10 Pet Friendly Places for Dogs in Boston

If you are heading to Boston, this article is the perfect read to help you and your dog find your next pet-friendly adventure!

May 4, 2023By Heather Jarek, BA Veterinary Technology
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The historic city of Boston has so much to offer. From attending a Red Sox game at Fenway Park to watching the street performers at Faneuil Hall, there’s always entertainment to be found. Fortunately, in recent years, Boston has become much more pet friendly. But with such a large and busy city, it can be overwhelming to try and find the best places to explore with your dog. We have researched the best pet-friendly places in Boston. Now all you must do is pick your favorite one and enjoy your visit to Boston with your best friend at your side.

10. Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hall Boston

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If you’re visiting Boston and want easy access to all the city has to offer, then the Hyatt Centric located at Faneuil Hall is an excellent hotel choice. This hotel is pet-friendly and within walking distance of downtown Boston’s most popular amenities.

Just a few steps out of the hotel’s doors brings you to Faneuil Hall, the Theatre District, Boston Waterfront, and more! The hotel itself is stunning and offers all the comforts you would need being away from home. After a long day of walking downtown Boston, you and your four-legged companion will appreciate the short walk to your hotel room for some relaxation.

9. Peters Dog Park

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Peters Park may not offer the biggest dog park in the city, but it’s the closest to the heart of Boston. So, if you and your furry friend are visiting the city and don’t want to travel far to stretch your legs, head to Peters Park!

Their dog park caters to large and small breeds by offering two separate play areas. The park is clean and well-maintained, making it a popular hot spot for owners and their dogs. Peters Park is a community park that offers basketball courts, playgrounds, and more. There are also many shops and restaurants surrounding the park, so you and your pup can grab some lunch after all that playing.

8. Boston Common

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This 50-acre park is the largest field of green in downtown Boston. Founded in 1634, it is considered the oldest park in the United States. The park is rich in history, and there are many famous statues to be found across the green acres.

Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park, and there are designated off-leash areas where people meet for play groups. The park offers beautiful scenery, a carousel, and a visitor’s center. Located adjacent to the Boston Common is the Boston Public Garden, where you can find Boston’s famous Swan Boat tours.

7. Yankee Lobster

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Clam chowder, lobster rolls, and fried calamari are a few delicious items on this popular seafood restaurant’s menu. Finding a nice place to eat with your dog in the city can be challenging. Some restaurants offer outdoor seating that you can enjoy with your dog during the summer months. Yankee Lobster offers heated and covered outdoor dining, making it more enjoyable for dogs and their owners even during the colder months.

6. J.P. Licks

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What’s better than something sweet after exploring the city on a hot day? Clip on your dog’s leash and head to J.P. Licks for some ice cream for you and your best friend. Don’t want to share your ice cream with your best friend? Don’t worry; J.P. Licks offers menu items made for dogs, so you can both enjoy your tasty treats.

5. Paddle Boston

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Boston summers can get warm, so if you want to escape the heat, try Paddle Boston. You can rent a canoe, paddleboard, or kayak and explore the Charles River with your dog aboard. If your dog is a water lover and jumps in for a swim, you will need to make sure you are willing to take a plunge to get them back aboard! They don’t recommend tying your dog to the boats for safety reasons, and they can provide doggy swim vests.

4. Castle Island Beach

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If kayaking the Charles River sounds too strenuous, make your way to Castle Island Beach for some relaxation in the sand. This beach is in South Boston. Dogs are welcome during the offseason, and they must be leashed.

Castle Island is home to the historical Fort Independence, which is open to the public for tours. Two walking routes take you on a loop around the island for some scenic views. There are picnic areas, a boardwalk, and more for all-day, dog-friendly adventures.

3. The Freedom Trail

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Boston is one of the most historic cities in the United States. It can be difficult to learn about the city’s history with your dog in tow. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile trail that takes you to the most historic sites in downtown Boston. Better yet, it’s free to the public and dog-friendly! Snap-on your dog’s leash and see what the beautiful historic city of Boston has to offer.

2. SoWa Open Market

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With over 100 tent vendors, retail shops, and galleries, the SoWa Open Market has something for everyone. The market is dog-friendly, so you can take your dog and shop through the assortment of local hand-made goods, clothing, ceramics, and more. The market is open Sundays, May through October, and you can check their website to see which vendors will be there.

1. Beacon Hill

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Beacon Hill is a downtown Boston neighborhood famous for its cobblestone streets and historical landmarks. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and is a protected historic district. There are many boutiques and shops that you can visit, and many of them are dog friendly.

The most beautiful street in America, Acorn Street, is found here and will give you a taste of the architecture of the 1800s. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, as the cobblestone can be challenging to walk on.

Heather Jarek
By Heather JarekBA Veterinary Technology

Heather is a lover of all animals, big and small. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology in 2014. She has been working as a licensed veterinary technician for the last eight years. Her favorite hobby is horseback riding, and she has been riding horses since the age of eight. She enjoys spending time with her family at the lake with their golden retriever Calista in her free time.