Bridgeport, NY is a primarily residential area located 15 miles northeast of Syracuse. Its population is just shy of 1,500 people, which means this hamlet is as cozy as they come, and there aren't very many dog-friendly things to do and see here. Luckily, everything you and Fido could want or need is just a short drive away. There are 20 local veterinary clinics and pet-friendly hotels that allow 1 to 2 pets in the surrounding areas. You’ll also find more than 50 pet-friendly restaurants in a 20-mile radius.
What makes Bridgeport the pawfect place to raise a doggie family, though, is its proximity to sprawling natural wonders like Lake Oneida and large wildlife management areas. Hounds that love to hike will go mutts for all the sights and smells they'll encounter here! If you plan to explore the lake or the nearby nature preserves, practice good "petiquette" and bring plenty of doggie waste bags so you can clean up after your pal.
For more opportunities for fun, hop in the car and take a quick trip down to Syracuse, where you'll find so many dog-friendly things to do that you won't know where to go first! If you and your pup love being close to both the great outdoors and the big city, Bridgeport is a furrific place to hang your hat!
Cicero Swamp Wildlife Management Area is the place to go if you and your furry friend want to make an adventure outside of the typical dog park in the city. The 3787 acres lies right outside Bridgeport. Admission is free, and you and you pooch have access to an endless number of hiking trails. Other activities that are popular include bird watching, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting, fishing and trapping. The Cicero Swamp is open year-round, but know that there are no public bathrooms. As for your pooch, leave him on a leash. And as always, be sure to clean up after Fido!
Looking for someplace you and you furry loved one can take a long walk? Canalway Trail - Old Erie Canal State Park is a part of the 1,600 rail-trails that used to be railroad corridors. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that works to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors, is a major supporter. The entire trail stretches 279.5 miles and goes through 13 different New York counties. The trail passes through East Syracuse, about 10 miles south of Bridgeport. The park offers other activities, too, such as, picnicking, canoeing, bicycling, fishing, horseback riding and snowmobiling. The park is open year-round.
Rotary's Canine Corral at Chapman Park is a classic dog park experience and the only one you’ll find in the city. Two separate gated areas -- one for smaller dogs, one for larger dogs – allow your canine to fit in and roam freely, regardless of size. After you pup gets some exercise in the off-leash park, sit down at one of the picnic areas for a nice lunch together and enjoy the Upstate New York air. There are also public bathrooms and benches. While you dog enjoys some off-leash fun, you can admire the gorgeous views of Oneida Lake. Chapman Park is open daily from 9 AM to 8 PM.
Green Lakes State Park remains a favorite place to go for dog walkers. The well-maintained trails around the parks two glacial lakes are so breathtaking, your pup might even pause to take in its glory. Dogs are welcome, as long as they are on the leash. There’s plenty to do while you’re at the park with your pooch. Go swimming, boating, or snowshoeing! If you’re planning to host a party, you can rent a pup-friendly shelter; if you plan to camp, you’ll find affordable campsites starting at $16 a night. The park is open Sunday through Saturday, 8 AM to 4 PM
Bring your hound to get some delicious pizza and pasta at one of the few pup-friendly pizza joints in the area, Paladino's Cicero Pizza. It’s just about four miles from downtown Bridgeport. Sit at one of the four canine-welcoming tables outside and dig into one of the popular slices of pizza, a hot sub or a calzone. Their chicken wings are pretty much delicious, too, no matter how you like them cooked or smothered. Paladino's Cicero Pizza is open Monday from 4 PM to 9 PM, Tuesday through Thursday from 11 AM to 9 PM, and Friday through Saturday from 11 AM to 10 PM.