Middletown is a lovely seaside community on Aquidneck Island. The town’s name comes from its location on the island; it’s sandwiched right between Portsmouth and Newport. Although small in size, this town has several historic sites, including the country’s only eight vaned windmill.
It’s no secret that dogs love parks. Fur-tunately, Middletown is home to some pupperific parks. If your pooch loves wandering around open grass fields, Demery Park is a great option. Stroll around the space while enjoying the gardens and shade trees. For an ocean view, head over to Dunlap-Wheeler Park and cruise around the large field. You’ll also be right where the Sakonett River empties into the ocean. There are several more parks available, so it’s no wonder dogs love Middletown!
If you and your four legged friend need a place to stay
while passing through, Middletown has four pet friendly hotels
to choose from. For just a bit extra, Howard Johnson Middleton opens its doors
to dogs of any size. If you are traveling with a pack, make a reservation at
Residence Inn Marriott. For an additional fee, up to three dogs can bunk here
for the night. Rodeway Inn is ideal for those with smaller dogs, while Homewood
Suites by Hilton is best for midsized mutts.
Need a new place to walk your canine companion? Clip on his leash and head over to Paradise Valley Park. The name says it all; this place is simply beautiful! Wander aimlessly through the well-manicured ground and admire the variety of trees and plants. Or stick to the half mile path for a nice tour of the park. You can’t visit this park without stopping by Boyd’s Windmill. Dating back to 1810, it is a local landmark. There are benches scattered throughout the park, so take time to sit and enjoy the afternoon with your furry BFF at your side.
Next time you don’t feel like cooking, grab your pup and head over to Becky’s Real BBQ. Enjoy some down home hospitality and intense flavor as you dine on authentic Southern style barbeque. The meat is slow cooked over hardwood for 18 hours. There is one small pet friendly table on the back patio. Chances are the delectable aromas will make your pup drool. The French Confection is another option for something delicious. Taste the creations of a fifth generation French pastry chef. Nibble on sweet or savory menu items while you sit with your furry friend at the outside table.
If your pup loves to splash in the surf, check out Second Beach. Since this a local favorite and the beach can be pretty crowded, dogs are only allowed at certain times. Canine beach goers can come anytime between October and April, but between Memorial Day and Labor Day, dogs are only allowed from 5:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. When you do visit, your pal will love trotting in the soft sand and making friends with fellow pups. After a stroll, take a break along the grassy dunes and gaze out into the ocean. This beach will definitely make your pal’s tail wag!
The Cliff Walk is an absolute must when visiting this area. Located on the southern tip of the island in Newport, this walk runs along the shore and provides stunning views of the ocean and surrounding area. Clip on your pup’s leash and be prepared to be amazed. Not only will you get a glimpse of some of the local mansions, you’ll also pass beaches, a picturesque rocky shoreline, and plenty of wildflowers. The walk is about 3.5 miles, so your pooch will get ample exercise. Be aware that part of the trail passes over natural and rugged terrain, but if your pal can handle it, she’ll be rewarded with amazing scenery.
Treat your four legged friend to a walk in Battery Park. This peaceful park is located in Newport and has pawsome views of the bay. After walking around the grassy area, sit on a bench and watch the sailboats. You could easily spend an afternoon here, but if your pooch is still rearing to go, head down Washington Street to Storer Park. There are a few paved paths to follow, or you can cross the bridge to Goat Island. Once across the water, take a stroll around the marina and get some up close views of the yachts and sailboats. No bones about, your pup will absolutely love this walk!