Residents of Westbrook, ME might certainly appreciate its convenient location, but the city has much more to offer than simply being a twenty-minute drive from Portland! Westbrook got its start as an early mill town, with the scenic Sarracappa and Cogin Falls powering the lumber, textile, and paper industries. Paper is still manufactured in Westbrook, but these days, the city is mainly known as a family-friendly, community-oriented place, which manages to maintain a small-town vibe even with a population of over 17,000! And, of course, as the birthplace of Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In terms of pet care, there are six veterinary clinics in Westbrook, and emergency services are available on your doorstep.
There’s no designated dog park in Westbrook, but that doesn’t mean that you and your buddy are bound to be bored! Blue Note Park is a lovely little spot for a leashed walk, and you’ll find some furrifically fur-friendly hiking options right in town. For doggy dining, check out Amatos -- the eggplant parm is delicious, and wagging tails are welcome outside. And if your four-legged friend needs to run free, don’t fret -- you’ll find plenty of off-leash adventure options a little further afield!
No bones about it, if your pooch likes swimming as part of their off-leash adventures, they’ll have a whale of a time at Willard Beach in South Portland! The beach allows free roaming fur-balls during summer mornings and at all times during the off-season. Your pup can splash about in the shallow waters, or you two can just enjoy a spirited game of catch or tug-of-war on the sand. Owners are also sure to appreciate the views of Cushing Island and Ram Island Light. Bags are provided, but there’s no water fountain -- you’ll need to bring your own bottle.
Quarry Run Dog Park is a real mutts-visit! The off-leash area is a pup’s paradise -- there’s plenty of room in both the small and large dog areas for your buddy to burn off their excess energy, and bags are provided. The dog run is also well-shaded, so you can let your pooch leap about to their heart’s content without worrying about them overheating! Quarry Run doesn’t just have a fenced area, though -- there’s also a wooded area with trails for your off-leash pooch to sniff and explore. Like Willard Beach, bags are available on-site, but you’ll have to bring water with you.