Quaint, coastal and chock full of New England charm, Westport Point, MA has a history that predates the United States itself. The area was settled in the early 1700s, and the town grew quickly into a shipbuilding hub. Westport Point had its part to play in the Revolutionary War, too -- the coves and inlets surrounding the settlement made the harbor a perfect base for privateers.
Of course, wooden shipbuilding was on the way out, and by the mid-1800s, Westport Point was a thriving resort town. It’s easy to see why tourists flocked here -- the town is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking scenery that Massachusetts has to offer, both land and sea. Not only that, but Westport Point itself is beautiful, with a historic downtown full of painstakingly preserved buildings in the Greek Revivalist style, and its waterfront houses and flower-lined stone walls just add to the postcard-perfect picture.
There’s no dog park in Westport Point, but that doesn’t mean that you and your buddy are bound to be bored! The town is close by to some fantastically fur-friendly hiking routes, and a couple of beaches in the area welcome wagging tails with open arms. And if your furry friend needs to run free, don’t fret -- you’ll find some pawesome dog parks a little further afield!
If you and your fur-baby feel more secure frolicking in a fenced area, consider heading up to Fall River and checking out Joe Silva Memorial Dog Park. Located in the town’s dynamic, university-adjacent Highlands neighborhood, this park is the pawfect place to let your pal loose. There’s enough room here for even the most hyperactive hound dog to burn off some excess energy, and there’s a separate small dog area, too, so your pup can play and socialize no matter their size. Bags and water are provided, so all you need to do is BYOB (Bring your Own Beast)!
Look for something different to do with your doggo? Why not drive over to Downtown New Bedford and take in a tour of the Historic New Bedford Whaling District? The free walking tour leaves from the visitors center at New Bedford Whaling National Park and takes participants through a century-spanning selection of true stories of the sea. Literature buffs will be glad to know that the tour features the Seaman’s Bethel, immortalized by Herman Melville in Moby Dick. Afterward, you and your pooch can chow down at Tia Maria’s European Cafe, which serves up the best in Old World Cuisine and caters to canines outside.