We live in an extremely pro-dog state where our furry friends are free to take stroll, sniff and explore around the frigid coastline in peace. Lots of neighborhoods have one or two parks nearby and there are hundreds of acres scattered in and around the state where our four-legged friends can romp undeterred by a leash. The there are numbers of restaurants and bars who let us bring our beautiful dogs in when it’s not too packed and with a great walking path along the harbor, beaches that allow dogs, and dog friendly downtown shops, the dogs and their owners have plenty of options for play, outdoor recreation and pampering in Maine.
Impressed? It gets better. Here is the list of dog-friendly beaches that allow dogs in the off season (winter):
1) Scarborough, Maine – Ferry Beach, Pine Point Beach (Hurd Park), Higgins Beach, and Scarborough Beach
Note: Dogs are allowed on Scarborough beaches only BEFORE 9 A.M. and AFTER 5 P.M. from June 15 through Sept 15, and must be leashed during the summer. In the winter there are no restrictions on dogs accessing the beaches, although an owner must have a leash available to collar a straying or troublesome dog.
2) Biddeford, Maine – Biddeford Pool, Fortunes Rock, and Hills Beach
Note: Dogs are allowed on Biddeford area beaches BEFORE 9 A.M. and AFTER 8 P.M. For more details call Biddeford Parks & Recreation at (207) 283-0841.
3) Saco, Maine – Bayview Beach, Camp Ellis Beach, Diamond Riverside Boat Ramp, Ferry Beach State Park, and Kenney Shores Beach
Note: Dogs are allowed on Saco municipal beaches at any time with leash and clean-up. Within Ferry Beach State Park, dogs are NOT ALLOWED on the beach proper, but are allowed in the park interior with leash and clean-up.
4) Kennebunk, Maine – Gooch’s Beach, Middle Beach, Mother’s Beach, and Parson’s Beach
Note: Dogs are allowed on Kennebunk beaches BEFORE 9 A.M. and AFTER 5 P.M. This restriction applies between June 15 until the day after Labor Day. At other times of the year, there are no restrictions other than leash and clean-up. For more info call the Kennebunk Town Office at (207) 985-2102 and select ext. 1306 for the Kennebunk Town Clerk.
5) Kennebunkport, Maine – Goose Rocks Beach, and Colony Beach
Note: Dogs are allowed on Kennebunkport beaches BEFORE 8 A.M. and AFTER 6 P.M. This restriction applies between June 15 and September 15. At other times of the year, only leash and clean-up rules apply. For more info call the Kennebunkport Town Office at (207) 967-4243.
6) Ogunquit, Maine – Ogunquit Beach, Foot Bridge Beach, and Moody Beach
Note: NO DOGS ALLOWED on Ogunquit Beaches from April 1 to October 1. For an alternative try Ogunquit Dog Park. Open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to dusk, the park is located at 323 Berwick Road. For more info call Ogunquit Dog Park at (207) 646-1677 or email email@example.com.
7) Old Orchard, Maine – Old Orchard Beach
Note: Dogs are allowed on Old Orchard Beach BEFORE 10 A.M. and AFTER 5 P.M. For more details call the OOB Chamber at (207) 934-2500.
8) Wells, Maine – Wells Beach, and Drake’s Island Beach
Note: Dogs are allowed on Wells beaches from April 1 to June 15 when on a leash. From June 16 to September 15, dogs are only allowed BEFORE 8 a.m. and AFTER 6 p.m. For more info call the Wells Town Clerk at (207) 646-2882.
9) York, Maine: Cape Neddick Beach aka Passaconaway Beach, Harbor Beach aka York Harbor Beach, Long Sands Beach, and Short Sands Beach
Note: Dogs are allowed to run without a leash on York beaches from Sunrise to 8 a.m. so long as owner is present with leash at hand. NO DOGS ALLOWED from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. DOGS ON LEASHES are allowed from 6 p.m. to Sunrise. These rules apply between May 20 and September 20. At other times of year, dogs are allowed on beach so long as owner is present with a leash at hand. Clean-up rules always apply. For more info call the Town of York at (207) 363-1000.
10) Kittery, Maine – Crescent Beach, Fort Foster Park, and Seapoint Beach
Note: Dogs are allowed on Kittery beaches BEFORE 10 a.m. and AFTER 5 p.m. This restriction applies from June 15 to September 10. Leash and clean-up rules always apply. For more info call the Kittery Town Clerk at (207) 439-0452.