Top Dog Friendly Activities in New Hampshire

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in New Hampshire, 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.

Jenness Beach

There is approximately a 1 1/4 stretch of beach in Rye New Hampshire. In the middle of that stretch along the coast is a parking lot. The State beach is actually directly in front of that parking lot and/or from house on the left to house on the right. Beaches on either side of that tiny State beach are town beaches. You could almost throw a softball from one end of the State beach to the other. Dogs are not allowed on the State beach. To get around that law (if you want to walk the entire length of the beach) just walk around the beach in the parking lot. The hours for dogs allowed on the beach Memorial Day to Labor Day are before 9:00 am and after 7:00 pm. Please read sign posted at all entrances.

South Mill Pond Dog Park

South Mill Pond has a fenced in, double gated enclosure, where dogs of all sizes can play together. There is a surrounding unfenced off-leash area that borders the west end of the pond as well. Dogs in park must be spayed or neutered. From the city center take Pleasant street and bear right at parking lot. Dog park is in center of park at South Mill Pond.

Sandy Beach (Gilmore Pond)

Visitors may park in the small parking area on Sandy Lane. From there, it is only a short walk down a well-marked, maintained wooden trail to Gilmore Pond. While there is not techically a beach area, Gilmore Pond has very clear shallow water and a wonderful sand bottom that will make you think you are in the tropics. You can swim at your own risk but there are no lifeguards on duty. Gilmore Pond has the reputation of being the party/dog beach in town since on a hot Saturday afternoon its very typical to find a large crowd of people drinking on floats in the water. This is illegal and not encouraged since it is a town beach. However, week days tend to be mild in nature and people with dogs flock here.

Pierce Island Off Leash Area

Fantastic off leash dog run with walking trails and several water access points with one main, rocky beach. Dogs must respond to voice command and be under control of owner at all times (this is not a fenced in dog park). Great views of the Portsmouth Navy Yard and a great place to watch boat traffic in the port.
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