Explore these dog-friendly things to do in Boston:
VISIT BOSTON COMMON
Did you know the Boston Common is the oldest city park in the United States? It’s a tale as old as time: dogs love parks. Dogs on leash are welcome all throughout the common, and off-leash dogs are available in designated areas. Besides these areas, there’s also a newly renovated visitors’ center, carousel, ballfields and a pond to sniff out.
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WALK THE FREEDOM TRAIL
If you head east you’ll end up in the North End where you can reward your pup with a treat from the locally owned Polka Dog bakery. You can take a self-guided tour of the Freedom Trail or join a walking tour to learn even more. Though burying grounds are off limits for pets (despite the enticing waft of well-seasoned bones), parks and green spaces are plentiful along the trail. For some historical cuteness check out the Freedom Trail’s Instagram page for their Patriot Pups highlights!
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ON THE CHARLES
If your dog is on the very active side and is used to running with you, mix things up and rent a Blue Bike and cycle the Charles River Bike Path with your furry companion running alongside you.
If you’ve got an adventurous and water-loving K9, Charles River Canoe & Kayak allows you to take your dog in their boats (no extra fee). Some locations even have life jackets you can borrow for your dog! Hours vary by location, but the season runs from May through mid-October.
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SHOP AT SOWA OPEN MARKET
This farmers market opens up in May with their other markets to hopefully follow suit soon. Several vendors offer pet-related products, so your furry friend can be in on the fun too. Other dog-friendly markets around Boston include the Somerville Flea in Davis Square and Somerville’s Union Square Farmers’ Market.
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DON’T FORGET, TAKE THE T, DOGS RIDE FREE
Just because you have Fido with you doesn’t mean you have to worry about parking. The MBTA welcomes service animals at all hours, and non-service dogs are allowed at all times except during rush hours. Dogs should be on leash and cannot take up a seat.