Dog Friendly Activities in Connecticut

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in Connecticut, we can point you towards the nearest off-leash dog park, the most popular dog beach, a really great hiking trail, and lots of other places to play with Fido.

Pet Friendly Olde Mistick Village
Olde Mistick Village Bring Fido for a stroll around Olde Mistick Village. The Olde Mistick Village is an outdoor shopping and dining destination designed to resemble a New England-style village of yesteryear. Both two and four-legged guests are welcome to spend a day roaming around the duck pond and along the walkways. Pets must be leashed during their visit and are not allowed in every store, so owners will need to inquire within before bringing Fido inside. The Olde Mistick Village is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. See Details
Pet Friendly Devil's Hopyard State Park
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
Sleeping Giant State Park Sleeping Giant State Park is dog-friendly. Despite the name, this park is popular among hikers and people looking for a picturesque place to have a picnic. The name actually comes from the mountaintops resembling the image of a giant having a nap. You can wander the uneven ridges on one of the many hiking trails with Fido as long as they are on a leash. The park is open every day of the week from 8am until sunset. See Details
Mystic Seaport Walk the grounds of the pet-friendly Mystic Seaport, CT, with your leashed pet and explore the museum's shipyard, nineteenth-century village re-creation, and nine gardens or enjoy a stroll along the river. Leashed pets are welcome on the museum grounds, although they are not permitted in any buildings or museum vessels. Rent a rowboat or sailboat to spend an hour exploring the Mystic River in a traditional small craft! Choose one of more than a dozen boats that vary in capacity from 2 to 5 people (plus a dog!). Boathouse staff will set you up with life jackets, oars, and other gear. Pricing for boat rentals vary. See Details
Birge Pond - Hoppers Preserve Birge Pond - Hoppers Preserve is pet-friendly. Dogs are welcome on-leash at this facility. It includes a large, unfenced, open meadow crisscrossed with trails. In addition, you'll find over 2 miles of hiking trails through wooded areas. 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
No Worries Brewing Company No Worries Brewing Company is a dog-friendly brewery in Hamden, CT. Leashed dogs are welcome in the taproom and at outdoor tables. Hoppy, light, dark, and sour beers are on tap. Light snacks are available for purchase. You can also bring your own food or buy grub from a visiting food truck. See Details
The Cascades at Lake Mohegan This is a beautiful dog-friendly recreation area in Fairfield, Connecticut. The trails surround a lake and waterfall/creek called the cascades on acreage donated by the G.E. corporation. There are waste bins for doggie cleanups, so bring your baggies. See Details
Hammonasset Beach State Park Leashed dogs are welcome in picnic areas, ball fields, nature trails, and bike paths year-round at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, CT. Dogs are only permitted on beaches from November 1st to the end of March. Visitors with pets are subject to fines if caught on the beach from April 1 to October 31. See Details
Sherwood Island State Park Dogs are welcome at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, CT, Connecticut's first state park, in the off season. 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. 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
Kent Falls State Park Kent Falls State Park is dog-friendly. You can bring Fido with you and walk the quarter mile hiking trail that leads to the stunning 250-foot waterfalls. Kent Falls State Park is open from 8am to 7pm. See Details
Giuffrida Park Giuffrida Park is a dog-friendly outdoor recreation area in Meriden, CT. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you one of the six trails that range from easy to difficult. Stroll along the reservoir, picturesque meadows, and take in the beauty of your surroundings from the top of Lamentation Mountain and Chauncey Peak. 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
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
Paw Meadow Dog Park A great off-leash dog park with a separate small dog area for dogs under 25lbs. A very friendly atmosphere. There are also quite a few dog-friendly trails around the park to walk or hike. See Details
Bigelow Hollow State Park Dog-friendly Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union, CT, offers boating, fishing and hiking to locals and visitors. Stretching over 9,000 acres, the park has scenic hiking trails and access points to Mashapaug Lake & Bigelow Pond. Please keep Fido leashed during your visit. 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
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
Black Hog Brewery Black Hog Brewery in Oxford, CT is a dog-friendly bar that focuses on local agriculture when creating their unique, craft beers. At any time, you can choose from more than 10 seasonally rotating beers on tap. Black Hog Brewery doesn't offer a food menu, but often hosts food trucks on the weekends. See Details
Mianus River State Park Mianus River State Park, formerly the estate of singer and actress, Libby Holman, is a pet-friendly place to enjoy with your pooch. The river weaves through this 400-acre urban forest that is located between Greenwich and Stamford Connecticut. Visitors enjoy biking, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding in the area. You can bring Fido with you for a hike as long as they are on a leash under 7-feet. See Details
Farm River State Park Dogs are welcome at Farm River State Park, home to 16.5 miles of the Farm River, paths, and meadows. The scenic river flows gently through the middle of the park and is a great sight to see with Fido. You can bring them with you as long as they are on a leash under six feet. See Details
Land of Nod Vineyard & Winery Land of Nod Vineyard & Winery is pet-friendly. This popular vineyard and winery is a great place to hang out with your pup and sample a glass of fine wine. Situated in the foothills of the Berkshires, on land steeped in early American History, the Land of Nod vineyard & winery continues the American tradition of skill and excellence in craftsmanship. They believe that wine is food from the land. The winery is open to the public Friday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm. See Details
New England Brewing Co. New England Brewing Co. is a dog-friendly establishment in Woodbridge, CT. Fido is welcome to accompany you inside the taproom or beside one of the outdoor tables. Sample inventive and unique offerings such as the citrus-infused Face Hugger IPA, or 668 The Neighbor of The Beast; a 7.8% Belgian Style Golden Ale. Stop by for a beer and snack from the on-site food truck or grab your favorite beer to-go in a growler, can, or bottle. See Details