When it comes to your furry family member, only the best will do. Enter: Newport. Lush parks, expansive hiking trails, and breezy beaches make this a haven for your good boy (or girl!). Not to mention, local restaurants and shop owners, tour guides, captains and concierges are dog-lovers just like you, so there's no shortage of dog-friendly outdoor seating, water bowl lined streets and even some tasty treats, too.

Because you shouldn't have to travel without your BFF. 

COVID-19 NOTE:

When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast. Rest assured, the safety and well-being of both visitors and locals remains our top priority. The mask mandate requiring face coverings in Rhode Island has been lifted, however local businesses may ask you to wear a mask when visiting their establishments. Please be prepared for individual business mask policies. Additionally, shops, attractions and tours are monitoring the number of guests at any given time and may ask you to socially distance to enter. 

All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind, adhere to guidelines and maintain social distancing. 

 

Explore with your dog:

Scenic Trails | Activities | Parks | Beaches | Shops | Restaurants

 

WHERE TO STAY

An action-packed day in Newport is sure to leave even the most spry of pups pooped come nighttime. These hotels offer a place for both of you to rest your heads. For an all-around pup-approved stay, visit Paws on Pelham, a dog-friendly inn with in-room dog beds and a "rufftop" deck located steps from downtown. Craving a luxury experience? Visit The Vanderbilt, a boutique hotel set in a 1909 mansion boasting stylish, modern rooms and suites. 

Whatever your style, these unique hotels and inns are ready to welcome you and your best friend for a cozy night's stay. 

WHERE TO EXPLORE

Four hundred miles of coastline provide picturesque pathways and winding trails for long walks. From Fort Adams Bay Walk offering unobstructed views of the setting sun in Jamestown, to the 3.5-mile Cliff Walk combining the natural beauty of the ocean with the architectural history of the Gilded Age, Newport is the perfect place to enjoy the fresh air. Sticks for fetching included. 

Note: Please keep your good boy or girl on a leash while exploring public walking trails. 

 

CLIFF WALK

Panoramic views of the ocean, waves crashing on the rocky coastline, century-old celebrated mansions—it’s no wonder visitors from around the globe place Cliff Walk at the top of their “must-do” list. We have a feeling salty sea breeze and wide-open space make it a "must-do" for your dog, too.

 

FORT ADAMS BAY WALK

The Fort Adams Bay Walk winds along Narragansett Bay offering unobstructed views of many landmarks on both the west and east side. Travel along the west side for views of a number of lighthouses including Castle Hill Light, Rose Island Light and Beavertail Light. Along the east side, find views of Idea Lewis Yacht Club, Goat Island and more. End your route with your newly cultured, tail wagging pup.

 

EAST BAY BIKE PATH

The East Bay Bike Path is the first multi-town bike path built in Rhode Island. It travels 14.5 miles from India Point Park in Providence to Independence Park in Bristol, passing through a number of parks and scenic sights.

 

NEWPORT HARBOR WALK

A scenic stroll along Newport's waterfront you and your dog are sure to enjoy.

 

SAKONNET GREENWAY TRAIL

The Sakonnet Greenway Trail passes through recreational areas, active farmland, wetlands and forest. The path, spanning about 10 miles, begins at Glen Farm in Portsmouth and at Newport National Golf Club in Middletown and is the longest nature trail on Aquidneck Island.

 

WEETAMOO WOODS

Weetamoo Woods is a 6.2-mile trail located near Tiverton.

activities they'll love

WHERE TO EAT

These pooch-approved restaurants with outdoor seating allow leashed dogs. Pro Tip: Head to Frosty Freez for a dog sundae, or O'Brien's Pub for a special doggy goodie bag.

Note: Due to COVID-19, some restaurants have put a pause on welcoming furry friends. Please call ahead before arriving for the latest policies.

PUP-APPROVED PARKS

Newport is home to some of the most beautiful state parks around. Whether by the sea or equipped with plenty of lush greenery, your dog is sure to love the open air. Warning: May cause tail wagging.

1 Brenton Point State Park

Brenton Point State Park offers one of the most commanding views on the East Coast. The park is located at the point where Narragansett Bay meets the Atlantic, midway along renowned Ocean Drive. Visitors can enjoy picnicking, hiking, fishing, or just relaxing with the salt breeze and views of the Atlantic Ocean crashing along the shore. 

Pro tip: At sunset, park your car in one of the vacant spots facing the ocean, kick back and enjoy the show. 

2 Colt State Park

Bristol's Colt State Park boasts 464 acres of lawns, stone walls, and curving drives along one of the state’s most spectacular shorelines. 

3 Touro Park

This small park located on Bellevue Avenue offers winding walkways, plenty of grassy lawn space and the Newport Tower, the remains of a historic windmill built in the mid-17th century. 

4 Fort Adams State Park

Fort Adams State Park is home to the largest coastal fortification in the country and the Fort Adams Bay Walk, offering panoramic views of Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. It's also the spot where some of Newport's most iconic festivals started and continue to take place, including Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival

5 Battery Park

Located in the Point Neighborhood, Battery Park was created from Fort Greene, a former military battery from the War of 1812. The small, waterfront park overlooks the Newport Bridge and is a perfect spot for your pup to enjoy the outdoors.

   

6 Fort Wetherill State Park

Fort Wetherill State Park, situated atop 100-foot-high granite cliffs across the water from Fort Adams State Park. A former coastal defense battery and training camp, the area is perfect for exploring on two or four legs.

7 Newport Dog Park

Located at 111 JT Connell Highway, pups are allowed off-leash at this fenced park with plenty of space to roam. Open 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM. 

8 King Park

King Park offers a spacious grassy area overlooking Newport Harbor that's perfect for letting some energy out (Because we know they'll need to after the ride in!) While you're there, head over to the small onsite beach where they're sure to love running along the sandy shoreline.

   

9 Ballard Park

Ballard Park is a wild and natural open space of 13 acres including two 19th century quarries. It abuts 54 acres of wildlife refuge with paths for walking making the pup exploration possibilities endless. 

10 Warren Dog Park

The Warren Dog Park located on Franklin Street offers two fenced in areas, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. Rules and regulations.

dog friendly beaches

Third Beach Middletown

Third Beach

May 1 - Sept. 30: 5am - 7:45am Only Oct. 1 - Apr 30: Anytime Must be leashed

Copy of Second Beach Middletown RI

Second Beach

May 1 - Sept. 30: 5am - 7:45am Only Oct. 1 - Apr 30: Anytime Must be leashed

WHERE TO SHOP

While local shops are increasingly welcoming furry companions, these specific stores have a wide selection of doggy merchandise sure to please any pup.

Wag Nation

Opened in 2009, Wag Nation specializes in offering a carefully curated selection of toys, treats and…

Black Dog General Store

The Black Dog began as a restaurant and Tavern on Martha's Vineyard and quickly expanded to sell…

Kiel James Patrick

KJP is an American Made Brand based in Rhode Island featuring a variety of pet accessories including…

Style Newport

Style Newport crafts nautical jewelry and accessories in downtown Newport, and offers a selection of…

Port of Paws

Located on Lower Thames, this dog shop boats specialty treats, toys, apparel and products for your…

Woof Woof Pet Boutique

This pet boutique and biscuit bar is a healthy pet marketplace, bakery and boutique offering myriad…

DAYCARE

Even the best fur parents need a little me-time every now and then. Looking for daycare options in and around town while you're here? Check out these highly-acclaimed dog resorts and daycare facilities. Trust us, they won't even know you're gone. 

 

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