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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A scenic stroll along Newport's waterfront you and your dog are sure to enjoy.
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 is a 6.2-mile trail located near Tiverton.
WHERE TO PLAY
If a little adventure is all your dog wants, hop aboard a harbor cruise with Gansett Cruises (it's like the window rolled down x10), climb aboard a tandem pedal-powered rail bike with Rail Explorers, or head to Newport Polo where your pup can sit back and relax while you tailgate and watch the game.
WHERE TO RELAX
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.
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.
Brenton Point State Park offers one of the most commanding and spectacular 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 cool breeze and majestic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Colt State Park boasts 464 acres of lawns, stone walls, and curving drives along one of the state’s most spectacular shorelines in Bristol.
Fort Adams State Park boasts exceptional panoramic views of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. Enjoy a wide range of activities including saltwater bathing, fishing, boating, soccer, rugby, and picnicking.
Fort Wetherill State Park, situated upon 100-foot-high granite cliffs across the water from Fort Adams State Park, is a former coastal defense battery and training camp. Two or four legs, the area is perfect for exploring.
Off-leash, free, fenced and open 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM.
A grassy space on Newport Harbor perfect for letting some energy out (Because we know they'll need to after the ride in.)
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.
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.
Opened in 2009, Wag Nation specializes in offering a carefully curated selection of toys, treats and apparel for your pup. Over the years they've garnered attention from Yankee Magazine and Coastal Living for their unique and high quality offerings.
The Black Dog began as a restaurant and Tavern on Martha's Vineyard and quickly expanded to sell other merchandise. Today, it sells everything from children's apparel to a number of dog items including bowls, collars, treats and even shampoo.
KJP is an American Made Brand based in Rhode Island featuring a variety of pet accessories including bandanas, leashes and collars.
Style Newport crafts nautical jewelry and accessories in downtown Newport, and offers a selection of dog accessories including collars and leashes, food and water bowls and towels.
Located on Lower Thames, this dog shop boats specialty treats, toys, apparel and products for your pup.
This pet boutique and biscuit bar is a healthy pet marketplace, bakery and boutique offering myriad pet products for your pup.
WHERE TO EAT
Note: Due to COVID-19, some restaurants have put a pause on welcoming furry friends. Please call ahead before arriving for the latest policies.
Take a peek at what happened when Bustle.com contributor Jada Gomez took her cockapoo puppy on a trip to Newport here.
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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