [other] retrievers. Be aware that the lake can get rough on windy days. Entrance fees: $7 for residents; $10 for non-residents. The parks campground ($13state residents; $15non-residents) and several Sheboygan hotels offer dog-friendly lodging.
Info: (920) 451-4080; www.dnr.state.wiorglandparksspecificka
Long Beach Peninsula
Long Beach, Wash.
Chasing seagulls and Frisbees Camiseta Toni Kroos
, digging in sparkly sand, sniffing out crab shells: what more could a dog ask for? For humans, too, breezy beach fun abounds along this finger of land jutting nearly 30 miles north between the Pacific Ocean and Willapa Bay, from kite-flying and lighthouse-gazing to festivals like Julys SandSations, featuring a sandcastle contest and pet parade. Dogs can even enjoy supervised, leash-free play on beaches outside the five state parks and city of Long Beach where they can also visit, but must be on an 8-foot leash.
Rip tides, sneaker waves, and floating logs pose dangers here: Dont swim or wade deeply ditto for your dog and stay alert at the waters edge. Watch out for cars; people are allowed to drive on most of the beaches in this area.
Many peninsula hotels allow pets; my family including Treeing Walker Coonhound mix Pippin loved our relaxing Camiseta Cristiano Ronaldo
, spacious accommodations. A short dune trail led us to a doggie paradise where Pippin sent sand and water flying as he raced across an uncrowded expanse of silvery beach.
Info: (800) 451-2542; www.funbeach
Whats left for your re-energized dog to do after cooling his paws in a river, lake, or ocean? Well, theres always that most popular and attention-grabbing canine waterside activity: a good, vigorous roll on a decomposing fish. So remember to pack a towel and some fragrant shampoo in your beach bag, just in case!
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