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Boston’s 15 best dog parks, mapped

Runs in Cambridge and Somerville are also included in this map that gives points for fountains and other features

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It’s the ideal time of year to head outside with Fido, Rover, etc., for extended periods. And what better places to head to than toward one of the region’s more inviting dog runs.

Herein are the Boston area’s 15 best parks and public spaces for dogs. Curbed Boston readers—who are also, presumably, dog owners—nominated many of those included.

Many score points not only for a relaxed attitude toward leashes but for such accouterments as obstacles and fountains.

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1. Giacobbe Dog Run

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This enclosed, off-lease area was previously known as the Pemberton Street Dog Run.

2. Danehy Park

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Danehy Park
Cambridge, MA
(617) 349-4895
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The dog run here is within a 50-acre urban oasis.

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3. Nunziato Field

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Summer St.
Somerville, MA

The dog run here includes plenty of benches. Why should you have to run too?

4. Zero New Washington Street

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0 New Washington St
Somerville, MA

This run includes obstacles for the pooches and a gazebo for the humans.

5. Bremen Street Park

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The dog park in this larger greensward opened in 2015.

It includes a section for big dogs and one for the tinier pups.

6. Paul Revere Park

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Dogs can run free—and often do—in this park in the shadow of the Zakim Bridge.

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7. North Point Park

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Museum Way
Cambridge, MA

The 8.5-acre spot with fantastic views allows dogs off-leash.

Just be aware of the lack of a fence in some places.

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8. Pacific Street Park

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Pacific St
Cambridge, MA 02139

According to the City of Cambridge, a dedicated off-leash space is located here at Tudor Street between Pacific and Sidney streets.

9. Mansfield Street Dog Park

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488-556 Lincoln St
Boston, MA 02134

The fenced-in expanse for off-leash romping has benches for owners.

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10. Boston Common

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Tremont St
Boston, MA
(617) 635-4505
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America's oldest public park, and the neighboring Public Garden, allow dogs to run free during certain hours (see website).

As far as leashed canines, they’re welcome any time.

11. Carleton Court

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Carleton Court
Boston, MA

The fenced-in run is mostly concrete—which can be a good thing if you'd don't want Rover covered in dirt in the end.

12. Peters Park

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1205 Washington
Boston, MA

Peters Park includes one of the best-known, fenced-in dog runs in Boston proper.

13. East First Street Dog Park

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768 E 1st St
Boston, MA 02127

This quarter-acre pooch paradise opened in 2016, complete with a doggie fountain and canine exercise equipment.

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14. South Boston Bark Park

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1280 Columbia Rd
Boston, MA 02127

This expansive dog run is in barking distance of M Street Beach.

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15. Ronan Park

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Adams street
Dorchester, MA

The park includes a 6,000-square-foot dog run and a doggie fountain.

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1. Giacobbe Dog Run

Cambridge, MA 02140

This enclosed, off-lease area was previously known as the Pemberton Street Dog Run.

2. Danehy Park

Danehy Park, Cambridge, MA
Ting Fang/Shutterstock

The dog run here is within a 50-acre urban oasis.

Danehy Park
Cambridge, MA

3. Nunziato Field

Summer St., Somerville, MA

The dog run here includes plenty of benches. Why should you have to run too?

Summer St.
Somerville, MA

4. Zero New Washington Street

0 New Washington St, Somerville, MA

This run includes obstacles for the pooches and a gazebo for the humans.

0 New Washington St
Somerville, MA

5. Bremen Street Park

Boston, MA

The dog park in this larger greensward opened in 2015.

It includes a section for big dogs and one for the tinier pups.

6. Paul Revere Park

Charlestown, MA
Vaclav Jirousek/Shutterstock

Dogs can run free—and often do—in this park in the shadow of the Zakim Bridge.

7. North Point Park

Museum Way, Cambridge, MA
Jon Bilous/Shutterstock

The 8.5-acre spot with fantastic views allows dogs off-leash.

Just be aware of the lack of a fence in some places.

Museum Way
Cambridge, MA

8. Pacific Street Park

Pacific St, Cambridge, MA 02139

According to the City of Cambridge, a dedicated off-leash space is located here at Tudor Street between Pacific and Sidney streets.

Pacific St
Cambridge, MA 02139

9. Mansfield Street Dog Park

488-556 Lincoln St, Boston, MA 02134
Caitlin E./Yelp

The fenced-in expanse for off-leash romping has benches for owners.

488-556 Lincoln St
Boston, MA 02134

10. Boston Common

Tremont St, Boston, MA

America's oldest public park, and the neighboring Public Garden, allow dogs to run free during certain hours (see website).

As far as leashed canines, they’re welcome any time.

Tremont St
Boston, MA

11. Carleton Court

Carleton Court, Boston, MA

The fenced-in run is mostly concrete—which can be a good thing if you'd don't want Rover covered in dirt in the end.

Carleton Court
Boston, MA

12. Peters Park

1205 Washington, Boston, MA

Peters Park includes one of the best-known, fenced-in dog runs in Boston proper.

1205 Washington
Boston, MA

13. East First Street Dog Park

768 E 1st St, Boston, MA 02127
Massport/Twitter

This quarter-acre pooch paradise opened in 2016, complete with a doggie fountain and canine exercise equipment.

768 E 1st St
Boston, MA 02127

14. South Boston Bark Park

1280 Columbia Rd, Boston, MA 02127
Maureen D./Yelp

This expansive dog run is in barking distance of M Street Beach.

1280 Columbia Rd
Boston, MA 02127

15. Ronan Park

Adams street, Dorchester, MA

The park includes a 6,000-square-foot dog run and a doggie fountain.

Adams street
Dorchester, MA