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BEST PARKS TO VISIT WITH YOUR DOG IN NYC

June 27, 2023

BEST PARKS TO VISIT WITH YOUR DOG IN NYC

Looking to unleash some fun with your furry friends this summer? The warm weather and longer days make it the perfect time of year to visit a park with your pup.

Dog parks are the paw-fect place to enjoy fresh air, get some exercise, and meet new friends.

New York City is home to over (statistic) parks, and we rounded up some of our favorite dog-friendly parks and dog runs.

Dog Park Etiquette 

Before visiting, remember to read over the specific rules and regulations for each dog park. These can usually be found on the park’s website or social media pages. 

Typical etiquette includes remaining alert and carefully watching your dog, having your pup wear a collar or harness, and staying with your dog the entire time they are in the park.

Most dog parks in the city are self-policing, meaning you are legally and financially responsible for any injuries caused by your dog. And don’t forget to clean up any messes to ensure the parks will remain a clean environment for everyone to enjoy! 

What Makes a Park Paw-some?

Not every dog park is the same, and certain features make the parks on this list a favorite of people and pups alike. 

  • Location - A good dog park is located in a safe area and is easily accessible. But, the best dog parks are the ones nearby dog-friendly businesses (like Boris and Horton). This allows your day of fun to continue by supporting local businesses and pampering your pup.

  • Safety - In a busy city like NYC, the worst scenario would be for your dog to escape. Off-leash areas need to be securely fenced in to ensure your four-legged friend can safely roam free.

  • Maintenance - Most dog parks in New York City are run by community members and volunteers. A paw-some dog park is well-maintained and clean to create a pleasant and safe environment for both pets and owners. It’s also the responsibility of visitors to help maintain the park by picking up any litter they find and cleaning up after their dogs. 

  • Size - Just like dogs, parks come in all shapes and sizes. Bigger parks provide more open space and can be less crowded, while smaller parks may be a better fit for more timid pets.

  • Separation - A great dog park offers two dog runs, with each run designated for a different size dog. Typically, the smaller dog runs are limited to dogs 25 pounds and under. This allows all dogs to be able to play and run around in a safe environment. 

  • Amenities - Water fountains, benches, picnic tables, swimming pools - NYC is home to some pretty amazing dog parks that offer much more than just a space for dogs to run. 
  • owner with his dog at boris & horton

    Best NYC Dog Parks

    Tompkins Square Dog Run at Tompkins Square Park

    99 1/2 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

    Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Paws down, Tompkins Square Dog Run is the coolest place to be on a hot summer day. The park features both a large and small dog run with a sand-like surface. Beat the heat by visiting the three swimming pools located at the park. Pet owners agree that the bath areas and hoses are a great addition, allowing you to spray off your dog before leaving. 

    Washington Square Park Dog Run at Washington Square Park

    52 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012

    At the heart of Greenwich Village is the Washington Square Park Dog Run. While Washington Square Park is dog-friendly, dogs can only be off-leash in the dog runs. The runs were recently renovated and are a great addition to the community.

    Cooper Park Dog Run at Cooper Park

    Maspeth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211

    At the intersection of Morgan Avenue and Sharon Street

    Originally built and maintained entirely by local dog owners, the Cooper Park Dog Run is a great place for your furry friend to enjoy the outdoors. The park features a picnic table, water fountains (perfect if your pup gets thirsty), and lots of benches. 

    Brooklyn Bridge Dog Park Run at Brooklyn Bridge Park

    Adams St. & Plymouth St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    The Brooklyn Bridge Dog Park Run has two locations - the Main Street Dog Run and the Pier 6 Dog Run. These unique dog runs feature a very comfortable rubber ground that your pups will make sure to love. No need to worry about mulch or dirt getting stuck in your pet’s paws! If your dog is sensitive to loud noises, be aware that the park is located under the Brooklyn Bridge.

    dog with his owner sitting outside boris & horton cafe

    Hillside Dog Park

    Columbia Hts., Hicks St., Between Middagh St. and Vine St., Brooklyn, NY 11201

    As the biggest dog park in Brooklyn, the Hillside Dog Park is a favorite spot for pups. The 1.4-acre park allows dogs to run freely, play a game of fetch, and enjoy the open space. Picnic tables are scattered around the park, a great place to sit down and relax before playing some more!

    Kensington Dog Run at Prospect Park

    350 Coney Island Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11218

    Home to over 7,000 square feet of fenced-in space, dogs easily fall in love with Kensington Dog Run. The dog run is located in the Parade Ground along Coney Island Avenue. One of the park’s most interesting attractions is its canine-friendly turf. The durable surface allows for superior drainage, meaning rainwater and dog waste can easily flow through the material. Prospect Park is also home to a dog beach, where dogs can run into the lake water and go for a relaxing swim during those dog days of summer. 

    McCarren Park Dog Run

    North 12th Street & Driggs Avenue & Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211

    One of New York City’s newer dog parks, the McCarren Park Dog Run is a safe and friendly place for your four-legged friends to run around. The dog run is located at the asphalt lot near the tennis courts. On sunny summer days, visitors appreciate the shady park. Volunteers are actively making more improvements to this new park, which is sure to become a favorite spot. 

    Make a Stop at Boris and Horton

    After a day of tail-wagging adventures at the park, the best place for you and your dog to unwind and indulge in some well-deserved treats is at New York’s first dog-friendly cafe, Boris and Horton! 

    Stop in or walk up and order a delicious cup of coffee and some yummy treats off our menu - we have something for you and your pup!

    Boris and Horton are now open at two locations, making us closer to even more dog parks in New York City. Come visit us at our East Village or Williamsburg location! 

     A day at the park is the happiest day of a dog’s life, and what better way to end it than a stop at the happiest place on Earth?

     





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