As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer it’s a great time of year to start planning some outdoor adventures for you and your canine companion. With so many options in Massachusetts for outdoor excursions and puppy picnics, it can be a daunting task to plan the perfect day out.  We here at Elliot’s House are always keeping track of fun things to do around Somerville and the rest of Massachusetts and we want to share some of our top picks with you. This post will include just a few of our favorite outdoor excursions, doggie day trips, and dog-friendly dining options in Massachusetts.

Herring Cove – Provincetown, Mass.

If you’re ever in or around Provincetown then you should definitely check out Herring Cove with your pup. This is also a great option for a day trip if you have the time. Provincetown is known for being very dog-friendly and the beaches of Herring Cove are no exception. Herring Cove is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore boasting miles of dog-friendly beaches, showers, bike paths, and a snack bar if you happen to get hungry during the day. We highly suggest packing some beach chairs, a cooler, plenty of snacks and water for you and your canine companion and making a day trip to this wonderful slice of New England.  If you’re lucky you may even see a whale jump out of the ocean or a seal warm himself in the summer sun. Take note you’re your dog must be on a leash at all times and parking does cost around $20, but it is worth the price depending on how long you plan on checking out the beach and the surrounding area.

Middlesex Fells Reservation – Stoneham, Mass.

If you’re looking for a shorter outdoor excursion that’s perfect for you and your pup than look no further than the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Located less than 30 minutes outside of Boston, there are lots of trails and other outdoor activities. From boating to biking there are plenty of things to do and plenty of amazing trails to explore with your pup. Best of all, Sheepfold Meadow, located on the Sheepfold Trail, is an off-leash area where your pup is free to run and play to their heart’s content. Perfect for picnics and long games of fetch with the family, this is the perfect location for a low stress, easy to coordinate outdoor adventure.

Breakheart Reservation – Saugus, Mass.

If you’re looking for a walk around the pond or your pup is curious to see a cow or two, look no further than Breakheart Reservation. Dogs must be on a leash at all times around the reservation, but there is an off-leash dog park, Bark Place, where you can let your canine companion run free. The reservation is very scenic and features miles of trails and fun things to do. The dog park is not as nice as some but it is an off-leash dog park, which is always a plus. We suggest this for families looking for a nice active summer excursion with barnyard animals to distract your little one and your pup. There is also plenty of room to run around and play catch or even just sit down and have a nice picnic. There are table areas where you can put your food if you’re not the grassy picnic type. The trails are long, but there are a few water fountains scattered about so bring a collapsible bowl to keep your pup hydrated!

Willard Woods – Lexington, Mass.

Willard Woods is one of the best dog-friendly options if you’re looking for a nice walk in the woods with your canine companion. Part of a large stretch of government conservation land, Willard’s Woods is a 2.7-mile long loop that is great for a nice summer walk with your pup. Monday through Friday you can walk your dog off leash as long as your pup is within shouting distance and supervised. If you go on a weekend your dog will have to be on a leash, but it’s still a wonderful destination for a nice fulfilling walk with your pup. Make sure to bring water and a bowl!

Union Square Donuts – Somerville, Mass.

This is one of the Elliot’s House Team’s favorite places to start the day with our canine companions. The establishment is dog-friendly and they have some of the best donuts in the area if not the state! With vegan options and great coffee, there are few better places to stop with your pup on a summer morning in Somerville. They don’t have dog donuts yet; so make sure to bring a treat for your pup so they don’t get jealous!

There are so many options for summer excursions with your pup, but we think that these are some great places to start. Let us know what you like to do in the summer with your pup by reaching out to us on social media!

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