Wayne, New Jersey is a great town to explore with Fido in tow. From the many lakes and streams to the bustling downtown streets, there's a ton to get out and see!
If you're in the mood to relax and play at a dog park, you will not be disappointed! Wayne offers several pet-friendly parks. Wayne Dog Park, a free park open from dawn to dusk daily, has a fenced-in gravel area for dogs to socialize, along with water and doggie bags.
There's also Terhune Park, an on-leash park with wide, grassy spaces and paths through the woods. This peaceful park is beautifully situated right next to a lake, offering scenic views and a chance to glimpse the wildlife. It's also the final resting place of some very notable dogs, including the Wayne Police Department's fallen canine members, and "Lad," who was the inspiration for "Lassie"!
In addition, Wayne offers a dog park with two separate large and small dog areas at the Friends & Family Park. Use of this park requires a $5 one-time fee and paperwork proving vaccination status. There are also several great nature trails in the area, like at "Joe D" Memorial Park, or Laurelwood Arboretum, a 30-acre botanical property that welcomes on-leash dogs.
Wayne Dog Park, located inside Wayne Friends and Family Park, is a great place for dogs to kick up their heels and run like the wind! The park is a large, fenced enclosure. There are drinking fountains and bags for cleaning up. The park is paved with pea gravel. While this doesn’t bother most dogs, you should watch your pet’s paws so he won’t have to pause his playtime due to an injury. Wayne Friends and Family Park is a great place to walk dogs who need more distance to work off their energy.
Wayne’s major residential neighborhood houses permanent residents and university students in a tiny radius. Where space is at a premium, dog lovers can feel their pooches are being crowded out--except at Bensi Ristorante. Bensi Ristorante welcomes dogs at their outdoor tables, where you and your best friend can share a slice, salad, sandwich, and more. Water bowls and ice are provided upon request. The people watching from the outdoor tables can’t be beat. The central placement of this restaurant makes Bensi Ristorante a favorite in this busy Wayne neighborhood.
High Mountain Reserve Park will make your dog sit up and beg to be taken again. Located near the William Patterson University of New Jersey’s Wayne Campus, in the William U neighborhood, this reserve park contains miles of trails and amazing views. Clip on your dog’s leash and climb to the peak of High Mountain for breathtaking views of Newark and Manhattan. As tempting as the remote location is, keep your dog on-leash, as the trails near the summit are some of the most popular mountain biking trails in the area.