The place where the first shots of the American Revolutionary War were fired is now a beautiful and tourist-friendly town offering a range of cultural and historic facilities and a charming downtown area bustling with shops and local businesses. Dog owners will love the challenging walking trails passing through the city, as well as the dog parks and three veterinary hospitals located here. You can find two more vet practices just a short drive away in Burlington.
If you are looking to enjoy the great outdoors with your pooch, feel free to explore the 10-mile rail-trail running through suburban Boston from West Cambridge to South Road in Bedford. Minuteman Bikeway passes through Lexington and is considered one of the most pawpular places to visit during the summer. Don't forget to pay a visit to the beautiful Arlington Reservoir, where leashed pups are welcome in the park and near the water during the off-season.
Finding a good dog-friendly restaurant or café will not be a problem in Lexington. Downtown’s eateries are open to tail-waggers year-round, offering the comfort of outdoor tables and a variety of tasty treats. Bertucci's is a great choice, and serves delicious entrees like sautéed chicken piccata. Your pup will even get a complementary water bowl here!
Follow the lead of Sandy Pond Road, starting at the very heart of Lincoln and running all the way northwest to Concord. Along the way, you'll see plenty of green open spaces that will beckon you to hop out of the car and stretch your legs. You'll also find a fun and unusual place to bring Fido: deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. Here, you can soak up some culture while exploring the park's hidden gems. The park is full of walking trails to hit and sniff -- just be sure to bring a leash and some waste baggies. Be on the lookout for interesting sculptures!
The northern part of Waltham neighbors with Lakeview and features a wealth of green parks and recreation areas spread along Trapelo Road and Concord Avenue. The beautiful and peaceful Waltham Dog Ranch is a fully fenced dog park located behind the old Metropolitan State Hospital Admission building. It features a double-gated entry, two separate areas for small and large breeds, an extensive grassy area with obstacles, and bowls for water. There are no drinking water facilities here, though, so you will have to bring your own. This well-maintained park isn't usually crowded, making it the pawfect place to bring a timid pup for some off-leash playtime!
A great day out and exciting adventures are waiting for you and your mutt behind the Cambridge Reservoir in the Hastings neighborhood of Weston! Here, you'll find the extensive area of Cat Rock Park, which welcomes your pooch to play off-leash! This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature, explore walking wooded trails, find hidden treasures, and watch your pup play and sniff out some new buddies. Bring a towel, too, because Fido will surely want to take a dip in the pond! But keep a close eye on your furry friend; the area isn't fenced. After a furrific adventure, treat yourselves to a sweet treat at Dairy Joy, located within walking distance of the park.
The city of Arlington neighbors with Lexington to the west, and its dog-friendly downtown area is home to Whittemore-Robbins House Park, offering breathtaking views of the Boston skyline and plenty of hills to explore with your pup. The park allows for four-legged visitors to play here off-leash from 6 to 9 am daily. The rest of time, you'll need to keep your pooch on their leash while you enjoy the surroundings and walking paths. If you want something really challenging, hit the Minuteman Bikeway, stretching from West Cambridge to Bedford. Afterward, grab a bite at Common Ground in the heart of the city, providing outdoor tables and free treats for pups!