Located on Long Island Sound with three public beaches on the coast, Westport is a vibrant town with a community eager to make a difference by preserving traditions and conserving natural resources. Leisure activities and recreation areas are the local pride, in addition to the diverse shopping venues in the downtown area. Westport has a surprising number of pet care clinics considering its size. Four of them are located on the eastern bank of Saugatuck River, with two more on the opposite bank.
Westport is undeniably charming; its downtown region is set on the Saugatuck River. You'll find recreation activities to the south. Your pooch will be a welcome guest in Winslow Park, adjacent to Westport Playhouse and set right in the heart of the city. This is a huge park with lots of grass, trees, a fence and all the friendly pooches and dog owners in Westport. The special off-leash area where your mutt can run free is located in the northern part of the main park.
Westport is also home to something everyone loves: the beach! The coastal area of the town is a heaven made of sun, sand, water and lots of op-paw-tunities to splash. Combo Beach is the only dog-friendly beach in the area. Here, your mutt is welcome to swim, splash, and rescue a Frisbee from the water, all while off his leash. Make sure your pup is under your voice control because the area is not fenced.
Westport Inn may become a great solution for you if you decide to stay in the city for a while. They have different dog-friendly solutions and do not charge an additional fee for dogs under 25 lbs. that stay there.
The eastern part of Fairfield is bordered by Ash Creek and provides convenient access to the ocean, making it the best place to sunbathe on a beach. The area has a few cultural, historical, and recreation areas, but if you want your pooch to have a blast, take him to Jennings Dog Beach located off Sandcastle Playground. A furrific time is guaranteed! This is the only off-leash beach in the area where pooches are welcome to dig and run, but aren't allowed into any buildings, pavilions or playgrounds. If this beach is a little too crowded for you, there's another option to the south. Penfield Beach is a great place for leashed pooches to spend a day of fun in the sun and surf with their masters!
Fairfield is the place to go for food. Once you're in downtown Fairfield, you'll find it hard to resist visiting one of the many dog-friendly eateries here! Post Road has plenty of dog-friendly choices. Check out Archie Moore’s Bar and Restaurant, serving up a traditional mouth-watering cuisine at dog-friendly outdoor tables. If you're looking for healthy options, head to Catch a Healthy Habit Café, just a few steps away from the bar. This pawesome place puts a flavorful spin on traditional healthy options. If healthy eating isn't your "Plan A”, just a bit further from downtown is Plan B Burger Bar, a casual place where your pal is welcome to share a burger and fries with you at the outdoor tables.
Rowayton is a coastal neighborhood and a village within the city of Norwalk. Nestled on Farm Creek, this neighborhood offers a wide selection of outdoor attractions for locals and visitors, including recreation areas, shopping venues, and a yacht club. Your mutt is very welcome to play off-leash at Rowayton Dog Park, set off the Rowayton Library. This park is large field for mutts to frisk, romp and make some new fur-iends. The park is fenced, clean and well-maintained, so you don't have to worry about anything! Grab some toys, drinking water, and a Frisbee to enjoy a great day out with the local pups!
Lake Mohegan is a 15-minute drive from the city of Westport, but this huge recreation area is worth visiting with your pooch! Lake Mohegan and its surrounding green space encompasses more than 1,700 acres, which include miles of walking trails and areas where you can let your pooch off-leash! The trails surround the water and creek, making the walking experience pleasant and fun for both owners and pooches. You will find trash cans and scoopers, but no water fountains in the area, so it would be smart to take some with you. However, some pooches love drinking water straight from the creek!