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4 Fun Off Leash Dog Parks In Arlington, VA

Want to take your pooch for some frolicking run-around amusement with other dogs? Here are 4 fun off leash dog parks in Arlington, VA, where you’ll find amenities such as water fountains, play areas, and nearby dog friendly restaurants and bars.

Benjamin Banneker Dog Park

Benjamin Banneker Dog Exercise Area, 1680 N. Sycamore St., Arlington, is .06-acre fenced exercise area with a year-round water supply. The area includes a small-dog enclosure with a separate entrance.

The exercise area is part of the well-shaded 11-acre Benjamin Banneker Park that includes a playground, picnic tables and grills, a stream and nearby access to Four Mile Run, W&OD and Custis Trails.

Arlington County is currently in the process of renovating the park, which is near the neighborhoods of Falls Church, Madison Manor and Westover. You can see the planned dog park improvements – including adding synthetic turf and new seating at the county’s Benjamin Banneker Park project page.

Fort Ethan Allen Dog Park (Madison Dog Park)

Fort Ethan Allen Dog Park, 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington, is part of the 15-acre Fort Ethan Allen Park. This dog park is also known as Madison Dog Park to the regulars from the Arlingwood, Chain Bridge Forest and Rivercrest neighborhoods. The fenced-in dog park features mulch ground cover, drinking water and benches.

The park includes Madison Community Center and is surrounded by the earthwork berms of the Civil War-era fort.

James Hunter Dog Park

James Hunter Dog Park, 1230 N. Hartford St., Arlington, is a roughly half-acre fenced dog park that features a deep fine gravel play area with a waterfall, small splash pond and drinking water spigots for our four-legged friends and separate shaded sitting areas and gardens for all.

James Hunter Park is close to the Lyon Village and Clarendon neighborhoods and is open from sunrise to 9 p.m. Being two blocks from the Clarendon Metro station means you have easy access to the many restaurants with outdoor pet friendly sidewalk seating areas along Wilson Boulevard including Liberty Tavern and Northside Social.

And, on Sunday, June 10, enjoy live music and free food from Smoking Kow BBQ from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Bark In The Park.

Shirlington Dog Park

Shirlington Dog Park, 2710 S. Oakland St, Arlington, is a 2.4-acre gated park along Four Mile Run that is recognized as one of the top dog parks in the Washington, DC, area.

This large dog park in Arlington, VA, has a separate area for small dogs, drinking water and tables for dog owners. Situated along Four Mile Run, it’s easy for dogs to get down to the creek and frolic in the water.

There are plenty of dog-centric stores right near the park including Wag More Dogs and The Muddy Mutt. And for dog owners, New District Brewing offers nearly a dozen beers on tap. You are also close to the Village of Shirlington and the many pet-friendly restaurant patios including Copperwood Tavern, Guapo’s, and Palette 22 (Yappy Hour Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m.!), plus Dogma Bakery offers treats for your pet.

You can stay-to-date on Shirlington Dog Park through Shirlington Dogs monthly newsletter.

Please note that the best entrances to use for the dog park are off S. Four Mile Run, either at the end of S. Oxford Street (near Wag More Dogs) or at the end of S. Nelson (near the baseball field).

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Opening Dates For 7 Great Arlington Farmers Markets

Now that spring has sprung, local Arlington farmers markets will soon be opening or expanding their offerings of fresh local produce, meats, breads, prepared foods, specialty items and more for peak season.

I have been visiting the Arlington Farmers Market in Courthouse market to buy directly from and talk to the local farmers for many years. There’s also a wonderful community vibe and an amazing selection.

But there are a wide variety of local fresh farm markets to choose from in the Arlington, VA, area. Here are the opening dates and details for 7 great farmers markets in Arlington and Falls Church:

Ballston Farmers Market

The FRESHFARM Ballston Market opens April 5 and runs every Thursday through October 27 from 3 to 7 p.m. It is held at Welburn Square, 901 N. Taylor St., Arlington, across from the Ballston Metro station.

This market features more than 20 vendors offering everything from wood-fired pizza to handmade pastas to Virginia wines to Vietnamese coffee. No time to shop? You can sign up for a weekly curated selection of farm fresh produce and pick it up during market hours.

The first Thursday of every month features a beer & wine garden with live music and chef demonstrations.

Clarendon Farmers Market

The Clarendon Farmers Market opens April 5 and takes place every Wednesday through December from 3 to 7 p.m. The market is located at the Clarendon Metro station in Clarendon Central Park at the corner of Wilson Blvd. and N. Highland St., Arlington.

This small market is a local producer-only market where vendors only sell products they have grown themselves.

Courthouse Arlington Farmers Market

The Arlington Farmers Market at Courthouse is open every Saturday year-round, but prime season (hours are 8 a.m. to noon) starts April 21. You can find the market at 1401 N. Courthouse Rd. in the Arlington Courthouse parking lot and along N. 14th St. There’s free parking in the garage below the AMC Courthouse Plaza movie theater. The Courthouse Metro is a block away.

This is my local farmers market and I’ve enjoyed going most Saturdays for many years. There are some 40 vendors offering a wide variety of locally grown produce, organic meats (including buffalo) and breads. You’ll also find fresh donuts, coffee, tacos and paella!

My favorite purveyors include Toigo Orchards (for watermelons, corn, apples and pears), Potomac Vegetable Farms (for heirloom tomatoes and vegetables) and Blue Ridge Dairy Co. (for their delectable yogurt and fresh Mozzarella).

Falls Church Farmers Market

The Falls Church Farmers Market is open year-round on Saturdays with spring/summer hours starting April 5 from 8 a.m. to noon. The market is located in the City Hall parking lot, 300 Park Ave., Falls Church.

This market features more than 50 vendors during peak season who offer locally grown produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, honey, juices, wine and more.

The Fairfax County Master Gardeners staff a booth at the market to answer any plant or gardening questions you may have.

Marymount Farmers Market

The Marymount Farmers Market season begins on May 26 and runs Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market is located at Marymount University, 2807 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington.

You’ll find some 20 vendors including A-Holes donut holes, Romanian pickled products from Count Pickula and Mechelle’s Pies. This market is a local producer-only market where purveyors only sell products they have grown themselves.

Rosslyn Farmers Market

The FRESHFARM Rosslyn Farmers Market – The Rosslyn FRESHFARM Farmers Market kicks off its second season on May 9. The market is open every Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. through October. It is located at Central Place Plaza, 1800 N. Lynn St., Arlington. There’s easy access from the Rosslyn Metro Station.

You’ll find close to a dozen vendors offering organic produce, pasture-raised meat, cheese, baked goods, wine, flowers and more.

No time to shop? You can sign up for a weekly curated selection of farm fresh produce and pick it up during market hours.

Westover Farmers Market

The Westover Farmers Market is open on Sundays year-round but summer hours (8 a.m. to noon) begin May 5. The market is located at the Westover Library Plaza, 1644 N. McKinley Rd., Arlington, and all along the “downtown” village on N. McKinley St.

More than 30 vendors ply their wares at this local and producer-only market. So everyone who sells at the market grows, raises, bakes, cooks, or prepares everything themselves.

Besides a wide choice of vegetables, fruits, you can enjoy Dimitri Olive Farm’s olive oils from their 100-year-old farm in Greece, New Zealand-style savory pies from Kiwi Kuisine, pickles and krauts from Number One Sons, and Scott’s Brats smoked sausages.

Produce Calendar

Curious about what local fruits and vegetables are in season each month and available at these seven great Arlington farmers markets? Check out this searchable seasonal food harvest guide.