America’s Most Dog-Friendly Cities: Boston, Mass.

by Kira Garrett | January 13, 2014

Boston is much more than one of America’s largest cities – it’s one of the country’s most outstanding travel destinations. History buffs, foodies, art lovers and others all have an endless list of reasons to visit, and dog owners should certainly be counted among the population who will love a trip to Boston. The city stands apart as a dog-friendly destination, as well as a great place to call home.

If you want to see the sights with your pooch in tow, you can definitely do it in Boston. The Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile walking trail, leads you past the city’s key historical sites and your dog is welcome to come along. You can also check out the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, a shopping and dining area in the shadow of one of the city’s landmarks, with Fido at your side (on a leash, of course). Other sites, like the Longfellow National Historical Site and Harvard University Campus, also welcome leashed canine visitors.

An abundance of hotels open their doors to furry friends, so finding a spot to curl up for a good night’s rest won’t be an issue. You’ll also find bakeries, restaurants, bars and retail stores that welcome you and your dog. For instance, the Liberty Hotel hosts “Yappier Hour” (a notch up from the usual “Yappy Hour”) between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. during the summer. Brookline Booksmith hosts bibliophiles and their hounds – and is even known to have dog treats behind the counter. More up-to-the-moment details about cool things to do with your dog in Boston can be found at, a photo-rich blog devoted to dog-friendly aspects of the city.

If you want to do a little dog-specific shopping, or if you forgot a much-needed item, Boston’s pet boutiques can help you out. Shops like D’Tails and Pawsh supply everything from food and supplements to fanciful toys.

When traveling with your pooch, make sure you call ahead to ensure you and your furry friend aren’t turned away. Also, make sure your pet is well-behaved when accompanying you to a restaurant or other public place.