About the size of Manhattan and with a population of 20,374 people, Grand Island, NY is still growing. The island is situated in the heart of Niagara River, splitting it in two. There are only 2 veterinary clinics here, and the Beach House restaurant is the only pet-friendly place to eat. This riverside restaurant is American-inspired and is a great place to take in some sun with your pooch.
There are 2 state parks on the island. Buckhorn Island State Park is on the northern part of Grand Island, and Beaver Island State Park is located on the southern end. They stretch over 800 acres in total, and both have trails that you and your pup can enjoy. Of course, as is the case with most state parks, you will need to keep your pup on a leash.
Unfortunately, there aren’t off-leash dog parks on the island, but there is a local favorite dog park about 10 miles away that you will just need to get your paws on! Bark Park is located on Dog Walking Island. Could you ask for a more pawfect place for your dog to roam free? It has plenty of space, and the beach areas are great places to swim. Bring your own doggie waste bags and make sure you clean up after your pet.
If you live in Grand Island, don’t despair because your city does not have its own dog park. You are only a 13-mile drive from the city of Buffalo, New York. Buffalo is home to one of the best dog parks in the area: the Barkyard at La Salle Park. This is the first and only off-leash dog park in the city, so you definitely won’t want to miss it! It has all the amenities you’d expect from a pawesome park: running water, seating areas, shelters, lights, and double gates. Buffalo often hosts dog-friendly events to benefit the Barkyard and the city’s humane society, so be sure to check those out when planning your visit.
Located only thirteen miles from the city of Grand Island is the city of Amherst. Amherst is home to one dog park, the Paw Park. The Paw Park is a large fenced in area with lush green grass, plenty of seating and an abundance of shade. It is split up into two zones: one for small dogs and other for large dogs. This park is extremely well maintained which makes it one of the most loved dog parks in the area. If you take your dog to this park you will definitely be able to aid in the dog’s socialization.
Located only 8 miles away from Grand Island is the city of Tonawanda, New York. Tonawanda is home to one dog park: the Ellicott Island Park in the Irvington Creekside neighborhood. However, this park is not an off-leash park. It welcomes dogs of all sizes and breeds as long as they are on a leash. Often called doggie paradise by locals, this park is loved by everyone in the community. It not only has lush green grass but it also has a large supply of water, trash cans, picnic tables and plenty of beautiful flourishing gardens. Trust us, you will not regret your visit to this gorgeous park.
Located approximately 30 miles from Grand Island is the city of East Aurora. Although it is quite a drive to the city, it is well worth it. East Aurora is home to the Knox Farm State Park. This park has plenty of walking trails for dogs on leashes and fenced in areas for off-leash dogs. The park also welcomes horses. Furthermore, it is unclear if the park provides necessary amenities for dogs, so you will have to take your own doggie poop bags, water and toys. But trust us, you and your dog will have a pawtastic time at this park!
Williamsville is at a mere 15-mile drive from Grand Island. Although it does not have any dog parks, the drive is well worth it! You and your pooch can enjoy a day surrounded by lush green grass and vibrant flowers if you head to the Amherst State Park located in Williamsville. Of course, as this is a state park, you will not only have to keep your pup leashed at all times, but you will also have to take your own doggie poop bags, water and toys. Pack a picnic, grab a good book and head to the park to have a wonderfurr day!