As a part of Hempstead, the hamlet of Baldwin rests on the South Shore of Long Island, NY, about 30 miles east of the pumping pulse of New York City. Although it's not as exquisite or densely populated as the Big Apple, Baldwin features a number of public recreation areas and relatively pet-friendly surroundings, complete with nice shops and eateries to explore with your pup. The health of local pups is ensured by the two veterinary hospitals in the area.
Baldwin doesn't have any dog parks, but its downtown area is home to many public parks where leashed pooches can accompany their owners for an outdoor adventure. Silver Lake Park is a super simple, but extremely clean, facility for a morning jog or an enjoyable stroll along the walking trails. Milburn Creek Park is another furrific alternative, offering a 24-acre, shaded spot with half-mile walking trails and a boat launch.
But the locals’ favorite is Baldwin Park, featuring two soccer fields and extensive recreation lawns where you and Fido can relax, share a picnic, or just people-watch. If picnicking is not an option, Blue Moon’s traditional Italian treats are waiting for you at the outdoor tables. This Fido-friendly eatery is located just a skip and a hop away in the village of Rockville Centre.
The southern outskirts of Hempstead are a great place to bring a pooch for a good run! Situated on the banks of Hempstead Lake and within walking distance from Southern State Parkway, Hempstead Lake State Park is a pawesome state park with open space and a special field for pups. It's called The Dog Area, and it's located near South Pond. This is where your mutt can go wild splashing with canine friends, or rushing to the water to catch the stick you just threw. If you want to socialize and have fun in the rest of the area, leash up your pup and start your adventure along the walking trails.
The eastern part of Bay Park is almost entirely occupied by Bay Park Water Reclamation Facility. If you're passing through along the banks of the Mill River, you'll be happy to know there's a furrific park nearby where you and Fido can stretch your legs. Bay Park Dog Park is set not far from the intersection of Harbor Road and Marjorie Lane. This dog park is a fun, fenced spot for off-leash games and chases. Or, if you're just looking for a quick walk, hit the walking trail here. Be sure to bring water and waste baggies along.
If you travel east of Baldwin along Merrick Road, you'll pass through Merrick and Bellmore before eventually finding a furrific spot for off-leash fun! Cedar Creek Park is located in the western part of Seaford, near the Wantagh State Parkway. The cool shade trees in this park provide the pawfect respite from big city living. The best part about this park, though, is its off-leash dog run! This fenced facility is perfect for active pooches who enjoy digging up the dirt and chasing some new canine companions! There's plenty of seating for humans, but the water system is out of order, so be sure to bring some with you.
Wantagh Park is a major recreation area in the city, occupying a significant part of South Wantagh. Here, you'll find multiple athletic fields and playgrounds, a fishing pier, and even an outdoor pool! Off-leash fun for pooches is also included. Dogs rule in a designated area where off-leash rules are the only rules! This spacious dog park is one of the favorite places among locals, who happily welcome newcomers into their lovely little pack. If your small pal is not into socializing, there is a separate small dog area where you and your furry friend can enjoy some one-on-one time.
The huge area of Eisenhower Park is located within walking distance of Westbury’s downtown and a short ride northeast of Hempstead. Offering more than 930 acres of open space complete with venues for public events and movies under the sky in summer, the park also features plenty of outdoor activities, golf courses, and even a small but very clean dog park. The designated dog area occupies almost 2 grassy acres, and provides drinking water for pooches and seating for humans. Join the frequent visitors to have a chat or play ball together!