As one of the tiniest states in America, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is easily explored in a day. Even so, we have more than our fair share of parks and playgrounds to keep us active for a lifetime. In fact, Boston has been named one of the fittest cities in America—a title that is most often dominated by cities out west.
Our parks are often frequented by fur parents who love to throw frisbees and play fetch with their dogs. But, are these the only outdoor activities you can enjoy with your pets? Far from it. Here are just some of the many dog friendly outdoor activities you should add to your list for this year.
Take a Hike
If you love fresh air and the earth beneath your feet, hiking in Massachusetts is a great way to connect with nature. Hiking trails also provide the opportunity for your dog to encounter wildlife, such as squirrels, chipmunks, ducks, birds, and bunny rabbits. As much as you may be tempted to do otherwise, however, it is important to keep your dog on a leash to protect these animals in their own habitat. This is especially important on reservations and in conservation areas.
If you’re looking for hiking trail suggestions, check out a few of these below:
- Breakheart Reservation
- Rumney Marsh Reservation
- Lynn Woods Reservation
- Pine Banks Park
Go for a Swim
When the temperatures soar in the springtime and the summer, finding a good swimming hole is a great way to cool down. While some dogs may dislike water and may even be terrified of it, there are others who love nothing better than to go fetch in a pond. Retrievers are especially fond of water, but virtually any kind of dog may develop a love for swimming. Note, however, that not all swimming spots allow dogs. To avoid major disappointments, be sure to check the rules before you visit an area. That said, here are some suggestions to keep in mind:
- Green River Swimming and Recreational Area
- Joseph Sylvia State Beach
- Wahconah Falls State Park
- Puffers Pond
Camp in the Woods
If you are more outdoorsy than most with strong survival skills, camping may be more your style. In fact, even if you’re new to camping, learning the ropes with your dog and an experienced friend could be a lot of fun. Camping is a great way to unwind, unplug, and finally finish that book you’ve been putting off all year. Campgrounds are often close to rivers and lakes, so this could also be a great time to go fishing and try out some watersports.
Enjoy a Boat Ride
If you love water activities more than being on land, then consider boating. Whether you climb onboard a yacht or jump into a kayak with your dog, you will want to prepare them for the journey. Some dogs take to boats easily, while others hate it about as much as most cats hate car rides. Double check the laws in the area to ensure you and your dog remain compliant. You may also want to consider a life jacket, especially for smaller dogs.
If it turns out that Fido prefers to keep his adventures on land, you can still enjoy your boat ride guilt-free. Dog walkers in Saugus will ensure FIdo enjoys a hike on his own or with other four-legged friends who could use some company in the woods.
Some dogs aren’t cut out for camping trips either, so if you leave Fido at home, you can also count on pet sitters in Saugus to take care of him while you bond with the great outdoors. Warm weather doesn’t always stick around for very long in the snow belt, so enjoy it while you can!
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