Best Dog-friendly Activities on Cape Cod

Many people consider pets part of the family, and you’ll likely find plenty of places to entertain your four-legged family members on Cape Cod.

Hiking trails

If you want to get in some outdoor recreation, you can always head with your pup to one of the local hiking trails. In Falmouth, Long Pond Trail loops for nearly four miles. The Cape Cod Rail Trail is a good choice for leashed pets, as it stretches from Dennis to Wellfleet.   

The water & shoreline

Some local boat and cruise companies allow pets, too. Hy-Line Cruises lets pets on its island-bound ferries for free, as long as they’re caged or leashed. Most of the National Seashore is also welcoming to dogs, but they must be on a leash, and you must avoid nesting areas and lifeguard-protection sections of the shoreline. 

Designated dog parks

One of the best parks to take your dog is Pilgrim Bark Park in Provincetown. The park’s name actually has a place in history. It’s said along with Pilgrims, the Mayflower brought over an English Springer Spaniel and an English Mastiff to explore the new land. Tapping into the creativity of P-Town, the park features several works of art from local artists, including some sculptures.

There’s also the recently opened Brewster Dog Park, with also has designated small and large dog areas. This off-leash park has a walking path, some benches, waste stations, and water fountains. It’s open every day of the week.

Dog-friendly dining 

Provincetown is home to several dog-friendly dining options, especially along Commercial Street. It certainly helps that many of the local restaurants have outdoor patio seating. 

Another option is The Black Cat Tavern in Hyannis, which has a dog-friendly patio. The waterfront restaurant sits on Hyannis Harbor, where you can watch the passing boats. There’s also Captain Scott’s in Sandwich, which as some outdoor tables that are pet friendly.

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