A Brief History
It is recorded that in addition to the Pilgrims, an English Mastiff and English Springer Spaniel were aboard the Mayflower when it landed in Provincetown on November 11,1620.
We have named our dog park, Pilgrim Bark Park, to remember those first canine explorers of Cape Cod.
Pilgrim Bark Park
Opened in 2008, Pilgrim Bark Park is located on an acre of land where dogs can run free and socialize off leash. There is a general dog section and a section exclusively for small dogs under 25 pounds. To reflect the town's rich appreciation for the arts, local artists designed benches (including a small-scale version of the Pilgrims' Mayflower ship), poop bag stations, kiosks, signage and a super-sized doghouse at the park's entrance. Anchored by a bronze whale's tail sculpture is a memorial section. Three fire hydrants painted to look like canine versions of Provincetown's police officers, firefighters and public workers sit sentry outside the park.
There are more than 30 hotels, inns, bed & breakfasts, private cottages and campsites that welcome guests and their pets. Many even designate a special Pet Ambassador to greet those guests traveling with pets. From fenced-in yards and shaded front porches at seaside cottages to outdoor hoses and towels for beach-bound dogs, Provincetown makes visitors and their pet guests feel welcome.
Several of Provincetown's most recognizable restaurants offer outdoor patio and beachside seating for diners and their dogs.
Provincetown's shopping Mecca, Commercial Street, caters to the canine crowd with water bowls, fountains and dog biscuits offered by local business owners. Pet enthusiasts can find everything from day-to-day supplies to pet souvenirs, the latest in canine fashions and pet objets d'art. Canines can also have their likeness memorialized by a pet portraitist.
Dogs love the freedom found on Provincetown's year round, off-leash beaches and trails. Pets are also welcome to roam the Province Lands Bike Trail Loop, a 5 ľ mile trek that begins on Race Point Road and winds through the town's dunes and forest. In addition, more adventurous pets are welcome to join their owners for whale watch tours, sunset cruises, kayaking, parasailing, a sightseeing trolley, sailing charters and walking tours.
Visit our Resources Page
for additional information on such local services as pet boarding, veterinary services, pet supplies, and more.
Every fall, the Carrie A. Seamen Animal Shelter (CASAS) hosts Pet Appreciation Week, where visitors can participate in canines games and contests, a pet parade down Commercial Street, a dog T-dance at the Boatslip, and a blessing of the animals at St. Mary's of the Harbor Episcopal Church. For more information, visit WWW.CASASANIMALSHELTER.ORG
. For up-to-date news on other events visit the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce
Bay State Cruises
allows leashed dogs on their fast ferry service to Provincetown at no additional charge to passengers.
is also pet-friendly, allowing accompanied animals on flights for a $10 fee. Other transportation services include Cape Cab
, Mercedes Cab
, and The Funk Bus