Located a little more than half an hour from Boston, the town of Westwood, Massachusetts has made quite a name for itself since it was first incorporated in 1897. Money Magazine once listed it as one of the best places to live in the United States, and that’s especially true if you’re a history buff. Westwood is home to the oldest animal shelter in the United States, and it also lays claim to a cave where King Philip and his men supposedly hid during the war named for him. The town is also the former home of two men in the Hockey Hall of Fame, Fern Flaman and Milt Schmidt.
While these things might interest you, they probably don’t impress your dog. Unfortunately, there aren’t many dog-friendly opportunities in Westwood. There are, however, several opportunities for you and Fido not too far away. There are a few options for veterinarians located within Westwood, so even though you might have to travel to visit a dog park or dog-friendly restaurant, you won’t have to do so to get care for your dog when he needs it the most. Don’t write Westwood off completely, though; you can your dog can still go for a walk and enjoy a scenic view.
If you and your nature-loving pooch want to get out of the house and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, head to Dover’s Noanet Woodlands! Noanet Woodlands is only about five miles from Westwood, so you won’t have to travel far. This beautiful area allows you and your leashed dog to go for a hike on beautiful trails that run alongside a pond. If your dog is feeling adventurous, he can even go for a dip in the water! Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water and waste disposal bags.
Located about twenty minutes from Westwood, Sharon’s Sampson Park is home to Sharon Dog Park! This bark park is a huge hit with the locals, and rightfully so. Sharon Dog Park has plenty of space for your dog to run around, and there’s also a separate section for smaller or shyer dogs. The dog park also provides water, waste disposal bags, and seating for dog parents. Sharon Dog Park makes it easy for your dog to make some pawesome new friends of his own, so make sure to pay it a visit!
Randolph’s Randolph Dog Park, located about twenty minutes from Westwood, can’t be beat if you’re looking for a dog park for your adventurous pup. Randolph Dog Park is full of agility equipment, including tire tunnels that they can traverse through or climb on and stairs that are perfect for leaping from. There’s a separate area for smaller dogs so that they don’t accidentally get hurt. Water is provided for your dogs, but you might want to bring some for yourself, along with waste disposal bags to clean up after your pet.
If you find yourself craving a sweet treat and want to bring your dog along, make sure to visit Needham’s Abbott’s Frozen Custard. It’s about ten minutes from Westwood, and as the name implies, this sweet shop offers frozen custard and mouthwatering milkshakes. Your dog can dine with you on the patio; if he’s lucky, you might be in the mood to slip him a spoonful of vanilla custard. If you want a full meal, visit Nicholas’s Pizza to grab a slice or two. Fido can join you at an outdoor table. Your dog needs to be leashed at both locations.
Okay, so Larz Anderson Park -- located about fifteen minutes away from Westwood -- isn’t technically a dog park. During the summer, though, your dog can run around and have some fun off his leash between nine in the morning and one in the afternoon. During the winter, your dog is allowed off his leash at all times. You have to keep your furry friend away from the playground, though, for safety purposes. Make sure to bring along waste disposal bags and water for your pooch! It’d also be best to have a leash on hand in case you need one.