Not only is Queens the largest borough in New York City, it is also very pet friendly. No bones about it, people living in Queens love their four legged friends.
Don’t be fooled by the hustle and bustle of this thriving borough; there are acres and acres of natural space perfect for canine exploring. Numerous parks and miles of trails provide ample room for walking your furry BFF. Forest Park, Cunningham Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park and Kissena Park are just a few of the pupperific options.
If your pooch prefers an off leash experience, don’t worry, Queens has her covered. With over a dozen dog runs to choose from, she’s sure to find the right play area. Dog runs serve as local canine gathering spots so there’s plenty of opportunity for doggy socialization.
Stroll around neighborhoods such as Sunnyside, Astoria or Jamaica Estates to get a feel for urban living. Or take your leashed pup around Jackson Heights and Woodside to sample some of best food in the area. Your four legged pal will appreciate the chance to soak up the city vibe.
No matter what you decide to do, your pup will feel right at home in this major Muttropolis.
Wood Haven is home to Forest Park. Dogs living in the city love to escape to this forested area to get out of the hustle and bustle. This massive park is over 500 acres and has hilly terrain. Trails range from a mile to 2.5 miles and wander through native hardwood trees and small ponds. The eastern part of the park has some bridle paths and a stable for hiring horses, so be sure to keep your pup on a leash at all times. If she’s anxious for some off-leash time, stop by the Forest Park Dog Run where she can romp and play in the safety of this fenced area. She’ll be tuckered out when it’s time to head home!
Is your dog’s collar a little worn out? Does he need some new toys? Take a trip to Wespaw Pets in Sunnyside Gardens. You’ll find shelves stocked with food, supplements, treats and pet accessories. Pick up everything your furry friend needs from this shop. After your shopping trip, take your leashed pooch over to Doughboy Plaza. The unique name comes from the park’s statue of an American infantryman, previously known as a doughboy. Visit the Doughboy Park Dog Run to let your pup run free. She’ll love the chance to stretch her four legs while meeting new friends. Throw a ball or just let her explore the park. No bones about it, she’ll love a trip to this park!
Schedule a date with your four legged friend and head over to the Sherry Park Dog Run. Located in Woodside, this popular off-leash area is the perfect spot to let your pooch expend some energy. He can enjoy socializing with other dogs, or just sniff around the dirt and tree area. During the hot months, the park also has a hose and kiddie pools for splashing and cooling off. When your pup is finished playing, stop by to Sean Og Tavern for a bite to eat. This Irish pub is fun place to chow down on some bangers and mash or chicken curry. Four legged guests are welcome in the outdoor seating area.
After spending a day lying around, your dog will appreciate a trip to the Little Bay Park Dog Run. This park provides plenty of space for your canine companion to let loose and play, and even provides small dogs their own section of the park. She’ll meet new four legged friends and maybe enjoy a game of chase. When she’s thirsty, guide her to the doggy water fountain for a drink. Little Bay Park is adjacent to the Dog Run, and is a delightful place for a waterfront walk and view of Throgs Neck Bridge. Dogs must be leashed in this area. Also, be sure to visit the nearby Fort Totten. This park surrounds a Civil War Fortress and can be accessed year round. It’s a puptastic place to take your leashed pup!