A suburb of the city of Newark in Hudson County, Kearny is a township with a rich historical heritage, modern architecture and well-developed infrastructure. Dogs feel safe and happy living with their masters in close proximity to pet-friendly activities and the hustlin' and bustlin' Big Apple. Apart from pet-friendly cafes and a park, Kearny also has an animal hospital located right in town to take care of any emergencies or mishaps.
Kearny Dog Park is a great place for dog owners and their loyal pups to enjoy a day out or stretch their legs before heading to Jersey City or Newark. This is a nice and simple fenced park with two separate areas for small and large pups to play off-leash, shade, and benches. Afterward, grab a bite at Domingo’s Bakery, which has dog-friendly, outdoor seating from May 1 through September 30 and the most delicious pastries in the city!
If you're looking for something a little more interesting than a dog park, feel free to take a short trip to Edison National Historic Site in West Orange, where you can roam around the grounds with your leashed pup and learn some history!
While Kearny has a few of its own Fido-friendly amenities, you'll find many more in the surrounding muttropolitan areas.
Stretching along the Hackensack River, Meadowlands Parkway welcomes visitors in Secaucus with an array of shopping facilities. It's also home to the Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center and the Secaucus Animal Shelter, which is where you'll want to go for some off-leash playtime! The animal shelter has an amazing fenced dog park with plenty of space for your pup to burn some energy. The park provides benches and shade for dog owners, but no water drinking facilities. The park is just a natural gem for anyone who wants to exercise and play with their pooch undisturbed.
Riverside Avenue winds through East Lyndhurst, along the Passaic River, and is home to two recreation areas. Feel free to check out Riverside County Park, which offers walking trails, pathways to the river, and a dog park. Lyndhurst Dog Park, located at the very heart of the main park, boasts two fenced sections for small and large pooches. You'll have everything you need here to enjoy the pawfect day at the dog park, including shaded spots, benches, drinking water, and plenty of room to explore. Dogs will love playing with the provided toys as well as the agility equipment. Look out for the ice cream trucks that visit this park so you can grab a sweet treat!
The Brookdale neighborhood in northern Bloomfield features a supportive and friendly community built around residential quarters surrounding the roomy area of Brookdale Park. The locals are in love with this green space, which features a designated area for pooches to play and have a blast! The dog park has two separate sections for small and large breeds, agility equipment, plenty of room to run, and a friendly local crowd of canine visitors every day! Your pup will make tons of new friends here while you relax on a shaded bench. Water is provided, but you'll need to bring the waste bags.
The eastern part of Cedar Grove borders with the Upper Montclair neighborhood and features an extensive, beautiful recreation area. Mills Reservation County Park is situated on the banks of Cedar Grove Reservoir. For many visitors, this park is more than just a place to visit -- it's a natural adventure with miles of perfectly maintained hiking trails ranging from easy to difficult. The trails are suitable for newbies as well as advanced explorers with experience in hiking. The rules are simple: bring your own drinking water, keep your pup on their leash, and dive headfirst into adventure!
Located in the Maplewood township, South Mountain Reservation is a huge recreation area featuring picturesque views of Hemlock Falls, the Prehistoric Playground, Turtle Back Rock Picnic Area, and a beautiful roomy dog park. Located near the loop of Bear Lane and Crest Drive, South Mountain Dog Park boasts two areas for small and large breeds. Drinking water facilities, benches and shade are included in both sections, making socialization pleasant for humans and pooches alike. You will find a bunch of dog-friendly eateries at the very southern end of the park, right across the street near the shopping center. Gian Marco Trattoria serves delicious soups and freshly made sandwiches to doggie diners at the outdoor tables.