The city of Brockton is about 20 miles from Boston in Massachusetts. This once an agricultural center is today a growing commercial sector, including retail and restaurant businesses. Home to several museums and historic sites, including one dedicated to champion boxer and hometown boy Rocky Marciano, Brockton hosts dog-friendly parks and open areas where you and your pup are welcome. And with four veterinarians within the town's limits, you can be sure your pup is covered!
Take your pup to the D.W. Field Park which spreads over 650 acres, and features fields, woodlands and ponds. Its interlinking system of 7 ponds provide opportunities for wildlife viewing, and one, Upper Porter Pond, boasts a waterfall. Originally created for irrigation, the ponds and waterfall are now appreciated for their beauty. A narrow, paved road encircles the park that is perfect for an easy walk, as are the various paths that wind throughout. Fido is welcome to walk with you on leash to enjoy this oasis within the bustling city. Several parking lots allow for convenient parking.
Brockton is host to dog-friendly Panera Bread, which offers several outdoor tables where your furry pal can join you for a meal or just a snack. Panera doesn’t feature table service, so you’ll need to either leave Fido tied outside while you go in to order, or use their convenient drive-thru window. Bone appetit!
Brockton’s Montello neighborhood offers the dog-friendly Ames Nowell State Park. This park covers 700 acres, and features the Cleveland Pond, a man-made pond which is a popular spot for fishing and row-boating, canoeing and kayaking.Your leashed pup is welcome on the several miles of hiking trails in the woods and around the pond. The park is open year-round from dawn to dusk, and is an excellent spot to get some exercise for you and your four-footed friend. Maybe even catch a fish or two for lunch with Fido by your side. If you don’t have any luck at Cleveland Pond, give Trout Brook a try! This stream can be found on the western edge of the neighborhood near the Tukis Playground. Happy angling!
The Brockton Hts/ Winters Corner neighborhood is home to the dog-friendly Stone Farm Conservation Area. This is a 104-acre piece of land that contains within it at least 9 hiking trails, several of which feature neighborhood trailheads for easy access. Benches where you and your doggo can rest and enjoy the scenery dot the trails, and boardwalks are placed over wetland areas where you and she will see waterfowl and amphibians along with other birds and small mammals. There is an informational kiosk near the parking lot off Torrey Street. This is an on-leash area, and be sure to bring waste removal bags as none are supplied.
A few miles north of Brockton is the town of Randolph, home to the Randolph Dog Park. This large fenced off-leash park features several paved and wooded paths leading to it, and it continues the wooded theme with a packed dirt surface dotted with trees. It also offers many structures for doggy play, including sets of steps, boulders to climb on, large pipe tunnels and even a fire hydrant. Your fur baby will enjoy hours of socializing, running and playing here while you and the other humans relax on the benches. Drinking water and waste bags are provided, along with conveniently-placed receptacles. There is a separate area for small and timid dogs, too. Come out and play at this pawrific park!
In the South Weymouth/ Pine Grove neighborhood of Weymouth, about 10 miles northeast of Brockton, is Southfield Dog Park. Featuring a grass and wood chip surface, the park is fenced and divided into separate areas for large and small/timid dogs, with separate entrances. Lots of toys are strewn about, whether provided by the park maintainers or just left by previous visitors. For those pups of a mind to test their strength and agility, there is wooden equipment like stairs and tunnels, but for dogs with less ambition, the park is large enough for just romping and running. There are wooded areas nearby, and the occasional small non-canine creature makes an appearance just to make things interesting. Woofderful!
A short distance northwest of Brockton is the Blue Hills/ Curry College neighborhood of Milton, home to the Blue Hills Reservation, over 7,000 acres of natural beauty covering several towns. The dog-friendly park contains 125 miles of trails that meander among wetlands and woodlands. A particularly good park for hikers of all skills and ambition, the trails offer level, relatively short trails like the Wolcott & Border Path, to more challenging ones like the Skyline Loop. The Skyline is a 3-mile loop that accesses several summits, including that of Blue Hill, offering a breathtaking view of the Boston skyline. In winter, all trails are open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well. Bring Fido along for a brisk, exhilarating trek through the snow! It’ll be pawsome!