Editor's note: This article was written by a Townsquare Media Northern New England radio personality and may contain the individual's views, opinions or personal experiences.

Let's be honest, when you take your dog to one of our New Hampshire, Maine, or Massachusetts beaches in the winter, the whole point is for them to run leash-free, wild and free, jump around with the other dogs, make new friends, and even take a dip.

Clearly, leashes are a hindrance.

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One of the best parts of winter is finally getting to take our four-legged furry friends to the beach where they can live free in the winter.

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Now we can wear our dogs out properly but, of course, there are still rules for each of these beaches including hours, picking up after our pets, and the state park portions of any of these beaches.  It's important to take note of the signs when you arrive.

Let's take a look at a few of them.



New Castle Beach in New Castle

Fido can run like the wind all winter from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through the middle of May, according to the New Castle town website. Fly that fabulousness away.

Click here for the New Castle Beach pet-friendly info and any updates.

Jenness Beach in Rye 

Now here's a pet-friendly free-for-all beach if you're on the town-owned section. And this isn't just in the winter months.

Rye allows your pup on the beach all year round actually, according to Rye's town website. Just take note that during the summer months, dogs are only allowed before 9 a.m. or after 7 p.m., per the site.

That's pretty cool, and here's your link to find out more info from the town.

Foss Beach in Rye

Your canine companion will love splashing in the waves on this rocky beach. Here's another one that allows year-round play with restricted summer hours, according to the Rye town website.

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Seapoint Beach in Kittery

This beach is on the smaller, rockier side, where dogs can enjoy being off-leash in the off-season and explore all day long, according to this Kittery town website on specific codes.

Here's some quick info for you from their site.

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Plum Island in Newburyport

You and your pup can stroll and play without leash restrictions here, according to this Newburyport article.  And even though there are some restrictions when the weather warms up, off-leash still exists, so keep that in mind when summer starts to close in.

The town of Newburyport has you covered here.

Salisbury Beach in Salisbury

This isn't just a winter beach.  Go leash-free and rejoice with your pup.  One important note though: dogs aren't allowed in the water, according to this Newburyport article, so if your fur baby lives for the ocean, this may not be the beach for you guys.

Here's a link for more info.

What beaches did I miss? Do you have some favorite off-leash winter wonderlands for your pets?

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