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Boston's Best Parks To Walk Your Dog

The warmer weather is finally upon us and it is time to spend some quality time outdoors with your dog. The streets of Boston can be a busy place to walk your dog, and they don't leave space for your dog to run. If you're not ready to hit the trails, stop by one of these beautiful parks for a stroll with your four-legged friend.
Christopher Columbus Park
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Friends of Christopher Columbus Park
Atlantic Ave.
Boston, MA 02109
(781) 639-6002

This 4.5-acre neighborhood park is a lively place to walk your dog. Situated between Boston Harbor and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, it is considered a gathering spot for the community and offers a scenic backdrop for many types of fun. Take a stroll through the Memorial Rose Garden where your pup will enjoy the many scents along the way, before relaxing on the benches by the Rose Kennedy Fountain. Finish up with a walk by the water and catch a glimpse of all of the boats going by.

Peters Park
Peters park in the South End. (Photo: John Phelan/Wikipedia)

Peter's Park
1277 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02118

Peter's Park is a neighborhood park located in the South End. The park covers five acres of land that your dog will love to roam with you. Spend some time walking past the art installations and through the gardens, or take a quick break in the sitting area. Head over to the fenced-in, off-leash dog park for some extra fun for your four-legged friend.

Castle Island
(Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

Fort Independence Park
2010 William Day Blvd.
South Boston, MA 02127
(617) 268-8870

Fort Independence Park, also known as Castle Island, is a popular walking, running and dog walking destination. With 22 acres of land to explore, your dog will never get bored and have plenty of space to burn energy. On a warm day, walk along the water and down the pier to cool off with the ocean breeze. Bring a blanket and relax on the grass, or head down to the beach and lounge in the sand.

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dog park
(Photo credit: Carl Stevens)

South Boston Bark Park
1280 Columbia Road
Boston, MA 02127

South Boston Bark Park is a great option for dogs that need more than your average walk. Take a stroll up and around the park before allowing your dog to have some off-leash time. Make sure your dog has an identification tag, rabies shots and dog license, and he is free to play in the fenced-in area. This park is fully supported by private funding, so consider making a donation if you and your dog enjoy your time here.

Ramler Park (Credit: Fenway Civic)

Friends of Ramler Park
130 Peterborough St.
Boston, MA 02215

This beautiful park was founded in 1999 after a donation of land from David Ramler and his family. It is a cozy half-acre park situated between the Museum of Fine Arts and Fenway Park. Enjoy a pleasant stroll on the walkways with your dog while you take in the fountains, structures, custom bird-themed fence and pergola. There is plenty of lush green space to stop and give your pup a rest.

Related: Doggy Day Trip To Boston's South Shore

Kim Vareika is the owner of Vareika Personal Training and Yoga in Plainville. She has been in the fitness industry for over ten years, and believes that wellness is about more than just physical health. When she is not teaching, practicing, or writing, she resides in Bridgewater where she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her nephew Caesar. Her work can be found at

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