hosts over 12 million visitors each summer to enjoy the sand,
sun & surf on one of America's most well known summer
playgrounds. Cape Cod extends over 70 miles out into the
Ocean and is basically a curved peninsula. It is also a great summer
playground for dogs and many of these 12 million visitors will be
bringing their dogs with them to Cape Cod each summer.
Cod National Seashore stretches
for more than 40 miles along the
coast of the Atlantic on the north side of Cape Cod. The
Seashore is known for it's scenery, including its white sand beaches,
salt marshes and glacial cliffs. There are also a number of historical
structures. Leashed dogs are allowed throughout the National Seashore
year round except that certain bird nesting areas may be off-limits to
dogs at certain times of year. You can ask the Rangers for information
on nesting areas. Leashed pets are also allowed on
roads, and the Head of the Meadow bicycle trail in Truro. This is one
of the largest, most well-known beaches open to dogs in the nation. Most
of the town beaches in Cape Cod
are only open to dogs during the
off-season which usually extends from Labor Day to Memorial Day or only
on selected morning and evening hours during the summer. Many of the
beaches outside of town boundries do allow leashed pets in the summer.
lodging on The Cape are usually
smaller inns, B&Bs and Vacation
Rentals. In Provincetown there is the Provincetown Inn,
Pointe Historic Inn & Spa and Gabriel's at the Ashbrooke Inn if
want apartments. In Hyannis Port there is the Simmons Homestead Inn
with a 50 classic red car collection right behind it and for people who
like the familar chains, a pet-friendly Comfort Inn is in Hyannis. In
Dennisport there is the Sea Shell Motel and in Eastham the
Painted Dog is a 2 bedroom apartment. In Centerville there is
Centerville Corners Inn. There are many other dog-friendly hotels,
B&Bs and vacation rentals in the DogFriendly.com directory as
throughout the many towns of Cape Cod.
While in Cape Cod many people want to take whale
watching tours and other boat tours
and rides. Cape Cod has a
number of pet-friendly boats. If you want to Whale Watch and
does your pup then look up the Dolphin Fleet out of Provincetown. They
have 3 hour tours to seek out viewing opportunities Small dogs are
always allowed, you will need to call ahead about a large dog because
of crowds. For a tour of Hyannisport Harbor and a number of
presidential summer homes seen from the sea there is the Hyannisport
Harbor Cruises. For a 2 to 3 hour tour of the Cape Cod Canal by boat
take the Cape Cod Canal Cruise out of the Victorian village of Onset.
attractions include the Green
Briar Nature Center in East Sandwich
where you can take your dog on nature trails and the Goose Hummock
Outdoor Center where you and your dog can rent canoes. Many boat
rentals will allow dogs as well. For a movie, try the Wellfleet
Drive-In Movie Theater. You can also hike the Cape Cod Rail Trail which
is 25 miles long. For dog-friendly
dining on Cape Cod you can try
Cobie's Outdoor Restaurant in
Brewster. This outdoor dining establishment is known for it's seafood,
burgers and smoothies. Or P.J.'s Family Restaurant in Wellfleet. If you
want to explore for patio restaurants on your own, many may allow your
dog if you ask.
that are dog-friendly include the Martha's Vineyard Ferry, Island Queen
Ferry, Hy-Line Cruises Ferry Service and the Steamship Authority Ferry
Service. Most of these ferries transport passengers and their dogs (and
sometimes cars) to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket Islands.
Bay State Cruise Company has a 1 1/2 hour ferry between Boston and the
tip of Cape Cod and a leashed dog is welcome.
People visiting Cape
Cod may also want to explore
pet-friendly destinations nearby.
These include Boston,
Rhode Island, Martha's
Vineyard and Nantucket
Simmons Homestead Inn
Hyannis Port, Cape Cod
Bed and Breakfast Inn in the center of Cape Cod. A great place to call home while on the Cape for you and your dog.
Surfside Hotel and Suites
Provincetown, Cape Cod
Open seasonally from April through October, Surfside Hotel & Suites in Provincetown, Massachusetts welcomes guests and pets with recently redecorated guestrooms, superb hospitality, and a fine array of amenities.
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