Lynn, Massachusetts, situated on the Atlantic Ocean about 10 miles north of Boston, is a coastal city with a welcoming beach area and a fragrant forest complete with vibrant wildlife and multiple options for outdoor activities. Lynn is also home to a dog park and two veterinary clinics within walking distance from downtown.
Parkland Avenue Dog Park is a simple but nice spot to start your adventures in Lynn with your pup. Hidden between Pine Grove Cemetery and Lynn Woods, this beautiful, fenced dog park is a local favorite of resident pooches. Depending on the time of day, you may bump into a bunch of friendly owners and their mutts, or you may find yourself playing fetch alone with your pooch.
If you're seeking an adventure, Lynn Woods is happy to welcome you and your leashed pup on multiple walking trails leading to a local garden, a cave to explore, and a stone tower providing picturesque views of Boston. Did all that fresh air make you hungry? Porthole Pub, serving hot and cold sandwiches and a bunch of tasty snacks, will welcome your furry baby at the waterfront deck seating. Time for chicken wings!
Nahant Beach is a small string of sandy heaven connecting Nahant and Lynn together. This unspoiled, pristine beach is just a perfect place to come by with Fido for a nice walk along the shoreline. Dogs are allowed to swim here from October 1st through April 30th. Attentive dog owners and friendly pups help maintain the area and keep it clean and attractive for new visitors. Even though the beach is clean, you shouldn't let your pup drink the water -- be sure to bring some with you! The beach's rules also insist that dogs need to be kept on leash at all times.
Situated on a peninsula, Nahant is a unique city you can reach only by traveling through Lynn. Flash Road, in the northern part of the city, is home to a mix of multi-purpose recreation areas. Here, you will find plenty of places to explore: Nahant Golf Club with a pond; Baileys Point with a shoreline and paths to the water; and finally Battery Garden and Flash Road Playground, a cool place to come for a nice walk along the trails. This is not a dog park, but your pup is always welcome as long as he stays on his leash and behaves!
If you follow Walnut Street all the way to the west, you will find the spacious Breakheart Reservation after a 10-minute ride. The forest features spots for different activities, including hiking, swimming, and fishing. The park is also a dog-friendly area with a separate, fenced place (complete with a double gated entrance!) for pooches to run and play off-leash. You'll find plenty of other dogs for Fido to socialize with at this mulch-covered park. If your hound has a sweet tooth, you should definitely visit Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, not far from Broadway, with outdoor tables and sweet, creamy treats!
The city of Salem is a truly furrific place. You're welcome to roam the streets with your pup here, or enjoy some off-leash playtime in a special designated area just for pups. Salem Play Area for Canine Exercise (SPACE), known by the locals as Salem Dog Park, is a pawesome place to exercise with your pup and make friends with some of the local dogs and their owners. This fenced dog park is situated right behind North River, and has some grass and drinking water facilities. You'll need a permit to play here, which can be obtained online.
Bright, colorful and densely populated, Salem's downtown area is home to so many pet-friendly attractions that you may not have time to visit them all! Salem Historical Tours offers multiple dog-friendly options for cultural and historical enrichment, from simple excursions around the city to movie nights and ghost tours. You won't be able to resist shopping in Salem, so why not visit New England Dog Biscuit Company, a pet-friendly shop offering dog toys and locally made treats for canines? If you need a few souvenirs, feel free to stop by Trolley Depot, one of the oldest and best gift shops in the area, with your leashed pooch!