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The Top Things to Do with Your Dog in Rockville, MD

March 28, 2023
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Rockville is an incredibly dog-friendly city. Many places, from shops and malls to tourist destinations and even restaurants, welcome well-mannered pups year-round. We have chosen this list of top dog-friendly activities in and around Rockville to get your dog moving, interacting, and enjoying the city at its finest.

Dog Parks in Rockville, MD

The Rockville Dog Park at King Farm is an off-leash dog park for Rockville residents only with plenty of options for exercise and fun. Equipped with water fountains, picnic tables, benches, and cleaning stations, the park ensures its users' safety and comfort.

Bark Social is designed for both dogs and the people who love them. Located in Bethesda off Rockville Pike, the club features 25,000 square feet of play area with supervising Bark Rangers as well as an indoor climate-controlled clubhouse with wi-fi, TVs, and a variety of drinks and snacks for people and pups.

Cabin John Dog Park is a fenced dog park with plenty of space for off-leash fun and two play areas for large and small dogs. The park has paw-friendly mulch, water on tap, and plenty of bags to manage those essential needs.

Hiking Trails in Rockville, MD

Bring your pooch to hike the Rock Creek Trail, a winding path that stretches more than 14 miles through the Rock Creek Regional Park and between Needwood Lake and Beech Drive.

The North Bethesda Trail is another fantastic trail to bring your pup. A six-mile trail, it runs along a former rail line and features paved sidewalks for easier access for all ability levels.

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park is also located in Bethesda and features a dog-friendly hiking path along the historic canal towpath. There are more than 40 parking access sites along the canal, too, making it easy to park and hike no matter where you live, and you can choose from a variety of marked trails.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants

Moby Dick House of Kabob features fresh pitas baked on-site in a traditional clay oven and uses traditional Persian cooking techniques to craft fresh, high-quality meals. Dogs are welcome on their cozy outdoor patio.

Freshii is fast, fresh food, and you can choose from an incredible array of foods that includes wraps, bowls, smoothies, and more, and your furry friend is more than welcome join you for your meal.

Ten Ren’s Tea Time makes it easy to stop for quick refreshment with your furry best friend. Choose from Black Sugar Milk ices or tea-infused treats such as bean curd and braised pork.

Dog-Friendly Events

DC Party Box in North Bethesda welcomes you and your pup for a night of movies and snacks. At this pet-friendly drive-in, you and your dog can enjoy snacks and snuggle while watching your favorite films on the area’s largest LED screen. There’s a limit on how many cars will be admitted, so arrive early or purchase your tickets in advance!

Check out Potomac Paddlesports for all things related to fun on the water. Bring your pup for an afternoon of shopping, schedule private lessons, or plan a full day of fun in the sun with your favorite furry friend.

Pull up a stool at Saints Row Brewing, a historic family-owned and -operated brewery where dogs can visit both inside and out.

Doggy Daycares

Playful Pack in Rockville, MD is a crowd-pleaser. Located on Frederick Road in Derwood with a new location soon to arrive in Travilah, Playful Pack has spacious play areas both inside and outside with specialized dog turf designed for safety and hygiene and carefully designed canine play equipment. Come visit us for a temperament test and stay for a day of free daycare!