In a city that is so close to Niagara Falls, it’s no surprise that there is plenty to do with your furry friend. Buffalo, New York boasts several dog parks, pet-friendly hotels and restaurants, and of course, days out for the family and pets of all kinds.
One of the best dog parks to see is the Barkyard. It is a relatively new dog park in Buffalo, completed in 2009, with over 70,000 square feet for your dog to run free. They also have walking paths and picnic shelters for warmer weather and water bowls along the way. This is just one of around ten dog parks to choose from in the Buffalo area.
If you want to get out and explore some nature or if you are more of a history buff, take your pet to Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Society. This location doubles as a museum and state park. There are plenty of walking paths for you and your pet to explore while learning all there is to know about former President Roosevelt.
Once a year, there is a summer event for dogs and their humans. Northtown Subaru Dog Days is a great festival to check out for canine carers. There are contests, games, booths, food, and fun to be had by all. Best of all: it is free!
If staying in the Buffalo area for a while, stay in one of the modern rooms at Candlewood Suites. They have both short and extended stay rooms. Buffalo has many other hotels that offer pet-friendly rooms all over the city. When you are ready for a "bite" (with Fido!) to eat, stop by Chow Chocolat for some gourmet chocolates and a coffee while you sit outside with your furry friend enjoying the brisk, Buffalo air. If you want something more substantial, O3 Downtown offers clean and organic dishes and welcomes you and your pet on their terrace.
Buffalo Dog Park at LaSalle Park is a lovely park to take your pup to for some great off-leash endeavors. This pawsome park backs up to a lake, which means your dog will be splashing around for hours. The park also has clean-up bags and a water fountain for your dog to stay hydrated, and locals love how big and well maintained Buffalo Dog Park is. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, head over to Resurgence Brewing Company, a great restaurant that offers seasonal and year-around craft beer, plus pizza and burritos. Resurgence Brewing Company also doesn’t mind if your dog eats with you outside in their beer garden.
Wilkenson Pointe Park is perfect to take your dog for some awesome adventuring. Wilkenson Pointe Park has almost everything you’re looking for, including walking paths, water fountains, kayak and bike rentals, a beer garden, and to top it all off, a beach to play on! Your dog needs to stay on leash while at the park, but are more than welcome to join you where you go. If you’re hungry, then check out The Mahony which serves delicious American and International dishes. They offer anything from specialty sandwiches to burgers, and welcome your dog at their outdoor tables. If you’re looking for a place with amazing drinks, then head over to Lockhouse Distillery. This distillery offers fine artisan spirits with an emphasis on fresh, and loves when your dog joins you in their patio.
Elmwood Village is full of dog-friendly restaurants that your pup is dying to go to. If Japanese is on the menu. then check out Sato Japanese. Their outdoor patio is dog-friendly, and the waiters will even bring fresh water out for you pup. Café Aroma is your go-to for Italian dishes, or if you’re looking for more of a casual joint, then head over to Gino’s NY Pizza. While you and the pup head over to grab food, make sure to wander down Bidwell Parkway. This street is named after Daniel Davidson Bidwell who activated Buffalo’s first pre-civil-war militia and started the city’s police force.
If you and your dog are wandering downtown, be sure to stop in one of the dog-friendly restaurants along the way. Sidelines Sports Bar and Grill is a casual restaurant that serves amazing pub grub. Grab a burger or sandwich and enjoy it with you dog at one of their outdoor tables. D’Arcy McGee’s Irish Pub has plenty of outdoor seating for you and your dog, and they serve amazing food. You and your dog can browse their menu and decide between steaks, fish, chicken, or salad and maybe even split something. Prima Pizza Pasta serves your classic Italian food, but also offers tacos and wings. They have an outdoor patio that welcomes your dog while you enjoy your meal.
Lakeview is home to The Barkyard, a pawsome dog park that is separated by large and small breeds, and each section has a water fountain and clean-up bags for your pooch. There is also plenty of shade for both owners and dogs to enjoy, plus benches for owners to sit on and watch their dog have a great time. The park is mainly grass and has plenty of space for fetch. If the two of you work up an appetite at the park, then head over to Melting Point. Melting Point is an awesome restaurant that serves grilled cheeses, and enjoys when your dog joins you at one of their outdoor tables.