Where to take your dog in Boston

Full of cultural history, delicious seafood, successful sports teams and a thriving art scene, the oldest city in America certainly has a lot to offer. From craft breweries to historical walking tours, there are plenty of things to do with your dog in Boston.

Boston Common

We couldn’t possibly make this list without including Boston Common. This 50 acre public park is the oldest urban park in the entire US. Located in downtown Boston, Boston Common dates all the way to 1634. Dogs are welcome everywhere on a leash but there are two off-leash areas within the park if your dog requires a bit more freedom. These areas rotate to help protect the park so you’ll need to look out for the signage on the day you visit. There’s even a dedicated dog committee that works alongside the parks commission to help improve and protect the area for everyone that uses the park.

Polka Dog Bakery

Working with small farms and using natural ingredients, Polka Dog Bakery makes all their dog treats by hand daily. All of their fish is sourced sustainably and every thing is 100% natural. From Chicken Strips to Wonder Nuggets to Turkey Jerky, this place will get your dog salivating quicker than Pavlov. They’ve got 7 locations around Boston so you’ll never be too far away from a tasty dog treat!

Night Shift Brewing

This independent craft brewery has two locations in Boston, but only the Everett spot is dog-friendly. They hold weekly Paws + Pints nights where pet owners are encouraged to enjoy a drink with their four-legged friend on the patio. Proceeds from this event go towards supporting local pet charities. Food is provided by a fleet of ever-changing food trucks. 

Things to do with your dog in Boston

The Freedom Trail

A walking tour is a great way to take in the huge amount of history that Boston has to offer. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile walk that takes in 16 historically important sites. You can walk the trail yourself or join a guided tour if you want a bit of a deeper insight. 

RUFF North End Dog Park

RUFF (standing for Responsible Urbanites for Fido) run two dog parks around Boston, this one and Richmond Street Dog Run. Run by community volunteers, RUFF want to highlight and promote the benefits of dog ownership and provide a place for owners to exercise their dogs that encourages community building and socialising. North End Dog Park is open from 6am-9pm every day and is separated into two sections for different sized dogs. The park has a large grassy area as well as water play and an agility course.

Carson Beach

This public beach in South Boston is dog-friendly after Labour Day (September) until Memorial Day (May). Dogs will need to stay leashed and swimming is not recommended here. There is a walking path that takes you along the water’s edge from Castle Island to the Kennedy Library. There’s plenty of parking, public restrooms and a shower to rinse your dog off before they get back in the car.

SoWa Open Market

This open-air street festival is located in the South End of Boston. Featuring over 200 vendors offering everything from street food to clothing to local art. Open from 11am-3pm every Sunday, leashed dogs are welcome to browse the stalls of this eclectic market. You might even catch a dog-themed food truck!

So whatever your interests are, you’re bound to find something to do with your dog in Boston.

Fri Dec 4 2020