The town of Kittery should probably have been called Puppery! Kittery is the oldest town in its state, and is known as the gateway to Maine. Here you can walk through the historic buildings in this charming town, and then head down to the waterfront along the Atlantic Ocean and the Piscataqua River. With oceanfront parks and trails, along with the two veterinary hospitals, it's a breeze to raise a happy, healthy puppy in Kittery!
Be transported back in time and explore some of the old military forts over at Fort Forster, located on Gerrish Island in Kittery. These ruins are set up against a beautiful ocean backdrop, with three sandy beaches and lighthouse views. There is also an extensive trail system to explore that your pooch will love to sniff and explore through! Amenities include restrooms and picnic areas. There is a small entrance fee for this well-maintained park, but leashed dogs are welcome to join in on the fun!
When you’re looking for somewhere to crash after a day of adventures with Fido, the Enchanted Nights Bed and Breakfast will make you feel right at home. They offer Victorian charm with modern amenities, and welcome up to three dogs of any size for no additional fee!
With all of these pet friendly activities and amenities, Kittery is sure to get your pup’s tail wagging.
The bustling City Center neighborhood of Kittery is not short on green space for you and your doggo to escape to! This neighborhood has a couple great urban parks to enjoy. One of the favorites is the John Paul Jones Historic Site. This park has sprawling grassy areas where your pup can sniff and play on while you enjoy learning about the town's history posted throughout the park. Just across the street is Inspiration Park. Here you can sit in the pavillion next to your best pal while you enjoy the sights and scents of the flower gardens. Leashed dogs are welcome in both of these parks, as long as they get picked up after!
To enjoy some sand and surf along the Atlantic Ocean, head over to the Kittery Point neighborhood. Here you can find the beach that all the dogs are barking about, Seapoint Beach. You can find this rocky beach on Cutts Island, just off of Seapoint Road. Dogs are allowed to enjoy this beach with their humans during off season between September 10th and June 15th between 10am and 5pm, as long as they stay under the control of their owner and are picked up after. If beaches aren’t your jam, head over to the Fort McClary State Historic Site. Here you and your pup can enjoy walking through the military ruins with gorgeous bay views. Leashed dogs are welcome!
Just across the bridge into the town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, brings you to another puppy paradise! It’s in the Middle St / Miller Ave neighborhood of this town that you can find the South Mill Pond Dog Park. This park features a double gated fenced in area where your playful pup can romp around in off-leash freedom. There is also an unfenced off-leash area that borders the west end of South Mill Pond. The park also has shaded areas, drinking water, and an agility course. For some more green space to explore in this neighborhood, head over to the very pawpular Prescott Park. In this waterfront park you can enjoy the pathways that meander through blooming gardens and fountains. You may even be able to catch some summer performances! Dogs are welcome too, as long as they stay leashed and are picked up after.
In the town of New Castle, on New Castle Island, you can find another great seaside park to enjoy with your canine companion. The Great Island Common Park is situated on the east side of the island, just a 15 minute drive from Kittery, and offers 32 acres greenery and beach. This family friendly park also has picnic areas and playgrounds. Leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy the common and the beach from September 15th to May 15th. Don’t forget the waste bags and drinking water! After working up and appetite, you and your pupper should head over to the Latitudes Restaurant. Here you can enjoy the ocean views, while you dig into some New England Clam Chowder at one of the outdoor dog friendly tables.
For a unique experience with your pup, head over to Granite State Whale Watch in the the town of Rye. This whale watching area is just 20 minutes from the town of Kittery, and the drive is worth it! Dogs are welcome to join their two-legged friends on this scenic whale watch, as long as they stay leashed and it’s not their first time at sea. If you don’t quite have your sea legs yet, head over to Jenness State Beach, where you may be able to see some whales from the shore. Leashed dogs are allowed to enjoy this large sandy beach during the off season between October 1st and April 30th, or during the summer before 9am and after 7pm.