Rich in history and family-friendly, the town of Foster, RI sits on the Connecticut border just 22 miles from Providence. Settled in the 1700s, Foster is home to the oldest government meeting house in the entire United States. There’s a spookier side to the town’s history, though -- the Hopkins Mill Historic District is said to be haunted by the ghost of Dolly Cole, a local witch killed by superstitious townsfolk. Folks say her spirit floats above Foster’s waterways by night, but don’t worry -- most visitors seem able to explore the remains of this old colonial town undisturbed by apparitions! Ghost sightings aside, today, Foster is known as a small, peaceful town, possessing a sense of civic pride showcased by the many community events that take place throughout the year.
Foster doesn’t have its own dog park, but you and your pooch won’t have too "ruff" a time finding exercise options! Little Rhody Vista Park is a lovely little spot for a leashed walk. Visit in the summer and you two might even be able to catch an open air concert. The town is also close to some fantastically fur-friendly hiking trails, with some splendid scenery to sweeten the deal.
And don’t worry; you’ll find plenty of scope for off-leash adventures just a short drive away!
Make no bones about it -- your furball will love a trip to Dexter’s Dog Park in Providence’s Federal Hill! The park is a little bigger than the one in Putnam, making it an excellent option for larger pups or those who need a bit more room to run around. Like the Putnam park, Dexter’s Dog Park has a separate small area -- however, there’s not a lot of shade, so you might want to give this one a miss on a hot summer’s day. After your workout, consider stopping in at Hudson’s Street Deli. This Federal Hill gem does some of the best breakfast bagels in town, and caters to canine customers outside.