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 Herring Cove
Herring Cove Herring Cove has miles of dog-friendly beaches to offer along the Massachusetts Bay side of Provincetown. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details
Pet Friendly Good Harbor Beach
Good Harbor Beach Leashed dogs are allowed on Good Harbor Beach October to March. The beach is closed to dogs April 1-October 1. Good Harbor Beach is handicapped accessible and boasts beautiful white sand, concessions, restrooms, showers, and more. Parking is available for a fee; however, prices vary, so guests should check the website before planning their trip for rates and additional rules. See Details
Plum Island Beach Plum Island Beach in Newburyport, MA, is pet-friendly. 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 allowed on the beach from May 15th through October 15th. There is a parking fee. The Harbormaster Department manages and operates the Plum Island Point Beach & Parking Lot located on the northern end of the island at 278 Northern Blvd. 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
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
Wingaersheek Beach Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester, MA is dog-friendly on a seasonal basis. Unleashed dogs allowed on Wingaersheek Beach from October 1st to April 30th annually, only on odd-numbered days. Dogs are prohibited from May 1st to September 30th. During the off-season, this beach is a beautiful sandy spot for Fido with several interesting rock outcropping for curious pups to explore and investigate. See Details
Plum Cove Beach Plum Cove Beach is pet-friendly during certain months of the year. Dogs are Prohibited from May 1 to September 30th. During other times, dogs are permitted and they're even allowed off-leash from October 1 to April 30. This is a beautiful spot to let your dog roam free or wander by your side. To preserve the cleanliness of the beach, make sure you clean up any mess that your pooch makes and remove it from the beach. See Details
Crowes Reservation Beach Leashed dogs are welcome from mid September up until Memorial Day. Dogs are not permitted at all during the summer. Take Route 6A in East Dennis to School Street (across from Airline Road, just before the Brewster Town Line), then take the first right onto South Street, and go straight through the stop sign, the cemetery is on the right. See Details
Nahant Dog Beach Fido is welcome on the Nahant Dog Beach 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 Crab Beach in Gloucester, MA is dog-friendly. This popular beach permits off-leash play at all times, as long as dogs are cleaned up after and well-behaved. After your dog has had fun on the sand, take them for a walk on the pet-friendly pathways that surround the coastline. See Details
Sandy Neck Beach Your pet can come with you during the off-season (September 15 to May 15) as you explore one of the Cape's most popular beaches. Dogs must be leashed at all times, unless they are actively swimming. See Details
Ashland State Park State park that is open to dogs! Must be leashed and cannot be on the sand area, but there are plenty of walking trails and grassy areas to go with Fido. See Details
Marconi Beach This stunning beach is known for its massive sand dunes. Your pet is welcome to jion you here as long as they remain on-leash. See Details
Hatches Harbor Trails Hatches Harbor salt marsh is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Miles of bike trails wind their way through a massive salt marsh here between Hatches Harbor and the Provincetown Airport. The trails are a favorite among dog walkers because the sand is well-packed and easy to walk on, and they provide gorgeous views of the harbor and Race Point Lighthouse. If you come during low tide, you can actually walk all of the way to Race Point Lighthouse, but at high tide, you may have to take an ORV road (which is always accessible) back. You'll can access the trails from either Herring Cove Beach or the Province Lands Visitors Center. Dog owners are told to keep an eye out for certain trails restricting dogs and to call ahead during the summer months to ensure that there are no closures due to bird season. See Details
Nauset Light Beach Nauset Light Beach is a dog-friendly beach in Eastham, MA. This beach is part of the Cape Cod National Shore. Pets are welcome on-leash, even in the summer season, at this beautiful beachside park. See Details
Brant Point Beach Your dog is welcome to join you at this beach on-leash before 9am or after 5pm in summer, or anytime in off-season, but keep them away from the water as the current is strong. See Details
Head of the Meadow Beach This beach is especially loved by families with smaller kids. Pets are welcome to join the fun on-leash before 9am or after 6pm in summer, or anytime in the off-season. See Details
Surfside Beach This is a great beach for kites or picnicking, and your pet is welcome to join you on-leash before 9am and after 5pm in summer, or anytime in the off-season. See Details
Gooseberry Island Public Boat Launch Gooseberry Island Public Boat Launch is pet-friendly. Bring your dog to this paved sand ramp to have a look over the Massachusetts' coastline and maybe even enjoy a doggy paddle in the shallow waters adjacent to the rocky beach. 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 Enjoy the gorgeous views from this quiet beach much loved by bikers and walkers. Pets welcome on-leash before 9am or after 5pm in summer, or anytime in winter. See Details
Plymouth Long Beach Plymouth Long Beach is a seasonally dog-friendly beach in Plymouth, MA. Please check with the the Department of Marine and Environmental Affairs to make sure your dog is allowed at the beach before your planned visit; there are strict restrictions during certain times of the year, usually April 1st through September 30th, and penalties including ticketing and fines will be issued to those that do not comply. During approved times, your leashed dog is allowed to visit Manter's Point with you. See Details
Castle Island Beach Dogs are welcome to join you on-leash during the off season at this lovely South Boston beach. See Details