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Here are the best ways to enjoy the city of Boston, accompanied by your dog.

1. Go To The Park

The Boston Public Garden and the Charles River Esplanade are two of the most beautiful parks in Boston, where leashed dogs are welcome. There is an off-leash park called Charlesgate Dog Run right near the Esplanade, and other popular dog parks in the city include Peters Park Dog Run, South Boston Bark Park, and Danehy Park.

2. Take A Boat Ride

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Boston Water Taxi. Photo: 
Photo: Massachusetts Office Of Travel And Tourism/Flickr

Your pup is welcome to join you on a ride with Boston Water Taxi, which will take you to explore the islands in the Boston Harbor. The boats are heated, so even if you go in the winter, you'll be nice and warm. If you're looking for an adventure where you can chart your own course, you and your dog can rent a canoe or a kayak and paddle down the beautiful Charles River in the summer.

3. Go To The Beach

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Castle Island Beach. Photo: jodi0327/Flickr

Boston may not be known for its beach weather, but dogs usually don't mind the cold. Dogs are welcome on leashes on Carson Beach and Castle Island Beach during the off-season. If you're willing to make the drive to Crane Beach (about 40 minutes from the city) your dog can run off-leash. It's worth the drive, since it's considered one of the best beaches in New England.

4. Go Out To Eat

There are plenty of dog friendly restaurants in Boston. Some of the best choices are Toro (for tapas), The Globe Bar & Cafe, Cambridge Brewing Company, Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers, and Veggie Galaxy. These restaurants always allow dogs to sit at the outdoor tables.

5. See Some History

It would be difficult to walk around Boston and not see history, but you can definitely opt for a more active learning experience. You and your dog can follow a guided tour on the famous Freedom Trail, which takes you to 16 historical sites.

6. Go Shopping

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SoWA Open Market. Photo: Katie Schumm/Flickr

There are several great flea markets in Boston where you can shop with your dog. The most popular ones are SoWa Open Market and The Somerville Flea. If you want to buy your dog a special treat, you should pay a visit to Polka Dog Bakery. They sell delicious, healthy, homemade dog treats.
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