It’s safe to say that pets and their owners both get tired of being cooped up indoors. YOU might have the chance to spend a few hours at a local park, but can your dog come along? The good news is that there are an increasing numbers of Long Island parks and recreation areas that allow dogs. As you make your outdoor plans, here are some of our top picks for pet-friendly outdoor destinations near you.
- Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens: Enjoy a stroll (or a jog) through the historic grounds of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fair with your dog. You’ll enjoy the scenery, he’ll enjoy the exercise. Even better, in certain areas of the park before 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m., you can let him off the leash! Many other parks in Queens provide dog-friendly facilities; check this list for details.
- Bay Park, East Rockaway: Although dogs aren’t allowed in county parks in Nassau County, Bay Park on the south shore of Long Island offers a special dog run where your pet can socialize and roam off-leash. A few other county parks in Nassau offer dog runs; check this list for details.
- Hempstead State Park, Hempstead: Easily accessible from the Southern State Parkway, this state park includes a dog-friendly area near its South Pond. Keep in mind that dogs have to be on a leash no more than six feet long. A park map is available here.
- Coindre Hall, Huntington: This little-known park on Long Island’s North Shore is a popular destination for dog lovers. Dogs and their owners alike can enjoy romping on the spacious lawns adjoining the hall, a former Gold Coast mansion, as well as wandering down to the shore of Huntington Harbor.
- Gardiner County Park, Bay Shore: If you have the time for an excursion into Suffolk County, consider visiting this park off Montauk Highway near the Robert Moses Causeway. According to the website BringFido, Gardiner County Park is known for being “extremely dog-friendly,” and it is easy to see why. Amenities include plenty of on-leash trails, waste disposal stations and even a doggie water fountain. If your pet loves swimming, she can even paddle around in the Great South Bay!
As you enjoy the great outdoors with your dog, always remember to bring plenty of water for both of you, make sure your pet is protected by flea and tick medication and watch for signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion. And as always, never leave your pet alone in a car.
If you have any questions or your pet has any health issues, don’t hesitate to call us at 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738). Our Valley Stream office is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.