Beautiful and unique, the city of New Rochelle is located 25 miles north of New York City along the Long Island Sound and offers many dog-friendly activities. The city was originally formed by the Huguenot’s, reflected in the current Huguenot Park that covers 13 acres along the city’s harbor. You and Fido can walk along the sidewalk and admire the water and historic features. When you need a longer hike, take your pup along the Leatherstocking Trail. This 2-mile path stretches between New Rochelle and Mamaroneck, and is part of the larger Colonial Greenway Trail. Pups and their parents can work up a sweat, so be sure to bring plenty of water.
Convenience is key when searching for medical care for Fido. The city offers six different veterinarian clinics, including a mobile clinic that comes to your home by appointment. Pups will receive caring and compassionate care at any of the clinics including surgery, dental cleanings, and a variety of routine care. Pet Land Discounts is another great destination when your pooch needs some new food or snacks. The store also offers a variety of chew toys, dog beds, and even medications. Plan to bring your pooch to the store and let him pick his own toy.
A great feature of the Pinebrook Estates neighborhood is the Paws Place Ward Acres Dog Park. Fido will enjoy the off-leash fenced area that provides a separate space for small and large pups. Many pooch parents bring their pups to the park, so Fido will have a variety of friends to socialize with. Shaded benches offer a place for pup parents to relax while dogs run off energy and sniff all the grassy spots and other pooch butts. Be sure to bring some doggie waste bags and your own water so Fido can enjoy a cool drink while playing and having a furtastic time.
The 20-acre Flowers Park offers a perfect space to walk your pooch. Ball fields, a playground, and a picnic area make this a great destination for the entire family. You and Fido can pack a lunch and spend the day relaxing in the sunshine while strolling along the paths and enjoying the fresh air. When dinner time rolls around, head over to Turquoise where you can experience Middle Eastern cuisine on the outdoor patio. If you are craving a burger, take your pup to Larchmont Tavern where you can relax at the outdoor seating and allow Fido to be spoiled with love and attention from the staff.
Walking your pooch in the D’Onofrio neighborhood allows both you and your pup to get some exercise and fresh air. Travel over to the D’Onofrio Park where the 22-acre area features ball fields, a playground, and paths to walk your pooch and admire the flowers and plants. You can also plan a picnic with friends and family and let Fido enjoy socializing with other dogs. If you prefer to go out for a snack, stop by Red Mango where you can enjoy frozen yogurt at the outdoor dog-friendly tables. Pet owners may also be looking for dog-friendly accommodations in the area. Residence Inn by Marriott allows two pets for an additional fee.
Just 7.5 miles from New Rochelle in the Bronx, the Pelham Bay neighborhood offers a wonderful area to take your pooch. The Pelham Bay Park Dog Run is one of the first built in NYC, and is a popular place to allow pups to run and play. Remember to bring doggie waste bags to clean up, but water is available at nearby fountains. Close to the park, you will also find Teresa’s Bakery and Café. You can stop by with Fido and enjoy some cupcakes and ice cream on the outdoor patio. Another great dog-friendly restaurant is Havana Café where you can enjoy Cuban pizza or seafood while relaxing with your pup at the outdoor seating.
Walking the Hunter Island Trail in the Hunter Island neighborhood of the Bronx is great when Fido needs some extra exercise and a chance to sniff out the wildlife. You can stroll through the salt marshes and forest along the shoreline while your pup frolics in the grass. You will need to keep your pooch on a leash and bring some water bottles to enjoy a cool drink while enjoying the nature trail. If you are looking for an upscale pooch-friendly restaurant, try City Island Lobster House where you and Fido can sit at the outdoor tables and enjoy seafood and a cocktail. When searching for a unique meal, Don Coqui offers Puerto Rican cuisine and you can sit with your pup at one of the 25 outdoor tables.
I am an environmental studies major and animal lover who has enjoyed the company of my furry best friend, Buddy, for over 10 years. I have walking and grooming experience with a variety of dog breeds and love spending time and getting to know the personality of each dog I come across. Dog walking is perfect for me because I love nice walks with good company.