First established as a township in 1813, Livingston was named after William Livingston, who was the first governor of New Jersey. Livingston, which is well-known for its history of focusing on the importance of volunteering, is about an hour outside of New York, so many consider it to be a bedroom community for the larger city. While you might not have heard of the township, you’ve definitely heard of some of the more notable people from it. Comedian Chelsea Handler, soccer player Joey Altidore, and radio host Wendy Williams have all called Livingston home at some point.
Unfortunately, Livingston is probably more fun for you than it would be for your furry friends. The township isn’t very dog-friendly; there are two dog-friendly restaurants and one dog park, Livingston Dog Park – although some people say this dog park is more in Montclair than Livingston. Livingston does have a very highly-rated veterinarian clinic, so your dog is sure to get quality care that’s nearby when he needs it the most. Don’t overlook Livingston; there’s plenty for you to do within the township, and there’s plenty for both you and Fido to do just a short drive away.
Make no bones about it -- dogs need socialization to help them develop their manners and friendliness. Give your dog the chance at South Mountain Dog Park, located in Maplewood about five miles away from Livingston. This dog park is fenced in, letting your dog run around off-leash to get some exercise. Water is provided for you and your dog. Agility equipment is also available in the park, so if your dog likes climbing, he’ll have a ball at South Mountain Dog Park! As a bonus, the fences in this dog park are tall, so there’s no chance for your dog to jump over them.
We’ve all been there: you really want to go shopping, but you also don’t want to leave your dog at home. If your dog is on the smaller side, the Mall at Short Hills lets you bring your dog with you! Located ten minutes from Livingston, the Mall at Short Hills allows any dog who fits in one of their renter strollers to experience the mall with you. Most stores in the mall will welcome your dog; there are a few that don’t, and dogs are absolutely not allowed in dining establishments. Still, if you want to have some fun with your dog, give it a go!
Mills Reservation County Park, located about ten miles from Livingston, is sure to be fun for you and your nature-loving pup! With several different trails winding throughout the park, there are hikes available for hikers of all experience levels, from beginners to advanced. Your dog is required to be on a leash; you might be ticketed if he isn’t. Despite this, many hikers let their dogs run free, so keep your eyes open if your dog startles easily around other dogs. Make sure to bring water and waste disposal bags with you.
Although it’s about twenty minutes from Livingston, locals insist it’s worth the drive to visit Montville Township Dog Park! This dog park, which does require a pass, is one of the best in the area, according to the people who use it. Water, waste disposal bags, and shaded seating are available to you and your dog, so all you need to bring is yourself and your pooch! The surface of this park is comprised of gravel, so make sure to check your dog’s feet periodically. You and your canine companion are sure to have a pawesome time at this bark park.
Just over ten miles south of Livingston is Mountainside’s Echo Lake Dog Park. This off-leash dog park is fenced in, meaning your pet can run around and play without you worrying about him slipping out of the park. There’s plenty of room for your dog and his new furry friends to play; this park spans three acres. If you need to take a break, there’s shaded seating throughout the park so you can do so while keeping an eye on your pet. Water and waste disposal bags aren’t provided by the park, so make sure to grab some from home.