Located just five miles north of Providence, Rhode Island’s capital city, is Pawtucket. While it might not have as much notoriety as its neighbor, Pawtucket is quite the hustlin’ and bustlin’ city, and it's Rhode Island’s fourth largest. If the name sounds familiar to you, you might know it from the adult cartoon Family Guy, which frequently features Pawtucket Brewery as the main character’s place of employment.
There’s much more to this coastal town than television shows, though. There’s a lot of fun to be had, both for humans and their canine companions alike! With one dog park and several dog-friendly restaurants, Pawtucket has many different options for taking your pup out on the town with you. The city also has a few veterinarian clinics, meaning you and your family can pick which option is best for your pooch. If you find yourself wanting more to do with your dog, there’s plenty to do within a 20-minute drive in any direction. If you’re searching for a fun city to explore with your dog, make sure to give Pawtucket a chance. You never know what you and your furry friend will get into!
If you’re looking for a chance for your pup to make some friends of his own kind, make sure to check out Slater Park’s Pawtucket Dog Park. This dog park has plenty of room for your canine companion to run around and burn off any pent-up energy. There are separate areas for large and small dogs. While this dog park doesn’t provide waste disposal bags, which means you’ll need to bring your own, it does have running water and water bowls for your dog. This is an off-leash dog park. Some breed restrictions apply.
Just across the Rhode Island and Massachusetts border is Attleboro’s Attleboro Dog Park, and if you’re looking for a large place for your dog to run around and make new friends, make sure to give this park a try! You’ll need to know your dog’s license number to sign in. This off-leash dog park is completely fenced in, so you don’t have to worry while your dog explores the park. Waste disposal bags and water is not provided. There are two separate areas for large and small dogs, but locals say most people try to let them play together.
If you’re looking for somewhere with plenty of options to dine with your dog, head five miles south of Pawtucket to Providence’s Hope neighborhood. Chez Pascal dishes up traditional French cuisine and more modern dishes inspired by French classics. They have four dog-friendly tables outside. Want something a bit simpler? Check out The Sandwich Hut. This local favorite has been serving up a variety of sandwiches since the 1960s! Your dog can dine with you on the patio. A leash is required at both restaurants, as is good behavior. Outdoor dining isn’t available when the weather is bad.
Located just three miles from Pawtucket is Lincoln Woods State Park, where you’ll have plenty of fun with your four-legged friend! Lincoln Woods State Park has trails for you and your pooch to explore together. He must be on a leash at all times. Make sure you look at a trail map before heading out; some trails are exclusively for mountain bikers, and some are for equestrian riders. You’ll want to bring along plenty of water and waste disposal bags. When you’re done hiking, enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the park’s picnic shelters. Head out and have a pawesome time!
About fifteen minutes from Pawtucket is Providence’s Federal Hill neighborhood. If you’re looking for another dog park, come here to visit Dexter Dog Park. This fenced-in, off-leash dog park is located within Dexter Training Grounds. There’s plenty of space for your dog to run around with his new friends, and there’s seating for dog parents to rest while their pups burn off all their energy. Make sure to bring along your own waste disposal bags and water, as the park doesn’t provide any for you. Come out and have a ball at Dexter Dog Park!