Bay Village has the distinction of being the smallest recognized neighborhood in Boston. It is composed of only about 835 housing units which are mostly row houses made of brick. Part of this neighborhood was originally part of the Back Bay and underwater. In the 1800s, a developer filled the area with earth to create this neighborhood along with the Back Bay and South End neighborhoods. This is the birthplace of the famous American writer Edgar Allan Poe and has historically been a favorite of actors like Poe’s parents who worked at the nearby theater district.
There are several businesses catering to your dog in this area. Just south of Bay Village, the Animal Rescue League of Boston may be where you find your new best friend. Colonial Dog Training offers training nearby as well and, not far away, Karma Dog Training provides a gentle approach to training your best friend.
Homes in Bay Village are mostly simple two or three-story brick buildings that are spaced flush together and open out directly onto the narrow brick sidewalk. The area is charming, but with the narrow sidewalks and roads, you will walk your dog on a close leash throughout most of Bay Village even if the terrain is relatively flat and easy going.
Just north of Bay Village is the best experience in walking you're going to get in the Boston area. The lovely Boston Public Garden offers beautiful trails around a lake while alternating forest along with grassy areas provides varied terrain for you and your dog to explore.
The coastline of the Charles River is only a few blocks further from the garden and offers miles of trails along the river that is perfect for you to run with your dog on a loose leash or enjoy being on wheels at their side.
There are plenty of parks and natural areas near Bay Village for you to escape to. Bay Village Neighborhood Park, Elliot Norton Park, and Statler Park are all good places to let your dog walk on a looser leash and enjoy some trees and grass.
Boston Public Garden is centered around a sprawling lake which you can cross over on a little bridge or even see from the water.
For more natural exploration, the Charles River is very near. A pathway runs along both the river and its little tributary so you can get to see all the natural sites while sticking to the concrete. Whether you want to bike with your dog, run with them on a loose leash, or just enjoy strolling along the water, this is a gorgeous place for you and your pup to go. The path and natural shoreline extend for miles along the Charles River Basin, so you have almost unlimited opportunities.