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Dog Friendly Activities in Colchester, CT

There are 5 dog friendly activities in Colchester, and 65 more nearby. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Colchester.

Pet Friendly Colchester Dog Park
Colchester Dog Park An off-leash dog park was just approved for this spot and should be under construction soon. Stay tuned! See Details
Pet Friendly Hop Culture Farms & Brew Co.
Hop Culture Farms & Brew Co. Hop Culture Farms & Brew Co. is a family- and dog-friendly brewery in Colchester, CT, featuring community tables, outdoor seating and a diverse selection of cold beers on tap. They grow the hops for the beers on the family farm. Leashed dogs are welcome. If you visit in the summer, sign up for the Hopyard Tour to learn how homegrown farm ingredients transform into uniquely flavored beers. See Details
Day Pond State Park Day Pond State Park is home to Day Pond--a stocked pond where you and Fido can spend the day fishing. After fishing, you can enjoy a picnic or hiking in the state park. Just keep your dog on a leash at all times. See Details
Bark Park There is a planned off-leash dog run in the works near the former town dump in Colchester. See Details
Airline State Park Trail - South The Airline State Park Trail - South is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Colchester! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Airline State Park Trail - South. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Devil's Hopyard State Park Taking its name from the round holes that appear in the waterfalls, dog-friendly Devil's Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, CT, is a perfect place to enjoy a day in nature. You and your dog can hike, picnic, bird-watch and fish in the stream. Just keep Fido on a leash at all times. See Details
Gillette Castle State Park Dogs are welcome at the picnic areas and on the hiking trails of Gillette Castle State Park. Although Fido can enjoy the trails that loop and wind around outdoor art exhibits and an historic historic estate that is reminiscent of a castle, you're not allowed to take them inside any of the buildings. Constructed by playwright and actor, William Hooker Gillette, the focal point of the whole area is the estate building. Gillette Castle State Park is open every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details
Central Bark Dog Park at Copp Family Park Locals rave about this fenced off-leash dog park with separate small dog area, chairs and tables for owners to relax on, and shade trees. See Details
Bailey's Dog Park Bring Fido to Bailey's Dog Park, which is open to all sizes of dogs that are up-to-date on vaccinations. Parking is readily available at Ethel Peters Recreation Complex. The Dog Park features running water, waste bags, shade and sun. Follow all rules posted at the entry. Bailey's Dog Park is open daily from dawn until dusk. See Details
Salmon River State Forest Dogs are welcome at Salmon River State Forest. This preservation area is home to an historic covered bridge that crosses over the shallow waters of Salmon River below. In years gone by, rivers and streams were dammed to provide water for the many mills in the area. Nowadays, you can enjoy the 6,000 acres of forest that have been set aside and protected. As well as being a popular hiking and walking spot, the area is very popular among anglers who can gain easy access to the water. The recreation areas of Salmon River State Forest are open every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details
Labyrinth Brewing Company Labyrinth Brewing Company in Manchester is dog-friendly and features an excellent staff, a tasty rotation of beers and ciders, and food trucks on a regular basis. It's relatively large inside with great spaces separated for each group and a "patio" out front with Astroturf, tables, and chairs. Dogs are allowed in both areas and treats are available at the bar. See Details
Harkness Memorial State Park Harkness Memorial State Park is dog-friendly. The centrepiece of this state park is the elegant summer mansion of the Harkness family. The big colourful building and the surrounding gardens, lawns, and trees were made into a state park in 1952 and certain parts of it can be enjoyed by dogs and their owners today. Pets on a leash are permitted in picnic and lawn areas, but are not allowed on the beach or in formal gardens. Harkness Memorial State Park is open every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details
Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk has many stores that welcome dogs to join you inside, including Anthropologie, Appleseed’s, Brighton Collectibles, Brookstone, Destination Maternity, Eddie Bauer, Francesca’s Collections, Gap, J.Crew, J. Jill, Kirkland’s Home, Lady Foot Locker, Leaps & Bones, L’Occitane, New Balance, Papyrus, Pottery Barn, Shoe Explosion, Soft Surroundings, Talbots, Ann Taylor Loft, Banana Republic, Chico’s, Clarks, Coldwater Creek, Country Curtains, GapKids, Green Tangerine Spa & Salon, Sparkle, and White House | Black Market. See Details
Glastonbury Dog Park Glastonbury Dog Park in CT is a fenced-in area where dogs can run and socialize off leash. The park features a separate areas for large and small dogs, benches, waste stations, water stations and more. See Details
South Windsor Bark Park This newly opened, fenced in park features agility equipment and has separate large and small dog areas. See Details
Bozrah Farmers Market Bozrah Farmers Market is pet-friendly, as long as dogs are on a leash and well-behaved. Wander the aisles of vendors and enjoy live music and a bite to eat from the food trucks. With 40 vendors, there's something for everyone. The market runs every Friday from July through October See Details
Grace Grace is pet-friendly. Shop with your dog at this women's clothing store in East Lyme. In addition to tasteful threads, you'll find bath and body items, candles, gifts, jewelry and a selection of pooch themed socks. Leashed dogs are welcome inside to help you sniff out the best items. Grace is open every day of the week from 10am to 7pm. See Details
Nehantic State Forest Leashed dogs are welcome at the pet-friendly Nehantic State Forest in East Lyme. This was the first state park in New London County and is home to wooded areas, Norwich Pond, and Uncas Lake. You and Fido can relax next to the water at one of the picnic areas on the park. The park is open daily. See Details
Rocky Neck State Park Rocky Neck State Park is pet-friendly. Feel free to go on a hike with Fido or eat some lunch in the picnic areas north of the train tracks. Rocky Neck State Park has a tidal river that is home to a variety of different types of fish. You'll also spot herons, cranes, and lots of other wildlife in the air and on the ground around the park too. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in campgrounds, south of the train tracks, on the beach, or on the boardwalk. The park is open every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details
Pawsitive Park For a strictly doggy day, Pawsitive Park offers both large and small dog play areas to accommodate fun seekers of all sizes. A double entrance allows for ease of transition from on leash to off leash. Each play area is equipped with a wading pool for warm weather enjoyment. Water is available on premises to keep the pools clean and filled. Convenient paths have been built around the outside of the property for leash walks and one-on-one time. Busiest hours include weekends and early evenings, so plan visits accordingly, especially for dogs that don’t love huge crowds. Bags are provided at cleanup stations to keep the park tidy. Proof of dog license and rabies vaccination may be required here. Training treats are allowed within the dog area of the park, but human food is not. Limit of three dogs per person. See Details
Belding Wildlife Management Area The Belding Wildlife Management Area is open to hiking with your dog. There's never a crowd, so it's great to take Fido on a hike in the peaceful outdoors. There's a pond for fishing, and the blazed trails follow rivers that branch from Valley Falls.

Dogs must be leashed.
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Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park Dogs are allowed at Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park. This historic site is home to Fort Griswold, which is known for being taken by the British forces in 1781. You can jump on the pet-friendly Thames River Heritage Park Water Taxi and head on down to the old fort site. The rolling hills and historic buildings are well worth the trip. The park is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9am to 5pm. See Details
Recreation Park Recreation Park is pet-friendly. Located next to the tennis courts, the fenced area contains two sections, one for big dogs and one for small breeds. Dogs are welcome to play off-leash, as long as they are well-behaved and all mess is cleaned up after them. See Details