Boston, MA– This month, Curbed Boston reported that Boston (and the surrounding area) has 12 off-leash dog parks, which puts the city at #24 in the country for highest number of dog parks compared to population (1.8 dog parks per 100,000 residents).
As the weather starts to warm up, all good doggos will want to bring their humans to some of the city’s best dog parks for off-leash fun. Here are five highlights—and if you prefer to keep your dog on-leash, the Boston Common is probably the most popular spot for picnics with the pup.
(Make sure your dog is up-to-date with his vaccines and that you are in compliance with the city’s regulations for dog ownership before visiting.)
Bremen Street Dog Park - East Boston
This park has agility training structures for dogs to climb on, with separate areas for large and small dogs. They usually turn the doggie water fountains on in late March. Another nice amenity is that the park offers doggie bags in case you forget to bring your own.
Paul Revere Park - Charlestown
Underneath the Zakim Bridge, this unofficial dog park is a well-maintained open space where dogs can run free. Note: it’s not entirely closed-off from the nearby roads, with stairs and a walkway up to Washington Street. Bring your own doggie bags.
Peters Park - South End
This park has amenities for humans and canines alike. The dog run is completely fenced-in, and there are water fountains at dog-level. There is also a playground for kiddos and a basketball court, tennis court, and baseball field. Con: some say the fences are a bit low for larger dogs.
Ruff North End Dog Parks - North End
These two parks—the North End Dog Park (near Prince Street) and the Richmond Street Dog Runs (between North and Fulton Streets)—are operated privately by a nonprofit. The North End Dog Park has a turf surface that’s gentle on dogs’ feet, and in the warmer months it has a water play area. Richmond Street features night lighting with a gravel run and benches.
South Boston Bark Park - South Boston
Right next to the harbor walk and a short walk from M Street Beach, the South Boston Bark Park features a gravel run, with separate areas for large and small dogs. There’s plenty of shade for when the weather starts to heat up.