Tottenville is a beautiful little neighborhood in the southernmost part of Staten Island. This gorgeous neighborhood is bordered on three sides by the Raritan Bay and where Arthur Kill River empties into it. This neighborhood encompasses part of North Mount Loretto State Forest and the Conference House Park, as well as the Hybrid Oak Woods Park. There is extensive tree cover and lots of shrubbery and grassy areas throughout the neighborhood, so just being in this neighborhood will make you feel like you are in a park.
Sea breezes cover most of the peninsula, and make you feel comfortable and relaxed almost no matter where you go in this neighborhood. On cold New York days the extensive tree cover can provide you a pleasant place to hike with your dog, while on the hottest New York days you can head for the beach for a lovely walk along the water.
Walking around Tottenville provides lots of varied and interesting terrain. Neighborhood streets tend to be long and straight and offer wide sidewalks that are divided from the road with grassy dividers interspersed with many mature trees. Homes tend to be set off from the road and have un-fenced front yards, so walking through this neighborhood is very nice. If you walk long enough in one Direction in Tottenville, you are likely to stumble into one of the gorgeous parks or onto the beach. Conference House Park in the far corner of Tottenville gives you the unusual experience of exploring the forest as it merges with the ocean. Your dog will love walking along the beach and you will enjoy the gorgeous views of natural scenery and of the ocean.
The extremely large North Mount Loretto State Forest offers you an inland retreat on the coldest days as well as a lovely little pond to stumble upon with your dog.
Tottenville sometimes feels like more park than neighborhood, with the huge North Mount Loretto State Forest on one side, the hybrid Oak Woods Park on another, and the beachside Conference House Park at the far end of the peninsula. Just walking through this neighborhood can feel like walking through a park with the extensive tree cover and smaller parks that you may happen upon like Tottenville Shore Park. Interesting natural landmarks like where the river feeds from Long Pond Park into the water of the bay provide you a unique place to explore with your dog.
There is nothing quite like the experience of exploring the forest along the oceanside, so Conference House Park really provides the most amazing park experience in this area. Your dog will love romping along the waterside, while you will enjoy looking out for all kinds of wildlife on the gorgeous forest shoreline. Trails and periodic clearings make this place also feel comfortable enough for you to rest and relax with your dog when you want to get off the beach for a moment.