Farmingville, New York is located on central Long Island, about one hour from Manhattan. It’s within easy driving distance of popular tourist destinations, such as Fire Island and Montauk. Classified as a hamlet, Farmingville is part of the larger town of Brookhaven, along with 50 other hamlets and nine villages. This cluster of suburban areas means that there’s no shortage of urban amenities for doggos, including two veterinarians right in Farmingville. The hamlet is also close to many natural areas, including parks, trails, and beaches that welcome pups.
Talke your pup for a walk in the Farmingville Hills County Park which boasts 102 forested acres that has two short, looping trails, each about 1.2 miles long. Leashed doggos are welcome to explore the park and trails, but do bring along water and waste bags.
If you’re looking for a place to relax and cool down after your hike, check out Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices. This tiny, but beloved sweet shop offers over 150 flavors of Italian ices and cream ices, as well as a small selection of ice creams and sundaes. Your doggo is welcome to join you at the pet-friendly outdoor tables. And if you’re looking for a place to hang your leash for the night, the Residence Inn by Marriott Long Island Holtsville provides spacious, pet-friendly accommodations just five minutes away.
This fur-iendly neighborhood in Patchogue is the place to start if you and your pup are venturing to Fire Island. Well known for its beaches, Fire Island is located off the South Shore of Long Island. There are a few ways to get to there, but it’s best to start at the Fire Island National Seashore. Headquarters staff can help you plan your visit to the island, and planning is crucial. Leashed pups are welcome, but depending on the time of year, access may be restricted in some areas. Once you have a plan mapped out, you can hop on one of this community's ferries to Fire Island. The ferries accept canine passengers for a small fee. Make sure you take along water and waste bags.
Getting to the puptastic community of Bay Shore on Fire Island is half the fun. Although you can drive there via the William Floyd Parkway, why not take a ferry? Vehicular access is restricted on the island anyway. In Patchogue, which is just ten minutes from Farmingville, you and your doggo can catch the ferry to Davis Park. Starting there, follow Dune Walk to Watch Hill, where leashed pups can romp on the bayside beach or join you in the concession area. If you and your doggo need a break from walking, hop on the Fire Island Water Taxi, which will deliver you to another beach to explore.
The area around Farmingville has lots of options for fun outdoor activities with your doggo, but sometimes low-key activities are just what the pupper ordered. If that’s the case, head over to Sayville’s Town Center community, where there are four fur-iendly restaurants. For your entree, visit either Cull House for seafood, Five Points Cafe for burgers and sandwiches, or Bistro 25 for casual gourmet dining. For dessert or a snack, head to Carvel Ice Cream. All four eateries have dog-friendly outdoor seating. If you’re up for adventure too, hop on the Sayville Ferry Service. You can certainly take a jaunt over to Fire Island to explore, but why not just make a round trip on the ferry and enjoy the breezes off the bay with your pup?