New Hyde Park, NY is a truly unique area. Walking through the town, it’s hard to believe you’re only fifteen miles from Manhattan! Downtown, you’ll find a wide variety of locally owned businesses, some of which have been in the hands of the same family for generations. There’s a real village vibe here, with all of the community spirit that brings, and many civic events take place at the historic New Hyde Park Inn. There’s even a vegetable show, where residents can show off their home-grown produce! There are three veterinary clinics in town to look after your furry friend, with 24-hour care available in Westbury.
There’s no dedicated dog park in New Hyde Park, and many parks in Nassau County ban pups altogether. There’s good news though -- since spring of 2016, several parks have been opened up to leashed pooches! As any pooch-loving New Yorker knows, transportation can be an issue when sniffing out off-leash adventures. Long Island is fairly car-friendly, but if you need to take the subway, your fur baby can only travel if they’re in a crate or carrier. There are ways around this rule, and you may be treated to the amusing sight of commuters with 50 lb. pups strapped to their backs! However, you might have take a taxi if your canine companion can’t be caged.
While Michael J. Tully Park doesn't have an actual dog park, it does have the advantage of being one of the few pooch-friendly places just within walking distance of New Hyde Park. You might not be able to let your furry friend run free, but there’s still plenty of space for on-leash exercise! The many sports fields make this green space a local favorite, but you and your pup will need to keep to the paved pathways or risk a fine. Remember to bring your own water and bags!
The Little Bay Dog Run off Cross Island Pkway in Bay Terrace is a true gem. Make no bones about it, your pooch will love the sheer size of this well-proportioned park! There are large structures for shade, so you can let your furry friend run free without worrying about them overheating in the summer months. Owners will appreciate the ample seating and plentiful parking, as well as the stunning views over the Throgs Neck Bridge. While you’re in the area, why not stop by Fort Totten Park? Cultured canines might get a kick out of this former civil war fortress, which welcomes pets on-leash.