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Dog-Friendly Boston Massachusetts

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Boston Massachusetts has a lot of historic sights to visit and your dog can visit a number of them with you. It is a very pet-friendly town and the downtown area offers a  lot for you and your dog to explore. There are historical sites throughout the Boston area that make great visits for you and your dog. And nearby Cape Cod, Rhode Island, and Maine offer additional pet-friendly places to visit on your trip to the Boston area. Boston used to restrict pit bull and pit bull mixes but have, fortunately, repealed those laws recently.

Hotels that welcome you and your dog are plentiful in Boston. The Taj Boston, Nine Zero, Marlowe and a number of Sheratons welcome your dog with special pet amenities and service. Other pet-friendly hotels include the Hyatt Regency Boston, Hyatt Regency Cambridge,  the Eliot Hotel and hotels from all of the major hotel chains. There are also a large number of pet-friendly hotels in the Boston suburbs from many of the hotel chains.

Getting around Boston with your dog is about as simple as it gets for a large American city. This is because your leashed dog as well as a carried dog is allowed on the Boston T, or subway. They are also allowed on the city buses and on the commuter trains to the suburbs and ferries meaning that whereever you can go by public transportation you may also bring your dog. This is the most pet-friendly trainsportation system in the United States for dogs. And it's not even close. And where can you go with your dog? There is a lot to do.

If boats are your thing, then try the Boston Harbor Cruises or the Bay State Cruise Company. The ferries also allowed leashed pets. Most people heading to visit Boston want to see the historical sites as well. The two mile Freedom Trail takes you on a self-guided walking tour of many of Boston's historical sites. The Old North Church, the Boston Commons and Fanuiel Hall are amoung the sites visited on the route marked by a painted line on the sidewalk. You can see the outside entrance to the famous bar that served as the model for the TV show Cheers. In the Boston area, your dog will love Minute Man National Historical Park, with miles of walking trails with historical sites along the way. We highly recommend a trip to Salem, of witching fame. You and your dog can get to Salem from Boston on the commuter train or the ferry. Once there, explore Salem via a self-guided walking tour, the Salem Trolley and a ghost tour (or witch tour, here). If you have a kid with you the Salem Willows Amusement Park is a great destination for them.

As far as parks and walking is concerned, for your dog Boston is a paradise. The Freedom Trail, Minuteman Park  and the Salem Walking Tour give you walks through history. The large Boston Common, America's oldest city park,  is very dog-friendly. Dogs must be leashed most of the time but there are select hours in the early mornings and late evenings where dogs are allowed off-leash in parts of the park.  The Arnold Arboretum and Dogtown Commons are also great places to walk a dog. If you want a dog beach, try Carson Beach at I-93 and William Day  Blvd. There are a few fenced off-leash dog parks around town for off-leash play. There are dog-friendly patio restaurants throughout the area.

Day trips and nearby getaways are plentiful for visitors and residents of Boston. Here is a partial list of dog-friendly New England destinations - Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Newport RI, Acadia and Bar Harbor Maine, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Portland Maine. For your New England dog, you will not run out of things to do.


Hyatt Regency Boston

Perfect pet-friendly location,  next to Boston Common park! Walking distance to historic sites, the waterfront and many pet-friendly areas.

Hyatt Regency Cambridge

Great Pet-friendly location on the Charles River between Harvard and MIT. Just minutes from all the excitement of Boston and Harvard Square.


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Before you visit an establishment or place, please contact them and verify that they are still dog-friendly and available, as policies and management change frequently. All places listed on require your dog to be leashed and under your direct control unless specified  otherwise by an establishments (including parks and beaches) management. Please be aware of local Breed-Specific Laws that may be in place where you are visiting. The information on this site is not a recommendation., Inc. makes no warranties or representations of any kind, express or implied, as to the operation of the site or the information, content, materials, or products included on this site. If you find an establishment that no longer allows dogs, please let us know so we can remove them from our list. For full Rules and Regulations for Use of This Site, including the legal disclaimer and copyright notices,  click here before using the site
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