East Setauket is a quaint community located in northern Long Island. Founded in the late 1600s, this area is historically significant, and has a few places listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. You won't want to miss the Old Setauket Historic District, which contains a few intact structures from the original settlement, including the Setauket Presbyterian Church and Burial Ground.
Today, East Setauket -- which is often called "the Setaukets" by locals -- is primarily residential, and is located on the outskirts of larger commercial cities like Port Jefferson. When it comes to quality vet care, you won't even have to travel outside of the borough -- there are several veterinary clinics and pet health centers that will take good care of your four-legged baby.
If you're looking to chow down with your hound during your stay, you'll have plenty of places to do so! Setauket Pastaria is an upscale spot to take your dashing dog on a dinner date! Fancy something a little different? Head to Curry Club, where you can enjoy your favorite Indian entrees. Leashes and good behavior are required at both establishments. Bone Appetit!
Around 27 miles away from East Setauket, across the East River in Connecticut, is where you'll find The Cascades at Lake Mohegan. This North Fairfield park is the perfect place to let Fido enjoy some off-leash playtime! Locals pawsitively love this park, and often tout that it's one of the best in the area. The trails here surround the lake and a waterfall, which makes for the perfect photo opportunity! After your walk, you can rest at the picnic tables if it feels like your dog has been walking you. You'll need to bring your own waste bags to keep this natural oasis clean. Visitors note that the dog park is very busy on weekends, so plan accordingly if you have a shy pup.
Twenty-eight miles away from East Setauket, you'll find the extremely dog-friendly Gardiner County Park. This park is located in West Bay Shore and offers many trails that you can explore with your pooch. The park includes waste stations and a water doggie fountain -- the only thing you need to bring is some waste baggies (and plenty of energy to play, of course!). On most of the trails, your pup has to be leashed. It can get pretty muddy here, and there are lots of bugs, so make sure you wear the proper attire and bring some bug spray. The trails are mostly shaded, and at the end of one of the trails, you'll find a beach where Fido can swim! Don't fur-get to pack a towel!
In the mood to enjoy some sand, sun, and surf? Head to Jennings Dog Beach, one of the only dog-friendly beaches in the region. The beach is around 26 miles away from East Setauket, in East Fairfield. From October 1st to March 31st, this beach is the only off-leash beach in the area where your pup can dig in the sand and chase the waves! You'll have to clean up after your pooch, so make sure you bring some waste baggies. Your pup must be well-behaved and responsive to voice commands. Make sure you bring some water with you as well, and get ready for a pawesome day at the beach!
For the more outdoorsy type of people (and pups) that want to hike and explore wooded areas, the Stump Pond Loop Trail is a perfect choice. It is around 13 miles away from East Setauket, in Blydenburgh Park. This hike is long approximately 4.5 miles and can be finished in around 2 hours. People and pups of all ages and abilities can enjoy this trail! This trail also welcomes horse riders, so make sure Fido plays well with other species before visiting. The trails wind throughout forested areas and around a freshwater pond. Dogs must be leashed at all times on these trails.
Winslow Dog Park is a large park located in the heart of Westport, around 33 miles away from East Setauket. There is an off-leash area where you can let your pup roam free, or you can explore the park's many trails as long as your pooch stays on-leash. Either way, the park offers a lot for you and your four-legged buddy, such as fields, gardens, a picnic area, and walking/biking trails. There are benches situated throughout the park where you and Fido can rest up, but you'll need to bring water and waste baggies. This grassy park has plenty of trees for shade, so you can visit no matter the weather!