Other Dog Activities in Connecticut

Tired of watching Fido run laps in the dog park? We've got the scoop on lots of other dog friendly attractions in Connecticut too. You’ll find information on all of the dog friendly wineries, boat rentals, botanical gardens, drive-ins, and other offbeat animal attractions in Connecticut here.

Pet Friendly Metro North Railroad
Metro North Railroad Metro North Railroad allows small, well-behaved pets on the railroad from CT to NYC if they are in kennels or securely controlled on leashes. Pets shouldn't occupy seats and are subject to approval by the conductor. See Details
Pet Friendly Fishers Island
Fishers Island Catch the island ferry in New London, CT. The ferry welcomes dogs on board, with a leash, at no extra charge. Once arriving on the island, visitors can walk to the small village (15 min walk) or head over to dog-friendly South Beach near Elizabeth Airfield. The beach is a bit rocky but dogs can go off-leash. Visitors can spot birds, view beautiful homes or shop at the village green with their dogs. Plenty of spots to tie up your dog and give them shade on the village green while visiting local merchants. Visit Topper's Ice Cream shop and order "the dog bowl" with ice cream named after different dog breeds. Dogs are also welcome to visit the Fishers Island Yacht Club. Best time to go is May to early October. Shops take an afternoon siesta from 1-3 pm. See Details
Jonathan Edwards Winery Beautiful winery. Outdoor tasting area where dogs are welcome. Bring snacks our buy some there with a bottle of wine and enjoy the day with your dogs. See Details
Sherwood Island State Park Dogs are welcome at Sherwood Island State Park, Connecticut's first state park. This public recreation area can be found on the shore of Long Island Sound and offers swimming, fishing, and other activities. The 238 acres of beach, wetlands, and woodlands provides a varied landscape for you and Fido to enjoy. You can bring Fido to the park during the off-season from October 1 to April 14. Pets are not allowed in the park during the summer season from April 15 through September 30. The park is open every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details
Greenwich Polo Club The Greenwich Polo Club invites your family to join us for Sunday Polo matches in June, July and September. Our grounds are open to the public welcoming your family to a lovely and unique afternoon experience of family, friends and socializing. Feel free to bring your loveable dogs as well. We open our gates at 1pm with matches beginning at 3pm. Feel free to arrive early and tailgate. Pack a lunch or enjoy some of the gourmet vendors we have on site. Swing by and visit Maria at Caffe Bon for the best Panino and Arnold Palmer in town! Craving something sweet? Simona Silvestri from La Fenice on Greenwich Avenue will be serving luscious Gelato at our games in September. Stop by her cart and grab a cup! Gate Fees: $40.00 per car. The fee includes parking and picnicking. Dress Code: Garden Chic. Ladies, don’t forget your polo hats! In the event of inclement weather, the polo match is cancelled but events continue as scheduled under the tents. Rain-outs are announced on the day of the polo match. Check the home page for updates. See Details
Ram Pasture Ram Pasture is a lovely scenic area that is always open. In the summer, the pond is home to ducks. In the winter, the pond provides a place for ice-skating. Leashed dogs are permitted to join their owners for a walk. See Details
Harwinton Recreation Area A destination for dogs and their devoted humans, the Harwinton Recreation Area’s trails run through the woods as well as along Leadmine Brook. With both short, easy trails and those a bit longer and more difficult, the Harwinton Recreation Area is a great place for both you and your four-legged friend with a little splash time thrown in to mix it up. Bring the dog’s favorite water toy and tire him out along the trails. The Harwinton Recreation Area sits on almost 90 acres, and also offers a small covered picnic area, a playground, tennis courts, a sand volleyball court and a fishing pond. As a family recreation spot, a leash law is in effect. See Details
Mead Memorial Park leashed dogs allowed in this great park with childrens playground, tennis courts, cafe, baseball fields, trails, picnic benches, Shaded areas, water fountains. great to ake the Whole family out for the day including our canine family members. See Details
Cove Island Park Cove Island Park is dog-friendly. But, dogs must be leashed and they are not allowed on the beach. The park features recreation facilities such as a 1-mile loop walking/running trail, children's play area, a rollerblade/cycling path and expansive lawn areas for kite-flying. See Details
Sunny Brook State Park Part of Paugnut State Forest and connected to it by the 2.1-mile John Muir Trail, Sunny Brook State Park is set on 464 wooded acres. With plenty of trails, including five nature trails, and a pond to play and cool off in, Sunny Brook State Park makes for a memorable excursion. Pack a lunch, wear comfortable shoes, bring a friend or make a new one. Perfect for a game of watery fetch, this popular spot also boasts fishing, hiking, picnicking and hunting opportunities. There is a posted leash requirement that does not seem to be strictly enforced, so let mindful consideration be the guide here. See Details
18th Century Purity Farms 18th Century Purity Farms provides high quality heirloom and conventional fruits and vegetables year round at local Connecticut Farmers Markets, using organic growing methods. Dogs are welcome during the autumn months. See Details
Books & Company Books & Company is pet-friendly. This great bookstore offers like-new used books at half-price or less, greeting cards, unusual gifts and more. They also serve coffee and treats at Legal Grounds. Leashed dogs are welcome to join their owners as they browse inside. Books & Company is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9am to 1pm and Friday through Sunday from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Visit their website for up-to-date opening times as these are subject to change. 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 train tracks. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed in campgrounds, south of the train tracks, on the beach, or on the boardwalk. 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. The park is open every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details
Mystic River Park Mystic River Park welcomes leashed dogs. Mystic River Park has a sizable green space for dogs to play and socialize. 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
Silver Sands State Park Dogs on leashes can join their owners in the picnic areas of Silver Sands State Park in Milford. This state park is known for being a great habitat for a number of different sea birds and is full of sandy beaches and boardwalks. Unfortunately, pets are not permitted on the beaches or boardwalks. The park is open every day of the week from 8am until sunset. 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
Counterweight Brewing Unfortunately, Counterweight Brewing is currently only offering to-go orders. There is no patio or taproom. Dogs are welcome at Counterweight Brewing in Hamden, Connecticut. The aim of this pet-friendly brewery is to stick to long-held traditions, but explore new and innovative methods at the same time. They serve up Belgian ales, sturdy German lagers, hop-forward American IPA's, and plenty more. People who get peckish when they're enjoying a pint can visit when one of the food trucks is in the car park. You might spot Ripley, the resident dog, wandering around the brewery too. Counterweight Brewing is open Thursday from 3pm to 8pm, Friday from 3pm to 9pm, Saturday from 12pm to 9pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. See Details
Paproski’s Pumpkin Patch at Castle Hill Farm Unfortunately, Paproski’s Pumpkin Patch at Castle Hill Farm is currently not pet-friendly due to Covid-19 restrictions. See Details
Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the Beckley Furnace Industrial Monument was once the site of iron production for railroad car wheels. Now you and Fido can enjoy a guided experience of this site or take advantage of the interpretive signs and wander around on your own. Just keep your pup on a leash at all times. See Details
Tribus Brewing Co Dogs are welcome to join their owners at Tribus Brewing Co in Milford, Connecticut. The first brewery and taproom to come to the town, Tribus offers up a wide selection of flavorsome beers brewed on the premises. Their beer list includes sour IPA, IPA, porters, stouts, and more. Your pooch can join you outside in the biergarten. Tribus Brewing Co. is open Thursday from 4pm to 9pm and Friday through Sunday from 12pm to 9pm. See Details
Hop Culture Farms & Brew Co. Hop Culture Farms & Brew Co. is pet-friendly. This family-friendly brewery features community tables, outdoor seating, and a diverse selection of cold beers on tap. They grow the hops for the beers on the family farm. Dogs are welcome on a leash, as no food is prepared on the premises. See Details
Squantz Pond State Park Squantz Pond State Park is dog-friendly between October 1 to April 14. Unfortunately, pets are not permitted during the summer season outside of these dates. The park is a 172 acre public recreation area on the southwestern shore of the gigantic 270-acre Squantz Pond. You can partake in some fishing, hiking, picnic, and boating. Squantz Pond State Park is open every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details