Dog's Day Out in Boston, MA
Think Brahmin Beacon Hill is too uptight for your dog? Think again! Beacon Hill residents love their dogs, and the neighborhood is, not surprisingly, dog-friendly. You can bring your dog for a morning stroll down Charles Street and among the historic gas-lit streets, stop for a meal at Panifico, meander through the Boston Common (with off-leash hours 6-9AM and 4-8PM), or even plan an overnight visit. Just across the Common, the Ritz-Carlton offers pet packages on the weekend that includes doggy biscuits, custom doggy tags, a keepsake food bowl, and a canine massage.
Save a Dog, a charitable organization with the mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and find adoptable homes for abandoned dogs, has been running this fundraiser in the western Boston suburbs for a decade! Spend a late spring day in suburban Boston with your dog, other dogs and their owners, and the terrific Save a Dog rescuers. Play games with your dog, check out dog-products with a variety of vendors, and generally enjoy a day with other dog lovers as you help raise money for this very worthy non-profit. Check the Save a Dog website for walk event specifics.
Once a year, in the early fall, the MSPCA and Angell Memorial Animal Hospital host a series of walks to raise money to help care for thousands of homeless, injured, neglected and abused animals. Walks take place in Boston proper, a location on the north shore, and a location on Cape Cod. Angell Memorial is the premier animal hospital in the Boston region and it’s a place you hope never to need, but are so glad it’s there if you do -- so supporting it by walking in a fundraiser with your beloved pooch is the right thing to do! The walk is a great day out with other dog lovers and their pups! Check the MSPCA website for walk details
If your dog is a water-lover, then Carson Beach and Castle Island in South Boston is the place for you. Let your pooch off leash in the off season to run and play on Castle Island, home of Fort Independence, and explore the causeway around Pleasure Bay. While you need to keep you four-legged friend on leash at Carson Beach, there will be plenty of other dogs to meet and plenty of sand to roll in as you both exercise those legs.
Along the Charles River Esplanade, on both the Boston and Cambridge side of the river, are miles of green space and paths to explore with your dog. Part of the Charles River Reservation, walk the Esplanade to take in views of the skyline, watch sailboats at the community boating center or rowers in their sleek shells, and let your dog jump in to the river on hot days. Run, play, and throw a Frisbee! The Charlesgate Dog Run on Back Street, just off the Esplanade near Beacon Hill, is a place to meet other dog-lovers and let Fido off leash for a while.