Located just northeast of the city of Buffalo and east of Niagara Falls, Lockport, New York offers several amenities for pets and their parents. The city was founded in 1824 and is the fastest growing community in upstate New York. Lockport is a friendly community that attracts young families, many of whom share their lives with furry companions. With seven veterinary clinics, making sure your four-legged friend stays healthy is a breeze.
When you’re looking forward to getting out of the city for a day, the Town of Lockport Nature Trail is the perfect place to visit with your dog. Leashed pets are welcome to enjoy this trail, which winds through miles of wooded areas, wildflowers and waterfalls. The peaceful stream provides a place for your pup to cool off, and benches placed along the trail give pet parents a place to relax and unwind.
Lockport is also home to numerous hotels and restaurants that welcome dogs. Whether you are a local or just passing through, stop by Scripts Café, New York Beer Project or any of the other area restaurants with Fido-friendly outdoor seating.
With several pet-friendly parks, trails, restaurants and hotels, Lockport is a town that knows how to make dogs feel welcome.
When you are in Lockport’s City Center and you’re looking for a place to enjoy a relaxing meal where your pet will feel welcome, check out Garlock’s Restaurant or Molinaro’s. Garlock’s Restaurant is an American steakhouse with a tavern feel and features outdoor seating where your dog can join you for a delectable meal. If you are in the mood for pizza, calzones or Italian fare, visit Molinaro’s. Molinaro’s has six dog-friendly outdoor tables, and serves up everything from shrimp scampi and veal marsala to wings and other casual fare. No matter which restaurant you choose, you won’t go away hungry!
Have a tail-waggin’ good time in Lockport’s Canalside neighborhood when you visit the Canalway Trail – Erie Canal Heritage Trail. Part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, this trail spans an incredible 279.5 miles from Buffalo to Albany, and passes through Lockport. Along the way, you’ll see some of the original locks the town is named for, as well as a modern lock that is in operation today. If your journey works up an appetite, stop by Scripts Café. This restaurant has dog-friendly outdoor seating and offers up a variety of sandwiches, soups, coffee and delectable baked treats. There are even vegetarian options.
Spend a day hiking with your canine companion at Rolin T. Grant Gulf Wilderness Park in Lockport’s North Park region. This park features four interconnected trails that form loops, with each loop spanning approximately 1.5 miles. There are a few bridges, a waterfall and plenty of beautiful scenery. There are also benches where you can sit, relax and take in nature. This little park is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a short hike. Leashed dogs are welcome, as long as they are cleaned up after. Make note that there are no trashcans and cleanup supplies are not provided.
Located just 10 miles south of Lockport, Amherst’s Swormville neighborhood is a pawfect destination for pups and their parents. Stop by The Paw Park, one of the area’s most popular off-leash dog parks. There, you will find separate fenced-in areas for large and small dogs. Doggy visitors must be licensed, vaccinated and spayed or neutered. Water is available on-site, but pet parents are encouraged to bring their own water dishes. The park is open daily from dusk to dawn, and cleanup bags are provided to help keep the area tidy. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, your dog will have a pup-tastic time at The Paw Park!
Approximately 18 miles southwest of Lockport, the Parkview neighborhood in Tonawanda is home to a truly unique canine destination. Ellicott Island Park is an amazing off-leash park that is situated on an island. There is more than enough room for dogs to run and even a few doggy beaches where your dog can take a dip. Cleanup bags and water are provided, and there are restrooms and picnic tables for pet parents. There’s even a small outdoor library and a paw wash station. This is one truly amazing park that you need check out when you’re in the area!