Morris Plains is a borough within New Jersey’s Morris County, and is essentially a “bedroom community” due to a high percentage of its residents who commute to work in New York City. The town and its surrounding communities are home to several dog-friendly activities and amenities, and its mild winters add to its appeal as a place to find things to do outside with your furry companion.
Central Park of Morris County is 299 acres of opportunities to play and enjoy the outdoors. In addition to a variety of organized sport facilities and play areas, the park features paved and natural trails for hiking, biking and walking with Fido in tow, on-leash. Open year-round, winter activities like ice skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are available. Fur-babies love snow and would be happy to go with you!!
Not only do you have access to Central Park with your pup on leash, the neighborhood is also the home of the 5-acre Greystone Dog Park. Divided into separate areas for large and small dogs, the park offers lots of room to run and socialize. Benches provide rest and socialization for the humans. Please be sure to bring water for your pooch as it is not provided here, but waste bags and containers are close at hand at each double-gated entrance.
This neighborhood in Morris Plains is home to the dog-friendly and people-pleasing Carmel Haifi restaurant, so when you and Fido get hungry, this is for you! Carmel Haifi features sidewalk tables for you and your doggy date to enjoy their Mediterranean cuisine. Although a very small restaurant, it features big flavor in its meat and vegetarian dishes and desserts. For super-casual meals, they also offer sandwiches and gyros. If an abundance of green grass, trees and walking paths bounded by benches suits your mood (and your fur-pup’s!), Roberts Garden will be just what you’re looking for. In the winter, enjoy sledding on its gentle slopes, or stop by in the summer with your lawn chair and a blanket to enjoy a Sunday night live concert, with the pupster in tow on his leash, of course.
The Morris Plains Borough Center features within it Watnong Park, a small community park with a playground and green space for kids and pups to romp and play. Dogs must be on leash, but a walk around the park or a sit under one of the lovely shade trees would be a great way to spend a couple of hours on a nice day. Make a note to bring water for both Fido and yourself, as none is provided. If you’re hungry, head on over to dog-friendly Kafe Mozart, a unique little eatery that serves up crepes, sandwiches and other casual café fare at outside tables where your fur-pup can join you for a bite or 2. Their savory and sweet crepes are just the thing when you’re in the mood for something just a little different from the usual hamburger menu.
This neighborhood of nearby Morristown is home to the dog-friendly Morristown National Historic Park, the site of General George Washington’s winter headquarters during the Revolutionary War. In addition to many restored structures and other historic sights, the park’s 1,711 acres contains forests, wetlands, vast pastures and ponds to explore. Over 24 miles of hiking trails crisscross the park and provide opportunities to take in sightings of birds, amphibians and mammals, all which Fido will enjoy, from the vantage point of his leash, of course. Note that pets are not permitted inside any of the buildings at the park and may not be left tied outside while the humans visit.
This Morristown neighborhood is just a few miles south of Morris Plains, and is the location of the Lewis Morris County Park. This dog-friendly park covers 2,196 acres, with 12 miles of trails. Fido is welcome on-leash to join you as you explore what it has to offer, including hiking and biking, as well as camping. But arguably best of all, this park features an off-leash dog park where your fur-buddy can socialize and exercise in safety. Divided into small- and large-dog sections, and supplied with waste bags, the paved surface is surrounded by trees and a small strip of grass. There is seating for the humans but remember to bring water for both you and your pooch. Bark on!
The Town Center of Morristown boasts several dog-friendly restaurants, so you can bring your furry date with you for a bite to eat. All feature outdoor seating, and please note all fur-babies must be on leash. The Morristown Deli offers New York Kosher-style deli-cacies. They love having your fur-pup there so much, they provide high chairs and booster seats, so the doggies can be at table level for the meal. Arf! Not to mention doggy treats and bowls of water, special doggy bibs – what’s not to like here? Especially when you start perusing the menu! You'll find all the typical deli favorites, like chicken livers with rice and eggs, and sweet potatoes with ground beef smothered in gravy. Bone appetit!