Dogs are not just man’s best friend, but they are part of what makes New York City great. Seeing a happy dog on the street is a great way to brighten your day, and seeing them in the parks is even better. As a recent dog father myself, I’ve been getting to know New York City from a special angle. One of these special angles is seeing just how amazing some of the dog parks and dog runs are. So if you’re thinking of getting a furry friend, here are some of the best dog parks in the city to take them. They’ll run, they’ll play, and it’ll make their day!
Tompkins Square Park is located in the East Village, and their dog run claims to have started it all. In fact, they have even dubbed the area “First Run.” Built in 1990, and renovated in 2008, this puppy playground has tons for your furry friend to enjoy, including tennis balls, a wading pool, and tons of space. Large and small dogs are kept separate, and the community organization that sprouted from the dog run holds events like parades and gatherings! It’s free to enter and it’s truly a great place.
Rocky’s Dog Run in Fort Washington Park is enormous. In fact, it’s one of the largest dog runs in the city. While large dogs aren’t separated from small dogs, everyone who goes there typically follows the rules posted on the fence. The mulch gets replaced on a regular basis, and water bowls and baggies are supplied, so you don’t have to bring anything except for a dog with a sense of adventure.
Does your dog love to swim? Then they will love the Prospect Park Dog Beach. Filled with stone slabs, some mulch, and a small swimming area in Prospect Park Lake, your furry friend can socialize with other dogs in style. Most popular in the summertime, your dog will have a blast exercising and playing the cool water. Don’t worry, though. They won’t swim out too far. The underwater fencing will ensure your dog stays nice and safe while enjoying the awesome park.
Located in Bed-Stuy, this dog run is perfect for people with nervous, anti-social pups. Like many dog runs in the city, this run has two separate areas. Unlike other runs in the city, the two areas are for social and antisocial play. The larger area is where most people flock to, but the smaller area is great for some one-on-one time with your furry friend who just might not be into other dogs.
With eight miles of path to traverse, Fort Tryon Dog Run is the largest dog run in Manhattan. They have separate areas for small and large dogs, but the best part of this place is the terrain. Up near The Cloisters, it has a bit more of a rustic vibe, with plenty of nature for your pet to enjoy and explore. There’s tons of supplies and toys for your dog to play with, so hop on over and see what’s here!
Located in Madison Square Park, this dog run is a blast. They have a ton of trees, free water for your furry friend, baggies in case you forgot or ran out, and separate areas for small and large dogs, though both areas are pretty sizable. There’s also a Shake Shake nearby that offers dog friendly treats, which will be a very fun addition to the already great day you’re having!
Located in Sunnyside Queens, this run has been called “the best in the borough” by community members, specifically because it has ample seating, water for the dogs, and it’s impeccably clean. There are separate areas for small and large dogs, but the run itself is pretty big, so dogs of all sizes will have an amazing time here, especially since there’s a kiddie pool for them to enjoy.
Considered the best dog run in Van Cortlandt Park, Canine Court is not just a dog run, but an agility training wonderland. They have hoops, tunnels, and much more for dogs who love to be challenged. The run is still fun for dogs who aren’t training for agility, though. Dogs of all sizes and athletic ability are more than welcome here. Who knows? Maybe they’ll even try to give some of the obstacles a go!
Located in Staten Island, Silver Lake Dog Run is a large fenced area where your pups can explore and frolic. This is one of the only dog runs in the city that uses grass as its foundation instead of sand, dirt, mulch, or pebbles. With many tennis balls lying around, your pooch will have a wonderful time goofing around here, and then they can rehydrate as the designated dog fountain.
Located in Battery Park, this dog park is dedicated to a service dog that lost his life during 9/11. The ground is asphalt, so pets won’t get dirty, and there are a ton of obstacles for them to play on. There’s even a wading pool for pups to play in on a hot summer day. Over all, this run is a great place for dogs to commune with one another.
Dogs are a great part of living in New York City, and taking them to dog runs is even better. They are a great way to meet your neighborhoods, have your dogs make friends, and get the both of you outside. Even if you aren’t near one of these dog runs, one is probably just a few blocks away from you. Every dog run is unique, and some might be better equipped for your dog than others, so do some research and try one today! If one isn’t to your liking. There’s plenty to choose from.