The long, lazy days of summer are upon us. This is the perfect time to get out with your dog and explore some of the dog parks that Portsmouth has to offer. You’ll both be able to enjoy the sunshine, get some exercise, and enjoy the sights the city has to offer.


If you’re close to downtown you should head over to South Mill Pond Dog Park. Located at the intersection of Pleasant Street and Junkins Avenue this dog park is located, as its name implies, at South Mill Pond. This dog park is a favorite of locals because it has a little bit of everything. Open from dawn to dusk this park is fenced with a double gate enclosure. Dogs of all sizes are welcome and there are separate areas for larger dogs and dogs under 20 pounds. With lots of space for the dogs to run and play with each other your pooch will be sure to get plenty of exercise and socialization at this dog park. While your dog plays, you can relax at one of the picnic tables or benches. If your furry friend needs a break the park offers places for your pet to get a drink and kiddie pools to cool down in. The park even offers agility equipment for an opportunity to train. There are a few rules to keep in mind when you visit South Mill Pond Dog Park: all dogs must have a license, be vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and any animal with a bite history must be muzzled.

Best dog parks in Portsmouth

Peirce Island also has a dog park that is within walking distance of downtown. Surrounded by water and beautiful sights this is a must visit location for you and your pet. The whole family will enjoy the paved walkways, swimming pool, playgrounds and picnic tables. Just a heads up, this dog park is located close to a wastewater treatment plant so occasionally the wind can carry some not-so-pleasant odors. But neither of you will mind with so much to keep you occupied.

If you’re near Leary Field, you should check out Portsmouth Dog Park on Parrott Ave. Although parking can be a little tricky the effort is worth the beautiful scenery. Portsmouth Dog Park offers ample space for your pup to run and play as well as hurdles and training structures for some extra activity. Public restrooms are available for the humans in your pack too.

Leary Field

It’s important for your dog to get plenty of physical activity. Dog parks are not only a great way to exercise your loyal companion but an opportunity for them to socialize with other dogs. Who knows? You might even make some friends too.