Dog Friendly Activities in Essex, CT

There are 2 dog friendly activities in Essex, and 55 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 Essex.

Pet Friendly Paw Dog Park at Viney Hill
Paw Dog Park at Viney Hill Paw Dog Park at Viney Hill, located in Essex, CT, is a fenced off-leash dog area where Fido can romp and play. The park has separate dog areas, benches and agility equipment. See Details
Pet Friendly Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park
Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park Connecticut Valley Railroad State Park is a pet-friendly historic attraction in Essex, CT. Open on a seasonal basis between the months of May and December, visitors can experience a 19th century railroad, including an 1892 rail road station, and steam locomotives. Leashed pets are welcome in the section of park which lies north of Route 82. 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 pooch can hike, picnic, birdwatch and fish in the stream. Just keep Fido on a leash at all times, and note that pets are not permitted in the campground. See Details
Gillette Castle State Park Dogs are welcome at the picnic areas and on the hiking trails of Gillette Castle State Park, a dog-friendly attraction in East Haddam, CT. Fido can enjoy the trails that loop and wind around outdoor art exhibits and a historic estate that is reminiscent of a castle. However, you're not allowed to bring dogs inside buildings or on decks. See Details
Hammonasset Beach State Park Fido is welcome to enjoy the pet-friendly beach on a leash from September 30th to April 1st at Hammonasset State Park in Madison, CT. Visitors with pets on the beach outside of those dates are subject to fines if caught. Leashed dogs can join you in picnic areas year-round, and pups are also welcome in the campground after Columbus Day until May 1st. See Details
Bailey's Dog Park Bring Fido to Bailey's Dog Park in Clinton, CT, 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 fully-fenced dog park features running water, waste bags and shaded areas. See Details
Yankee Cider Company Leashed dogs are welcome at Yankee Cider Company in East Haddam. As Connecticut's first farm cidery taproom, they feature a beautiful vintage barn and outdoor area, and specialize in crafting New England style hard ciders from locally-grown apples. With a rotation of ciders available, you can enjoy unique options including spiced fig, tart cherry and even a Caramel Cider Donut Hard Cider. Apple wines are also available. See Details
Salmon River State Forest Dogs are welcome at Salmon River State Forest in Colchester, CT. This pet-friendly preservation area is home to a historic covered bridge that crosses over the shallow waters of the Salmon River below. As well as being a popular hiking and picnic spot, the area is very popular among anglers due to the easy water access. See Details
Lavender Pond Farm Leashed dogs are welcome to tour Lavender Pond Farm with you in Killingworth, CT. Enjoy strolling through the lavender fields, shopping in the store and riding the LPF Express at this pet-friendly attraction. There is also corn hole, chess and plenty of spots to sit and relax. Please clean up after your pets on the farm! See Details
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company Dog-friendly Greenport Harbor Brewing Company tasting room welcomes Fido to join you for a pint or a flight inside their original brewery and tasting room or at an outdoor sidewalk table. The brewery is located in Greenport Village in a renovated 1860’s firehouse. See Details
Harkness Memorial State Park Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, CT is dog friendly. The centerpiece of this state park is the elegant summer mansion of the Harkness family. The big colorful building and the surrounding gardens 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. See Details
Guilford Dog Park Guilford Dog Park is a dog-friendly park in Guilford, CT, with two separate fenced areas for small and large dogs. The ground is mostly covered in mulch. The park is a work in progress and endeavors to be ADA compliant and eventually have an agility course, water pump, and waste containment system. See Details
Lavender by the Bay Lavender by the Bay is a pet-friendly farm located halfway between Greenport and Orient Point in East Marion, NY. Dogs are allowed on the grounds if they are friendly and vaccinated. Handmade lavender products, plants, and homegrown honey are available for purchase. Check the website for seasonal opening hours. See Details
Bozrah Farmers Market Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome at Bozrah Farmers Market, a pet-friendly outdoor market in Bozrah, CT. Wander the aisles of vendors and enjoy live music and a bite to eat from the food trucks. With over 40 vendors you will find a wide variety of items, including fresh vegetables, baked goods, homemade jams, fresh-cut flowers, pet treats and much more. The market is seasonal, and runs every Friday from July through October. Two off-season markets are also offered, the Holiday Market in November and the Mother's Day Market in May. Check their website for dates for these events as well as the season's opening date. 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 pets are welcome at the dog-friendly Nehantic State Forest in East Lyme, CT. 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. See Details
Myrcene Ale Co. Myrcene Ale Co. is a pet-friendly brewery in Old Saybrook, CT. Fido can join you inside the spacious taproom and outside at a picnic table while you enjoy a variety of house-brewed ales. Packaged snacks are available, or food can be brought in/delivered. See Details
Wadsworth Falls State Park Wadsworth Falls State Park is a dog-friendly natural area in Middletown, CT, where you and Fido can enjoy hiking wooded trails with beautiful views. Make your way to the scenic Big Falls waterfall with your leashed pup, but please note that pets are not permitted on the beach or in the swimming pond. See Details
Colchester Dog Park Fido is sure to love Colchester Dog Park, a fully fenced off-leash park in Colchester, CT. Features include a separate enclosed section for small breeds, agility structures, bench seating, shade trees and pet waste stations. See Details
Rocky Neck State Park Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic, CT is dog friendly. Feel free to go on a hike with your leashed pup or eat some lunch in the picnic areas north of the train tracks. The park also has a tidal river that is home to a variety of different types of fish. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in campgrounds, south of the train tracks, on the beach or on the boardwalk. See Details