When the dog days of summer strike, there’s no better place to be with your pooch than dog-friendly Cape Cod!
Boasting some of the best beaches, an irresistible laid-back charm, and countless outdoor adventures, there’s many reasons Cape Cod has been a beloved summer destination for generations of New Englanders. From long walks on the beach to doggone delicious restaurants, read on for my top recommendations for things to do with your dog in dog-friendly Cape Cod.
Dog Friendly Things to Do in Cape Cod
Cape Cod Rail Trail
Coast with your dog along the relatively flat and paved Cape Cod Rail Trail, a 25 mile bikeway that runs from South Yarmouth to Wellfleet. Take your time to enjoy the charming towns and beautiful natural scenery along the way. The trail conveniently converges right off of the main entrance of Nickerson State Park, where you can find bike rentals and camping.
Cape Cod National Seashore
National Seashore beaches allow dogs on leash, even during the summer, with some restrictions. Visit at the right time of year, and you can even spot a whale without ever leaving land!
Dog Friendly Restaurants & Bars in Cape Cod
Ice Cream Cafe, Orleans
Of course there’s plenty of places to stop for a scoop in this quintessential summer destination, but Ice Cream Cafe in Orleans has the best I’ve ever tasted. With the saying, “if it’s ice cream, we make it,” they offer homemade ice cream with endless flavors. They even have vegan and non-dairy options. And of course don’t forget a frozen treat for your pup. You can also visit their seasonal ice cream truck at Nauset Beach.
The Knack, Orleans
No visit to Cape Cod would be complete without a lobster roll. The Knack in Orleans is the perfect post-beach stop. With a walk-up counter and patio seating, it was super dog-friendly. Tthe employees took turns coming out to say hi to our pup and give him treats and water.
Provincetown Brewing Company, Provincetown
It’s well worth the trek to the tip of the cape to enjoy a brew with your dog at Provincetown Brewing Company. This socially conscious brewery has coined the term “draftism” as a way of pairing craft beer with giving back. So you can enjoy brews like “Love Conquers Ale” and “Power to the Pilsner” even more knowing that 15% of all profits are donated to causes like LGBTQ+ inclusion and environmental conservation. Your dog will love meeting their mascot Brewski, a boxer-pitbull rescue, who hangs out in a doghouse in the beer garden with a sign that reads “I bite racists.”
The Shipwreck, Sandwich
Before crossing the Sagamore Bridge, make a detour to the little town of Sandwich. The Shipwreck welcomes leashed pets in the large yard with plenty of picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, and lawn games. Hungry for a little more? Nearby Off the Grid serves up mouth-watering BBQ out of a funky, painted school bus.
Dog Friendly Places to Stay in Cape Cod
Nickerson State Park, brewster
Cape Cod is known for its long stretches of beaches along the seashore, but its hidden beauty lies inland. The vestige of glaciers thousands of years ago, the landscape is dotted with kettle ponds. Nickerson State Park in Brewster boasts eight of them. Clear and mostly shallow, these pleasantly warm waters tucked into the woods offer respite from the ocean waves and crowded beaches. Many of Nickerson’s campsites offer sweeping views of these ponds, and a network of hiking trails connects them. The park is family and dog-friendly, but also private and peaceful. Its central location places you conveniently close to the Cape Cod Rail Trail and National Seashore. But there’s so much to explore within the park itself, you may never want to leave.
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