Union is a happening city, and a center for business, higher education, and recreation. People and their dogs thrive in a place where so much is dedicated to good living. The town has seven veterinary clinics that keep dogs healthy and can help in any emergency situation. Union has also dedicated considerable space and resources in creating clean and safe parks and places for people and their dogs to exercise and have some fun. Twenty-one parks of varying sizes are scattered throughout the neighborhoods of Union. Four of the parks have paved walking trails that are accessible. More than half of the parks have picnic tables. A good number, too, have reservable amenities, like pavilions for larger outdoor parties.
For some dog-friendly dining, a person and pup may want to sample some of the food at Van Gogh’s Ear Cafe. The food is described as a “retro-American” style cuisine, but the old world charm combined with the offbeat name captures some of the vitality of the the city. The outdoor tables make for comfortable dining for a person and their furry friend. An outdoor adventure is a short drive out of the city limits to nearby Union County Watchung Reservation. This 2,200-acre nature preserve has many hikes ranging from easy to more challenging. Leashed dogs may enjoy scenery with their person or sit awhile beside the lapping current of the river.
The Five Points neighborhood is the place where a person and their canine can sample some fine cuisine. Mario’s Tutto Bene on Chestnut Avenue fills growling tummies, both human and canine, with some very substantial fare. The menu is Italian with an array of meat dishes like veal, lamb, and seafood. Nine outdoor tables make it a comfortable place to dine. Cafe 401, also on Chestnut Avenue, has a casual ambiance, and a burger and fries eaten outside with a canine friend makes for an easy lunch or dinner. Garden Restaurant on Magie Avenue is open for lunch and dinner. No shortage of great eats here! A quick dessert at the Strawberry Field Self Serve Yogurt is a satisfying way to end a long day of howlin’ good times.
Mountainside is seven miles west of Union. Echo Lake Dog Park is a three-acre tract where pups run wild and free in a safe and fully enclosed space. Small dogs have their own space, too. The dog park is nestled in the middle of the the county park. A parade of pooches lead to this doggy paradise! The dog park provides conveniences like water fountains for dogs and people. Pet parents have some covered areas for shade. Grass makes for a quick roll or a tussle with a new friend! The rest of the park has places to explore, but a leash is required outside of the dog park. A hike on the Paw Path gets the human companion some exercise.
Montclair is thirteen miles north of Union. The Brookdale Dog Park is located at 20 Bellevue Avenue. The woofs are heard loud and clear in this fully fenced pooch playground! Here, pups have a safe, enclosed space, and they know what to do with it. A separate area is set aside for the small dogs, too. This dog park has a gravel, mulch, grass and dirt surface. A tail-to-nose conga line can be seen through the tunnel piece of agility equipment. Amenities like water and poop bags make it super convenient for the human companions. They can sit under shade or snap a few photos of their favorite furry friend and pals.
Woodbridge is fifteen miles south of Union, but Woodbridge Dog Park is well worth the short drive. This peaceful, picturesque dog park, complete with a small lake in the background, has two fully fenced enclosures so dogs can get off their leash and run free for awhile. A gazebo adds a dash a class as well as shade. Lush green grass in the warm months make it easy on the the paws for running and rolling about. The dog park has all the necessary amenities like water and waste stations. Active dogs love playing and training on the agility equipment. People come from all over with their furry friends for this small piece of doggie wonderland!
Morristown is eighteen miles west of Union, and is home to the Lewis Morris Dog Park. This pawesome park has two paved, fenced areas for some off-leash running. A few patches of grass separate the large and small dog enclosures. This dog park is surrounded by the large main park, which features great scenery and many mature trees. Many picnic sites are scattered throughout it, making it the pawfect spot to share a sandwich. The dog park has water available on-site, and doggie waste bags make necessary cleanups easy. A leashed dog is welcome in other parts of the county park, and the many miles of hiking trails make for more than a single day of outdoor adventure with your canine companion.