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Boston Common

Boston Common is a popular recreational area in Boston, MA. This pet-friendly park has dedicated hours where dogs may play off-leash, but they are welcome leashed at all times. The area in which dogs are allowed off-leash is rotated to preserve the grass underneath. The maximum limits for dogs is 3 per person. Boston Common is open every day of the week from 6am to 11pm, except during special events. Visit Website

Or call (617) 635-4505 or email parks@boston.gov for more information.


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Boston Common has received a rating of 4.2 out of 5 bones by 4 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 6,479 guests on TripAdvisor.

  • Brittanay
    May. 31, 2021
    Nice Park!

    We visited Boston from Pa May 2021 and loved the Boston Commons with our dogs. It was nice and spacious, with a public restroom by the “frog pond” area. We ended up walking around the city and stopping at a place for lunch. Definitely worth the trip!

  • Cassandra
    Jan. 7, 2020
    Tons of doggies

    lots of doggies, many off leash. good area for potty breaks. be sure to pay attention to the entrances. there are stair to several are our doggy depends on a stroller so we had to carry it up and down at a couple spots.

  • Allan
    Jul. 30, 2019
    Great place for the dog to run around, but…

    A sizeable portion of the Common is loosely fenced (parade fencing) as an off-leash area. Lots of space to run and fetch, but the area is not completely enclosed and your dog should have decent recall, or not be a bolter. Still, a good place to burn off some energy, and a beautiful area to walk on-leash in the rest of the Common. Not that the actually off-leash area moves periodically to prevent over-wear of the grass. Check their website for the current location if you are not a regular.

  • SarahG
    More than a year ago
    Nice Walk

    Living in Beacon Hill I frequents the Boston Commons quite often. Plenty of walking paths and benches and things to sniff out for my dog. Not nearly as beautiful as the Charles River or public gardens walk though. Sometimes there is some trash around or crowds of people. I haven't taken my dog on off leash hours but looks there are quite a few who do and the dogs are super happy!

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