Orleans, Massachusetts is located on the “inner elbow” of Cape Cod Bay. The eastern side of town is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, and is dotted with many Islands, inlets and harbors. This charming and beautiful town has drawn a large retirement population, and the many parks and beaches make it simple to keep an active healthy lifestyle. Best of all, many of these areas are dog friendly, so Fifi doesn’t need to miss out on the fun!
This town has many different places where you can go to switch up you morning walk with your pupper! Check out Eldridge Park, located near the center of Orleans, for some fresh air and greenery. The park features baseball diamonds and a soccer field where you dog can romp around while there are no games in play. Dogs are welcome in this park, as long as they stay leashed and are picked up after.
For a unique way to spend some time with your pooch, head over to Booksmith Musicsmith. This large, independently owned bookstore allows dogs inside to wander with their owner as they perouse the books, CDs, vinyls and magazines. They also sell dogs leashes and other pet accessories!
With all of these pet friendly spaces in town, Orleans is a doggone great place to raise a fun loving puppy!
A woofderful place for dogs and their walkers to get some exercise in Orleans is the Cape Cod Rail Trail. This is just one of the many trails supported by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, and it passes right through the Town Cove neighborhood in Orleans. This 22 mile paved pathway is easy on the paws and the eyes, and short side trips lead to some of the many beaches in this area. Leashed dogs are welcome! When you need a frosty treat afterwards, no need to go far, because the Ice Cream Cafe is located in the same neighborhood. They serve homemade ice cream in a variety of flavours, like salted caramel or black raspberry. Your doggo is welcome to join you at one of the outdoor tables!
If you and your dog happen to be in the East Orleans neighborhood, you’re in a for a treat! This neighborhood is proud home to the Nauset Beach. This 10 mile stretch of beach has gorgeous rolling sand dunes that your pup can run and play on. After all that play time, you and your dog can cool off by rinsing and repeating in the Atlantic Ocean. Dogs are welcome to enjoy some glorious off-leash freedom on this beach during the off season, between October 1st and May 1st. Don’t forget the waste bags, and your pal’s favorite ball! After working up an appetite, head over to Zia Pizzeria and Cafe located in the same neighborhood. They offer traditional, specialty, and artisan pizza, that you can enjoy at one of the five outdoor dog friendly tables.
The park that everyone in the neighborhood is barking about is Kent’s Point, located in the Eldridge Park Way neighborhood. This 12 acre park has a combination of wooded and beach trails to enjoy, with scenic views along the way. Get ready for some pawsitive socialization, because this park is where many dogs and their walkers like to go! You may want to pack a lunch too, because there are picnic tables here where you can kick back and enjoy the tranquility. The park is friendly to leashed dogs of course, as long as they stay leashed and follow proper petiquette.
In the neighborhood of Skaket Beach, visiting the namesake beach is a must. The Skaket Beach welcomes dogs during the off-season, which is from October 1st to May 1st. Famous for its gorgeous sunsets, during low tide you can walk for about half a mile across the tidal flats. This leaves small tidal pools to play in, and hermit crabs to watch and gently sniff! Even during the off-season, this park is for everyone to enjoy, so please keep your dog leashed and pick up after him. If you want to stay a while in this area, check in at the Skaket Beach Motel. This conveniently located motel welcomes two dogs of any size for a small fee.
Just a short trot across the border into the town of Brewster brings you into the great outdoors. Under 10 minutes from Orleans, The East Brewster neighborhood is proud home to the very popular Nickerson State Park. This state park has almost 2000 acres of beautiful forest, and many different ways to enjoy it! They offer more than 400 campsites, and over 8 miles of multi-use trails. There are several fresh water ponds in this state park as well, with walking trails encircling them suitable for any fitness level. Your dog is welcome to join you, but he must remain leashed, and is not allowed on the beach areas. Campground amenities include modern restrooms, fire pits with grills, and picnic tables.