Looking for a quick getaway? Annapolis is a great option to try something new without having to travel too far. Read the post below and learn about the adventures you can have with your pup!


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Summer Fun with Dogs in Annapolis

It is finally summer and that means spending time outside having fun in the beautiful weather. If you are like me (and you probably are!), you’ll want to bring your pets with you as much as possible. Luckily, I live in Annapolis, MD and there are tons of pet friendly activities. Here are a few things on my summer to do list with my pets here in Annapolis.

Chesapeake Bay Cruise
Every summer, Watermark Cruises has a special event just for dogs to benefit the SPCA of Anne Arundel County. This year, the cruise is on July 23 from 6:00-7:30 PM. The cruise will even feature special doggie pools on the top deck in case your pup wants to cool off. You can find all the details here . Even if you can’t make the event in July, the great news is that Watermark Cruises always allow leashed, friendly dogs on their boats both in Annapolis and Baltimore. Plus, dogs cruise free. Check out all their trip options at www.cruisesonthebay.com.

Lawn Concerts
The Annapolis Maritime Museum has an amazing evening summer concert series called “Tides and Tunes.” Located on a stage overlooking the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and featuring local bands, this concert series is always a hit. Bring a blanket, some chairs, and a picnic. Food and cocktails will be available for purchase onsite with all beverage sales going to charity. On leash, well-behaved dogs that like good music are welcome. Concerts are every Thursday until the end of August from 7:00-8:30 PM. View the ten-week concert lineup here. If weekends are better for your schedule, plan an outing to Historic London Town Gardens every Sunday from July 6-August 24 from 5:00-7:00 PM. This 23-acre park is the perfect place to hang out with your dog for an evening of music. Make sure to bring a blanket, some chairs, and a picnic. No outside alcohol is permitted but will be sold on site. Click here for the full concert lineup. While both of the concert series I mentioned are free, a $10 donation is appreciated.

Wags and Wine
Paws Pet Boutique and Great Frogs Winery co-host this event on the fourth Friday of each summer month from 5:30-7:30 PM. Located on Great Frogs beautiful property on Harness Creek, each month features a raffle benefitting an animal related charity. Sip wine, listen to live music, eat food, and hang out with your dog – all for a good cause. To get directions and see the details, click here.

Yappy Hour

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While there are a few different Yappy Hour options in the area, my favorite is hosted by Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat at their location in Davidsonville. Why do I love it so much? Because they have the most amazing bone shaped dog pool and large fenced in area so the dogs can run around, splash, and play while the humans enjoy a beverage and some tasty food. This is one event you should not miss! Mark your calendars for July 16, August 20, and October 15 from 5:30-7:30 PM if you want to make sure to
be there.

Eating Out
Dining out in Annapolis with your dog is easy because they are always welcome at any restaurant with outdoor seating. Of course, a few establishments go above and beyond to cater to my pooches. Two of my favorites are Ram’s Head Tavern and Davis’ Pub. Davis Pub in Eastport, featured on the hit series Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, serves up homemade treats supplied by Paws Pet Boutique and my dogs can vouch that they are really tasty. Ram’s Head is famous for its house-brewed beer, so it only makes sense that they serve a non-alcoholic doggie beer made with chicken, malt barley, and glucosamine! They also have a special menu just for the dogs, including offerings like Rover Rice and Mutt Meatballs.

Puppy Plunge
On August 23, the SPCA of Anne Arundel County will host its 4th Annual Puppy Plunge at Camp Letts in Edgewater, MD from 12-3 pm. Camp Letts is right on the Rhode River and there is a great beach where the dogs can play and swim. Additionally, there will be food, music, vendors, children’s activities, and a doggie bikini contest. For more information about the Puppy Plunge and how to get a free t-shirt, click here. I hope this list has inspired you to come to one or more of these events in Annapolis. What events do you have planned for you and your dog? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

*Some events may be weather dependent so always check with the organizers first.

Lori is the owner of Red Leash Pet Photography. Lori specializes in creating modern, fun and meaningful images of pets and their owners. When she is not photographing pets, she can be found in Antarctica, where she also works as an expedition guide and photographer.

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