Taking your dog to any of these dog-friendly parks in the NYC area will definitely be fun as well a good bonding experience for you and your pup.
1. Highland Park and Ridgewood Reservoir
The best thing about this park is that once you get deep inside you no longer feel like you are in the city. This is a great place to de-stress while hanging out with your dog. This park is one of the best dog-friendly parks in the entire NYC area.
This beautiful nature preserve has a parking lot as well as many subways that are within walking distance.
It sits on the Brooklyn-Queens border and you can easily spend a few hours exploring the park and walking around the reservoir. On leash dogs are welcome here. Your dog will get to experience all kinds of interesting sites and sounds, as well as getting plenty of mental stimulation.
This past week, I saw Italian wall lizards, a turtle, rabbits, blue herons, and yellow warblers. These are just a few of the many wild creatures you will get to experience by hiking around this park.
When you are walking around the reservoir you are at the height of tree canopy, and the air feels so much cleaner. Once you start walking around the perimeter you get to a gate that usually opens at 9 am, you can walk through the middle area which is where I frequently see the most wildlife.
If you continue around the perimeter of the reservoir there is a water fountain with a drinking bowl for dogs. This is especially helpful so you don’t’ have to worry about packing water for your dog.
Whenever I talk to people up at the reservoir the first thing they say is “how did I not know this place existed?”.
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This is the exact collapsible water bowl that I use, I hook it onto my pants or bag.
2. Coney Island/Brighton Beach (off season)
The beaches allow dogs from October 2nd to April 30th. I love coming here and walking along the ocean while my dogs run and play beside me.
There is nothing better than getting to listen to the crashing waves while your dog is having the time of their life.
If your dog likes to play fetch, the sand is the perfect place. The remodeled boardwalk is also, a great place to walk your dog. The city used recycled plastic lumber to construct a pier that goes all the way out into the ocean, has plenty of seats, and overlooks the Luna park Ferris wheel. Using this recycled plastic lumbar saved some 6,000 acres of tropical rainforest.
Coney Island Boardwalk
3. Larchmont Doggie Beach
Check the tide before coming here and make sure you are arriving when it is low tide. It’s about an hours drive from the city, and one of the only true dog beaches in and around NYC. There is no parking lot so you can park in the neighborhood and walk a few blocks over to the dog beach.
Larchmont Doggie Beach
A fence divides the dog section of the beach from the country club which is right next door. The beach itself is not the prettiest but believe me the dogs don’t care. They are there to run and play in the water.
The beach itself is not fenced in, but there are always so many dogs here having so much fun that your dog will naturally want to stick around.
I recently read that some dog owners got a ticket for having their dogs off leash here. This has not happened to me, nor have I seen or heard of this in person, but use caution.
-beach chair (for yourself)
4. Hillside Dog Park and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Hillside is one of my favorite dog-friendly parks in NYC and you will see why it made this list of 5 dog-friendly day trips for NYC. It sits on about 2 acres of varied terrain, has rolling hills, plenty of shade, benches, and water fountains. This park is made up of dirt, grass, and wood chips. Try to avoid coming here if it has rained in the past day unless you don’t mind having your dog covered in mud. There are always so many dogs here, no matter what time of day that you come.
Hillside Dog Park
If your dog likes to play chase then this is the park for you. This park is an excellent place to socialize and exercise your pup.
Be careful if your dog is under 10 lbs they might be able to slip out at one of the gates.
This park did such a good job of keeping the natural terrain that if it weren’t for the tall buildings surrounding the park, you and your dog would forget that you are in the middle of NYC.
Brooklyn Bridge Promenade
The biggest perk is that it is a few blocks away from the boardwalk. First stop at the dog park so your dog can get some energy out, then after you can take a leisurely walk along the Brooklyn Heights Boardwalk. This tourist destination sits on the East River and offers views of the entire Manhattan skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. There are many food options here, (Ample Hill Ice Cream) especially in the summer.
5. Washington Square Park and Dog Run
Washington Square Park has been around since the 1800’s, and every dog should have a chance to play at the dog park here. No matter what time of day or night you come there will always be a few dogs here. It is a big enough to play fetch, if that’s what your dog likes.
Washington Square Dog Park
You can get into the dog run on W 4th or there is a 2nd entrance from within the park near the bathrooms. There are plenty of seats, shaded areas, and a fountain. This park has gravel on the ground and is usually kept clean.
Washington Square Dog Park
After your dog gets all of their energy out, you can pick up Mamoun’s walk back to the park, find a bench and relax or perhaps play a game of chess.
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