The coastal community of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, is a great place for sophisticated urban explorers who love water views—and their humans, too. Perth Amboy lies directly west of Staten Island across the Arthur Kill River, and adventures there and in the other boroughs of New York are only a short drive or train ride away. There’s plenty to do at home, though; Perth Amboy features over half a dozen parks, including several along the waterfront where leashed dogs are welcome. Perth Amboy also offers one veterinarian to keep your pup healthy.
Sights and smells abound along one of the city’s best features for leashed adventures: the Harbor Walk. This 0.7-mile trail in Perth Amboy’s Waterfront District winds past the Raritan Yacht Club, Municipal Marina, Great Beds Lighthouse, and historic Kearny Cottage, ending at the beach at the Perth Amboy Waterfront Park. There are benches along the way where you can relax and watch the birds and boats, and grassy and sandy areas that are perfect spots for a vigorous play session.
There are countless options for a doggone perfect day in Perth Amboy with a furry friend, but there’s no better way to end it than to watch the sunset from one of the city piers after a romp at the beach.
The Hall Avenue neighborhood is a popular and highly walkable neighborhood in Perth Amboy. Its most pawsome feature for dog owners is Rudyk Park, an eight-acre park that hosts the Roberto Clemente Stadium, a hardball venue, as well as a soccer field, walking path, and play area. All of these are great spots for a game of fetch, and the waterfront promenade and fishing pier across from the park is a perfect place to relax and watch the world go by. As with all Perth Amboy parks, a leash is required, and you will need to bring your own waste bags and water.
Downtown Perth Amboy is the city’s main commercial district, and with its Victorian-style streetlights and towering trees, it is a great choice for a scenic stroll with your pup. Trash cans are an added convenience, though you will need to bring your own waste bags and water with you as you trot along the streets and into the neighborhood’s Bayview Park. Located next to the Harborside Marina, this well-maintained park features grassy lawns shaded by mature trees. A gazebo and benches along a wide sidewalk give you spots to rest and to give your good boy or girl some pets.
Perth Amboy’s Waterfront District is the city’s longest-standing neighborhood, and its focus is its breathtaking water views, marina, and piers. While human walkers will appreciate its seafood restaurants, museums, and art gallery, canine companions will pull toward its parks. Several green spaces curl along the waterfront, including Sadowski Park, the Perth Amboy Veterans Memorial, Caledonia/Roessler Park, and International Park. Plaques, monuments, and interpretive signs abound to fulfill the curiosity of historically-minded humans as their dogs pick up new scents. The parks also connect to three fishing piers that extend from grassy and sandy beach areas. You will need to bring your own water, waste bags, and toys for the beach.
Chickentown is a quiet suburban neighborhood in the western part of Perth Amboy. While pups might be disappointed to find that chickens of both the feathered and rubber varieties do not roam free here, they will be thrilled to find that Chickentown features the city’s largest park: Washington Park. In addition to the basketball court, baseball field, skate park, and children’s play area, there are several grassy spots to sniff around. You will need to bring your own waste bags and water and your furry friend must be on a leash at all times.
Spa Springs is another suburban neighborhood in Perth Amboy that lies directly north of Chickentown. Like that neighborhood, it has its own large park: Willow Pond Park. This park is bursting with amenities, including recently updated paths and a footbridge, floating dock, and gazebo along the pond, which is regularly stocked with fish. Nearby Dalton Park is a large grassy expanse that includes a baseball field and soccer field. Even when a game is going on, there is plenty of room to play. Just remember to bring your own waste bags and water and to keep your pooch on a leash.