Bring your pup and get a behind-the-scenes look at suburbia — at these dog parks!
The NYC suburbs are the place for pups. From dog-friendly bars to outdoor restaurants serving up homemade dog treats to beaches, parks, and agility courses designed for the two- and four-legged, there are endless ways to explore with your furry family members. Our advice? Pack up your dog for a day of exploring the NYC suburbs — and make stops at one or more of these dog parks. Not only will your pup burn off some energy but you’ll get a chance to mix and mingle with fellow pet owners who can give you the scoop on life in their community.
NEW JERSEY SUBURBS
Wood Dale County Park (Woodcliff Lake, NJ)
Dogs can run off-leash in a sprawling grassy section of this 118-acre park. Don’t worry if you forget something — you’ll find plenty of toys for your pup to play with. Plus the dog park provides drinking water and plastic bags for cleaning up after your pup.
And when you’re done? Just outside of the dog park, you’ll find a playground, picnic tables, and a walkway that travels around the fishing pond. Bring lunch, lace up your sneakers, and spend the afternoon exploring.
Orange Reservoir Loop at South Mountain Preserve (West Orange, NJ)
When both you and your dog want to get out and go, the Orange Reservoir with South Mountain Preserve is the perfect place to stop. The 1.8-mile loop around the reservoir is flat, paved, and dog-friendly. Just be sure to keep your pup on a leash as you travel along the scenic path. And, because of the location, you’re just steps from a variety of South Mountain Preserve activities including an ice rink, mini-golf, an adventure course, swan boats at the waterfront and, of course, the Turtleback Zoo.
Hilltop Dog Park (North Caldwell, NJ)
One of the newest dog parks in the area, Hilltop Dog Park spans nearly 35,000 square feet, with a ¼-acre run for small dogs and more than ½-acre devoted to large dogs. Once inside, there’s plenty of agility apparatus for pups to play, plus water fountains and lots of seating for pet parents.
South Mountain Dog Park (Maplewood, NJ)
This massive fenced-in dog run includes a spot for smaller pups and one for larger dogs. Both areas are surrounded by leafy trees and feature plenty of seating areas for dog parents — AKA plenty of spots to sit and chat with local pet owners.
Also fun: South Mountain Dog Park has agility equipment. Try your hand at training your dog, or just let them have fun climbing and jumping.
Saddle River County Park: Wild Duck Pond Area (Ridgewood, NJ)
This park includes two fenced-in areas to let your pup off-leash — one area is designed for large dogs over 20 pounds and the other is for smaller pups. The shaded dog runs also include water fountains, benches, and trash cans to make it easier to clean up after.
WESTCHESTER DOG RUNS
East Rumbrook Dog Park (Greenburgh, NY)
Greenburgh pet owners have access to a large one-acre dog run in East Rumbrook Park. But this popular park has so much more going for it than just the water fountains and waste bag stations. Dog parents love East Rumbrook that has an incredibly active membership group, the Friends of the East Rumbrook Dog Park. This fun-loving group organizes events like its annual “Dog Swim” and Howl-o-ween Festival — perfect events for dogs and their families.
Ossining Dog Park (Ossining, NY)
For an annual membership fee of $20, Ossining residents and their four-legged friends can enjoy the two-acre dog run in Cedar Lane Park. The fenced-in park offers separate areas for small and large dogs. There are plenty of shaded seating areas, a water station, and waste bags. And — bonus — you won’t have to worry about muddy paws since the ground is covered in wood chips instead of dirt.
LONG ISLAND SUBURBS
West Hills County Park Dog Runs (Huntington, NY)
When your dog is eager to explore, head to West Hills County Park. This park is home to several miles of wooded trails where the whole family can get in a workout — just remember to keep your dog on a leash when you leave designated areas.
West Hills also features two separate dog runs — one for small dogs and one for big. Here, dogs can be off-leash while you relax on a bench within the run.
Eisenhower Dog Park (East Meadow, NY)
Energetic dogs have tons of space to run around in this 1.5-acre park. With space for both small and large dogs — each with its own water fountain and waste station — this is a great park to let your dog play while you relax in a shady spot.
Glen Cove Dog Park (Glen Cove, NY)
Since 2017, pet parents from Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Glen Head, and surrounding areas have flocked to the Dennis Brian Murray Park. It’s a great place to meet people — you can even get more involved in the community by volunteering with the Glen Cove Dog Park Committee.
The park is free to use and has a doggie water fountain, separate areas for small and large pups plus shaded seating areas. There’s also a playscape adjacent to the dog run, so parents can keep their eyes on both kids and dogs.
Rowayton Dog Park (Norwalk, CT)
Rowayton Dog Park has an active Facebook group with more than 1,000 members, so it’s a great place to start building your (and your dog’s) social network. The dog park itself is a big fenced-in space that’s well-maintained and offers tons of space for your dog to run around. While you’re here, be sure and snap some pictures and submit the best ones so your playful pup can be featured on the dog park’s website.
Grass Island Dog Park (Greenwich, CT)
This dog run offers stunning views of the water, but we’re guessing your pup will be too busy playing to notice. After letting your dog run around in the ¾-acre fenced-in field, you can take them for a stroll on the dog walking trail nearby.
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