Dog Friendly Activities in Maine

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in Maine, 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 Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park Acadia National Park has been a popular destination for dog owners for generations. Whatever you love to do in the great outdoors, you'll find an opportunity at this stunning park. Whether you are into camping, hiking, or kayaking, Acadia is the place for you and Fido. You can even get involved in geocache, check out the wildlife, fish, skijor, and more. With over 100 miles of hiking trails, 45 miles of carriage roads, and three campgrounds open to pets, you may never have enough time to explore every corner of this park, but even a glimpse will last in your mind for a life time. See Details
Pet Friendly Fort Foster Park
Fort Foster Park Located on Gerrish Island in Kittery Point, Fort Foster Park offers three small but sandy beaches, an extensive trail system, restroom facilities in season, picnic areas, and old military fortifications to explore. The park features an excellent view of the entrance to Portsmouth Harbor, including Whaleback Light, Portsmouth Harbor Light and Fort Constitution. The park is open from 10am to 8pm seven days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Purchase season and day passes directly from their website. 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.
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Quarry Run Dog Park Quarry Run Dog Park 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
Little Long Pond Leash-Free Area The Little Long Pond Off-Leash Area near Acadia National Park is a designated place for dogs. The private piece of land is managed by the Rockefeller family. The property is not fenced-in so keep an eye on Fido. See Details
Wells Beach Wells Beach is pet-friendly. From April 1 until June 15 dogs must be leashed and under control of a responsible person at all times. From June 15 until September 16 dogs are only permitted on the beach from 6pm until 8am and they must be leashed and under control of a responsible person. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind to preserve the cleanliness of the beach for others. See Details
Seapoint Beach Locals love to bring their dogs to play at this rocky, pet-friendly beach. Kittery resident parking only. Dogs are not welcome between the hours of 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM from June 15th through September 10th. 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
Drake's Island Drake's Island is pet-friendly. From April 1 until June 15 dogs must be leashed and under control of a responsible person at all times. From June 15 until September 16 dogs are only permitted on the beach from 6pm until 8am and they must be leashed and under control of a responsible person. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind to preserve the cleanliness of the beach for others. See Details
Kennebunk Beach Bring your pet with you on-leash as you enjoy this beautiful Maine beach. Pets not permitted in summers from 9am to 5pm. See Details
Crescent Beach State Park Bring your pet to explore the rocks at this popular beach. They're welcome on-leash from October 1st to March 31. Check times as beach narrows greatly at high tide. See Details
Short Sands Beach This lovely York beach is a great place to spend the day. Pets are welcome before 8:00 am and after 6:00 pm, May 20th through September 20th. In the off-season, dogs are welcome any time. Pets must be leashed between 6:00 am and sunrise between May 20th and September 20th. 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
Long Sands Beach This lovely York beach is a great place to spend the day. Leashed pets are welcome after 6 p.m and before sunrise, May 20th through September 20th. Dogs can play off-leash between sunrise and 8 a.m. in the off-season. 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
Mount Agamenticus Your leashed pet is welcome on these well-marked trails with lovely mountain views. See Details
Downeast Windjammer Cruise Lines and Bar Harbor Ferry Set sail aboard the Schooner Margaret Todd for a cruise among the islands of Frenchman Bay with your favorite canine companion. Visitors to the schooner are greeted by Maggie, the most popular crew member, who happens to be a black Newfoundland. Three sailing times allow visitors to pick the best environment for them. The morning sail is generally a mellow, relaxed trip while the afternoon sail is a bit more lively thanks to the afternoon sea breezes. The romantic sunset sail offers breathtaking views of Frenchman Bay, often to the accompanying tunes of live folk musics. No matter what sail you choose, Fido is welcome to join the adventure! See Details
Goose Rocks Beach This 3-mile beach is long and shallow with calm waters that make it great for smaller kids. There's tide pooling neaby, and your pet is welcome to join you on-leash except from 9am-6pm in summer. See Details
Valley Street Dog Park Valley Street Dog Park is a large fenced park where dogs can run and play without leashes. Features include benches, water station, and shaded areas. See Details
Wiggly Bridge Take your pet for a stroll through the lovely environs of this famous York walking bridge. Pets must be leashed at all times. 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
Acadian Nature Cruises Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome aboard the Acadian! Bring your furry companion along for a two-hour, narrated cruise of Frenchman Bay. Search the skies for eagles and migrating birds or scan the water for porpoises, seals, and other marine animals. While the Acadian does have a heated cabin, it is highly recommended that you dress warmly and ensure your pet is dressed warmly as well. See Details
Casco Bay Lines All aboard this working mailboat! 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 boat bringing mail and freight to the islands. Just make sure your dog is leashed during this unique boat tour. See Details
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.
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