Traveling with your dog is always fun, but sometimes it can be a hassle. Luckily, Portland has many places for you and your dog to go to. Do some sightseeing, go hiking, and enjoy the outdoors at some of the local parks. You and your pet will love it.
Portland has an extensive network of walking and hiking trails, which are perfect to wander around with your pet. Take a walk along Casco Bay on the Eastern Promenade Trail with your leashed dog, or enjoy views of Portland and the island of Casco Bay while walking the trail on Mackworth Island. In case you want to visit Maine Wildlife Park, you need to keep your dog within your vehicle.
Portland and its surroundings also have some beautiful parks and nature preserves, like the Desert of Maine, Baxter Woods and Peaks Island Loop. After 5pm, you can visit the small public beach of Munjoy Hill with your dog. In off season, you can take your dog to many beaches in Portland. The most popular park for dogs and their humans is the Quarry Run Dog Park.
Many restaurants welcome dogs at their outdoor tables. Dog owners love Portland Lobster Company for their service and great seafood, Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub for their dog-loving staff and extensive beer selection, and Beals Famous Old Fashioned Ice Cream in Old Port district for their refreshing ice cream and frozen yoghurt.
As a first-time visitor, it is a great idea to go sightseeing. There is no reason to skip it when you can bring your four-legged friend. The lighthouse known as Portland Head Light in nearby Cape Elizabeth attracts many visitors each year. Besides having a great park with hiking opportunities, the area also offers some beautiful views.