Dog Friendly in Cape Cod, Massachusetts


Cape Cod hosts over 12 million visitors each summer to enjoy the sand, sun & surf on one of America's most well known summer playgrounds. Cape Cod extends over 70 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean and is basically a curved peninsula. It is also a great summer playground for dogs and many of these 12 million visitors will be bringing their dogs with them to Cape Cod each summer.

Cape Cod National Seashore stretches for more than 40 miles along the coast of the Atlantic on the north side of Cape Cod. The National Seashore is known for it's scenery, including its white sand beaches, salt marshes and glacial cliffs. There are also a number of historical structures. Leashed dogs are allowed throughout the National Seashore year round except that certain bird nesting areas may be off-limits to dogs at certain times of year. You can ask the Rangers for information on nesting areas. Leashed pets are also allowed on the fire roads, and the Head of the Meadow bicycle trail in Truro. This is one of the largest, most well-known beaches open to dogs in the nation. Most of the town beaches in Cape Cod are only open to dogs during the off-season which usually extends from Labor Day to Memorial Day or only on selected morning and evening hours during the summer. Many of the beaches outside of town boundaries do allow leashed pets in the summer.

Dog-Friendly lodging on The Cape are usually smaller inns, B&Bs and Vacation Rentals. In Provincetown there is the Provincetown Inn, Crowne Pointe Historic Inn & Spa and Gabriel's at the Ashbrooke Inn if you want apartments. In Hyannis Port there is the Simmons Homestead Inn with a 50 classic red car collection right behind it and for people who like the familiar chains, a pet-friendly Comfort Inn is in Hyannis. In Dennisport there is the Sea Shell Motel and in Eastham the Painted Dog is a 2 bedroom apartment. In Centerville there is Centerville Corners Inn. There are many other dog-friendly hotels, B&Bs and vacation rentals in the directory as well throughout the many towns of Cape Cod.

While in Cape Cod many people want to take whale watching tours and other boat tours and rides. Cape Cod has a number of pet-friendly boats. If you want to Whale Watch and so does your pup then look up the Dolphin Fleet out of Provincetown. They have 3 hour tours to seek out viewing opportunities Small dogs are always allowed, you will need to call ahead about a large dog because of crowds. For a tour of Hyannisport Harbor and a number of presidential summer homes seen from the sea there is the Hyannisport Harbor Cruises. For a 2 to 3 hour tour of the Cape Cod Canal by boat take the Cape Cod Canal Cruise out of the Victorian village of Onset.

Other dog-friendly attractions include the Green Briar Nature Center in East Sandwich where you can take your dog on nature trails and the Goose Hummock Outdoor Center where you and your dog can rent canoes. Many boat rentals will allow dogs as well. For a movie, try the Wellfleet Drive-In Movie Theater. You can also hike the Cape Cod Rail Trail which is 25 miles long. For dog-friendly dining on Cape Cod you can try Cobie's Outdoor Restaurant in Brewster. This outdoor dining establishment is known for it's seafood, burgers and smoothies. Or P.J.'s Family Restaurant in Wellfleet. If you want to explore for patio restaurants on your own, many may allow your dog if you ask.

The ferries that are dog-friendly include the Martha's Vineyard Ferry, Island Queen Ferry, Hy-Line Cruises Ferry Service and the Steamship Authority Ferry Service. Most of these ferries transport passengers and their dogs (and sometimes cars) to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket Islands. The Bay State Cruise Company has a 1 1/2 hour ferry between Boston and the tip of Cape Cod and a leashed dog is welcome.

People visiting Cape Cod may also want to explore pet-friendly destinations nearby. These include Boston, Newport Rhode Island, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island.

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