So you’re planning a trip to New York City and you want to bring your dog. It can be hard to find dog friendly places in NYC due to its sheer size.
Luckily I’ve compiled the ultimate list of things you can do with your dog in the city, as well as dog friendly places to eat and stay.
Things to Do
Brooklyn is definitely known for being one of the more dog friendly places in NYC.
Take a stroll with your pup through the brilliantly colored streets of the Bushwick Collective.
Artists from all over the world come here to paint their colorful murals on the sides of every building.
Sign up for a professional tour, or head out on your own with your dog and admire all of their talent and hard work.
Prospect Park Dog Beach
The Prospect Park dog beach definitely makes it on the list of dog friendly places in NYC.
I used to go to this dog beach all the time with Cali before we moved out of the city to New Jersey.
They have recently renovated and expanded the dog beach so your dog has even more space to swim.
After they’re done you can have a picnic in the park and people watch with your pooch.
Another great activity you can do with your dog in NYC is walking across the legendary Brooklyn Bridge.
Thousands of people walk and ride their bikes across this 150 year old bridge connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan.
If you’re taking your dog, early morning or late night is best if you want to beat the crowds.
Ferry/Statue of Liberty
Does your dog like boat rides? If so, hop on the Staten Island Ferry for free and get a great view of the Statue of Liberty.
Dogs are allowed on the ferry too, so you don’t have to worry about running into problems.
Hop off on the Staten Island side to walk around St. George and see historic architecture, restaurants, and more!
New York City is known for many things, and shopping is definitely one of them!
Soho is a great place to start, with hundreds of stores and boutique shops.
Many luxury stores in NYC allow well behaved dogs. Check out this list of 38 most dog friendly stores to see who allowed your fur baby.
9/11 Memorial Park
Even if you didn’t lose a loved one on that horrible day, the 9/11 Memorial Park is something you should see while you’re in NYC.
The beautiful memorials show the names of every life lost that day around the infinity waterfalls.
The park is downtown near the water and the new, beautiful oculus mall, so you can spend a beautiful afternoon with your dog just downtown alone.
A classic of course, Central Park is one of the most Dog Friendly Places in NYC.
Quite literally the lungs of the city, Central Park supplies a total of 10.5 million kilos of oxygen to the city each year.
Without this park, there wouldn’t be enough oxygen for the city to survive.
Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy the beautiful scenery of this 840 acre park.
No matter what season, this park is sure to take your breath away!
Inwood Hill Park
If you happen to be in the northern part of Manhattan, Inwood Hill Park is a great place to take your dog for a hike.
Inwood Hill Park is the last remaining natural forest in NYC, and it’s easy to see why they kept it.
This park is 196 acres of woods, marshlands, caves, and valleys, all left behind by the glaciers of the last ice age.
If you want to forget that you’re in the city, or your dog needs a break from the busy streets, you should definitely check out this park.
Gantry Plaza State Park
Overlooking the Manhattan skyline, Gantry Plaza State Park is another one of the most dog friendly places in NYC.
This 12 acre riverside oasis was originally the boating docks for the industrial age, with some original buildings still standing as a reminder of what once was.
Dogs are also welcome, on leash and off, in the park’s two dog runs: On the corner of 48th Ave. and Vernon Blvd; and on Center Blvd. between 46th and 47th Avenues.
Did you know that if you ate at a new restaurant in NYC everyday for your entire life, you still wouldn’t get a chance to eat at them all?
That’s a lot of restaurants!
With so many choices, it can be hard to find dog friendly places in NYC to eat at.
Luckily, I’ve made a list of all of the dog-friendly restaurants in New York City.
Many of them only allow outside seating if you have a dog, so keep that in mind when making any reservations!
- N 11 Cookout
- Ollie’s Ice Cream
- Five Leaves
- Ten Hope
- Union Pizza Works
- Pig Beach
- Lavender Lake
- Lucky Dog (Bar)
- The Springs (Bar)
- Forrest Point
- Barking Dog
- 5 Boroughs Brewing Co.
- Bar Primi
- Cafe Du Soleil
- The Wilson
- Harlem Tavern
- Bistro Les Amis
- Boris & Horton (Coffee shop with dog adoption events)
- Shake Shack
Lastly, in order to get the full dog-friendly experience, you’ll need to stay at one of these dog friendly hotels in the city.
Each of these hotels go out of their way for you and your dog, so you can focus on having a fun, relaxing trip.
Loews Hotels was the first national hotel chain to launch their pet program.
Amenities include a special pet room-service menu, a list of local pet services, pet toys, bedding, a welcome letter from their Managing Director who has his very own yellow lab, Lola-Maibs, and more!
On top of that, the hotel is just steps away from Central Park. What could be better?
No matter the season, the Four Seasons Hotel in NYC makes the list of dog friendly places in NYC.
The hotel provides a food & water bowl, plush pet bed, treats, etc. for pet guests during their stay.
An additional bonus is they are one of the few hotels that offers no-fee stays for up to two pets per room.
Lastly, concierge can facilitate walking services to Central Park or arrange for a pup sitter if needed.
Located in Chelsea, The High Line Hotel definitely has more of a hip vibe than the first two hotels above.
The hotel has a beautiful front garden and back patio where locals casually gather, many with dogs laying at their feet.
The cocktail garden offers all natural, non alcoholic doggie brews so you can officially drink with your dog!
Lastly, there is a pretty nearby park and dog walking services available.
The last dog friendly hotels I would recommend are the Kimpton Hotels (3 locations).
The special treatment starts as soon as you arrive, where staff will greet you and your dog by name.
Once you get into the room, there are pet beds, food, water bowls, and mats available.
There will also be a concierge list of pet-friendly restaurants, parks, and groomers in the area.
Lastly, there will be courtesy bags for dog walking, as well as door hanger alerts to notify hotel staff and guests of when your pet is in the room.
I hope this ultimate list of dog friendly places in NYC will help you plan your next trip to the Big Apple.
Which places do you want to go first? Let me know in the comments below!
Want to get away from NYC? Check out my list of 10 best New York Hiking trails.
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