Fall is certainly a picturesque time of year on the Connecticut Shoreline. Temperatures are slightly cooler yet mild enough to enjoy the outdoors, mosquitos are long gone, and our pets are safe to accompany us on more adventures than they can over the summer. Because we at Shoreline Happy Paws love fall, today we want to highlight pet-friendly fall activities on the Connecticut Shoreline.
Local Pet-Friendly Beaches
With cooler temperatures comes the ability to walk along the beach without burning our feet or paws. And, walks along the shoreline allow our pets to experience smells they can’t enjoy anywhere else. Many beaches are not pet-friendly during peak summer months but are open to leashed dogs this time of year.
To keep beach strolls interesting for both humans and pets, check out the East Lyme Public Trust Foundation’s educational pamphlets that teach the public about the seaweeds, shells, and plants on the town’s shorelines. The project was co-sponsored by the foundation and the East Lyme Parks and Recreation Department, with funding provided by Connecticut Sea Grant. The goal of the project is to promote beach preservation and marine life conservation.
Before heading out to a local beach, please make sure that your pet is welcome. Always follow designated paths, pick up after your pets, and stay off protected areas. To learn more about local pet-friendly beaches, click here.
This time of year, day trips and weekend road trips are all the rage. ShorelineConnecticut.com has come up with specific itineraries that highlight local festivities and landmarks as well as delicious pit stops. The Homestead, a boutique B&B in Madison is a very popular autumnal destination that welcomes well-behaved dogs under 35lbs in weight.
When around the state, consider hiking, beaches, and seasonal events, which are all great ways to get into the fall spirit.
Pumpkin patches and apple orchards are traditionally fall-centric activities but even just driving out to take in the fall colors can be a great way to escape with our pets in tow. Check out this list of nearby outdoor spots to take in fall foliage. Some of our favorites include Selden Neck State Park in Lyme and Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic. Check out the latest on CT State Parks on Twitter. Before visiting our state parks with your pets, make sure you look up the pet policies here.
Including your pets in your fall activities is a great choice. If you prefer to head out without the additional responsibility of pet care, however, leave that to us. We love to care for pets in the comfort of their homes, letting them take in the fall sights and smells while exploring their own neighborhood. We also offer hiking adventures!