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8 Local Dog-Friendly Places to Check Out This Summer!

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The dog days of summer are here! With the weather heating up and the days getting longer, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the sun.  What could make a beautiful summer day even better? Getting to spend it with your pup! We’ve put together a list of awesome parks and activities for you and Fido to enjoy together.

1) Wagon Hill Farm (Durham, NH)

Photo: Melissa Massello, shoestringmag.com

Wagon Hill is the perfect combination of open field and trails. The 139 acre farm is a great dog attraction and offers yours the chance to run through the trees or through the tall grass (be sure to check for ticks)! The property also includes a sandy beach area overlooking Great Bay, which allows your dog to cool off in the water on hot days. Check out more info here for off leash hours and rules https://ci.durham.nh.us/boc_conservation/wagon-hill-farm

2) Adams Point Trail (Durham, NH)

Photo: Joshua Moll 

Adams Point Trail is a shady, easy/moderate terrain hike perfect for any season! With areas where you can stop for a view of the bay, grassy sections and wooded paths for dogs to explore, it’s a great spot. The trails are well maintained and there is great opportunity for birding if that is something you enjoy!

3) Urban Forestry Center (Portsmouth, NH)

This scenic park is a total of 182 acre farm that includes a smaller loop where tree identification and conservation is and then a longer trail loop that winds through the forest and goes along the salt marsh. The Urban Forestry helps educate the public on wildlife conservation, forest management and much more. Check out their website for more information http://www.portsmouthnh.com/listing/urban-forestry-center/

4) The New Hampshire SPCA Behavior Training Center

The New Hampshire SPCA offers some awesome  drop-in playgroups for small dogs and puppies. On Monday mornings and Friday afternoons, small dog play group allows pups to play with others their own size, without the intimidation of a larger dog. This is a great way for your dog to get some energy out and make new friends! More info on drop in rates and times here:  http://www.nhspca.org/drop-in-classes/

5) Fort Foster (Kittery, ME)

Photo: marinas.com

Fort Foster is located on Gerrish Island in Kittery Point. It has three small, sandy beaches along with trails, restrooms and the old military fortifications. Dogs are asked to be leashed at all times but there is plenty to explore at this historic spot. The park also has an excellent view of the beginning to Portsmouth Harbor as well as Whaleback Light, Portsmouth Harbor Light and Fort Constitution 

6) Yappy Hours Around the Seacoast

This summer, the shelter began a new series called Yappy Hour. Participating breweries around the Seacoast are hosting a night (or nights) of pups, brews and fun! Guests are invited to bring their dog and have a beer, play games and benefit the animals here at the shelter. With $1 from all beer sales going to the care of the animals at the NHSPCA, it’s the perfect date night for you and your pup! Check out our website for more information on this awesome series http://www.nhspca.org/yappy-hour/

7) Stratham Hill Park (Stratham, NH)

Photo: Andrew Warren Photography

Located about a mile from the New Hampshire SPCA headquarters, Stratham Hill Park is a great place for dogs to run, socialize and explore. With a trail winding up through the woods that leads you up to the water tower (with a spectacular view), this park has got it all. There is also a cut off on the main trail if you choose to skip the extension to the water tower. Learn more about the park’s historic past here http://www.seacoastnh.com/travel/scenic-walks/stratham-hill-park-trail/

8)Benedictine Park (Bedford, NH)

Photo: bedfordlandtrust.com

While this option is a bit of a drive, your pup will thank you! After running through the wide open field, head off into the trails surrounding the area. Dogs are welcome off leash and there are trash bags and cans available to clean up after your dog. See fun photos are read positive reviews here https://www.bringfido.com/attraction/11348

If you are looking for a dog-friendly restaurant, park or activity, be sure to check out Slobbr. This innovative app allows you to search for all things dog-friendly in your area! 

What is your favorite dog friendly place to visit? Leave a comment below. 

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