Schenectady is a dog-lover’s dream town. With everything from parks, to walking trails, hotels, and restaurants, Schenectady has dog-friendly attractions at every level. The question isn’t how are you going to find something to do in Schenectady with your dog, but how will you ever choose? And Schenectady’s seven veterinary clinics and animal hospitals ensure your pup can get any help he needs on this adventure!
Hillhurst Park in Schenectady makes a great gathering spot. You can spend the day grilling at their cookout spots, or just pop by for a quick walk. There's also a playground and a public pool in the park, making this a great destination for families--though dogs aren't allowed to go swimming.
If the only thing your dog needs to have a good time is space, the Grout Athletic Field is where you should go. This park pairs sports fields back to back, creating a huge green space in the middle of Schenectady. Walking laps at this park is a great way to burn off a lot of energy ASAP!
Wake up on the right side of the bed when you go to sleep in Schenectady! Your dog can join you, for a small pet fee, at great hotels like Days Inn Schenectady and Super 8 Schenectady Albany Area.
Schenectady's dog-loving ways mean you and your pup will always have choices!
Steinmetz Park in Shepherd North Side is a local gathering place. The park does have a small playground with climbing equipment for children, but the main draw is the open space. Let your leashed dog follow his nose to every corner of this park for a real walkabout. If your dog hates crowds, head a little deeper into Shepherd North Side to find Kailberg Park. This simple park is all open space, and it’s a much smaller--and less popular--park in the area. Kailberg Park lacks the amenities of Steinmetz, so be sure to bring your own supplies if you’re planning to spend the afternoon.
Riverside Park in Schenectady’s bustling Stockade neighborhood offers unparalleled views of the water. The bike paths runs along the riverbank. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you on the path, just remember to share the road! If you’ve worked up an appetite, Wolff’s Biergarten is a dog-friendly place to eat right nearby! Wolff’s serves up authentic German sausages and other classics. They also serve beer--by the bottle, can, and on tap! Try their suggested pairings or branch out into one of the dozens of beers this restaurant offers. Dogs are welcome to join you on the patio, and can enjoy complimentary ice water!
Vale Park in the Vale and Eastern Avenue neighborhood is a community area. This park is great for bringing children to the playground, enjoying sports, or just walking your dog. Leash up and hit the walking trails for an easy path near the water that can burn off some of that pup energy. This neighborhood is also home to two dog friendly restaurants. Puzzles Bakery and Cafe is a cozy bakery with dog friendly outdoor seating. Get a great sandwich, fresh baked goods, and a cup of coffee that will make you wag your trail. MORE Perreca’s is an Italian restaurant with soulful, authentic food. Open for lunch and dinner, this restaurant’s outdoor seating is perfect for your pet.
Hamilton Hill brings two great parks together. Start your day in the Jerry Burrell Park. This park has everything that kids want and dogs need. There’s a playground, but also basketball courts and biking paths. Your dog will love to explore the green fields or go for a brisk walk with you! This park does host a lot of community events, so be prepared to lead a shy dog away from the festivities. For a more mature crowd, Schenectady Park is the place to be. This park is all benches, fields, open space, and walking trails. It’s great for dogs and people who want to work up a sweat in peace.
Central Park is a pawsome spot. It has everything you want: many sports fields and courts, an ample playground, and plenty of bathrooms and drinking fountains. All of that doesn’t matter to your furry friend, however. The Central Park Dog Playground located inside Central Park, on the other hand, is a slice of heaven in Schenectady for pups. This large, fenced in, off leash area is a treat that will make your pup sit up and beg. With space to run and play with the neighborhood dogs, this dog park also boasts agility equipment to get your dog moving!