The Boston Harbor Islands National State Park is the largest recreation area in Metro Boston and boasts of nature watching, a myriad of water sports, as well as lush hiking trails. Steeped in history, 34 islands comprise the park, and they are under the care of the National Park Service, Boston Harbor Now, Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation, and the City of Boston.
Some of the islands offer at least a half day of fun for canines by being a part of the dog cruise. One of the best activities for dog lovers in Boston is the Island Romp for Dogs and Dog Lovers, which is hosted by City Water Taxi of Boston. What can you expect from this cruise? Well, you get a 25-minute Boston Harbor boat cruise which takes Spike and the entire family to one of the Harbor Islands where a lot of fun awaits, and the best thing is, Spike does not have to be on a leash.
Furbabies will get the chance to run, roam, play, and go on hiking trails. There is also ample time for a picnic lunch on the uninhabited islands. Boarding is at Long Wharf, Scups Restaurant, or Columbus Park and boarding time is usually at 10:00 in the morning on Saturdays. However, special arrangements can be made. The cruise has a duration of about three hours for the entire experience.
Only fully socialized canines may be signed up for the dog cruise, which requires a reservation. The cost is $35 for adults and $10 for children. Dogs sail for free! However, dogs are not allowed in the summer months. Ferries have bathrooms, and there are toilet facilities in Spectacle, Georges, Grape, Bumpkin, Lovells, Peddocks, and Thompson Islands. Little Brewster Island, however, does not have any bathrooms. Pet parents must remember to bring their dog scooper bags so they can clean up after their dogs.