A vibrant and busy borough in New Jersey's Bergen County, East Rutherford offers up some pawsome activities to enjoy with your pooch. From urban green spaces to dog-friendly restaurants and hotels, as well as two animal hospitals, there is so much to see and do here when you have your four-legged companion by your side.
One of the highlights of East Rutherford is the many parks that you will find dotted around the borough. The Veteran's Park Extension stretches out for over an acre, and boasts some stunning river views, while Memorial Park is smaller, but is home to some fascinating historic monuments. There are a couple of other local parks to check out, such as Saint Joseph's Park and Boro Hill Park, both small but with plenty of greenery for Fido to sniff about in.
When it comes to finding somewhere dog-friendly to stay in East Rutherford, there are a few hotels to choose from. The Extended Stay America Meadowlands East Rutherford, as well as the Extended Stay America Meadowlands Rutherford, are right beside each other, and allow two small dogs to stay in each guest room. The Residence Inn By Marriott East Rutherford Meadowlands is another option, but does require pets to be crated when left unattended in a room.
With its wide selection of local parks, as well as several dog-friendly accommodation options, East Rutherford is pawfect for some time away with your pooch.
Hackensack is home to the majority of East Rutherford's parks, making this the go-to spot for a tail-wagging dog walk. There are a couple of small playgrounds that you can stroll around, such as the Garden Spot Playground, but if your pup would like a longer walk, head to the Riggin Memorial Field. This park is home to several sports facilities and a larger playground, as well as a walking path that will take you and Fido around the park's highlights. If the two of you are feeling hungry afterwards, the dog-friendly Mr Bruno's Pizza and Beyond serves up high quality Italian cuisine, with several Sicilian specialties.
Less than a mile from East Rutherford is the Borough Center of Rutherford, where there is even more dog-friendly fun to be had. If you and your pup love history, Lincoln Park is the place to go, as you will find several historic monuments here, including a cannon from the Spanish-American War and a 9/11 memorial. The park is also home to sports facilities, picnic areas, and a winding walking path, but be sure to keep your pooch on a lead. If the two of you would like a bite to eat afterwards, Matera's On Park serves up classic American fare, while the Mambo Tea House specializes in Cuban cuisine alongside Asian teas, and both welcome dogs.
Less than five miles from East Rutherford lies the Nutley neighborhood of Franklin Ave/ Chestnut St, where you will find a couple of pawsome parks that your pooch will love. The 10 acre Kingsland Park is extremely picturesque, thanks to its cascading waterfalls. There is a paved path running through the park that will show you and Fido the park's various sports facilities, playgrounds, picnic areas and more. Memorial Park is another popular spot, with over 13 acres featuring a playground, a large pond and a scenic walking track. If you are feeling hungry, the Chestnut Café and Eatery allows dogs to dine with their owners on their pretty garden patio.
Just a ten minute drive from East Rutherford will take you to the Clifton neighborhood of Allwood Rd/ Dwasline Rd, which is home to a couple of picturesque parks. Sperling Park is quite small, but features sports fields and a walking path, while Latteri Park is slightly larger, with spacious grassy areas, a playground and a few sports facilities. After all of that walking, head on over to the dog-friendly Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza for a bite to eat, where all pizzas are cooked in a 800 degree coal-burning oven. For dessert, CUPS Frozen Yogurt is right next door and serves up some truly unique rotating specials.
The Secaucus neighborhood of Chateau Gardens is less than five miles from East Rutherford, and the parks that you will find here make the journey worthwhile. Schmidts Woods Park is a beautiful, wooded park, with sports facilities, picnic areas and a playground, as well as several short nature trails. The three acre, environmentally preserved, Mill Creek Point Park is also popular, especially for fishing, canoeing and bird-watching. There are a couple of trails that you and your pooch can follow in this park, but be sure to keep your dog on a lead, as this area is home to a large amount of wildlife.