Leonia is a moderate-sized town that sits seven minutes away from the Hudson River in New Jersey. There are eight vets in the area, all surrounding the town of Leonia itself.
There are only two pet-friendly places in the immediate area. Leonia Dog Park/Lakeview Park has many attractive qualities, such as a large area with a hill, water access and a metal bowl, and two picnic tables under an awning. In Overpeck Park Dog Run, you’ll find separate sections for small and large dogs, benches, and plenty of shade. The only downside is that there are no water fountains, so bring your own water!
Around ten minutes away is Englewood. Here, you will find a few interesting restaurants to check out!
Baumgart's Cafe offers a little bit of everything, featuring an internatinoal cuisine and casual setting. Choose from wonton soup, BBQ baby back ribs, dim sum, moo shu shrimp, orange flavored chicken, scallion beef, and cheeseburgers. Their outdoor seating is dog-friendly.
The Blue Moon Mexican Cafe has some interesting dishes, from traditional Mexican foods to their original fusion ideas. Vegetarians and vegans will find plenty of options, with tons of entrees and sides that are never cooked in lard or animal stock. This location hosts Sunday brunch and a host of gluten-free foods. The whole family is welcome at one of the 20 dog-friendly tables outside.
Biddy O'Malley's is an Irish gastropub with six dog-friendly tables and a large selection of wine and craft beers. They serve interesting pub food, like the Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Sandwich or their gluten-free Goffle Road Farm's Chicken.
Leonia is a furrific town with a few dog-friendly spaces of its own. Pups and pet parents will find more dog-friendly fun just a short drive away in neighboring cities.
Midtown Leonia has plenty of shops and restaurants, as well as some scenic places for a dog and person to explore. Leonia Dog Park is in Lakeview Park located on Broad Avenue. This is a public park that allows unleashed dogs at posted times. Dogs are allowed off leash on weekday mornings from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., and on weekends and holidays from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. From March 11 through November 4, dogs may be unleashed from 5:00 p.m. until sunset, and the rest of the year from 3:30 p.m. until sunset. Dogs that are off leash must be under voice control. Lakeview also has picnic sites and places to walk on-leash.
Overpeck Park Dog Run is located in the north neighborhood of Leonia. Overpeck is located at 40 Fort Lee Road. This fully fenced dog park invites dogs from all over northern Bergen County to run and socialize. The dog park has a separate area for small dogs. The surface is a mixture of dirt and mulch. The dog park has benches, and some shade for human companions. Water is available nearby. A few pieces of agility equipment give dogs even more to do. The entire County Park is over 800 acres of recreational lands. The park has fishing, picnic sites, and trails for on-leash walking.
Montclair is 18 miles west of Leonia. Brookdale Dog Park is located at 20 Bellevue Avenue. It is one of many amenities that the city of Montclair offers for people and their dogs. Brookdale is a fully fenced enclosure with a gravel and mulch surface. The dog park has a separate space for the small dogs. The dog park includes water on-site, a good supply of convenient waste bags, and places for the human companions to sit, socialize, and supervise their pup at play. A few pieces of agility equipment can be used for training or just some extra fun. Ruthie’s Bar-B-Q & Pizza, located at 64 ½ Chestnut Street, has dog-friendly outdoor dining, and includes a menu just for your dog. This restaurant is open for lunch, and has live music on the weekends.
Jersey City is 17 miles south of Leonia. Jersey City has 4 dog parks: Hamilton Park, Liberty State Park, Lincoln Park, and Van Vorst Dog Park. Hamilton and Van Vorst Dog Parks are municipal dog parks. They both include fenced areas for small and large dogs. The dog park at Liberty State Park is inside a 1,200-acre State Park. Lincoln Dog Park is a dog park within a more than 200-acre county park. Lincoln includes a fully fenced area for small and large dogs. The surface at Lincoln is mixture of dirt and mulch. Lincoln also includes walking trails for on-leash exercise, and places to picnic and fish.
Ridgewood is 14 miles northwest of Leonia. Ridgewood Bark Park is located at 257 E. Ridgewood Avenue. Ridgewood is a fenced off-leash dog park. It includes a separate area for small dogs. Dogs have ample space to run and socialize. The surface of the dog park is a mixture of dirt and gravel. Water and waste bags are provided on-site. This dog park rarely is lacking in dogs. People love playing with and supervising their dogs at this dog park. The dog park is situated near a small pond and tree-lined walking paths. This small park has a shelter, benches along the walking path, and open spaces.