The city of Boston has a plethora of great paths for dog walkers, from the Fens to the Esplanade. However, most of them require the dog to have a leash. Now, sometimes, even a city pup needs a place where they can stretch their legs, sniff around and explore. As a dog owner, it is important to have a place where your dog can just roam free and enjoy themselves, so here are some dog parks in the Boston area that provide that opportunity for dogs to be off-leash.


Peters Park

In November of 2007, Mayor Menino hosted “The Grand Unleashing” at Peters Park which ushered in a new era of off-leash dog fun in the Boston area. Also known as the Joe Wex Dog Recreation Space, it is the city’s first sanctioned park where dogs are able to run, jump, and play around without the attachment of their owners. Located in the South End, it is also adjacent to gated tennis courts and playground for children.


South Boston Bark Park

Not only does the South Boston Bark Park offer a space for dogs to be off-leash, but they also boast a separate section for smaller dogs, so there is no need to worry about a smaller dog going up against a bigger dog. The park is also just off Carson Beach and offers plenty of shade for pets and their owners to enjoy even with the summer months approaching.


Fresh Pond Reservation Dog Park

Fresh Pond Reservation Dog Park allows you to take your pup for a nice and refreshing swim in one of their two on-site ponds. You have to be sure that your canine friend has a license from the City of Cambridge for them to participate. Once you receive that, there are endless opportunities for off-leash fun at the Reservation’s fenced-in area.


Danehy Park

The expansive, 50-acre Danehy Park was built on a former city landfill. This park is filled with active people like joggers, soccer players, and even roving performers during an annual carnival. In addition to that, the park offers a leash-free zone for dogs to run around and an on-site water spigot that will keep your canine cool and hydrated as they play.


Zero New Washington Dog Park

The Zero New Washington Dog Park was completed in 2010 and boasts all the bells and whistles a pup could need. The park includes tunnels, ramps, drinking fountains, agility walks and an abundance of spots where your dog can explore. There are also gazebos and benches on-site for owners to relax as their dogs play.