One of America’s true melting pots, Passaic, NJ is only ten miles from New York City. A little more urban than some other commuter towns, Passaic is known as the birthplace of television, being home to one of the first broadcasting stations in the country. There’s no need to stay glued to the small screen while you’re there, though -- the town has a strong community spirit, and hosts many cultural events throughout the year. It even has its own film festival for emerging artists! In terms of pet care, there are two veterinary clinics in town, with emergency services available in Clifton.
There’s no dedicated dog park in Passaic, but you and your pooch can still sniff out some exercise options! There are a couple of municipal parks that are ideal for leashed walks. Third Ward Park in particular is a favorite of local dog owners, boasting bucolic walking trails and a serene, spring-fed lake. Stop by in the summer and you and your pooch might be able to catch a concert! Be sure to check out the Boathouse Cafe while you’re there -- this furrific cafe is right on the lake, and welcomes wagging tails at their outdoor tables. And don’t worry; you’ll find plenty of opportunities for off-leash adventures just a short drive away!
You’d need to be barking mad not to visit Brockdale Dog Park! Located just five miles from Passaic, this park has plenty of open space for you pooch to run around and tire themselves out in. There’s a separate area for small dogs, so your fur baby can socialize no matter their size, and plenty of toys on site. However, you’ll need to bring your own bags and water! It’s also well worth taking a wander through the people side of the park. Brockdale Park hosts many festivals throughout the summer, from wine to music to arts and crafts, and there’s miles of well-maintained walking trails to explore!