Rockaway Park is a charming neighborhood in Queens, situated between Jamaica Bay at the North and the Atlantic Ocean to the South. It is hard to imagine why you wouldn't walk on the beautiful sandy beach if you were going to take your dog for a walk in this neighborhood, but there are other attractive places for you to walk your dog as well. On the bay side, a lovely sidewalk runs along the water with a wide grassy space with shrubbery between the road and the sidewalk. This is a lovely place to walk your dog and enjoy the breezes coming off the bay.
Walking down the neighborhood streets of Rockaway Park pleasant as well, with the simple apartment buildings or two to three-story family homes that are closely spaced. Although there is not much sidewalk along these neighborhood streets and there is no divider between sidewalk and road, because many streets are dead ends going to the ocean you can still enjoy walking down the street without being concerned about traffic.
There is no question that the most attractive terrain for walking in Rockaway Park is the gorgeous wide sandy beach that borders the neighborhood all along one side. A nice walkway borders the beach most of the way so that you can still enjoy being near the beach without walking on the sand if you don't want to. A sandy beach like this is an awesome place to walk your dog, especially if your dog has any joint problems or is expected to develop joint problems later in life, since the low impact and high resistance of sand is wonderful for building the kind of muscle that can cure and prevent joint problems while providing exercise that does not aggravate those problems.
If you would rather not walk on the beach, there is lovely bayside walking as well, with the pathway along a planted divider that goes most of the length of the bay. This walk is a great place to enjoy breezes coming off the bay and let your dog walk on a loose leash.
The beach of Rockaway Park provides a wonderful natural place to explore with your dog. Every day the beach brings new things to fascinate your dog. Every piece of driftwood and debris that washes up will give your dog something new to experience, as well as providing interesting stimulus for your dog to manipulate and carry around. You will be amazed at the fun your dog can have with a bit of driftwood! You are also very likely to see wildlife like ocean birds and other sea life while walking along the beach.
If you would like a nice place to visit along the bayside, there is a charming little well-planted park with a rocky beach for you to explore with your dog. For a more natural experience, cross the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge and explore Sunset Cove Park. While part of this park is devoted to sports fields, there is also a gorgeous little beach, natural waterway, and forested and boggy areas for you to explore.