Jutting out from the mainland, Rockaway Park is a neighborhood on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. The land mass creates a separation between the ferocious Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica Bay. To the west, you’ll find the neighborhood of Belle Harbor while, just across its eastern boundary, you’ll find Rockaway Beach.
For animal services, you have just a few options in Rockaway Park. The Animal Hospital of the Rockaways can be found on Beach Channel Drive, right on the coast. This is where you’ll take your pooch if they’re feeling under the weather and the team here will work hard to make them right as rain. For pet store and grooming services, it's likely you’ll have to head off this secluded peninsula onto mainland Queens or across the Flatbush Avenue Bridge into Brooklyn. Mill Basin and Marine Park have a wealth of amenities available to you and in New York City, you're never far from everything you need.
The Rockaways Peninsula as a whole is a thin strip of land that juts out from the larger part of Queens. If you head to the area, you’ll see for yourself that this is not a mountainous island surrounded by the ocean, but instead, has very flat terrain, just like how a pontoon juts out from a beach. This makes traversing the land very easy. You’ll be able to walk from one end of the Rockaways to the other without encountering the slightest incline.
Furthermore, the small area of land that Rockaway Park sits on means that there isn’t much space for wide-open terrain and natural habitats. The majority of the neighborhood is made up of residential streets which span from coast to coast. However, its waterside location also means you never feel far from nature. Just stare out into the open Atlantic Ocean if you’re looking to enjoy some wild terrain.
As previously mentioned, the Rockaways has limited space and a large number of residents and businesses to house, therefore, there aren’t many large greenways directly within the neighborhood. However, Rockaway Park is only a short distance from the largest greenway in the borough of Brooklyn: Marine Park. To visit this vast natural habitat, head west on Beach Channel Drive and across the bridge on Flatbush Avenue. Here, you’ll find a vast array of stunningly wild terrains from grasslands to forests to wetlands. This is the perfect place to bring your doggie pal for the ultimate escape from city life.
If you’re looking to stay on the Peninsula, head to Jacob Riis Park. Here, you’ll find a sandy beach, a sparkling ocean, and plenty of space. Your pooch will love exploring and, on a sunny day, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation in this glorious park. Locals report the water to be clean and the cafes nearby to be of top quality.