The scenic, charming and relaxed South County is a great place to visit with family, even if the family is just your furry friend! Plenty of pristine beaches and resorts, an alluring climate, and cozy harbors paired with unique shopping and outdoor activities all come together to create a furrific place for pet owners to live and visit. Even though South Kingstown is not set next to the waterfront area, this city has its fair share of dog-friendly activities. Conveniently, the town is located in a short ride from a veterinary hospital, which will keep your best fur-iend in tip-top shape.
Leaving the spotless beaches behind, head west to find a place where your pooch will not be disappointed! South Kingstown Dog Park is a pawesome place to stop by and have some off-leash fun in the area. Significantly remote from the city center, the park set in a nice, quiet neighborhood and is easy to find. The place features two fenced-in areas for small and large breeds, grass, trees and thousands of happy visitors wiggling their tails in excitement!
Road Island is generous on outdoor activities, and if you decide that hiking is something you want to do with the pooch, then you'll want to head to Francis Carter Memorial Preserve. Here, you'll find an easy hiking trail which meanders through picturesque nature and beautiful landscapes. Or, you can explore South Kingstown's downtown area, taking individual driving or walking tours. Make sure that you keep the pup on the leash at all times.
Less than 20 minutes north of South Kingstown, along the shining lakes and alluring landscapes, you will find a quiet retreat at John H. Chafee Nature Preserve, which belongs to a northern namesake of South Kingstown. This is a vast nature preserve with rocky beaches and miles of walking trails surrounded by wilderness and rare spices. Grab a leash and enjoy a walk around the area, hitting well-maintained main trails and exploring the side ones. The trails are fairly moderate and can be completed in half an hour. There are no water facilities or trash cans, so keep that in mind while visiting!
The southwestern part of Charlestown will welcome you with extensive wildlife and nature preserves coupled with crystal clear lakes and creeks. Ninigret Park, conveniently located right across from the city’s Chamber of Commerce, is a beautiful place with a nature observatory, playgrounds, ball fields and a dog park. Located within the area, the fenced dog park features two separate sections for small and large breeds and lots of room to run. Since this park is pawpular with the locals, your pal is sure to make some new fur-iends here! He'll run himself ragged chasing after the other pups here, so don't forget to bring some water!
West Newport is occupied by shopping facilities of all sorts, and also features a huge recreation area, Maintonomi Memorial Park, and the standalone Coasters Harbor Island. The best place to visit with the pooch in the area is basically hidden among many tourist-friendly attractions along JT Connell Highway. Set in a busy commercial area, Newport Dog Park welcomes pooches of all sizes and temperaments to play and have fun off-leash while their masters relax and sit on the benches. This is a secure, fenced dog park with wood chips and some grass covering the area and enough shade to hide on a sunny day and catch a breath. No water facilities are provided, so bring your bottle and bowl and have a blast!
Nestled on the shores of Brenton Cove, Fort Adams State Park is a local city attraction welcoming thousands of tourists from all over the world. Picturesque views, quiet recreation spots, and occasional festivals are just a few of the things this pawesome park has to offer. The park will rescue your pooch from the hustle and bustle of Newport, offering a spacious area to explore, miles of walking trails, picnic areas and boat launches. You have to keep your mutt on the leash at all times if you want to visit every corner of the park, but dogs are permitted everywhere! The place also provides paid guided tours, and you are free to join the curious crew to travel around and find out more about the historic significance of the area.
If you and your pooch love a hustling and bustling downtown atmosphere with tons of dog-friendly eateries, shopping spots and marina attractions for tourists, then Newport’s city center should be the next destination on your itinerary! Be sure to check out Gansett Cruises, offering picturesque views of Newport and Jamestown and a seat right next to you for your furry friend. If you are into marina adventures, Antique Yacht Collection is happy to provide you with guided full-day tours, or two-hour tours, both of which are dog-friendly! The downtown’s waterfront is just stuffed with dog-friendly eateries, such as Diego’s, a casual restaurant with outdoor seating and friendly staff.