When your dog is family, wouldn’t you hate to leave him behind while you’re on vacation? Spending a weeklong vacation in Maine or even a weekend getaway isn’t the same thing without Fido by your side. Luckily, the Southern Maine Coast accommodates pet owners by allowing dogs to enjoy the beach as much as we do. Many beaches in Southern Maine are pet friendly, however, they often have time restrictions on when dogs are welcome. Restrictions vary from beach to beach, but dogs are typically welcome to roll around in the sand, or dash through the waves during the off season.
York (Short Sands, Long Sands, Cape Neddick, York Harbor Beaches): Dogs are welcome, however, from select dates May – September, dogs should be leashed.
Ogunquit Beach: Dogs are banned from April 1 – October 1, however, there is an in town dog park!
Wells Beach: From April 1 – June 15, dogs must be leashed and June 16 – September 15 before 8am and after 6pm.
Drake’s Island, Wells: Dogs are not permitted from 8am – 6pm during summer, and must be leashed during permitted hours.
Kennebunk (Kennebunk and Mother’s Beach): Dogs are welcome on the leash, but not permitted from 9-6pm during June – Labor Day.
Kennebunkport (Goose Rocks and Colony Beach): Kennebunkport beaches allow dogs on the leash except from 8am – 6pm from June 15 – September 15.
Biddeford (Biddeford Pool and Hills Beach): You may walk your dog on leash except from 9am – 8pm.
Saco Beaches: Dogs are allowed all year on leash except Ferry Beach State Park.
Old Orchard Beach: Dogs are welcome on leash except from 10am – 5pm.
Scarborough Beach: Let your dog run free at this beach off leash except 9am – 5pm from June 15 – September 15. Otherwise, your pet can be unleashed the rest of the year.
Spring Point, South Portland: Let your pet off the leash here!
Willard Beach, South Portland: From May 1 – September 30, during the hours of 7 – 9am, you may take your dog off the leash.
There is your list for all the pet friendly beaches in Maine, but dates and times and rulings are subject to change – please check signage and with local authorities. We hope you enjoy your Maine getaway or vacation with your best friend!
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