Westborough, Massachusetts is located in Worcester County, about 45 minutes outside of Boston. Although Westborough wasn’t officially incorporated until 1715, its origins can be traced much further back – like, way back. In fact, it’s known that the area we call Westborough was actually frequented in 7000 BC. There’s no need to reread that date; you read it correctly. Back then, the area was a crossroads for nomadic people. Today, Westborough has several homes on the National Register of Historic Places. If you’re a history buff, you definitely need to add a visit to Westborough to your to-do list.
Chances are, however, that your dog doesn’t care about Westborough’s history. Your dog just wants to have fun a good time with you! Unfortunately, Westborough doesn’t have any dog parks or dog-friendly dining options. If you’re looking to enjoy an outing with your dog, you’ll have to visit a nearby city. Fortunately, if you need care for your sick or injured pup, there are a couple of veterinarian clinics in the town, so you won’t have to go too far to find help. Westborough is a beautiful town with a rich, colorful history. Whether you’re looking to visit or settle down, check it out!
Most dogs love going for long walks, and if you’re looking for somewhere new to take your dog, visit Whitehall State Park! It’s located just six miles from Westborough, and there’s plenty of on-site parking available. A six-mile trail explores the perimeter of the park, and Fido can join you on it. He’ll need to be on his leash, both for his safety and the safety of others in the park. You’ll also need to bring some drinking water and waste bags along to clean up after him. Adventure awaits you and Fido at Whitehall State Park!
Ten miles from Westborough, West Millbury is home to Butler Farm Dog Park, where your dog is sure to have a ball! This bark park does charge an annual fee of five dollars for Millbury residents or twenty dollars for residents of other cities, but most people say it’s certainly worth it. Butler Farm has running water so that your pups don’t get overheated, and there’s also plenty of seating for dog moms and dads. Don't forget to bring some waste baggies with you. Make sure you’re a licensed member of this park before visiting. Police do give out tickets to trespassers.
Another state park in the area, Hopkinton State Park, is located just seven miles from Westborough. This state park has plenty of room for even the most energetic dogs to burn off some energy. There are a few trails winding through the park, and Fido can join you on any of them. He’ll need to be on his leash, and you’re responsible for cleaning up after him. After you’re done hiking, settle down at one of the picnic shelters for lunch! Make sure to share with Fido, though, or at least bring some food along for him.
Less than ten miles from Westborough, you can take a hike in a beautiful location! Ashland State Park has a hiking trail with an incredible view of the lake there; the trail actually loops around the lake. Letting your dog go for a swim isn’t recommended, though. Make sure to bring along plenty of water for both you and your dog, and make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Sparky will need to stay on his leash while he’s in the park, and you have to clean up after him. Don’t let the beautiful view be ruined by poo!
Looking for somewhere dog-friendly to eat with your pooch? Shrewsbury is just seven miles away from Westborough, and there are plenty of options waiting for you! Chow down with your chow-hound at 2ovens, where you can get just about anything your heart desires. From pizza to burgers or seafood to ribs, the choice is yours! Want something a little lighter? Check out b.good. This restaurant serves up sandwiches and smoothies, and they also have vegetarian and vegan options. Both restaurants have dog-friendly patios, but good behavior is required – both by you and your dog, of course! Bone Appetit!