Small and stately, North Providence, RI is a town that was birthed out of a grouping of several villages, which is one of the many reasons this compact city has been able to retain a friendly, neighborhood feel. Incorporated as a town in 1765, only a year before the Declaration of Independence was signed, the small city boasts a strong history, a colonial aesthetic, and many community events throughout the year.
North Providence has two beautiful, dog-friendly community parks and a fabulous freshwater beach for your pooch to romp through. There’s also two veterinary clinics within the city limits to take good care of your buddy. In terms of refreshments, Del’s Frozen Lemonade on Douglas Avenue allows dogs at outdoor tables. But with only one eatery in town, and no off-leash dog parks, you need to roam a little fur-ther afield to give your faithful friend the most fantastic experience. Fortunately, you and your pooch are only minutes drive away from the pawesome facilities available in Providence and the surrounding area, where your’re sure to find something to get your pup's tail wagging!
The most dog-furriendly facilities in North Providence are all clustered around the Wenscott Resevoir. The Governor John Lotte Memorial Park on Douglas Avenue welcomes leashed dogs. There’s over two miles of walking trails, a freshwater beach, and a program of outdoor events from spring 'til fall. The adjoining Camp Meehan has less space, but beautiful views from the Meehan Overlook. Peter Randall State Park, on Smithfield Road, has several miles of quiet trails that your pooch can explore; just be sure to find a trail map online before you go.
The neighborhood of Wayland in Providence, just eight miles away from North Providence, is a pup’s paradise. Waterman Street Dog Park is easy to miss (look for chain-link fence amid a wooded area), but certainly not to be missed out on! Tennis balls, poop bags and water are provided -- just bring your pup and a strong desire to play fetch! Blackstone Park, on the corner of Angell and Paterson Street, has a scenic, wooded trail, though a leash is required. Wayland Square is also home to the truly unique Books on the Square. If your pooch is all tired out, you two can visit a dog-friendly bookstore and relax with a best-seller. Or, pop in to Tea and Java for a canine-friendly coffee experience!
Lincoln, RI is only four miles from North Providence and well worth the short trip. Chase Farms on Great Road is highly rated by local dog walkers who let their dogs swim in the lake, run through open fields and socialize to their hearts' content! It’s also right next to the much larger Lincoln Woods State Park, where you can take your leashed pooch on a 2.8-mile trail hike along the old rail track. There’s a waterfront area, a recently renovated freshwater beach area, and family friendly events throughout the summer.
Fox Point is arguably the most historic part of Providence, and is home to city’s oldest buildings. It also has a whole load of amenities for your furry friend. Gano Street Dog Park is small, but functional for a quick run. Just make sure to bring your own waste bags! India Point Park, so named for the merchant ships that used to land there, has 18 acres of space for leashed walks. Right at the confluence of the Seekonk and Providence Rivers as they flow in to the Narransaggett Bay, there’s also a breathtaking waterfront walk. Fox Point is also home to The Duck and Bunny, a quaint breakfast spot where you can dine with your canine companion!
Cranston is a fifteen-minute drive from North Providence, and boasts a little known dog-friendly hike. The recently opened Washington Secondary Rail Trail is 19.2 miles long, and perfect for a very thorough leashed workout! The main attraction in Cranston for pups and their owners, though, is the city's dog-friendly eateries! Cranston is home to Rhode Island’s only dog pizza parlour: Pizza Pups on Lawrence Street. Treats can be organic, gluten-free, sweet or savory -- the only limit is your imagination and your pooch’s appetite!