Dog-friendly Provincetown, Cape Cod Family Vacation

Most everyone knows that Provincetown is a place known for its tolerant and inclusive outlook on people.  But did you know that this also extends to our canine friends?  P-town was named “DogTown USA in 2010” by Dog Fancy Magazine.  And we were proud to see our town featured in FarewellTRAVELS’ article about our dog-friendly atmosphere!  The author, Jane Turner, writes about dog-friendly Provincetown.  She notes the ability to include your dog in activities, in your dining plans, and accommodations while here, making Provincetown the perfect Cape Cod family vacation destination for families with canine pets!

Dog Gone Sailing Charters offers trips for you and your canine for whale-watching, sunset cruises around the bay, to Herring Cove to bask in the sun, and to Long Point: the site of the original Provincetown settlement.  Their ship is stocked with doggie life vest for small and medium dogs to ensure their safety.

Whale Watch also offers whale watching trips for you and your four-legged friend, with a few conditions of advance notice, pet friendliness, that they be leashed/crated at all times, and that your pet can “hold it” for the 3-4 hour trip.

Walking/biking/swimming: the Cape Cod National seashore offers sand, marshland, ponds, biking/hiking trails, and of course the sea!  The Seashore covers almost two-thirds of P-town’s land area, giving ample space for outdoor fun and adventure for you and your puppy!  Gale Force Bikes offers bike rentals with dog trailers, if you wish to travel with wheels on the bike trail.

Boating:  Flyer’s Boat Rental allows dogs on many of their crafts.  Call them for specifics!

Boat Tours:  Bay Lady II Schooner Tours welcome dogs on their 2-hour tours.

Village strolls: dogs are welcome in many shops, and you just can not miss the Pilgrim Bark Park!  Awarded the second-best dog park in the USA in 2010 by Dog Fancy Magazine, this gated, off-leash community space lets your dog run free to socialize and explore.

Trolley Tours:  Provincetown Trolley allows canines on their narrated town tours.

Dogs are welcome at many of P-Town’s restaurants with outdoor patio and beachside seating.  The list includes Central House at the Crown, Frappo 66, Joe Coffee and Espresso Bar, Lucky Dogs, Michael Shay’s, Relish, and more!

Distinctive Inns of Provincetown’s own Benchmark Inn, Land’s End Inn, Prince Albert Guest House, and White wind Inn welcome your canine buddies for additional fees, with some reasonable conditions.  Please inform our innkeepers in advance of your intent to bring your dog(s) along so that appropriate rooms can be assigned.

Many other Provincetown pet-friendly accommodations can be found in here as well!

Please note that before you bring Fido to Provincetown he/she must be licensed and have a current rabies vaccination.  To be in the Bark Park, your dog must also be spayed/neutered, at least four months old, in good health, and within view and voice control of their owner at all times.

Provincetown bed and breakfast inns hope you enjoy your visit, whether with or without your canine pals!

The Innkeepers of The Distinctive Inns of Provincetown

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