Top 10 Things to Do for the Pet Lover

May 23. 2017 8:21PM

Do you want to go hiking with your best friend? You can at designated state parks. The best views may come from Franconia Notch State Park. Pets are permitted at the designated walk area and on hiking trails only. Your dog is also welcome at the White Mountain National Forest along the Kancamagus Highway.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens

The world of one of America’s renowned sculptors, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, is open to dogs at the Cornish National Historic Site. While your pet is not allowed inside any of the buildings, as long as they are leashed, there is plenty of room for roaming on the 25-acre grounds filled with nature trails, gardens, and statues.
Dogs can ride the Conway Scenic Railroad. Nora enjoys the view from the caboose at Conway Scenic Railroad. courtesy 

The Conway Scenic Railroad welcomes well-behaved pooches on its picturesque tours of the White Mountains. Leave from the 1874 Victorian station in North Conway and get on your way to Conway or Bartlett on the Valley Train. Or, spend more time wandering on the Notch train, which will take you through Crawford Notch, past some of the most rugged and breathtaking scenery in the state.


Dine waterfront with your dog at the Oar House in Portsmouth next to the Piscataqua River. If you’re visiting another area, there are restaurants across the state that offer a pet-friendly experience. Lakeside Deli & Grille in Meredith, and the Covered Bridge Farm Table in Campton are just two that allow your pet to sit outside and dine with you. Some will even bring your pup a water bowl and a treat.


Go shopping with your four-legged friend at Settlers Green outlet mall in North Conway. See the website for the stores where pets are allowed, or look for a special pet-friendly sticker on the door.


The 7th Annual Bow Wow Fest takes place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the WOW Trail on Elm Street in Lakeport Square, Laconia. There will be police K-9 demonstrations, a pet parade/walk on the WOW Trail, raffles, vendors, a costume contest and even a pet blessing. Proceeds benefit the NH Humane Society.


The folks at Granite State Whale Watch in Rye are fond of Fido too. Your dog is welcome to join you on a whale watch but they do request it’s not his or her first time on board a boat. If they have their “sea-legs,” are under control, leashed, and cleaned up after at all times, you may bring your best friend to sea.


The Wags to Whiskers Festival at the Anheuser Busch Brewery in Merrimack will be held Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. This full day of fun for the whole family - including your fur babies – benefits the Humane Society of Greater Nashua. Past years have offered pet adoptions, world record attempts, dock diving competitions, agility demos, a “Kitty City,” vendors, music, food and beer, and more.


Most road races don’t welcome dogs, but the Animal Rescue League of NH’s My Dogs are Barking 5K welcomes runners, walkers, and their dogs to the Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 race at Derryfield Park in Manchester. The day includes a free pet fair with shopping, dog demos, and other fun activities.


Does your dog love the water? Osborne’s Agway in Concord will be hosting a Splash & Wag event July 7 to 9, 2017. The main attraction at this celebration of dogs is a DockDogs tournament where dogs, jumping from a platform into a large pool, compete for speed, distance, and height. Bring your leashed dog to compete or just enjoy the incredible competition and other attractions, including an agility course, dog costume contest, and dog/owner look-alike contest.

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