Dog Friendly Beaches in Massachusetts

Dog friendly beaches are heaven on earth for Fido. And since sandy paws equal happy dogs, we’ve sniffed out the best beaches in Massachusetts where dogs can run, swim, and frolic in the sand. Use the links/map below to find a dog-friendly beach in Massachusetts.

Pet Friendly Singing Beach
Singing Beach Known for sand that makes a noise when walked on dry, Singing Beach welcomes licensed and vaccinated dogs from October 15 through April 14. There is a $5 per person walk-on fee charged from 9am to 5pm when the staff is on duty. Owners are asked to clean up after their dogs, keep an eye on them, and maintain verbal control when they are playing off-leash. Each person is allowed to bring two dogs with them to the Beach, and pets must be wearing collars with identification. Those who violate Singing Beach's rules are subject to fines, and dog owners are liable for injuries and damages caused by their pets. For parking information, see Singing Beaches' official website. See Details
Pet Friendly Herring Cove
Herring Cove Herring Cove has miles of dog-friendly beaches to offer along the Massachusetts Bay side of Provincetown. Bring Fido for a walk along the shore while you take in some sunshine and scenic coastal views. Pets must be cleaned up after and leashed at all times during their visit. See Details
Good Harbor Beach Dogs are welcome on Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, MA, during the pet-friendly off-season from October 1st to March 31st. Fido can play both on or off-leash in the surf and on the sand during these dates. Please note that dogs are not permitted on the beach from April 1st to September 30th. See Details
Plum Island Point Beach Plum Island Point Beach is a pet-friendly beach in Newburyport, MA. Dogs are welcome to join their owners on the beach without a leash from October 15th to May 15th. Unfortunately, pups are never allowed on the Plum Island Refuge. The off-leash section of the beach is by the lighthouse and Captain's Lady. Dogs are not permitted on the beach from May 15th through October 15th. See Details
Crane Beach Crane Beach is a popular dog-friendly beach in Ipswich, MA. Dogs are welcome between October 1 and March 31 and must remain leashed at all times. Access is free for members and there is a nominal fee for non-members. Advance passes are highly recommended due to the popularity of this beach. Please note that dogs are not allowed on Steep Hill Beach, the trails, or in the dunes. See Details
Marconi Beach Marconi Beach, known for its massive sand dunes, is a pet-friendly attraction in Wellfleet, MA. Your leashed pet is welcome to join you for a walk along the shore with scenic views. The beach is accessible via a set of stairs, and restrooms are open seasonally. Please ensure Fido is on a leash no longer than six feet. See Details
Plum Cove Beach Plum Cove Beach in Gloucester, MA, is dog-friendly during certain months of the year. Dogs are permitted, and are even allowed off-leash, from October 1 to April 30. To preserve the cleanliness of the beach, make sure you clean up after Fido. Please note that dogs are prohibited from May 1 to September 30. See Details
Surfside Beach Surfside Beach is a pet-friendly attraction in Nantucket, MA. It's one of the most popular beaches in the area and characterized by the wide, flat beach with rolling surf over sandbars. Dogs are allowed as long as they're leashed and licensed. Dogs and owners are not allowed in any dune vegetation, marsh grass, protected wildlife and other fenced areas at any time. See Details
Crowes Pasture Conservation Area Leashed dogs are welcome at Crowes Pasture Conservation Area from mid-September up until Memorial Day. This pet-friendly beach area in East Dennis, MA is a great place for walking with Fido along the bay. See Details
Nahant Dog Beach Fido is welcome on the Nahant Dog Beach in Nahant, MA, from October 1st through March 31st as long as he is leashed. Dogs are strictly prohibited the rest of the year. Located at the public beach, the dog-friendly area is sectioned off from the main area by a causeway. See Details
Crab Beach Dogs are welcome at Crab Beach in Gloucester, MA. This popular, pet-friendly beach permits well-behaved, off-leash dogs year round. After your dog has had fun on the sand, take them for a walk on the pet-friendly pathways that surround the coastline. Please remember to clean up after Fido during your visit. See Details
Sandy Neck Beach Your pet can come with you during the off season from September 15 to May 15 at Sandy Neck Beach in Barnstable, MA. Explore one of the Cape's most popular beaches with Fido, where dogs can enjoy cooling off with a swim. Dogs must be leashed at all times when not in the water. Fido is also welcome on the section designated as the Off- Road Vehicle Beach with an ORV permit as well as on the Great Marsh Hiking Trail year round. See Details
Salisbury Beach State Reservation Leashed dogs are welcome during the off-season at Salisbury Beach State Reservation in Salisbury, MA. This state beach is pet-friendly from September 16th to March 31st. This popular beach overlooks the point at which the Merrimack River feeds the Atlantic Ocean, offering a stunning spot to spend time. See Details
Castle Island Beach Castle Island Beach in Boston, MA, is pet friendly to leashed dogs from mid-September through late April. Home to the historic Fort Independence, you and Fido can enjoy the beaches, walking paths and scenic views at this lovely recreation space. See Details
Brant Point Lighthouse Leashed dogs are welcome on the pet-friendly stretch of sand at Brant Point Lighthouse in Nantucket, MA. This is a popular tourist spot due to the scenic views and lighthouse. Dogs are welcome at anytime during the off-season or before 9:00 AM and after 5:00 PM during the summer. See Details
Skaket Beach Your pet is invited to join you at Skaket Beach, a dog-friendly beach in Orleans, MA. Pets are welcome during the off-season after Labor Day until the Friday before Memorial Day. Enjoy walking the shoreline and taking in great sunset views together at this popular beach destination. See Details
Head of the Meadow Beach Head of the Meadow Beach is a pet-friendly destination in Truro, MA. Loved by families with smaller kids, this beach welcomes leashed pets before 9am or after 6pm in summer as well as anytime in the off season. Be sure to check the National Park Service website for pet closures due to bird nesting season. See Details
Gooseberry Island Public Boat Launch Leashed dogs are allowed at Gooseberry Island Public Boat Launch, a pet-friendly rocky beach in Westport, MA. This paved ramp offers scenic views of the Massachusetts' coastline. Pups can even enjoy a swim in the shallow waters adjacent to the rocky beach. Please note that the nearby Horseneck Beach State Reservation does not allow dogs from April 1st through September 15th, so be cautious of how far you and Fido stray from the boat ramp during the summer months. See Details
Dog Beach This small, sandy beach allows dogs off-leash, all year long. There's a paid parking lot that is adjacent. See Details
Cisco Beach Cisco Beach is a pet-friendly area in Nantucket, MA. Bring Fido along for a stroll on the beach, a dip in the water, or a picnic on the shore. Dogs must be on a leash. See Details