dog viewing a beach in barnstable, cape cod

barnstable and hyannis: Dog-Friendly Activities

dog-friendly activities in barnstable, ma

the town of barnstable is the largest community on cape cod. while the beaches don’t allow dogs in the summertime, there are some great activities for dogs available year round.

Barnstable offers great activities for dogs including trails for dog walks, and some interesting people- and dog-watching opportunities available in the shopping area of Main Street, Hyannis.

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read the barnstable dog regulations, which cover the dog rules for barnstable’s many villages: Barnstable, including Cummaquid; Centerville, including Craigville; Cotuit; Hyannis, including Hyannis Port and West Hyannis port; Marstons Mills; Osterville; West Barnstable.


Dog-friendly hotels in barnstable

There a few hotels in Hyannis and Barnstable that allow dogs. It’s best to book early to get a room in the summer, the best options for pet owners fill up quickly. You can search Expedia.com to see what hotels have rooms available.

There’s also a bunch of Hyannis rental properties that are pet-friendly, including some beachfront cottages. Your best bet is to search Vrbo to see what’s available.


Dog-friendly beaches in barnstable and hyannis

Dog Regulations for Barnstable beaches

Beaches in barnstable allow dogs from september 16th – may 14th. pets are not allowed on Barnstable beaches during the summer season, from May 15 through September 15 each year.

Pets not allowed in protected areas that are closed due to piping plovers nesting. These dog rules apply for hyannis beaches as well.


List of dog-friendly beaches in barnstable:

Covell Beach

857 craigville beach road, centerville; Centerville Residents only

Craigville Beach

997 craigville beach road, centerville

Dowses Beach

348 east bay road, osterville; Osterville Residents only

Eugenia Fortes (aka East) Beach

Ianough Ave, Hyannisport; Hyannisport Residents only

Hamblin Pond

415 Route 149, Marstons Mills, MA

Hathaway’s Pond

1431 Phinney’s Lane, Barnstable

Joshua Pond

290 Tower Hill Road, Osterville

Kalmus Beach

670 ocean steeT, Hyannis

Long Beach

long beach road, centerville; Centerville Residents only

Loop’s Beach

281 ocean beach ave., cotuit; Cotuit Residents only

Lovell’s Pond

1444 Santuit Newtown Road, Cotuit;

Millway Beach

307 Millway, Barnstable; Barnstable Residents only

Oregon Beach

Cotuit Residents only

Orrin Keyes Beach, aka Keyes beach

175 Ocean Ave., Hyannis

Ropes Beach

85 old shore road, Cotuit; Cotuit Residents only

Sandy Neck Beach

590 Sandy Neck Road, West Barnstable; orv oversand driving permits available. more info on oversand beach driving on cape cod

Veterans Beach

480 ocean street, Hyannis

Wequaquet Beach

460 Shootflying hill road, centerville


Want to learn more about beaches near Barnstable and Hyannis that allow dogs? Check out our complete guide:


dog-friendly restaurants in barnstable and hyannis

Main street hyannis can get pretty busy in the summertime, and is a good place to people watch with your dog. most of the establishments aren’t looking for dogs to enter, but there are a few with outdoor patios that can accommodate people with pets.

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barnstable dog park

barnstable dog park conceptual drawing
Image source: capecodtimes.com

Dog lovers in barnstable are eagerly awaiting the opening of the barnstable dog park in the summer of 2016.

The planned 22 acre barnstable park will feature three enclosed dog areas with rounded fencing to avoid dogs getting cornered.

The dog park will be located near hathaway’s pond.  See below for information on the Hathaway Pond trail,  a nice place to walk your dog.


dog-friendly hiking trails and dog walks in barnstable, cape cod

Here are some of the great dog walks in Barnstable. Or view a bigger list of dog-friendly hiking trails on cape cod.

Bridge Creek

Crocker Neck

view map | view guide

map of hathaway's pond trail
map of hathaway’s pond trail

Hathaway Pond trail

view map | view guide

Long pond trail

view map | view guide

Old Jail Lane Conservation Area

view map

Otis Atwood

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Sandy Neck

trail map | guide | beach info

map of the trails at sandy neck beach in barnstable
map of the trails at sandy neck beach in barnstable

santuit trail reserve

view map

West Barnstable conservation area

view map | note that there’s a shooting range in part of this conservation area. nearby trails are closed for hiking for some reason.

Wheelan conservation area

view map | view guide


Know of any dog-friendly activities in Hyannis or Barnstable that we missed? Please let us know.

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