Traveling with your dog can be a lot of fun, and it can also get complicated because every place you want to go may not be dog-friendly. That’s where a dog-friendly travel guide can come in handy. If you plan ahead, you can make sure dog-friendly options are on your itinerary. Use this Massachusetts dog-friendly travel guide to help plan a trip both you and your pooch can enjoy!
Dog-Friendly Attractions in Massachusetts
Massachusetts, although it is a smaller state, has a ton of colonial history and is jam-packed with things to do and see. You may be tempted to stick to Boston because there is so much to do and see there, but don’t be afraid to branch out and explore the rest of the state too.
Boston’s Freedom Trail
If your travels take you to Boston, the Freedom Trail is a must for anyone interested in history. This trail is 2.5 miles long and winds through the city, leading you to 16 historically significant sites. It’s marked by red bricks or a red painted line to keep you on track. Your dog is welcome to join you as long as they remain on-leash.
There aren’t many pit stops for your pup along the trail though, so you’ll want to spend some time in the Boston Common before you get started. It’s the oldest public park in the country and there are two off-leash areas available within the park for dogs. Plus, the Freedom Trail starts at the Boston Common Visitor Center, so it’s an easy transition from the park to the trail.
Charles River Canoe & Kayak
If you’re sticking around Boston and want to have a water adventure with your pup, stop by Charles River Canoe & Kayak. They offer paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks. You can rent one and head out on your own or sign up for one of their guided tours. Your dog is allowed on all of the rental boats and there is no extra fee for them. If you don’t have a life jacket on hand for your dog, make sure you ask for one, so your pup stays safe out on the water with you. Aside from Boston, there are also rental locations in Cambridge, Somerville, Newton, and Waltham.
Dog Gone Sailing Charters
Located in Provincetown, Dog Gone Sailing Charters offers dog-friendly water adventures on Cape Cod Bay. They offer a variety of trips for you and your pup including whale-watching, sunrise, and sunset sails. There is no extra fee for your pup to come along. They just have to be well-controlled and leashed at all times. Plus, doggie life vests are available for small and medium-sized dogs.
Doe Orchards is located in Harvard, MA and offers a wonderful outdoor experience for visitors, including dogs. Depending on the season, you can pick your own apples, blueberries, or raspberries, cut down your own Christmas tree, or sample local honey, ciders, and syrups. The best part is that your dog is welcome to enjoy the grounds with you! You just need to keep them leashed and pick up after them.
Hatches Harbor Trails
As a part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Hatches Harbor is a salt marsh with miles of walking trails and bike trails. Dogs are welcome on-leash and the trails are usually easy to walk on due to well-packed sand. Plus, they offer some off-leash hours where your pup is permitted to run free. Hatches Harbor Trails offer a great experience for you and your pup and provide beautiful views of both the harbor and Race Point Lighthouse.
Vietnam Veteran’s Park
Vietnam Veteran’s Park is a scenic park located in Billerica that is dog-friendly. It offers several playgrounds, bike tracks, trails, and more within its 200 acres. Your dog is welcome as long as they are leashed. Currently, you can walk this park with your pup and enjoy the scenery. A local committee is working towards establishing a dog park where your pup can run off-leash.
Cat Rock Park
Although it’s called Cat Rock Park, this park is definitely dog-friendly. It’s not specifically a dog park, but it is certainly friendly to dogs and is a park for use by all. This park is located in Weston and features plenty of wooded trails, open fields, streams, and even a swimming pond where your dog can run, or swim, off-leash. However, this park is unfenced, so you will want to make sure your dog is well-behaved, gets along well with other people, dogs, and animals, knows to come when called, and doesn’t tend to run off.
Dog-Friendly Hotels in Massachusetts
After exploring and romping around all day, you’ll want to make sure you have a place where both you and your dog can get a good night’s rest. Here are some dog-friendly hotels around Massachusetts to help you plan out where you’ll stay:
The Cottages and Lofts at Boat Basin
If your travels bring you near Nantucket, The Cottages and Lofts at Boat Basin offers great views and is dog-friendly. They have special “Woof Cottages” where you and your dog can stay. They allow two pets of any size and charge an additional $45 per night. In addition to a dog-friendly space, they also provide pet amenities including a dog bed, food and water bowls, and a basket of treats and toys. There are also dog walking services and a directory of nearby pet stores and vet clinics for your convenience.
Land’s End Inn
The Land’s End Inn is located in Provincetown. You’ll have to call ahead before booking to ensure pet-friendly rooms are available. But, you’re welcome to bring two pets up to 90 pounds and they charge an additional $50 per night for each pet. They even often provide a dog basket including bowls, towels, and treats, so you can pamper your pup as well.
Surfside Hotel and Suites
Also located in Provincetown and along the water is Surfside Hotel and Suites. They charge an additional $40 per night for pets and allow you to bring two dogs of any size with you. You’ll want to reserve your room ahead of time, so you’ll be sure to have a pet-friendly room available. Your dog will receive some treats at check-in and water bowls are around the property in addition to a doggie shower. Plus, there is a dog-friendly private beach nearby that you and your pup can enjoy during your stay!
Boston Harbor Hotel
If you’ll be staying in Boston for more than a day trip, consider the Boston Harbor Hotel. They welcome two dogs up to 80 pounds and charge an additional $100 per pet, per stay. Your dog cannot be left unattended at any time, but you can contact the hotel concierge for pet sitting if needed. Upon arrival, your dog will get a pet bed, water and food bowls, and treats to use during their stay.
Nickerson State Park Campground
If you and your dog enjoy camping and happen to be near Brewster, you can book a campsite at the Nickerson State Park Campground. Your dog is welcome, but must be leashed when outside your RV or tent. The leash can be no longer than 6 feet. In addition to camping on Cape Cod, you and your dog can also enjoy the trails and ponds the park provides. With 1,900 acres to explore, there’s plenty to do during your stay.
Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Massachusetts
You and your dog will have to eat during your travels. You may have brought along food for them, but what about snacks and food for you? Gas stations and convenience stores get boring. If you want to sit down and enjoy a meal, these are a few dog-friendly restaurants to keep in mind:
Blunch is located in Boston and serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Dogs are welcome in their outdoor seating area and they have a bowl of biscuits by the door. It’s a great place for some local flavor with a flair.
Cambridge Brewing Company
Cambridge Brewing Company is open for lunch and dinner every day and is located in Cambridge, MA. They welcome well-behaved and leashed dogs in their outdoor seating area. There is a wide selection of beer on tap and food ranges from burgers and pizza to fresh seafood, so there is bound to be something everyone can enjoy.
Central House at the Crown
If you’re looking for a dog-friendly restaurant in Provincetown, stop by the Central House at the Crown for lunch or dinner. They offer traditional New England food and they welcome dogs in their outdoor seating area, which is a seasonal dog-friendly patio. Enjoy a rustic approach to New England classics while your pup enjoys some chow of his own and relax.
If your travels bring you near Rockport close to lunch or dinner, Top Dog is a dog-friendly local spot specializing in hot dogs and fried clams. They also offer several appetizers, sides, desserts, and more. There is an outdoor seating area with picnic tables and plenty of room for your dog to join you on-leash.
With this dog-friendly travel guide on your side, planning a trip to Massachusetts with your dog is a lot more fun and a lot less complicated. Headed to a different state? Check out the other dog-friendly travel guides available!