Cape Cod gets two paws up for being a pet-friendly travel destination where visitors can frolic all year long with their favorite furry friends. From seaside inns and resorts ready to host to dog-friendly dining with pup cups at the ready, there are endless ways on the Cape to please your pooch. Here’s a list of local dog parks to explore and make new friends.
Give your dog an off-leash experience to remember at the epic Brewster Dog Park. The spacious, beautiful grounds offer a one-acre play area for large dogs and a separate half-acre space for smaller dogs (under 30 lbs.) to run, rock, and roll. Doggy dreams come true with a spraying fire hydrant, sand pit, agility features, and rehydrating water station. Inaugural festive events like Pet Photos with Santa, a Mutt of the Month feature, and plenty of Friends of Brewster Dog Park swag make this a “five star” for Fido.
Love dogs? Head to the Barnstable Dog Park adjacent to Hathaway’s Pond, open sunrise to sunset for a tail-wagging good time. This neighborhood Mid-Cape dog park boasts seasonal water bubblers and three off-leash exercise areas perfect for dogs of all sizes to burn off energy and get their steps in. Spend some quality time with your favorite four-legged friend, then take a seat on the bench and get social with fellow dog lovers.
Make a splash at Fresh Pond Dog Park in Dennis, where pups can enjoy their very own swimming pond with picturesque views and run free on the sandy beach with owners and friends. Frisbee or fetch? You decide! Doggy amenities abound with two enclosed play areas (with plenty of shade) and a well-marked ½ mile wooded hiking trail perfect for bonding with your bestie and spending time in nature.
Book a first-class vacation to Provincetown, America’s most dog-friendly town, known for miles of beaches that welcome furry friends and the popular Pilgrim Bark Park, one of the top dog parks in the US. Plenty of green space, a sandy play area, and exclusive section for dogs under 25 lbs. make it easy to unplug with your pup–and is just the beginning. While your dogs are making pawsome new friends, enjoy the art in the park created by local artists and take a seat on the unique, pooch-themed benches to ponder the life of a dog.
Stretch your legs and log some off-leash puppy time at the Falmouth Dog Park, the one and only on the Upper Cape, and the perfect pit stop for every Cape Cod road trip itinerary! Roughly 1.6-acres of land proudly serves visitors and neighborhood pups and owners with all dog and small dog areas, plenty of sun and shade, an interior paved sidewalk, seasonal water bubblers, a Mutt Mitt dispenser, and plenty of benches to swap puppy tales. Lucky enough to be a local? Check the calendar for the annual Halloween Pet Parade and Summertime Pool Party!
Feature your creature and upload a pawtastic photo of your doggo at Yarmouth Dog Park, where pets are welcome year round. Three separate, gated areas for small, large, and transitioning dogs plus on-site toys are a hit. Plenty of social events and fundraisers invite pets to sniff out new friends and owners to support their local community. Beat the dog days of summer with the Friends of Yarmouth Dog Park Pool Party, featuring kiddie pools and a doggie ice cream social!
Show your pet some puppy love at the Mashpee Dog Park, where big, beautiful trees and a country setting welcome friends old and new. What do owners love most? Wide open space separated into three sections for small, large, and dogs in training–perfect for socializing dog newcomers! Lots of parking, benches, seasonal water fountains, doggie bags, and friendly neighbors make it easy to take the pups out for fresh air and exercise in every season.