The Best Dog Parks in Boston

Dogs sitting on a bench in the sun at a park.

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There are very few things dogs love more than a good bone, but being able to run leash-free is definitely a close contender! As warmer days are slowly but surely approaching the greater Boston area, we bet Fido and Max are ready to hit the local dog park to meet up with old pals, get in a good run, and spend quality play time with their humans. Forest Properties has compiled a list of our favorite on and off-leash options, along with all the relevant information you and Buddy need to know!

Peters Park Dog Run

If your pup is begging for a good stretch after a long winter indoors, Peters Park Dog Run is one of our favorite off-leash parks in the city. Residents of Landing53, which is a short car ride from the park, have been raving of its immaculate landscaping, which is something every puppy parent can appreciate. If your other children are tagging along, there’s a fenced in playground, handball court, and basketball court for outdoor entertainment. Keep your eyes open for a picnic spot, too!

Location: 1277 Washington Street, Boston

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The Esplanade

We’ve mentioned the beautifully maintained walking trails of The Esplanade in our blog covering Free Family Activities Around Boston, and we’re happy to feature this park once again with pets in mind!

With awesome views of the Charles River, thousands of Boston-residing pups have marked the trails of The Esplanade as an all-time favorite. While dogs are required to be on a leash, there are plenty of lush grass areas to sniff and keep watch for squirrels.

Location: Storrow Drive, Boston

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Deer Island

Is your dog ready to jump in the car at any given moment? If Sparky is always ready for a new adventure, pack a bag with treats, water, and a few toys and head over to Deer Island in Winthrop.

This on-the-leash dog park is unique for a handful of reasons:

  • The waterfront walking trail is 2.6 miles
  • It’s open year-round
  • Views of Boston and the Harbor

Here’s perhaps the coolest tip when planning a day at Deer Island: there’s a dog-friendly water taxi to take you and your best friend there!

Location: Winthrop, MA

A sign for Carelton Court Dog Park in Boston, MA.

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Carleton Court Dog Park

Nestled perfectly between the intersection of Carleton and Holyoke Street is an off-leash dog park that local residents of The Parkside are quick to recommend. Carleton Court may be on the smaller side, but this fenced area the perfect escape for dogs of every size to romp around in the Boston sun. The best part? The footing of this park is not grass or dirt – so don’t worry about trailing muddy paw prints back to your apartment! Rather, it’s a cushy material, often found on tennis courts. Good for human and dog joints alike!

Location: Southwest Corridor Park in Boston

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Regardless of which dog park you and your furry pal visit, be sure to pack a bag of essential items for both of you. Water bottles, a collapsible bow, waste bags, an extra leash and collar, and a handful of snacks are essential! Read more about our apartment-friendly tips for pets to ensure your dog is enjoying his indoor experience as much as the outdoors!

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