Can I Bring My Dog to the Freedom Trail in Boston?

Posted by Billy Francis

If you’re planning a pilgrimage to Boston with your Boston Terrier, be sure to “paws” on the Freedom Trail. Dogs are welcome to join their owners on a self-guided walk through historic Beantown or join others on a tour to hear tales of a bygone era from a town crier.

Beginning at America’s oldest public park Boston Common, winding through the heart of the city and ending at Bunker Hill Monument, the Freedom Trail links local landmarks in one of the most pet-friendly cities in the U.S. while telling the incredible story of the American Revolution and beyond. Although it takes less than 90 minutes to walk the 2.5-mile route without stopping, history buffs and their “pawtriotic” pups should plan to spend a day exploring the trail.

Where Can I Stay With My Dog?

“It’s a “ruff” life being a canine concierge.” Photo by XV Beacon Hotel

XV Beacon Hotel

Located just one block from Boston Common, XV Beacon Hotel is one of the most dog-friendly hotels in America. The property offers a boutique hotel feel with full-service pet amenities, including dog treats, bowls, and beds at check-in. Dog walkers and pet sitters may be arranged in advance with the hotel concierge. XV Beacon Hotel charges a pet fee of $50 per stay, half of which is donated to a local animal organization.

“As soon as you look away, I’m riding that thing.” Photo by

The Boxer Hotel

The Boxer Hotel is a boutique downtown property located just a short walk from the trail. From the interior design to its location in a historic flatiron building, this pet-friendly hotel pays homage to Boston’s character. Pups who come to stay will be greeted by treats in the lobby, personalized bowls, waste bags and a comfy embroidered dog bed to use during their stay. The Boxer Hotel welcomes two pets up to 50 lbs for an additional fee of $100 per stay.

“Smells like the right key.” Photo by Onyx Boston Downtown

Onyx Boston Downtown

Onyx Boston Downtown is one of the most popular pet-friendly hotels in Boston thanks to its welcoming staff who love when pups come to stay. The hotel offers a welcome pack of treats, bowls, a bed and waste bags for canine guests. Onyx Boston Downtown allows two pets of any size for an additional fee of $75 per pet, per stay.

“I’ll join the club!” Photo by Club Quarters Hotels

Club Quarters Faneuil Hall Boston

Club Quarters Faneuil Hall Boston is one of the only hotels in the city that has a Freedom Trail landmark in its name. Situated around the corner from Faneuil Hall itself, this popular hotel is in a great location for trail users, and with The CQ Paws Program that includes a self-heating bed, bowls, placemats, treats, a door hanger and bags, pups will be well rested before a day of exploring. Club Quarters Faneuil Hall Boston welcomes two dogs up to 50 lbs for no additional fee.

“Puppy on the pier.” Photo by @residenceinnbostonharbor

Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf

Situated near the Freedom Trail’s final stop of Bunker Hill Monument, Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf provides a comfortable stay for humans and pets alike. Take your pooch for an evening stroll around the marina and stay in a room that overlooks the Charles River. Residence Inn Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf allows two pets of any size for an additional fee of $100 per stay.

Are pets allowed at any other hotels near the Freedom Trail?

Battery Wharf Hotel Boston Waterfront welcomes two pets up to 50 lbs for an additional fee of $50 per stay.

Four Seasons Hotel Boston permits two pets up to 35 lbs for an additional fee of $25 per pet, per stay.

The Godfrey Hotel Boston accepts two dogs of any size for no additional fee.

Hilton Boston Downtown Faneuil Hall welcomes two dogs up to 75 lbs for an additional fee of $50 per pet, per stay.

Hotel AKA Boston Commons allows two pets of any size for an additional fee of $50 per pet, per stay.

Hotel Indigo Boston Garden permits two pets of any size for an additional fee of $75 per pet, per stay.

Omni Parker House welcomes two dogs up to 25 lbs for an additional fee of $125 per stay.

What Can I Do With My Dog on The Freedom Trail?

“The Cradle of Liberty awaits!” Photo by

The Freedom Trail was introduced in 1951 to help tourists find their way around the many historic landmarks scattered around Boston. The trail mainly encompasses public sidewalks, which means dogs are welcome to tag along, but individual landmarks have different rules regarding canine access. Here are the 16 different stops along the way, and what you can expect at each one with your four-legged travel companion.

  1. Boston Common is the oldest public park in the U.S. and the first stop on the Freedom Trail. Leashed dogs are also welcome to join you on the green space at the common and at the adjacent Boston Public Garden, a botanical garden with winding paved trails. Stop for a pic with your pooch at one of the moving statues like The Embrace that commemorates the love shared between Dr. MLK Jr. and Coretta Scott King.
  2. Massachusetts State House is the state house capitol. Dogs are not allowed inside but can join on the grounds outside.
  3. The huge steeple at Park Street Church was once the first thing travelers would see of the Boston skyline. Pups can join you outside for a photo op.
  4. Granary Burying Ground is the final resting place for notable citizens dating back to 1660. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed inside the cemetery.
  5. King’s Chapel Burying Ground has been in the same spot for over 330 years. Dogs are not allowed inside the church or cemetery, but both can be viewed from outside.
  6. Situated in front of the Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in America, the Benjamin Franklin Statue commemorates the school's most famous pupil. The impressive school and statue can be seen from the sidewalk.
  7. Once a storied publisher, Old Corner Bookstore is now a Chipotle. Unfortunately, they don’t have any pet-friendly tables on the sidewalk.
  8. Old South Meeting House is where the Boston Tea Party began. Dogs aren’t allowed inside, but it’s an impressive building to admire from the outside.
  9. Built in 1713, the Old State House is the oldest surviving public building in the city. It’s another landmark that can be enjoyed with your dog from the sidewalk.
  10. Boston Massacre Site is where Bostonians and Redcoats violently clashed outside the Old State House. You and your pooch can take a photograph standing on the granite pavers that commemorate this important moment in history.
  11. Once upon a time, Faneuil Hall played host to America’s first town meeting. Nowadays, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is a pet-friendly outdoor shopping mall. Grab lunch with your pup at one of the shopping center’s pet-friendly patios like Salty Dog Seafood Grille & Bar. If you want to go on a shopping spree after lunch, most of the stores at Faneuil Hall Marketplace welcome dogs, too.
  12. Your British Bulldog can bark out “The British are coming!” outside Paul Revere’s House, built in 1680. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed inside.
  13. Old North Church is another Paul Revere hangout that your pooch can only enjoy from outside.
  14. Copp’s Hill Burial Ground does not allow dogs inside.
  15. USS Constitution, also known as “Old Ironsides,” is located inside Boston National Historical Park. Dogs are permitted in most outside areas of the park, but can’t go inside buildings or on ships.
  16. Bunker Hill Monument is also located at Boston National Historical Park. Don’t forget to snap a picture of your pooch and tag #bringfido to commemorate your completion of the Freedom Trail.

If you want to dive even deeper into the history of Boston than the historic markers along the Freedom Trail, book a dog-friendly guided tour. The Freedom Trail Foundation Guided Tours are led by the town crier and take in select Freedom Trail highlights over a 90-minute duration. Or, Fido might prefer to learn about Boston’s pet and animal stories with Dog-Friendly City Tours instead. Be sure to ask them to stop off at North End Dog Park, so your pooch can let off steam on the way. Wherever you are in Boston, you can reach the Freedom Trail on The Boston “T,” Boston’s dog-friendly subway system.

Where Can I Take My Dog While I Explore The Freedom Trail?

“Hanging out here is a real treat, right guys?” Photo by

The Freedom Trail welcomes dogs to join in the fun, but people bringing Fido along will miss out on entering historic buildings like Paul Revere’s House, burial grounds and the USS Constitution. After you take your dog on the trail, go back for round two when you leave them in the safe hands of one of Boston’s premier doggy daycares. Boston Dog Company is a short drive from Boston National Historical Park, offering social dogs a place to stay and play while you explore. Or, let your dog loose away from the hustle and bustle of the city at RiverDog LLC.

Yes, You Can Bring Fido to The Freedom Trail

“Freedom!” Photo by @desi02129

The Freedom Trail makes its way through downtown Boston, which may be too busy for certain dogs. Pups who don’t mind weaving around pedestrians will love keeping you company on this historic pathway, especially when they can stay at awesome pet-friendly properties like XV Beacon Hotel, The Boxer Hotel, Onyx Boston Downtown, Club Quarters Faneuil Hall Boston, Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf, or one of the many other pet-friendly hotels near The Freedom Trail. Your pooch will have a relaxing city stay in these hotels with amenities like plush dog beds, bowls and pet-friendly communal areas. Stomping the sidewalk can be hungry work, but there are pet-friendly restaurants dotted along the route to keep you fueled and a variety to choose from at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. People who want to step inside Paul Revere’s House or climb aboard the USS Constitution can leave Fido to make new friends at Boston Dog Company or RiverDog LLC.

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