6 Pet-Friendly Things to Do in Newton

6 Pet-Friendly Things to Do in Newton

  • Lauren Corkin
  • 09/28/22

Newton is  located about seven miles west of Boston and boasts an eclectic neighborhood that comprises thirteen villages. The lack of centralization creates a charming, sprawling neighborhood with many different enclaves filled with fun things to do. Newton is popular with outdoor enthusiasts and features many well-maintained outdoor spaces. And because it’s only a few miles from Boston, the city is connected to the public transit system. Newton homes for sale offer tranquility and the best that nature offers. High-end dining and shopping opportunities abound, including Piccadilly Square and the Newton Street village shops.
With a nearly endless list of amenities, Newton luxury homes are in high demand, and this is reflected in the real estate market. Newton is known for its affluence, and the median home listing price is roughly $1.3 million as of August 2022.
Newton real estate owners have access to outstanding public and private schools, and it’s in close proximity to many highly acclaimed universities and colleges, including Boston College.
Because it’s a very pet-friendly city, there are many places that welcome your beloved furry friend, including dining, shopping, and parks. This guide lists the most popular things to do with your pet in Newton.

Hammond Pond Reservation

The Hammond Pond Reservation is a gorgeous slice of nature that is centered around Hammond Pond and features hiking trails as well as areas for rock climbing, fishing, kayaking, and cross-country skiing. Dogs are welcomed on leashes and the park is open year-round.

Chestnut Hill Reservoir

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Just outside of Newton in the Brookline/Brighton area is the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. This recreation area features a 1.5-mile walking and biking trail that is perfect for walking your pup. The reservoir features an unpaved trail surrounding the water, which is home to different types of wildlife including turtles, fish, and waterfowl. Benches offer scenic rest spots around the walkway.
Nearby is the Reilly Memorial Rink for ice skating in the winter, and a public swimming pool is open in the summer. Just across the road is the Cassidy Playground, which features a baseball diamond, tennis courts, a bocce ball court, grills and picnic areas, and public restrooms. It’s a wonderful park that every member of your family will enjoy.

Newton Center

Newton Center is a lively, downtown shopping area that features boutique shopping, eclectic restaurants, and many businesses. This area has something for everyone in the family, including your pets. Many restaurants have outdoor patios that have plenty of space for pets, including BARaMOR on Union Street, which features bar bites and craft cocktails. For an experience catered specifically to canines, Newton residents can frequent the BYOD Dog Wash. This business offers drop-off grooming services and pet washing. They also have washing stations where owners can bathe their own pets, and they sell a variety of dog supplies.

Heartbreak Hill

If you’re an avid runner, you are most likely familiar with the Boston Marathon. Starting in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the race is the oldest road marathon in America and finishes in downtown Boston. One of the most famous stretches of the route passes through Newton and is lovingly known as Heartbreak Hill. This uphill stretch of Commonwealth Avenue features Heartbreak Hill Running Company for all your running needs and it’s a fun area to run or walk with your pet. Commonwealth Avenue features a large carriage lane that is perfect for walking, biking, or running. Challenge yourself and your best friend to the half-mile uphill run!

Cold Spring Park

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Cold Spring Park is a 67-acre park with many different recreational areas, including an off-leash dog park. It features hiking and biking trails, cross-country skiing, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, soccer fields, and more. The park has a partially enclosed area where dogs can run free off-leash and socialize with other dogs. With extensive open space shaded by mature trees, there is plenty of room for your dog to romp and play.

Richard McGrath Park

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Another dog-friendly option is Richard McGrath Park. The 10-acre park is located behind the Warren Apartments and features amenities for dogs and their owners. With tennis courts, a playground, baseball diamonds, and a football field, there are many opportunities for an enriching and active lifestyle. The park also provides an enclosed off-leash area for dogs.
Note: All dogs in Newton must be registered and up-to-date on vaccinations to participate in off-leash areas.

Lauren Corkin real estate

If you and your pet are looking for Newton homes for sale, the customer-focused Corkin Cantor Group is ready to help. Led by Lauren Corkin and Arthur Cantor, this group has over 30 years of real estate experience and can lead you through the competitive market in Newton and the surrounding Boston suburbs. 
Together with their team, Lauren and Arthur are ready to guide you through the exciting Boston real estate market, whether you’re buying a new home, selling your home, or investing in development properties.

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