Lowell has a lot to offer visitors and residents alike. Located near the Massachusetts and New Hampshire border, this puptown is about 33 miles northwest of Boston. Visitors flock to this area to witness the gorgeous foliage in the fall, and to take advantage of Lowell’s museums. And with three veterinary offices available to take care of your furry friend while vacationing in this beautiful town, Lowell is a dog owner’s dream come true.
You won’t want to miss taking your pooch to walk the Northern Canal along the Merrimack River. This walk gives you great views of the river, canal, and the land around, and is a wonderful opportunity for your dog to take in some of the smells of the area.
After spending the day in the fresh air, you and your pup are both going to be hungry, but luckily there are a number of dog-friendly places where you can grab a bite to eat. Grab a sandwich and a cup of coffee at Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus and eat outside while Fido naps at your feet. Afterards, spoil your pup with treats made just for him at Sadie Lady's Gourmet Pet Treats!
With many great restaurants to choose from and plenty to see, you and your best friend can enjoy a pawsome vacation together in Lowell.
This gorgeous area of Lowell boasts the Lowell Dog Park, a furrific dog park that is secluded and fenced in. There’s benches here for owners to relax in, and clean up bags on site, but bring your own just in case. Do bring water, as none is available here. For more outdoor adventure, check out the Monsignor Keenan Park or Riverfront Park, both close by and with plenty of space to walk and explore. While across the river from downtown, take some time to stroll along the Merrimack River Trail and watch the birds on the water.
If you‘re interested in learning some of the history of the Industrial Revolution as experienced by Lowell residents, then you will want to pack up your sweet friend and take him to the Lowell National Historic Park. While your dog can’t come inside the buildings with you, there is plenty of space to play with him outside. Make sure he stays on a leash and bring bags to clean up. After a history lesson, head to Tremonte Pizzeria, where you can sit outside at more than a dozen tables. Your dog will love a bowl of cold water after being at the National Historic Park! Kittridge Park is also in this neighborhood, and offers one acre with a playground, walking trails, and green space that is a great location to spend a free afternoon.
When your dog needs a lot of exercise and fresh air to be completely worn out, head to the Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest where you can explore 1,140 acres together. With free parking and plenty of room to hike, swim, and fish, you can easily spend all day out in this state forest. There are a number of different trails that you can take, depending on how much walking you want to do, and plenty of places to sit by the water and relax. Make sure you keep your pup on a leash during hunting season, and bring along waste bags so you don’t pollute this gorgeous area.
If the fresh air makes you hungry, head over to the Gary’s Tipico for some amazing Caribbean cuisine on their outdoor patio, where you both can enjoy some fresh cold water and a nice breeze. This is an incredibly pet friendly area of Lowell, so also check out the Lowell Heritage State Park and Shedd Park, which boasts more than 50 acres for you to explore. Shedd Park has many picnic benches where you can enjoy a nice meal outside in the breeze, plenty of benches along the trails, and lots of rolling hills where you are sure to get your exercise. In addition, you’ll find a public restroom and a splash pad where kids can play during the summer.
It’s amazing how much the residents in this area love dogs! If you’re hungry for a bite to eat but don’t want to have to leave behind your furry friend, head to the Navigation Brewing Company for a snack from a local food truck and a beer from their ever rotating stock. After eating, head over to the Western Avenue Artist Studios, where you both can tour the art together. Dogs are welcome inside both places, making this a perfect outing together on a sunny afternoon. Make sure you keep Fido on a leash so you can both enjoy this time together.