One of the many benefits of being a fur parent is all the fun adventures you can go on together. Rhode Island has several parks for humans and their dogs that are great for on- or off-leash fun. Just remember: bring a leash, some waste bags and make sure to review the dog rules before entering any park.
With 464 acres of land and one of the most beautiful shorelines in the state, Colt State Park is a great spot to take your dog. The park is open year round with four miles of trails, ten playfields and six picnic groves. Just remember, like all RI state parks, your dog needs to be leashed at all times. Route 114, Bristol. 401-253-7482
The scenic East Bay Bike Path is a 14.5 mile bike path connecting eight parks. The path is a great option for those who enjoy walking, running, biking and even rollerblading with their furry friend. 401-253-7482, RIParks.com
Fort Adams is a large state park with a two-mile walking path and acres of open fields. Enjoy gorgeous water views with your leashed dog. 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport. 401-841-0707, FortAdams.org
The Kimberly Perrott Memorial Dog Park in Haines Memorial State Park is a community-run off-leash dog park with 1.6 acres of fenced space for your pet to play. Friendly dogs over the age of three months that are licensed and up-to-date on vaccines are welcome. Haines Memorial State Park, Barrington. 401-375-0301, RIParks.com
The Newport Dog Park – or “Rhode Island’s First Dog Park” – has an area for both large and small dogs. Dogs must be licensed and at least six months old. 102 JT Connell Highway, Newport. Facebook.com/NewportRIDogPark