Needham Heights is a northern neighborhood of Needham, a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts. The neighborhood is set in close proximity to recreation areas, as well as to the commercial center in downtown Needham, which offers a range of pet-friendly eateries and a few public parks for on-leash walkies. Needham Heights is also home to two veterinary clinics, so you won't even have to travel out of the borough to find quality vet care.
Needham Memorial Park is the closest historic spot to visit with Fido for a brief walk along shaded hiking trails. However, there are more comfortable and interesting places to spend a weekend or a day off exploring nature and watching wild animals in their natural habitat. Cutler Park Reservation is a state park with wetlands, marsh and a lake -- a perfect spot to take Fido for bird-watching in a quiet area. Fishing, hiking, and canoeing are also available, but just remember to keep your pooch on a leash.
Take Fido for a doggie dinner date in Needham downtown! Petite Robert Bistro is a cozy authentic cafe with a friendly staff and French cuisine served at the outdoor tables.
Needham Heights is the pawfect place for dog owners to live or visit!
Noanet Woodlands, in the eastern part of Dover, Massachusetts, is a huge wooded preserve featuring about 17 miles of hiking trails leading through gorgeous wilderness. The preserve is also a great spot for bird-watching. This is a public park, and your brave explorer should stay on their leash while accompanying you on the walking trails here. Not surprisingly, this place is extremely popular among locals! You may be stunned at how many dogs and owners you will find on Noanet Peak if you decide to conquer this crest with your buddy. Don't forget to take a selfie from the top!
Located not far from the Boston College area in Newton, Massachusetts, Chestnut Hill is an eastern neighborhood less than 6 miles from downtown. You won't be able to resist the New England allure of the neighborhood, which offers a few amazing spots to bring Fido. Don't miss Chestnut Hill Reservoir, an awesome place with quiet surroundings, picturesque views, and plenty of walking trails to explore. Since it's connected to the public recreation area, pooches should stay on-leash at all times. Craving a sweet treat after all that exploring? Head to White Mountain Creamery! The shop sells dozens of sweets, and the staff will be happy to welcome your leashed pup inside the building.
Brighton is a Boston neighborhood located in the northwestern region of the city, just a few miles away from the borough of Newton Corner. There are several recreation areas in the heart of Brighton, but the coolest spot is Rogers Park, a marvelous dog park dedicated entirely to canines and their loyal owners. Even though it is a public park, you will meet plenty of other dog owners enjoying their day out with their pups, playing fetch and showing off their dogs' cool tricks. Be sure to join the pack so Fido can show off and sniff out some new friends.
A Brookline neighborhood, Aspinwall Hill is a nice but rather busy place, with a bustling commercial area and lots of traffic near Beacon and Washington streets. According to Brookline's leash laws, pooches are welcome to go wild off-leash in the public parks from dawn to 9 am. If you have a buddy who would prefer a good run to a good sleep, enjoy the small but well-shaded area of Schick Park. The park is fenced and has benches -- however, it does not have drinking water facilities, so you'll need to bring some. Want more playtime? Jean Waldstein Playground is another nice public park with off-leash policies for mutts before 9 am.
Emerson Gardens is one of the central neighborhoods in Brookline with a super busy commercial area and a variety of eateries. It's also home to a few public recreation spots, which are effectively dog parks early in the morning! According to Brookline’s Green Dog Park Program, the public parks become a great place to play off-leash with Fido and burn some energy! However, the timing is a bit unusual -- dogs are allowed off-leash from dawn to 9 am. If you have a morning person (or pup!) with you, do check out Emerson Gardens, a public park with an extensive playground, shade, benches and lots of room to run. Then, head to Daniel F. Ford Park for more off-leash fun!
Hi, I'm Emily! I have been walking and working with dogs since I was 10 years old and have volunteered at the same animal shelter for 5 years. I also have 3 dogs of my own who range from tiny to huge, so I am comfortable with all breeds. In 2013, I took an animal first aid certification course and volunteered with stray dogs in Thailand, so I am comfortable with caring for injured animals and performing animal CPR. I'm really excited to meet your best friends!