Let your dog sniff the ages in the country’s oldest park, where cows once grazed. The Boston Common has a small zone where leash-less dogs are permitted in the early mornings and evenings. In addition, the city’s extensive Frederick Law Olmstead-designed parks make for excellent, mostly leashed, walking, especially Jamaica Pond. Of Boston’s two official off-leash parks, the Peters Park Dog Run in the South End is nice, but the off-leash go-to is Fresh Pond, across the river in Cambridge.
With a staggering number of eggheadsper- square-mile, Boston has wonderful bookstores (remember those?) and quite a few permit canine browsers—including the Harvard Bookstore, Rodney’s Bookstore and Schoenhof’s Foreign Books in Cambridge. Stretch your legs during a leashed walk around Harvard Yard.
BONE UP ON HISTORY
Rock the Cradle of Liberty during a self-guided revolutionary history tour along the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail—from Boston Common to Bunker Hill. You can catch the T home; leashed, well-behaved dogs are allowed on the subway during off-peak hours.
Leashed dogs are welcome at the SoWa Open Market. The thriving Sunday market on the South End is a market mash-up of artisan and vintage wares and farmers’ market, plus, food trucks! Look for Polka Dog Bakery, named for a one-eyed former stray from Puerto Rico. Sundays, May to September, 10 am–4 pm.
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Bring your pup shopping in the Back Bay neighborhood. They can join you at Crate and Barrel, Anthropologie, Lord & Taylor and Filene’s Basement, among others. Then chill with pups on the patio at the Globe Bar and Café (565 Boylston St.) or treat your buddy to Boston-made organic Yöghund Frozen Yogurt from Fish & Bone pet boutique (217 Newbury St.).
Doggie heaven is just a ferry ride (and a short drive) away from Rowes Wharf at Bare Cove Park, a former shipbuilding center and depot in Hingham, Mass. Dogs under voice control can meander wide, paved pathways through 400-plus acres of woods and meadows. While your four-legged buddy sleeps off the run, buzz around the seaside village, which is home to America’s oldest continuously worshipped-in church, the Old Ship.