Pet Policy and Guidelines
Most Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens staff members have pets of their own, and we all understand that our visitors often travel with their four-legged friends. However, because dogs and cats – or pet birds or rabbits or lizards or… – are not a good fit with valuable plants and lawns where children play, and often don’t do well in closed cars, we find it necessary to have a policy for our furry, feathered, scaled visitors and their people.
Pets are permitted throughout all the parking areas at the Gardens and on the special dog-walking trail adjacent to the largest parking area (follow the signs). Only certified service animals are allowed in other areas of the Gardens property. If you do bring your pets in your car, please be sure you park in a shady spot, crack your windows, and either keep your visit brief or check back often to make sure your pet is all right and that the sun hasn’t shifted so that your car is no longer shaded. We all know the hazards of leaving pets in cars, so please be careful! EVEN WHEN THE WEATHER SEEMS MERELY WARM, YOUR CAR CAN HEAT UP TO LETHAL LEVELS. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS IN YOUR CAR!
There is a water spigot and water dish for pets in the picnic area beside the southern-most parking pod. Please pick up after your dog; we have dispensers for plastic bags for waste pick-up and trash bags where you can dispose of the bags. Thank you!