Taunton is a New England city located in Bristol County. Dogs living here know their town has a pretty impressive past. In 1637, members of the Plymouth Colony purchased the land from the Nemasket Indians. Taunton eventually evolved into an industrial stronghold, producing iron, bricks and textiles. Now it is a thriving community and home to several pawsome parks and open spaces.
There are over a dozen neighborhood parks and fields that welcome four legged patrons. Parks like Weir Park, Hartshorn Park and Davol Field are on the smaller side, but provide open green space for Fido to sniff around. For a little more room to roam, head over to Memorial Park. Take your pup for some laps around the walking path. His tail will wag with delight as he gets some exercise.
If you are just visiting Taunton and need a pet
friendly place to stay, make a reservation at Holiday Inn Taunton Foxboro. This
puptastic hotel opens its doors to furry guests. Two dogs up to 30 pounds
can stay for an additional fee. Your pup can doze off to dreamland in one of
their deluxe rooms, and get all rested and ready for another day of fun.
If your pooch is a history buff, you’ve got to take her over to the Taunton Town Green. It isn’t just a nice little green patch in the middle of the city. It used to be a training ground for militias during the Revolutionary War. Now, it's a community gathering place famous for the impressive light display during Christmas. Be sure to stop by during the holiday season, so your pup can participate in the festivities. For a nice afternoon walk, head over to Hopewell Park. The Mill River makes up this park’s western border. Your furry pal will enjoy the waterfront scenery.
Pups living in East Taunton are lucky to have Massasoit State Park right in their backyard. This thickly forested state park is a great location for some doggone good exercise. Load your pooch into the car and head over for a hike through pine trees and cranberry bogs. You’ll also pass Lake Rico and several other ponds. Take a stroll around the four mile long Massasoit Loop. For something a bit longer, check out the Lake Rico and Big Bearhole Pond Trail. It clocks in at 5.8 miles, so your four legged hiking buddy is sure to get tuckered out.
If you and your pup have a free evening, head over to New Weir Pizza and order up some delicious food. You can choose from Italian, Greek, or Portuguese dishes. This local hot spot has two outdoor tables that welcome furry guests, so your pup can hang out by your side while you dine. After dinner, walk over to the nearby Weir Riverfront Park. This linear park sits on the banks of the Taunton River and features a paved walking path. A stroll near the river is a perfect way to end your night out.
If your pup is begging for some outdoor fun, grab his leash and head over to Boyden Park. Located in the Tremont area, this spacious park is a peaceful respite from the cares of everyday life. A few miles of trails weave in and out of the thick woods. Your pup will love being out in nature and will perk his ears up to the chirping sounds of the resident birds. Chances are you’ll see other dogs out for a walk, so make sure your pooch stays leashed up. Since drinking water is not available, pack enough to keep your hydrated.
Freetown-Fall River State Forest is just a 10 mile drive south of Taunton. This 5,000 acre forest is located in the town of Assonet, and is home to the Wampanoag Reservation, and natural rock outcropping dubbed ‘Profile Rock.’ Hikers, horseback riders, and dirt bikers come from the surrounding area to take advantage of the 25 mile network of trails. Clip on your pup’s leash and head out on the three mile Freetown Trail. If your canine buddy prefers a shorter walk, try the 1.3 mile Freetown Fall River State Forest Loop or the 1.6 mile Copicut Woods Trail.