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Best Boston Parks for Dogs

by Urbn Parks

There are so many great parks and green spaces in Boston and surrounding areas to take your pup! Whether you want to go for a long scenic walk or find an off-leash area, here are some of Boston’s best places to take your dog.

Arnold arboretum has over 270 acres of wide paved paths and hiking trails. It is a beautiful walk any time of year with many different parts to explore, and points of interest to see.

Jamaica Pond has a 1.5 loop with a walkway that’s always maintained and clear of snow in the winter. Plus the pine bank promontory has an open field.

Riverway is A linear park in Fenway, Riverway also borders Brookline, with scenic views of the muddy river. One side of the river has a paved path for running and the other is an unpaved path.

Herter Park is a green space that runs along the Charles River in Allston. The family-friendly park includes Artesani Playground, a splash pad and wading pool, and also has a seasonal beer garden.

Located in South Boston, Castle Island has a large 2 mile loop with scenic views of Boston Harbor and Pleasure Bay. In the summer, you get a nice breeze by the water, plus you can grab beach food at Sullivan’s.

Bordering Dorchester, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, Franklin park is the largest park in Boston. The park has a combination of paved paths and hiking trails which are great for long walks with your pup.

Fresh Pond Reservation is an extremely dog-friendly park in North Cambridge, with a trail that loops around the pond. There is also an off-leash dog beach for those hot summer days.

Commonwealth Avenue Mall is a 1-mile linear park and walking path in Back Bay. Take a stroll through the neighborhood's rows of brownstone buildings, and see historic statues and monuments.

The historic Olmsted Park has a variety of fields, trails, paved walkways, and natural landscapes to meander. Walk to Leverett Pond, Wards Pond, or hang out at Daisy Field. There are several parking lots and a few T stations nearby,

A large and scenic beach in South Boston, Carson Beach always has something going on during the warmer months. There is a walkway along the beach that provides scenic views that are great for walking dogs.

Off-leash parks:

Here are some recommended dog parks to see in Boston (and surrounding areas):

  • Boston common - Downtown

  • Peter’s Park - South End

  • Danehy Park - North Cambridge

  • A Street Park - South Boston

  • Pacific street park - Mid-Cambridge

  • Toomey park - East Cambridge

  • Ronan park - Dorchester

  • Bremen street park - East Boston

  • Garvey park - Dorchester

  • Lincoln park - Somerville

You can view a list of all the dog parks in Boston here.