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Dog Friendly Activities in South Portland, ME

There are 7 dog friendly activities in South Portland. 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 South Portland.

Pet Friendly Hinckley Park
Hinckley Park August 2021 - Concerns about unleashed dogs, dog waste and invasive species at Hinckley Park has prompted the South Portland City Council to enact a temporary leash requirement in the park. The off-leash area in this South Portland park includes two ponds where your pooch can go for a swim. Be careful as the area is not fenced. See Details
Pet Friendly Bug Light Park
Bug Light Park While not a dog park, this is a highly visited area by many of the local pups. Pets love the chance to play off-leash in the designated area of this park, which includes beach access. Be careful as the area is not fenced. See Details
Willard Beach Willard Beach is a public beach less than 5 minutes from Portland. In the summer months, dogs can run off leash (under voice control) in the off-season, October 1 through April 30, from 6:00 am to 9:00 am. Between May 1 and September 30, dogs are not allowed on the beach except between the hours of 7:00 am and 9:00 am and 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Willard Beach is a great sandy beach with cold, but inviting water for swimmers. Dogs love to play and romp on this scenic beach! Dog owners are required to have a leash in hand at all times. Off-leash dogs must be kept within 100 feet and under voice control. Pet waste must be bagged and properly disposed of in a trash receptacle or carried out of the park. Entry into sand dune vegetation by dogs and/or people is unlawful and strictly prohibited. See Details
Fore River Brewing Fore River Brewing is pet-friendly. Described as being like going back in time, this brewery is a rustic beer tasting experience. The wooden decor gives the taproom a classic feel to it, the perfect place to enjoy a pint or a flight. On chillier nights, the wood stove and brick chimney provide a lovely warmth to gather round and tell tales with your pooch. The beer list includes IPAs, red ales, sours, and stouts. If you get peckish, enjoy something from the food trucks that rock up in the car park. The outdoor area is a delight on hotter days in the summer. Fore River Brewing is open Monday from 2pm to 7pm, Wednesday to Thursday from 2pm to 7pm, Friday from 2pm to 9pm and weekends from 12pm to 9pm. See Details
Island Dog Brewing Island Dog Brewing is a dog-friendly brewery in South Portland, ME. It was named after two rescue dogs the owners saved from Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. Fido is welcome to join you inside the taproom and at a table on the outdoor patio. There are 12 beers on tap as well as snack food, soda, and sparkling water. OTTO Pizza, located in the same building, will deliver pizza, or you can choose something from a food truck (Fridays and Saturdays). You are welcome to bring your own food. See Details
Paint Outdoors in Portland, Maine 'Paint Outdoors in Portland, Maine' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Jo-Ann. A well-behaved dog would be welcome with prior approval, as there could be many distractions throughout the workshop. You will get to paint plein air on the rocky shores of Portland. Your host will introduce you to beautiful landscapes and give your tips on painting outside with watercolors. Beginners through advanced painters are welcome. All materials are included. Painting locations may require some light hiking and extended periods of standing. The experience lasts 3.5 hours and can accommodate up to 4 guests ages 18 and up. Rates start at $95 per person. See Details
Eastern Trail The Eastern Trail 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 South Portland! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the South Portland Pathway. 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
Casco Bay Lines All aboard this working mailboat of Casco Bay Lines in Portland, ME! You and your furry friend will be able to see the islands of Casco Bay, including Little Diamond, Great Diamond, Long, Cliff, and Chebeague, as you ride onboard the dog-friendly boat bringing mail and freight to the islands. Just make sure Fido is leashed during this unique boat tour. Ticket fees vary for people and dogs. See Details
Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge This gorgeous wildlife refuge is a fantastic place to enjoy the beauty of nature with your leashed, four-legged companion. See Details
Quarry Run Dog Park Quarry Run Dog Park in Portland, ME, has seven acres of fenced, off-leash play space for dogs and their humans to enjoy. Inside the large fenced area is a smaller fenced area for smaller dogs to play without stress. Outside of the park, there are acres of trails to explore with your leashed dog. Bring your own water and waste bags and be aware that it can get quite muddy after rain. See Details
Portland Discovery Land and Sea Tours Portland harbor and city tours, including area lighthouses and local wildlife (e.g., seals, osprey). Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome on both the boats and trolleys for no additional fee.

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Seashore Trolley Museum You and Fido can hop aboard a restored streetcar at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME. The world's oldest and largest electric railway museum offers dog-friendly rides on a 1.5-mile private railway. You can hop on and off to hike a nearby trail system and then complete the loop with a return ride to the Visitor Center. Fido is welcome to stroll with you through the Visitor Center, three public exhibits, and an observation gallery, where you can see the restoration work taking place. The museum is open seasonally from May through October. There is an admission fee, but dogs are welcome for free. See Details
Gooch's Beach Gooch's Beach is pet-friendly: From June 15 to Labor Day, dogs are welcome before 9am and after 5pm under voice control or on a leash. From the day after Labor Day to June 14, dogs are permitted on the beach at any time, but must be under voice control or on a leash. See Details
Rising Tide Brewing Company Rising Tide Brewing Company is pet-friendly. This artisan craft brewery offers beer in an airy tasting room, plus live music, food trucks and tours of the cool brewing area. Dogs are welcome to join their owners on the outside tar patio. The beers that are available include a copper ale, pilsner, lager, and many more cans for you to take home, too. Rising Tide is open Monday through Wednesday from 12pm to 7pm, Thursday through Saturday from 12pm to 9pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 7pm. See Details
Two Lights State Park Two Lights State Park is located on Maine's legendary rocky coast in Cape Elizabeth. Leashed dogs are welcome on the beach from October 1st through March 31st. Named after twin lighthouses constructed in 1828 down the road from the park, Two Lights State Park spans 41-acres of rocky headlands, including outcrops and grassy areas where you can have a picnic with a view. There are a number of pet-friendly trails that weave around the park, showing you and Fido the best of Maine's coastal beauty. See Details
Foundation Brewing Company Foundation Brewing Company is pet-friendly. This Maine brewery uses classic styles to brew a range of beers. Dogs are welcome to join their owners on the patio and inside the taproom itself, as long as they are wearing a leash. There's no food prepared inside, but food trucks frequent the car park from time to time. Foundation Brewing Company is open Monday from 12pm to 7pm, Wednesday through Saturday from 12pm to 7pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. See Details
East End Beach at Eastern Promenade Park Off-Leash Area Bring your pet for a bit of off-leash play in the designated areas of East End Beach and the Northwest Shore at this Portland city park. Off-leash hours are in the summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day) before 9am and after 5pm, and in the winter (Labor Day to Memorial Day) anytime during park hours (5am-10pm). See Details
Mackworth Island Mackworth Island, a legislated bird sanctuary, is a great place to walk dogs oceanside as you take in the sites. Open to visitors from dawn to dusk. Fido must remain on a leash at all times. See Details
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park Casco Bay Trail carries visitors along Maine's legendary coast. Relatively easy hike with great views. Dogs are welcome on trails, but not on the beaches. See Details
Fort Williams Park Leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy Fort Williams Park with their humans. Located adjacent to the famous Portland Head Light, Fort Williams Park offers more than 90 acres of space where you and your pup can enjoy a picnic, walk along the paths, explore the cliff-side loop and rocky beach, and spend a day in the great outdoors. Dogs must be leashed at all times. See Details
Scalawags Pet Boutique Located in Kennebunkport, Maine, Scalawags is a one-of-a-kind pet boutique offering fashionable dog clothes, dog collars and accessories, dog beds, healthy dog treats, dog toys, dog and cat supplies, pet lover gifts and so much more. Dogs love Scalawags because of all of the personal attention they get. There is always a fresh bowl of water to greet them and free treat samples are always in paws reach. Belly rubs and ear scratches are, of course, always free at Scalawags. See Details
Definitive Brewing Definitive Brewing is pet-friendly. This relatively new brewery provides memorable tasting room experience for dogs and owners alike. They offer a wide variety of beers, including Kolsch (Contee), Session Ales, IPAs, Stouts and Sours. For beer nerds, their brewery consists of a 15 barrel brew house, six 30 barrel fermenters, two 15 barrel fermenters and two 30 bbl Brite tanks. Dogs are welcome throughout the brewery, as long as they are leashed and well-behaved. If you get peckish, check out one of the food trucks that regularly rock up in the car park. Definitive Brewing is open Monday through Wednesday from 12pm to 7pm, Thursday to Friday from 12pm to 8pm, Saturday from 11am to 8pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. See Details
Bunker Brewing Company Bunker Brewing Company is pet-friendly. Leashed dogs are allowed to join the owners on the outdoor patio. The beers on draft include a IPAs, Porters, Gose, and Mexican Lager. They also offer a variety of cans to take home with you. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many food trucks that frequent the car park. Bunker Brewing Company is open Monday through Thursday from 12pm to 9pm, Friday from 12pm to 10pm, Saturday from 11pm to 10pm, and Sunday from 11pm to 9pm. See Details
Portland Head Light The Portland Head Light is a pet-friendly lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, ME. Bring your dog to one of the most famous lighthouses in Maine. It isn't just the sight of the lighthouse that your pooch will enjoy, there's also an off-leash area for your pup to run freely. Dogs are welcome in the other outdoor areas of Fort Williams Park, as long as they are leashed. Bring some food and hang out for a while at one of the grills next to a picnic bench. See Details