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Dog Friendly Vacations in the Northeast, USA

Are you dreaming of a dog-friendly trip this year but don’t know where to go? Look no further! In our latest post, ‘Dog Friendly Vacations in the Northeast,’ we share some of our all-time favorite destinations that we’ve explored with our furry companions.

Join us as we dive into the heart of the Northeast, showcasing places that not only welcome your four-legged friend but also promise unforgettable experiences for you both.

From breathtaking vistas in the Finger Lakes to the serene dog-friendly beaches of Block Island to the trails of Maine that beckon the adventurous spirit in every pooch, these spots offer a little bit of everything for everyone.

Let’s make this year’s travels the best ones yet for you and your dog

First time traveling with your dog?

Traveling with your dog for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. To help, we’ve put together some guides with our best advice. You’ll find tips for traveling with dogs, advice for smooth hotel stays, and a guide on what to pack.

Before you go, double-check that the places you plan to visit still welcome pets. Things can change without notice.  Title "Dog Friendly Vacations  in Northeast USA, with pic overlooking coastline at Acadia National Park - Photo credit

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Dog Friendly Vacations in the Northeast

1. Acadia National Park, Maine Our pup Bella along the coast line in Acadia National park

Acadia National Park, and the nearby town of Bar Harbor, is a haven for dog lovers and their furry friends. Renowned for its exceptional dog-friendly policies, the park invites canine companions to explore alongside their owners across most of its 125 miles of hiking trails and all carriage roads.

Getting around the park with your pup is pretty easy too. For those who prefer not to drive, the Island Explorer bus service accommodates leashed dogs and provides convenient transportation around the island.

Dog-Friendly Activities in Acadia National Park:

  • Cadillac Mountain: Is the highest point on the east coast and during certain times of the year the first place to see the sun rise in the USA.
  • Picnicking at Jordan Pond: Enjoy a serene picnic by Jordan Pond. Dogs on a leash are welcome to join in on the relaxation and scenery.
  • Exploring Sand Beach: Although dogs are restricted on the beach during the summer months, in the off-season, it’s a beautiful place for a beach stroll with your pet.
  • Explore Frenchman Bay: Downeast Windjammer Cruise allows well-behaved dogs on their cruises and ferries.

When the day is done you will find that Bar Harbor makes the perfect home base for your trip. Here you will find plenty of dog friendly restaurants and accommodations to rest up for the extra day.

Outer Cape Beach with dunes and beach grass and a beach fence.

2. Outer Cape Cod, Massachusetts

The Outer Cape Cod is a slender, sun-kissed stretch of Massachusetts that is a haven not just for beach lovers and art aficionados but also for our four-legged friends and their devoted owners.

This part of the Cape, with its untamed landscapes, historic charm, and vibrant communities, is a perfect getaway for those looking to share memorable moments with their furry companions.

The biggest town on Outer Cape Cod is Provincetown. This lively area offers plenty of activities that allow you and your furry friend to enjoy the summer together.

Here are a few dog-friendly activities in Provincetown:

  • Commercial Street: This is the heart of Provincetown, filled with shops and outdoor dining options that welcome dogs. It’s a great place to relax, enjoy a meal, and watch the world go by.
  • MacMillan Pier: Not far from Commercial Street you will find MacMillan Pier. This is where you can find the ferries and Whale Watching tours. Dolphin Fleet Whale Watching allows well-behaved pups on their boat.
  • Head to the Beach: Provincetown allows leashed dogs on their town beaches year round unless there are signs that state otherwise. However, beaches may be closed temporarily or permanently based on town needs.
  • Pilgrim Bark Park: Is P’town’s dog park Here your pup can get some off-leash time while you can admire the beautiful sculptures made by local artists.
  • Time to relax: Provincetown Brewing Co. will welcome you and your pup on their outside patio.
  • Accommodations: For dog friendly accommodations head on over to our post on Dog Friendly Places to Stay in Cape Cod.
Dog Friendly Vacations in the Northeast - - Bella laying on a cool pebble beach on Block Island.
Pebble Beach on Block Island – Credit

3. Block Island, Rhode Island

Block Island, a serene and picturesque destination, that welcomes visitors and their canine companions with open arms. Known for its expansive sandy beaches and towering bluffs, the island provides a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Here are a few dog-friendly activities:

  • Go to the Beach: The majority of Block Island’s beaches are dog-friendly, allowing pets to frolic in the sand and surf, except for areas monitored by lifeguards.
  • Hiking: The island boasts an extensive network of hiking trails that meander through its diverse landscapes, offering both you and your dog ample opportunities to explore the natural beauty.
  • Lighthouses: Iconic lighthouses and quiet, scenic roads present additional avenues for adventure. We rented a Jeep which was a thrill for our pup.

After a day of exploration, the town of New Shoreham, Block Island’s sole municipality, awaits with its quaint charm and welcoming atmosphere. Here, the historic National Hotel Tap and Grill offers pet-friendly dining on its back patio.

For those planning an extended stay, the Block Island Inn features a pet-friendly accommodation known as the Blue Dory or you can choose to stay at a pet friendly vacation rental.

For more dog friendly beach vacations, check out our post; Best 27 Dog Friendly Beach Vacations in the USA

Dog Friendly Vacations in the Northeast - Photo by Our pup Bella at the Summitt of Sleeping Beauty Trail Overlooking Lake George.
Our pup Bella at the summit of the Sleeping Beauty Trail overlooking Lake George

4. Lake George, New York

Lake George, NY, nestled in the southern Adirondack Mountains, is celebrated for its pristine waters, lush forests, and a plethora of outdoor activities. Known as the “Queen of American Lakes,” it captivates visitors with its stunning natural landscapes and dog-friendly offerings, establishing itself as a prime location for those wishing to spend quality time with their furry companions.

At the heart of the region lies the village of Lake George, surrounded by quaint, pet-friendly towns like Bolton Landing. Here are some pet friendly activities in the area.

  • Explore the Village: Wander along scenic paths by the water, enjoy parks with stunning views, and dine at dog-friendly waterfront restaurants in the village of Lake George.
  • Dog-Friendly Boat Tours: Experience the lake’s splendor with your pet on the Horicon’s dog-friendly boat tours.
  • Fort William Henry: Visit this reconstructed fort to learn about life during the French and Indian War, where dogs are welcome to explore the outdoors with their owners.
  • Shepard Park: Depending on the season, catch an outdoor performance at Shepard Park, which boasts beautiful lake views.
  • Kayaking in Bolton Landing: Just up the road, Lake George Kayak Co. offers dog-friendly kayaking opportunities. Just remember to bring a life vest for your dog.
  • Hiking Opportunities: The area around Lake George is filled with trails perfect for dog-friendly hikes.

Accommodation options in the area are diverse, ranging from historic inns and large hotel chains to cabins and campgrounds, ensuring every traveler finds their perfect stay.

5. Finger Lakes Region, New York

The Finger Lakes Region of New York State is renowned for its spectacular natural beauty, encompassing eleven narrow lakes, lush forests, and rolling hills. It’s a paradise for wine lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and, of course, dogs and their owners. The region’s welcoming attitude towards pets, combined with its plethora of activities, makes it an exceptional destination for a weekend getaway with your furry friend.

Things to Do:

  1. Hiking at Taughannock Falls State Park: Wander with your leashed dog along the Gorge Trail to view the majestic Taughannock Falls, the tallest free-falling waterfall east of the Mississippi. This serene park, located near Ithaca, offers easily accessible trails with breathtaking views, perfect for a peaceful hike with your pet.
  2. Seneca Lake Wine Trail: Many wineries in the Finger Lakes region are dog-friendly, especially those along the Seneca Lake Wine. The Boundary Breaks Vineyard even has their own dog park. Here is a list of dog friendly wineries in the area. Be sure to check with each winery ahead of time, as policies may change.
  3. Cornell Botanic Garden: located in Ithaca, New York, is a sprawling collection of gardens and natural areas that serve as a living museum affiliated with Cornell University. They are friendly to leashed, well-behaved dogs.
  4. Two Goats Brewing: Offering breathtaking views of Seneca Lake from its deck, this brewery is dog-friendly and known for its craft beer and hearty roast beef sandwiches. It’s a great spot to relax after a day of exploring.

If you are looking for dog friendly vacations you can take in the fall check out our post; Dog Friendly Fall Getaways in the Northeast

Dog Friendly Vacations in the Northeast - Dog in the surf at Wildwood Beach, NJ

6. Wildwood, New Jersey

Wildwood, located along the New Jersey coast, is famous for its expansive sandy beaches, iconic boardwalk, and attractions suitable for the whole family. This lively beach destination is particularly welcoming to dogs, offering numerous activities, places to stay, and dining options that cater to visitors with pets.

Things to Do:

  1. Wildwood Dog Beach: Spend a day at the dog-friendly section of the beach, located between Glenwood and Maple Avenues.. This spacious area allows dogs to play in the sand and surf, offering a rare beach experience that both pets and their owners can enjoy together. There are even doggie water fountains and waste stations for convenience.
  2. Wildwood Boardwalk: Dogs are welcome on the boardwalk during the off-season, allowing pet owners to experience its attractions without the summer crowds. Be sure to check local regulations for the specific dates and times pets are allowed.
  3. Sunset Lake Dog Park: A short drive from Wildwood in Wildwood Crest, this fenced-in dog park allows for off-leash play and socialization, with stunning sunset views over the lake.
  4. Visit Cape May County: Just a 20-minute drive south, explore the preserved Victorian charm of Cape May.
  5. Cape May Whale Watcher: Bring your dog along for a day out on the water with this pet-friendly boat tour.

Accommodations : Wildwood offers a range of pet-friendly accommodations, from cozy beachside motels to vacation rentals that welcome your four-legged family members.

Wrapping up, the Northeast USA presents a plethora of pet-friendly vacation options that blend natural beauty, historical charm, and modern conveniences. From the lush Berkshires to the vibrant shores of Wildwood, New Jersey, each destination offers unique experiences for both you and your furry friend.

With a variety of dog-friendly activities, accommodations, and dining spots, planning a memorable getaway in the Northeast is effortlessly within reach.

Just remember to check pet policies and pack accordingly to ensure a seamless and enjoyable journey. Whether it’s hiking, dining, or simply relaxing by the water, these destinations ensure that your vacation is as delightful for your pet as it is for you.

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