The City of Boston is the largest city and the capital of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Situated in the Northeastern United States, it is the financial and cultural center of New England. It is a city of great national and historical significance.
The city and its surroundings are persistently ranking at the top of the list of the best cities to visit. Be sure that there is no way you can learn all about the city with just one visit; instead, you’ll wish to keep coming back to Boston. And there are lots of pet-friendly activities to take part in while there, so let’s check some of them out.
Accommodation for a family with a pet
If you are planning your family trip to Boston and wish to bring your dog along, there are numerous accommodation options you’ll be able to choose from. So take your time and search the internet to find a dog friendly hotel in this beautiful city.
Boston Common is the oldest public park in downtown Boston. It covers an area of 50 acres and it is a beautiful, spacious park with wonderful greenery intertwined with pedestrian crossing paths. The park is leashed-pets friendly, but there are also areas where your doggo will be allowed to mingle with other dogs, leash-free. Aside from this, you can also find a carousel, ballfields, a pond which turns into an ice skating rink in the winter and a visitor’s center in this beautiful park.
One of the best spots to visit during your stay in Boston is the Freedom Trail. This 2,5 miles-long path through downtown Boston leads to 16 locations that are very important to the history of the United States. These nationally-significant historic sites include churches, burial grounds, meeting houses, museums, parks and historic markets. You can take this tour as a part of an official tour, or you can do it on your own. Well-behaved dogs on leash are allowed to join the tour led by well-informed volunteers from an educational organization, but you should still inform them that you’re planning to bring your doggo along.
Enjoy dog-friendly events
Aside from all of the entertainment options for people, Boston also has a lot of fun activities for our furry, four-legged friends. These include:
- Canine Promenade – This is an annual Halloween parade held every year on the Charles River Esplanade, where both pet owners and their pets get a chance to show off their creativity. It is free for the spectators, but there is a fee for the participants of the parade.
- Carnival of Dogs – This is happening in early September held in the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. There are plenty of activities and vendors for you and your furry friend, and some of them include: free treats and dog toys, dog caricature artists, contests, prizes and even kissing booths.
- Somerville Dog Festival – This is an annual event held shortly after the Carnival of Dogs, with canine sports demonstrations, best-dressed contest, paw-painting, etc. Although admission is free, some events are ticketed and, of course, donations are welcome!
- Pet Rock Festival – Pet Rock Festival is held annually on the first Sunday after Labor Day weekend. This is a non-profit festival that raises money for animal welfare organizations. Here, you can expect to find numerous vendors, delicious food, live music and various contests.
Water fun and other activities
If you and your dog love water, you can easily find and engage in numerous activities that involve canoes, kayaks and paddleboards which you can rent. You can book an organized tour, or you can go solo. There are also numerous cruise and ferry excursions available.
If you are interested in sightseeing, there are ferry lines and water taxis between Charlestown Navy Yard and Long Wharf in downtown Boston.
Whatever you decide, be sure to bring a doggy life-jacket with you.
If you have a young and very active dog, you can also rent a bike and cycle the Charles River Bike Path. It can be a slow cycle, and if your dog is small, you can put them in the doggy basket.