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Access The Back Bay Fens from The Fenway, Park Drive, and Boylston Street
The Fens boasts both open grassy spaces and two miles of walking paths past the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and several of Boston's universities.
On-leash
Enter the park at Bennington Street in East Boston.
The 152-acre park is mostly scenic marshland, though there is a short walking trail.
On-leash
Access the park at Tremont, Beacon, Charles, and Boylston streets.
The Boston Common is nearly 50 acres of open space and is criss-crossed by tree-shaded walking paths.
On-leash
Carlton Court Dog Park
Carlton and Holyoke Street in the South End's Southwest Corridor
South End dog owners enjoy this small community park because it's equipped with them in mind. The park is completely fenced in, and there are waste bags available. Very large, energetic dogs may find the park too small for adequate romping.
On-leash
Access the beach from Day Boulevard, South Boston
Carson Beach is open to dogs from Labor Day through Memorial Day. A walking path traces the water's edge from Castle Island to the Kennedy Library. Public restrooms are available.
On-leash
Pleasure Bay, the M Street Beach, and Carson Beach form a 3-mile segment of parkland and beach along the South Boston shoreline of Dorchester Bay.
On-leash
Charlesgate Dog Run
The park is adjacent to the Harvard Bridge, which carries Mass. Ave. traffic. The park is located on the traffic median on Storrow Drive. This small, fenced-in dog run is awkwardly located and ill maintained. While your dog is legally allowed off its leash, the dog run has been a source of frustration for local dog owners who consider it unsafe, unsanitary, and generally an eyesore.
Off-leash
1175 Soldiers Field Rd., from the Eliot Street Bridge to the Arsenal Street Bridge.
The park borders the Charles River, but is generally less crowded than the Esplanade. Dog walkers can expect to share the walking paths with runners.
On-leash
Atlantic Avenue, between Commercial Wharf and Long Wharf near Boston's Faneuil Hall neighborhood
Frequented by North End dog owners, this waterfront park is characterized by open grassy lawns. On hot summer days, the public can duck into the spray from the fountain built for that purpose.
On-leash
The Mall stretches the length of Commonwealth Avenue in Boston's Back Bay
This walking path serves as the Commonwealth Avenue traffic median. Many Back Bay dog owners elect to stroll this wide walkway, which is dotted with statues and landscaping, because it allows for much meandering, tree sniffing, and greeting of other dogs.
On-leash
Access the island via Tafts Avenue in Winthrop.
Deer Island is actually a peninsula that juts into Boston Harbor at the tip of Winthrop township. Dog walkers are welcome on the 2.6-mile path that traces the perimeter of the island. Public restrooms are available.
On-leash
The Esplanade encompasses the green space lining the shores of the Charles River from Cambridge to Boston. Walking and biking paths trace the length of the park on both sides of the river.
On-leash
Highland Park
Enter the park on Fort Avenue in the Fort Hill neighborhood of Roxbury
This four-acre park is a popular destination for local dog owners, who are enthusiastic about maintaining their space and their community. Expect the company of other dogs when you visit.
On-leash
Access Jamaica Pond via Perkin Street and Jamaicaway.
The pond sits on 68 acres in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood. There is a 1.5 mile walking path around the pond.
On-leash
1227 Washington St. between East Berkeley and Waltham streets in Boston's South End
The park is designated specifically for dogs
Off-leash
Enter the park at Hallet Street or Gallivan Boulevard. The park sits in South Boston's Neponset District, near Boston's Dorchester neighborhood.
Formerly a landfill, the park encompasses 65 acres on the shores of the Neponset River, with 2 miles of biking and walking paths.
On-leash
Access the park from Boylston, Arlington, Beacon, or Charles Streets
This small urban park in the heart of downtown Boston has walking paths, but is frequently crowded.
On-leash
Access the park from Enneking Parkway, Dedham Parkway, Washington Street, or Turtle Pond Parkway in Hyde Park.
Stony Brook claims 10 to 12 miles of hiking trails in the forested portion of the reservation, which stretches over 475 total acres.
On-leash
Thomas Park
Access Thomas Park from the street of the same name that circles the park, in Dorchester Heights
This small community park is never empty of local dogs and their owners. Come prepared to socialize.
On-leash
Dog owners in the Longwood medical and academic area can bring their pooches to this popular walking and bicycling route in Boston and Brookline. The park forms the western edge of the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston.
On-leash
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Bailey Park
Belmont Street and Summer Street, next to the Somerville Hospital Nursing School.
Bailey Park is a small community open space located in a quiet residential neighborhood.
On-leash
The path runs from Grove Street to Cedar Street.
Also known as "Alewife Linear Park," the path is frequented by pedestrians, bikers, and a congenial community of dog owners. Follow the path to access the Minuteman Bikeway in Arlington. If you choose to stroll on the Bikeway or on the landscaped area adjacent to it, please watch carefully for cyclists.
On-leash
Dilboy Field
322 Alewife Brook Pkwy at Mystic Valley Parkway
Dilboy Field is frequented by local students and often hosts impromptu soccer and basketball matches. However, there's plenty of room for your dog to stretch its legs.
On-leash
Nunziato Field
Summer Street between Putnam Street and Vinal Avenue
The fenced-in field is Somerville's first off-leash dog recreational area. The sand gravel enclosure sits adjacent to a grassy field, which is off-limits to dogs.
Off-leash
Palmacci Park
Skehan Street and Hanson Street
Palmacci Park boasts Somerville's only pet drinking fountain. This is a small neighborhood park frequented primarily by local residents.
On-leash
Monroe Street and Prospect Hill Avenue
This historic park is topped by the Prospect Hill Castle, whose history goes all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Dogs are not specifically barred from the grassy grounds, and many dog owners make use of the lawns. However, some local residents object to the presence of dogs on a historical site.
On-leash
Quincy St. Pocket Park
14 Quincy St.
This small community park is a convenient place to let your dog stretch its legs, but the space is maintained by the residents on the block, so please be respectful.
On-leash
Saxton Foss Park
49 Fellsway West, access the park via Broadway and McGrath Highway
Local residents are drawn to this fully equipped park for the swimming facilities and athletic fields. Dog owners should note that the park also has public restrooms and lighting for walks after dusk.
On-leash
Shore Drive Parkland
32 Shore Dr.
This riverfront open space is maintained by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. The park is in a residential neighborhood near Interstate 93.
On-leash
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99 Sherman St.
The park encompasses 50 acres near Fresh Pond. There is a designated off-leash area located within the park. However, the local dog owners group has complained that the area isn't fenced in and gets muddy very easily.
Designated off-leash area
Access the park area from Concord Avenue, Fresh Pond Parkway, Blanchard Road, or Huron Avenue
Only dogs licensed in Cambridge are allowed off leash. The area is policed by park rangers who routinely check dog IDs and hand out fines to unlicensed Cambridge pets or unleashed out-of-city dogs. Dog owners may use the trails if their dog is leashed.
Off-leash
Waverly Street and Erie Street
The fenced-in park is completely off-leash, although dogs must still be under voice control. Though dominated by an open lawn, dogs can also enjoy the shade trees.
Off-leash
Pacific Street Dog Park
Enter on Tudor Street, the park is located between Pacific and Sidney streets
The dog run is completely fenced-in with a vestibule gate for safety. Dog owners are legally allowed to let their dog's off-leash, but animals must be under voice control.
Off-leash
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Armory Playground
Enter the park at Beacon Street or Freeman Street
Treat your dog to a mix of open green space and shade tree cover. Dogs are permitted to be off-leash from dawn until 1 p.m.
Some off-leash hours and areas
Brookline Avenue Playground
Access the park from Brookline Avenue or Aspinwall Avenue
From December through March, the playground allows dogs to be off-leash from dawn until dusk. Off-leash hours for April through November are dawn to 1p.m.
Some off-leash hours and areas
Coolidge Playground
The park is located at 575 Brookline Ave. Enter at Brookline Avenue or Aspinwall Avenue
How far can you toss a tennis ball? Test your fetch skills on the open lawn of Coolidge Playground. Dogs are permitted to be off-leash from dawn to 9 a.m.
Some off-leash hours and areas
Corey Hill Park
Enter the park on Summit Avenue
Dogs can explore the shade trees or race across the open spaces in the secluded park in the Corey Hill residential neighborhood. Dogs can be off-leash from dawn until 9 a.m.
Some off-leash hours and areas
Daniel F. Ford Playground at Emerson Garden
Access the park on Waverly Street, Thayer Street, and Davis Avenue
Part of Brookline's Green Dog Program, the Ford Playground at the Emerald Garden park has off-leash hours from dawn until 9 a.m.
Some off-leash hours and areas
Daniel J. Warren Playground
Access the park from Ackers Avenue, Ackers Terrace, or Chestnut Hill Avenue
The Warren Playground is just as well-appointed as its sister parks in Brookline, with tennis courts and athletic fields occupying the lion's share of the open space. Dogs are free to explore the park's perimeter trees off-leash from dawn to 1 p.m.
Some off-leash hours and areas
Griggs Park
Access the park from Griggs Road or Griggs Terrace
Nestled in a residential neighborhood, Griggs Park is a small lightly forested oasis where dogs are permitted to be off-leash from dawn to 1 p.m.
Some off-leash hours and areas
Harry Downs Field
Access the park from Jamaica Road, Pond Avenue, or Highland Road
Harry Downs Field is a wide, multi-purpose athletic facility with a track, football field and baseball diamond. However, the perimeter of the park is lined with dense shade trees. Dogs are permitted off-leash from dawn to 1 p.m.
Some off-leash hours and areas
Jean Waldstein Playground
Access the park from Dean Road
Skirt the tennis courts and baseball diamond to discover some great trees to sniff. Off-leash hours are dawn to 1 p.m.
Some off-leash hours and areas
Larz Anderson Park
The park is located at 63 Newton St. Access the grounds from Newton Street, Avon Street, Goddard Avenue.
Off-leash dogs are only allowed in the Avon Street Hill area. No off-leash dogs are permitted in the children's play area, pond, or garden area. Off leash hours are from dawn to 1 p.m. from April to November and from dawn to dusk from December to March.
Some off-leash hours and areas
Lotta Bradburn Schick Park
Enter the park at Addington Road and Colbourne Path
Dogs can enjoy off-leash hours at Lotta Bradburn Shick Park from dawn to 9 a.m.
Some off-leash hours and areas
Mary E. Robinson Playground
Access the park from Cypress and Franklin streets
Dogs are welcome to cavort around off-leash on the playground's grassy lawn, or nose around under the shade trees. Dogs may be off-leash from dawn until 9 p.m.
Some off-leash hours and areas
The Soule Recreation Center is located at 652 Hammond St.
The recreation center sits at the edge of the Hammond Reservation. Explore the wooded trails or trek to scenic Hammond Pond at the edge of the reservation. Off-leash hours run from dawn to 9 a.m.
Some off-leash hours and areas

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