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Pet Friendly Portsmouth

Our last stop on this summer’s tour of New England was Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This port city is just the right size to spend a day exploring on foot. We wandered from the waterfront to downtown and through the neighborhoods, admiring the architecture, the parks and green spaces, and the views. A fire in 1813 lead to new requirements that buildings be made of brick and have slate roofs – these have been preserved and now house boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants.

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When you spend your days scouting pet friendly locations, it’s disappointing to come across a place as beautiful as Prescott Park – the city’s waterfront park and home to many festivals and concerts – and find that dogs are prohibited.

Prescott Park - Portsmouth, NH

However, crossing the bridge to Pierce Island restored our faith! Owned by the city, the island is home to the commercial fishing pier, the local swimming pool, a playground, and several walking trails. And, the entire eastern side of the island is an off-leash area! Buster was thrilled to be free to play with the other dogs and splash at the dog beach.

Buster at Pierce Island - Portsmouth, NH Buster at Pierce Island - Portsmouth, NH Pierce Island - Portsmouth, NH Pierce Island - Portsmouth, NH

Finding pet friendly restaurants was no problem, and there is a nice selection of pet friendly hotels to choose from as well. If Portsmouth is your next pet friendly destination, we think you’ll have a pawsome time!

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  • Amy Burkert You imagine wrong. I lived there for 30 yrs. and it was not dog friendly. The sign at the park was the general feeling there. I NEVER saw a restaurant welcome dogs.

  • Great article! Nice pictures. I think it is getting less complicated these days for pet owners to travel with their dogs.

  • Joe Smith says:

    Awesome Blog and enjoyed the article with pictures.

  • What a great town and a piece of an island just for dogs! Perfect!

  • I guess dogs don’t need to be allowed in every single park… Though it would be nice!

  • Looks like a good place to go!

  • I don’t feel so bad that dogs aren’t allowed in every park as long as they are allowed in some good ones. And Pierce Island looks like a lot of fun.

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