If you did just drive through the Navy Yard, you would miss the vibrant community of dog owners along the waterfront, isolated from the what could hardly be called the hustle and bustle of the Navy Yard. It is hard to believe less than a mile from downtown Boston it could be so quiet. Well, except for the sounds of playing dogs, ships bells and the eight o’clock cannon of the USS Constitution. In order not to miss this spectacular community of dog owners you would have to take your dog for a walk and say hello. The Navy Yard comprises a total of 30 acres, a 30 acre dog park, poop stations included.
Part of what makes this a great Boston community, is the friendliness of fellow dog owners. I think people forget living in a city, even Boston, can be very isolating. A dog rolling in fresh cut grass is always a great conversation starter. Dogs help build communities; like the Navy Yard.
Even the water shuttle run by the MBTA, which runs between the Navy Yard and Boston’s Financial District, is dog friendly. Just so you know, our dog Moose loves the 15 minute boat ride to the Financial district of Boston. There is also the MGH shuttle and MBTA busses which run regularly to the Green Line at North Station or Red Line at Mass General. City Water Taxi will take you across the harbor to Logan airport as well as multiple locations along the Boston Waterfront. Route #93 is very accessible if you choose to drive. And for those who prefer to travel by foot, a short walk along the Boston Harborwalk to downtown takes about 15-20 minutes.
One of the reasons the Navy Yard to home to such a wonderful community of dog owners, is due to sensible pet policies. Not all, but a good portion of the buildings are pet friendly, welcoming dogs of all sizes. Both managed apartment rental buildings and condo associations allow for dog owners to rent in this neighborhood. If you are looking to rent a condo, the final decision concerning dogs is left to the actual owner of the unit.