Located just northeast of downtown Buffalo, the city of Amherst has been ranked one of the best places to live in America. It’s a popular area among young adults due to the many amenities and job opportunities close at hand, and it’s been consistently named one of the safest cities in America. With eight veterinarians in town, it is also a great place for keeping dogs healthy.
Spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of city life by checking out Amherst State Park with your canine companion. This 80-acre park features trails and a stream, and leashed dogs are welcome. There are several areas to explore within the park, and it’s the perfect place to bring the entire family.
If you are just passing through, Amherst offers any type of accommodation you could need. For an affordable place to rest your head, check out Motel 6 Amherst. If you are looking for something a bit fancier, book a night at Hyatt Place Buffalo/Amherst. Both welcome dogs of all sizes.
Whether you are a local or just passing through, Amherst is a friendly city with plenty of spots you can enjoy with your favorite four-legged friend.
Amherst’s Williamsville neighborhood is where to go when you are looking to grab a bite to eat with your four-legged friend by your side. For taste bud tantalizing desserts, check out Sweet Jenny’s. Dogs are welcome inside (as long as other customers don’t complain), and your buddy will receive a free doggie ice cream. If you are more in the mood for a full meal, check out the Irishman Pub & Eatery. There you’ll find a traditional Irish menu with an American twist. Dogs are always welcome in the outdoor seating area, and the staff will bring your companion a bowl of water.
When you really want to have a tail-wagging good time with your canine companion, head to the city’s Swormville neighborhood. There, you will find the pup-ular Amherst Paw Park. The Paw Park has separate fenced-in areas for large and small dogs, and cleanup bags are available. Water is also available seasonally, but be sure to bring your own bowl. There is even a selection of agility equipment for your dog to enjoy. For pet parents, there are several benches throughout the park, as well as trash receptacles. This park welcomes licensed, vaccinated, spayed/neutered pets who are at least 4 months old.
Located in Amherst’s Audubon neighborhood, Audubon Town Park features a walking trail that is perfect for exploring with your furry friend. This peaceful, relaxing park has a stream, and there is plenty of breathtaking scenery to enjoy. When you are finished, grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants. Head to Pizza Works Etc. to indulge in a slice of your favorite pizza with your pup by your side at one of the outside tables. Or visit Dessert Deli Gourmet Bakery & Café for your favorite sweets. This local favorite also welcomes dogs in their outdoor seating area.
West Amherst, located near the University of Buffalo, is home to several Fido-friendly restaurants and hotels. If you’re spending the night in the area, this is the place to be. Staybridge Suites Buffalo-Amherst, Comfort Inn University Amherst, Candlewood Suites Buffalo Amherst, DoubleTree by Hilton Buffalo Amherst and Motel 6 Amherst all welcome four-legged travel companions. Enjoy a tasty meal at Tea Leaf Café, Blue Bill Tavern, Yotality or Papi Grande’s, all of which have outdoor dog-friendly seating. Round out your day with a stroll through Letchworth Woods. Just remember to keep your dog leashed and pick up any messes he leaves behind.
Located just northwest of Amherst, Tonawanda’s Irvington Creekside neighborhood is home to a truly unique doggy destination. Ellicott Creek Island Park is an off-leash park located on an island. There is plenty of room for dogs to run, explore and swim. Clean-up bags, water and even a paw washing station are all provided. For pet parents, there are several picnic tables to relax while rambunctious pups burn off energy. There is even a small outdoor library where you can pick out something to read while your dog romps. Whether you are a local or you are just traveling through the area, this unique park is a must see!