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Elmira's dogs are living the good life. The town manages to combine the amenities and perks of modern life with a respect for its history. This leads to some of the best parks in the state, and happy dogs. There are three vets in Elmira to ensure that good health is part of the package as well.
Celebrate your Elmira adventure with a trip to the Turtle Leaf Cafe! This Elmira favorite serves fast, casual, and fresh foods, from artisan paninis to burgers that will make your mouth water.
Hathorn Park is a great park with a playground and picnic area ready for eager paws and sniffing noses. It’s a great place to slow down and really enjoy your day. Finish your walk with a relaxing roll in the grass, or a few minutes sitting on a bench.
If you’re looking for something a little livelier, the Ernie Davis Park is popular with kids and families. Take your children to the playground and your friendly dog will love to people-watch the crowds!
Dog-friendly hotels are common in Elmira, where Econo Lodge Elmira and Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview both offer comfortable rooms for good rates, plus a small pet fee. Book a few nights, because there’s more to Elmira than you can see in a day!
Eldridge Park in Oak Hills is a huge park with a colorful past! Back in the early 1900s, Eldridge Park was a 15 acre amusement park. Traces of its history have been preserved, even though today it’s a sprawling and beautiful public park. The best part? The Eldridge Dog Park located inside the larger Eldridge Park, so keep your dog on leash until you get there. It’s made up of two fully fenced areas for large and small dogs play in! Bring your own bowl, because the park does lack dog accessible drinking fountains!
Grove Park is a community gathering point within the Grove Park neighborhood. The actual park is a large space that responds to community needs. There’s a lot of playground equipment, but the park gives equal space to sports fields and even leaves some areas undeveloped. It feels like you’re not even in busy Elmira anymore! If you want a slightly smaller park with a similar feel, Pulaski Park is another option. Dogs aren’t allowed on the splash pad, but the rest of the park is open! Finish with dinner at Central Hots. This restaurant serves classic American food, from burgers and fries to wings and more on their dog-friendly, outdoor patio.
Wisner Park in West Elmira is an oasis in the middle of a bustling neighborhood. With all that’s regularly going on in the park, it’s still a great place to relax on your own. Following the sidewalks through the park will lead you in a loop close to the edge; just cut across if you want to cut your walk short! Contrary to the name, Blandford Park is extremely interesting! This park has recently updated play equipment and a field set up for softball or soccer. Your dog will love walking along the paths or sniffing through the grass. Bring your own water bowl to help your pup drink from the fountains!
The Katy Leary Park combines a lot of great things into one park experience. The only one that your dog can’t enjoy is the community gardens. Your dog is still welcome to look on from a distance! In addition to the community garden, Katy Leary has sports fields, a picnic area, and a nice bike trail you can explore! Brand Park is another big draw in the area. It has multiple baseball fields, a pavilion with extensive picnic options, and other sports fields. This all translates into tons of space to walk. Distance loving dogs will love Brand Park, because there’s so much to see that their human stays entertained and they get a longer outing.
The historic Miller Pond neighborhood of Elmira wouldn’t be complete without Millers Pond Park. This park offers amazing views of the historic pond in question. Unfortunately, everyone has to stay out of the water, dogs included, but there’s still plenty to explore. This park is mostly green space with simple walking trails. It preserves the history of the area while offering an escape from overly manicured, sports-oriented parks. If your goal is to take your dog back to nature for a stroll, Millers Pond Park is the place to go! Dogs have to be on leash in the park, and you should bring your own water to share.
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