Ipswich is located in Essex County, Massachusetts. After being settled in 1630, this seaside town was inhabited by farmers, fisherman, and shipbuilders. It also became famous for its lace making industry. Now, it is a charming tourist destination with historic buildings and beautiful open spaces. The town’s clam harvest is celebrated annually with the Ipswich Chowderfest.
The Historic Ipswich Walking Tour is the perfect way for you and your pup to get acquainted with this pawsome city. The tour takes you past houses that belonged to notable residents and display 17th and 18th century architecture. You’ll also see memorials, a cemetery, stone bridges, and significant sites. Your pup will be a regular history buff when he’s done with this tour. The shorter version is 2 miles, while the longer version of the walk clocks in at 4 miles.
After your walk, head over to the Clam Box and get some of area’s famous clams. Shrimp, scallops, and haddock are also available. For those with seafood aversions, the menu includes burgers and hot dogs. Pet friendly tables are available outside.
Not only does Ipswich have a rich history, it also has three local veterinary clinics and hours of outdoor recreation. No wonder dogs love living in this puptastic place!
Next time your pup needs a walk, head over to the Willowdale State Forest. Sprawling over 3,000 acres, this massive park spills over into a couple neighboring cities. There are 40 miles of trails that wind through the forest, so it’s a good idea to bring a map. Needless to say, your pooch will have plenty of room to get some much needed exercise. Since the trails are multiuse, chances are you will see mountain bikers, joggers, horseback riders, and other dog walkers. Keep your pooch on leash and remember to bring plenty of water to keep her hydrated.
This area showcases the beautiful natural spaces of Ipswich. Leash up your pup and make your way to the Julia Bird Reservation. Take your pal for a brisk walk through the woodlands and open fields. Trails pass through hardwood trees and along the Ipswich River. The land surrounding New England Biolabs is also open to the public, and is prime walking space. Your pup will wag his tail as you wander through wetlands, forests, and meadows. Don’t forget Crane Beach! From October 1 to March 30, dogs are welcome to splash in the surf. Be sure to explore the surrounding trails that meander through the sand dunes. Sounds furrific!
The Sidney Shurcliff River Walk runs along the Ipswich River. It may be short and sweet, but it’s a delightful path that lets your pup enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. It begins at the County Street Bridge and ends up at Town Hall. After your walk, pop into the nearby Zumi’s Espresso and Ice Cream Bar for a pick me up. The menu is chock full of special blends, espressos, teas, and other drinks. Don’t leave without ordering a scoop (or two) of their freshly made ice cream. Order your treats to go or hang out with your pooch at a table on the back porch.
Bradley Palmer State Park is located in the neighboring town of Topsfield and is just a quick 10 minute drive from Ipswich. Pack up your pup and head over for a nature filled afternoon. This beautiful park sprawls over 700 acres and surrounds the Ipswich River. Not only will your furry pal get a great workout as she trots along the trails, she’ll enjoy the pupperific scenery of forests and open meadows. The Bay Circuit Trail and the Discover Hamilton Trail pass through the park. These trails link the park with the nearby Willowdale State Forest. Be sure to bring plenty of water, all that walking will make your pup thirsty!
Just 20 minutes west of Ipswich, you’ll find Georgetown-Rowley State Forest. Located in Georgetown, this natural area provides hours of outdoor fun. Pack some snacks, water, and a leash, then head over for some fantastic hiking. The Georgetown-Rowley State Forest Loop Trail runs about 8 miles and gives you a great tour of the area. Your pooch will love exploring the wetlands, ponds, and babbling brooks. She can sniff her way around while getting in some doggy cardio. Some of the trails are multiuse, so expect to see some mountain bikes. No bones about it, this place will make you pup’s tail wag!