Dog Friendly Day Trips in Central Massachusetts

Posted: July 22, 2019

Feel like you can’t take your furry friend anywhere these days? Think again. These dog-friendly places in Central Massachusetts will welcome you and your pet with open arms. 

A perfect dog day in the city 

Worcester, MA

Work up an appetite with a city walking tour on one of these self-guided walking routes or take a run together on the paved 3 mile route of the Blackstone River Bikeway.

If you and your pup are feeling artsy, head over to downtown Worcester to take a tour of the Pow! Wow! Murals together.

In the warmer weather Figs & Pigs Kitchen and Pantry and the Regatta Deli and Sandwich Shop have a dog-friendly outdoor seating area. Please call ahead to double check the availablility of dog friendly seating.

No visit to the city is complete without a stop at The Queen’s Cups for you and your furry friend. Choose from an array of delectable cupcakes ranging in unique flavors like rainbow sherbet, cadbury cream egg, nutella stuffed banana french toast, strawberry pop tart, confetti cookie dough and last but not least - Pupcakes!

If you’re staying the night, The Beechwood Hotel and Residence Inn offer dog-friendly lodging in Worcester. 

Residents of Worcester with a dog license can take advantage of the Vernon Hill or Beaver Brook Dog Parks.

Dog-friendly breweries, hiking, and camping

Sturbridge MA

Take a hike together at the beautiful Westville Dam Recreation Area at Westville Lake in Sturbridge. The 1.8 mile trail circles the lake and is a lovely place to walk and enjoy nature with your pup.

Catch a free outdoor concert, grab a craft beer, play a round of disc golf, and make new friends at the dog-friendly taproom at Rapscallion Brewery. Surrounded by a 150 acre orchard, there’s plenty of open pasture for you and your dog to roam. Bring your own food, have it delivered, or order from the food truck parked on-site.

Rapscallion is a dog-friendly brewery with weekly live music

Dogs are welcome at the outdoor seating area at Rom’s Italian Market, which is located right on Main Street. They've been serving delicious Italian food for dine-in or take-out for over 30 years. All food is cooked fresh daily. Try the original Rom's meatballs - something you can share with your furry dining friend! Please call ahead to double check the availabilty of outdoor seating.

Members of Old Sturbridge Village can bring their dog to the living history museum on select dates each year during Dog Days.

Take your dog on a fun camping excursion at Wells State Park, a a popular 1,400-acre woodland park with over 10 miles of trails and a pond for fishing, swimming and canoeing. 

Dog friendly dining, shopping, and upscale pet lodging

Grafton, Massachusetts 

Whether you're catching an outdoor concert at The Grafton Common, grabbing groceries at the seasonal farmer's market or stopping by for dog "yappy hour" on a Friday night - you'll find plenty for you and your favorite furry friend to do in this quaint New England town.

Pet Boutique and Bakery

Quite Fetching Barkery & Pet Boutique, located at Grafton Common, is a “Barkery and Pet Boutique” that has everything from Dog Wine (FetchMe Noir) to Banana Flavored Puppy Cake Mix and freshly made donuts. Since these delicious looking treats are all made with human-friendly ingredients, you may have a hard time not eating them yourself!

The pet boutique also hosts BYOB pet-themed workshops and a free Yappy Hour every Friday from 5 PM - 7:30 PM. You and your partner in crime can mingle with other dogs and humans over complimentary wine and cheese. 

Pet-Friendly Shopping

Walk a couple minutes from Quite Fetching to Off The Common Antiques, a 100 year old former gas station now transformed into a dog-friendly retail space. Inside, you’ll find over 45 booths featuring antiques, vintage finds, farmhouse style home decor, jewelry, and so much more.

Doggy Dining 

Hungry? Just around the corner from Off The Common is Bushel N’ Peck, known for their delicious deli menu that features hot and cold grinders, sides, and creative sandwiches. You can dine at one of the two outdoor tables with your pup, and then head over to Swirls and Scoops to grab a doggy ice cream for dessert to eat at the outdoor picnic tables.

Walk or Hike

Brigham Hill Wildlife Area, located just a 5 minute drive from Grafton Common, is a popular dog-walking spot with the locals. The 46 acre wildlife area has well traveled trails and meanders through beautiful woods and wetlands. If you have kids in tow, they'll enjoy reading their way through the storybook trail.

Upscale Doggie Daycare

If you’re visiting from out of town and need a safe place for your dog to sleep, look no further than Gibsons’s Natural Pet Lodging. Grey Wolf Lodge includes fresh blankets, relaxing music, and radiant heated floors to ensure your pup get the best of treatment. Or step it up notch to the VIP Wolf Den, where your best bud will get their own private suite, equipped with a flat screen TV, cozy blankets, and a custom raised bed.

Residents can sign their dogs up for the Tufts University dog park, and the annual Pet Rock Festival held in Grafton is a must-see for all animal lovers.