It can be tough to find Boston dog parks, both in and around the city. Rover.com has you covered, though; we tapped local expertise to get this definitive list of the very best dog parks in the Boston area.
This list features a mix of our favorite on and off-leash options, along with all the relevant information you need to know. There’s something here for everyone, both in and out of the city limits. Check out our map of the best Boston dog parks!
Top 10 Dog Parks in Boston
- Boston Common
- Peters Park Dog Run
- Richmond Street Dog Park
- Carleton Court Dog Park
- Randolph Dog Park
- The Esplanade
- Danehy Park
- Back Bay Fens
- Deer Island
- South Boston Bark Park
131 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111 (Back Bay)
Boston Common is one of the most beautiful parks in the city. The Common allows well-behaved dogs to be off leash between 6am and 9am and again from 4pm to 8pm. Dogs are allowed in the park on-leash throughout the day.
1277 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118 (South End)
Our favorite off-leash dog park in the city, this South End spot is dog heaven. This Boston dog park is incredibly well maintained and very popular amongst area dog owners, so your dog is guaranteed to find a playmate here. Peters Park also features a gated children’s’ playground, baseball field, tennis court, handball court, and lighted basketball courts.
Richmond St, Boston, MA 02113 (North End)
This is a North End hidden gem. It is an entirely fenced-in, off-leash park maintained by a local community group. The park was renovated in April of 2013 and features new paving, gravel, fencing, flowering plants, a trash barrel and cleaning equipment. Poop bags are also available onsite (as they are in many Boston dog parks. Still, it’s always a good idea to bring your own, in case.)
Carleton and Holyoke St (Southwest Corridor Park), Boston, MA (Back Bay)
Located at the intersection of Carleton and Holyoke Street in Back Bay, this is a small fenced-in off-leash park. Mostly used by local residents, this park is well maintained and open during daylight hours. The park is covered in cushy “tennis court” like material, good for your dogs joints.
169 West St, Randolph, MA 02368
Randolph Dog park, although a 45 minute drive from the city center, is a dog parent’s dream. Open daily until 7pm, this park has two fenced-in areas, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. This park also features a water spout and biodegradable poop-bags.
Storrow Dr, Boston, MA 02116 (Charles River)
The Esplanade features lots of green space, running along both sides of the Charles. Join thousands of other Bostonians and their four legged friends walking and running on the well-maintained paths and green areas of the Esplanade. Dogs are required to be on-leash.
7. Danehy Park
99 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02238
Located at 99 Sherman Street, Cambridge residents love this 50-acre park that features an unfenced, off-leash area. The park also features a soccer field and a baseball field and is always full of friendly, local dog owners.
Park Dr at Jersey St, Boston, MA 02215 (Fenway)
The Fens has many beautiful walking trails that allow leashed dogs all year around. Enjoy the flower gardens and wooded landscape of this great park. Visit during a Red Sox game. You’ll know if we’re winning or losing by the sounds coming from the nearby stadium.
9. Deer Island
Point Shirley, Winthrop, MA 02152
This is further afield than other Boston dog parks, but worth the trip. Hop on the dog-friendly water taxi to Deer Island, one of the Boston Harbor Islands, and enjoy the 2.6 mile perimeter pathway along the water. Dogs are allowed on-leash year around.
1600 Columbia Rd, Boston, MA 02127 (South Boston)
Located on Columbia Road between K Street and Ticknor Street, this park is ideal for Southie residents. There are big dog and small dog areas and the park features gravel, tunnels, rocks, and trees for the dogs. There are even benches for dog parents, so you can relax while your dog runs around.
Have too many plans to exercise your dog properly while you’re in Boston? Not to worry – hire a local dog walker who will be happy to show them around. Your dog will be happy you did!