Humans aren’t the only beneficiaries of Provincetown’s well-known reputation as a friendly and welcoming place. A stroll down Commercial Street at any time of year will result in plenty of happy encounters with canines and almost every shop offers furry, four-legged visitors a bowl of water and an open door.  With plenty of dog-friendly restaurants, outdoor spaces and beaches, and a general appreciation for all things canine, Provincetown is definitely the most pet friendly town on Cape Cod.

Provincetown beaches allow dogs year-round and off leash (the only Cape Cod town to do so).  Dogs are allowed off leash at all town beaches from 6-9am and 6-9pm.    But the great sandy outdoors isn’t the only place that a dog may enjoy during a stay in Ptown.  Here are some of our favorite dog-friendly activities in town:

Race Point Beach

Parking lots are open 6 AM to midnight, daily, year-round.

Daily fees: vehicles, $20; walk-in, $3. Annual national seashore pass is $60.

An “ocean-side” beach located on the Atlantic Ocean and part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Race Point Beach is a showstopper¾one of the most beautiful places to walk and watch the sunrise.  Owners of smaller dogs or non-swimmers will want to beware of the surf and the very strong undertow (Herring Cove Beach may be a better option).  Dogs must be on leash at all times.  In the summer, dogs must avoid certain areas including bird nesting sites and lifeguarded areas.  Here’s a link to the National Park Service’s brochure on bringing pets: https://www.nps.gov/caco/planyourvisit/upload/2007dograckcard.pdf.

Herring Cove Beach

Always open and free

Another great walking spot, located on the “bay-side” of Provincetown, this beach has no surf, making it an ideal choice for small dogs.  Facing west, it’s a perfect spot for sunset viewing.  Offers great views of the town, Pilgrim Monument, and two different lighthouses, Wood End and Long Point.

Pilgrim Bark Park

Open dawn to dusk


Conveniently located on your way into town, P-town’s only dog park is one of the best places to let your dog run and socialize off leash.  Amenities include a dog water fountain, a memorial, and an art gallery.  There is also a section especially for smaller dogs (under 25 pounds).

Dine out on Commercial Street

P-town is chock full of dog-friendly restaurants, with many of them offering pooch-side dining thanks to outdoor patios.  Bubula’s By the Bay (http://www.bubalas.com/), Pepe’s  (http://www.pepeswharf.com/), Patio (http://www.ptownpatio.com/), and Central House at the Crown (https://onlyatthecrown.com/dining/) are just a few options to try.


No need to leave your smallest family member behind if you are whale watching, charter fishing, or enjoying a cruise around Cape Cod Bay.  Dolphin Fleet of Provincetown (http://whalewatch.com/), Dog Gone Sailing Charters (http://www.doggonesailingcharters.com/), and SeaSalt Charters (http://www.seasaltcharters.com/) are three boat tour companies that welcome dogs.

Capebeachdog.com (http://capebeachdog.com/) is an excellent resource for traveling to Cape Cod with your dog.  We love the insider tips and the directories of dog friendly activities available for each Cape Cod town.

What is your favorite dog-friendly spot in Provincetown?




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