Although it's technically a neighborhood within the northern end of East Providence, Rhode Island, Rumford has taken on a life of its own! Although this area was originally settled way back in 1636, the town has undergone plenty of changes. At first, Rumford wasn’t even considered part of Rhode Island; it was actually considered part of two towns in the neighboring state of Massachusetts. Rumford didn’t become part of Rhode Island until 1862 - over two hundred years after its founding. With its dense population and quaint main street district, there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Unfortunately, the “something for everyone” doesn’t really extend to our canine companions. If you’re hoping to have some fun and want to bring your dog along, there’s only one dog-friendly restaurant available, which is located in the southern end of Rumford. Don’t fret just yet, though! With Rumford being so close to East Providence and Providence, there’s fun to be had that’s only just a hop, skip, and jump -- or car ride -- away. There are several veterinarian clinics located within these two cities as well, so you’re never too far away from getting care for your dog. Give Rumford a go; you get the small town vibe with a major city just next door.
Although your pooch definitely loves hanging out with you, he also probably wants to hang out with his own species from time to time. Why not visit a popular dog park to let him? Slater Park, located in Pawtucket, is just ten minutes up the road from Rumford, and it’s home to Pawtucket Dog Park. With two separate areas for large and small dogs, you can play it safe knowing that your dog is with friends he can handle. Some breed restrictions do apply; call the local parks and recreation department if you want more information on these regulations.