Fall is undeniably a wonderful time to be in Cape Cod. The bustle of the summer season has died down and you can enjoy the sand and surf in peace while also taking in the beautiful sights that accompany autumn in New England. Another plus is that you won’t have to leave your furry friend behind; we’ve compiled a list of fun things to do with your dog while you’re on the Cape during fall.
Hit the Beach
The 40 miles of National Seashore is welcoming of dogs as long as they are on a leash 6’ or shorter. There are a few exceptions like bird nesting areas and lifeguard protected sections, but as long as you read the signs you know where you’re welcome. Off the National Seashore, there are beaches with similar rules, including The Knob, Sandy Neck, and Cahoon Hollow. You will find that most public beaches are dog friendly (even unleashed) after September 15th. The beach is the perfect place to relax, watch the sunset, and let your dog play in the waves that are probably too cold for you at this point.
Go For a Real Walk
Instead of just walking your pup around the block and calling it a day, try going for a longer hike. There are so many trails to choose from on Cape Cod, and they never look better than they do in the fall. If you’re up for an especially long walk, you could check out the aptly named Long Pond Trail in Falmouth, which is a 3.9 mile loop that will probably take you about an hour to complete. If you’re looking for something a little shorter with more elevation change, check out Lowell Holly Reservation in Mashpee. Both trails pass by ponds, so your pups (and you, if the weather permits) can cool off after all that running around.
Socialize at the Park
Your dogs have the upper hand here - they don’t have to be socially distant! Live vicariously through your dog by taking them to a park where they can make friends and sniff around off-leash. Pilgrim Bark Park, deemed the second best dog park in the country by Dog Fancy magazine, is located right in Provincetown and is the perfect place for some off-leash fun. The park is a fenced in acre of land that is filled with sculptures donated by local artists. There’s even a special section for dogs under 25 pounds, so don’t be afraid to bring your little ones here. Another option if you’re looking to get a hike in is Fresh Pond park in Dennis, which boasts a walking trail through the woods, two fenced-in enclosures where your dog can run free, as well as a pond where they can swim. There’s no doubt that your dog will return home healthier and happier after a day at these parks - and hopefully so will you!
Enjoy a Meal Together
Going out to eat is definitely something to look forward to when on the Cape, given the numerous top-notch restaurants and fresh seafood. This time you won’t have to leave your pooch waiting at home - there are plenty of dining options that can accommodate you both! Commercial Street in Provincetown has over twenty dog-friendly restaurants, making it the safest bet if you want to browse around. Some of these restaurants include the WayDownTown Restaurant, Mac’s Fish House, Governor Bradford Restaurant, and Bubala’s on the Bay. Most places offer outdoor patio seating, which means the day outside doesn’t have to come to an end for either of you.
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