Floral Park is a village in the Town of Hempstead, New York, and is located adjacent to Queens. This town draws in tourists every year because of its close proximity to Belmont Park, the site of the Triple Crown Horse Racing Championships. While being so close to a big city, this village still has plenty of tranquil greenery. Floral Park has been a designated “Tree City” since 1993, and takes good care of the many lovely trees that beautify it's parks and streets. The combination of nearby amenities and peaceful neighborhoods make Floral Park a great place to raise a happy puppy! While Floral Park does not offer a veterinarian, there is one across the border in Queens, and two in nearby Elmont.
As the name of the village suggests, there are several pretty parks that you and Fido can enjoy here! On your morning walk, why not check out the Floral Park Playground. This park has something in it for everyone, including the family dog! Here you can find a large variety of athletic fields, playgrounds, and large grassy areas to sniff and play on. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as they get picked up after!
When your stomachs are growling, no need to go far! Head over to Jameson’s Bar and Grill, just down the street from Floral Park. Here you can dig into some pub grub next to your pal at one of the outdoor pet friendly tables.
With all of these fun places to take your dog, you’re both sure to feel right at home in Floral Park!
When you and your pupper just need some fresh air and greenery, head over to the Centennial Gardens and Bird Sanctuary. This 12 acre parcel of land can be found on Floral Parkway, in the south end of Floral Park. The area was previously used as a storm basin, but has since been converted into a passive recreational area where you can enjoy the many trees and birds. There are benches in the park, and a nice paved roadway that meanders through the park. Along this roadway you can enjoy the sights while your dog enjoys the smells of the flowering trees. Leashed dogs are welcome, but don’t forget the doggy waste bags!
Just a hop across the border into Queens brings you to another puppy paradise! In the Alley Park neighborhood, just 10 minutes from Floral Park, you can find the sprawling Alley Pond Park. This park will transport you back to New York’s geological past, where you can enjoy unique natural features of the area. Here you can wander along the hiking trails with your best pal through the tidal flats, fresh and saltwater wetlands, meadows and forests. Amenities include restrooms, a variety of athletic fields, fishing, and playgrounds. Don’t forget to pack a picnic, because there are barbeque areas here as well. Dogs are welcome of course, as long as they stay leashed and leave only paw prints!
Just southwest of the Alley Pond Park, you can find one of the largest parks in Queens! The Cunningham Park is located on the Union Turnpike, in the Fresh Meadows neighborhood. There are long paved roadways that runs through the wooded areas of this park that draws in dog walkers, joggers, and nature enthusiasts. The park even has a dog run, where you pup can burn some energy running and playing off-leash. There is drinking water available, but you may want to bring waste bags and your dog’s favorite ball for some fetch! Dogs are welcome throughout the whole park, but need to stay leashed when they’re not within the dog run.
In the town of Queens, just above Floral Park, you can find the Glen Oaks neighborhood. Glen Oaks is proud home to the Enchanted Forest Dog Park. This dog park allows for dogs to have a safe place to run, play, and meet other dogs off-leash. You need to sign up for the annual membership to use this park, and provide proof of vaccinations. Once you arrive, you will find everything you need, including drinking water and waste bags. There are two separate fenced off areas, one for small breeds and another for the big guys. Why not check out the live webcam on the Glen Oaks website before heading over!
In the nearby town of Garden City, you can find plenty more green spaces to explore with your pupper! In the Downtown area, you will find the woofderful Brierley Park, just under a 20 minute drive from Floral Park. Here you can find a jogging course and plenty of grassy areas that your pup will love to romp around on. This park is popular among dog walkers, so get ready for the chance to make some furry friends! Leashed dogs are welcome. When it’s time for a frosty treat, head over to the Garden City TCBY located in the same neighborhood. Here you can enjoy some healthy and delicious frozen yogurt with your canine companion at one of the four dog friendly outdoor tables.