Provincetown has built a reputation as one of the most dog-friendly towns in the country. During summer season, hotels can get pricey. So why not make it a day trip? If you’re planning to take your pooch, here’s a guide to getting there, along with some dog-friendly highlights you shouldn’t miss.
Editor’s Note: Provincetown is typically a SUMMERTIME destination. A number of the establishments on this list close for the winter season.
GET THERE: TWO IF BY LAND, ONE (and-a-half) IF BY SEA
The drive from Boston takes about two hours without traffic. Once you reach The Cape, it’s Route 6 all the way out. During the summer months, particularly weekends, traffic jams can last for hours. So, if you’re driving, checking traffic conditions before you head out wouldn’t be a terrible idea.
The Ride: High speed Ferry
Bay State Cruise Company
The trip from the docks of Boston takes an hour-and-a-half each way. A round-trip ticket will run you $83. The first ferry of the day docks in Provincetown at 10 a.m. and from there, the last one departs for Boston at 7:30 p.m., leaving you and your dog with a full nine-and-a-half hours of bliss. Plus, rather than worrying about a two-hour drive, you’ll be able to sit back,
paws pause, and reflect on all the fun you just had.
ARRIVAL: KICK OFF WITH A COFFEE
Joe’s Coffee and Café
Right on the main stretch, the patio is the perfect place for you and the dog to kick back while you enjoy a nice cup of caffeine (so you can keep up with the pooch all day).
Another hot spot on the main stretch, it’s a perfect place for people/puppy-watching.
SHOP FOR PROVISIONS
Black Dog General Store
The Black Dog logo has grown into a symbol of laid back dog friendly attitude of the Cape and Islands. Black Dog carries everything from clothes to dog toys to an entire Black Dog dinnerware collection.
GRAB LUNCH TO GO
Here’s the thing – there are plenty of great dog-friendly restaurants in Provincetown. You could sit back and relax on one of the many outdoor patios around town… or you could pull up a nice pile of sand instead. Here’s our recommendation: order takeout and head for the beach.
Three good To-Go options:
This quick take-out spot has been handed down through three generations of family members. The lobster roll is all the rage at the Mayflower. And maybe it’s just us, but on a windy day, the sandwich tastes even better with a few grains of sand mixed into the mayo.
There’s something for everyone on Relish’s tasty sandwich list. They serve up a combination of healthy and probably-not-so-healthy choices that appeal to meat, fish, and veggie lovers alike.
Frappo succeeds in offering interesting quality food while keeping it simple. Their wrap creations range from something as simple as turkey and cheese to the slightly more exotic-sounding deviled crab and roasted lamb.
Beach Access at the end of:
Race Point Road or Province Land Road
Cape Cod National Seashore’s beaches rank among the best beaches in the world, which naturally makes them the best dog friendly beaches in the world. The National Seashore beaches allow dogs year-round on leash. There are restrictions and fees, so make sure you check out the website before going.
Have some time to kill on your way to/from the beach?
TAKE THE LONG WAY: PROVINCE LANDS TRAIL
This hilly 5.4 mile loop winds its way past cranberry bogs, marshes, and gorgeous sandy beaches. You can pick up the trail at Race Point and Herring Cove beaches.
AN OFF-LEASH AFTERNOON ALTERNATIVE – THE DOG PARK
Pilgrim Bark Park
Intersection of Shank Painter Road & Route 6
If the sand in your bathing suit is getting to be to much or your dog needs to burn off a little off-leash energy, swing by the Pilgrim Bark Park. It’s as good a place as any to chat with friendly fellow dog owners.
RELAX AND ENJOY DINNER
After a long day running around town, you’re going to be exhausted and your pup might even be a bit fatigued.
The Central House Bar and Grille - Crown & Anchor
The Central House at the Crown’s open patio is a great place for you and your pup to kick it. The menu focuses on infusing local seafood and vegetables into fare that’s eclectic, yet simple.
Bubala’s By the Bay
Bubala’s is another place with a big old dog-friendly patio and a stellar selection of seafood and pasta. It’s also a great place to just hang out and grab a drink.
ONE LAST ROMP
Have some extra time before the ferry? Provincetown’s town beach is just a few steps from Commercial Street down any of the marked Town Launch of Beach Access areas.
This tide-dependent beach has off-leash hours between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. If you bring your pooch for a swim, please be sure to clean up after him/her.
DRIVING HOME? CATCH A FLICK
The Wellfleet Drive-In Movie Theater
The theater allows well behaved, quiet dogs to attend these showings. Note: Dogs are not allowed during the day.
In Case of Emergency:
Herring Cove Animal Clinic
Provincetown Animal Hospital
One Final Editor’s note: Please follow local leash laws and ALWAYS clean up after your pet.