The name of this New York town comes from the word Tahnawá teh, which means "confluent stream" in the Tuscarora language. A not-so-fun fact about this town is that it's the birthplace of Richard Matt, a famous serial killer who performed one of the most elaborate prison escapes from a maximum security prison.
When it comes to dogs, Tonawanda is incredibly welcoming of our canine buddies. The city has five veterinary hospitals that will be there for your pup if he needs medical assistance. If you like your barbecue Deep Purple style, head to Smoke on the Water, where pups are welcome! Another dog-friendly place in town is the Raintree Bar and Grill. If you and your pup are sports fans, check out the local Buffalo Wild Wings.
The only place in Tonawanda where you can stay with your pup, other than the Airbnb rentals, is the Econo Lodge Tonawanda. For more choices, you should head to Buffalo or Niagara Falls. Tonawanda is only 10 miles from Buffalo and 17 miles away from the infamous Niagara Falls.
Right outside of Tonawanda, you'll find a furrific island park which has gone to the dogs (we mean that in the best way pawssible, of course.) Another place that's absolutely worth seeing is the South Grand Island Bridge.
You'd be barking mad to miss out on everything Tonawanda has to offer!
Knox Farm State Park is around 28 miles from Tonawanda. If you visit this furrific state park, you have two options; you can either walk your leashed pup on the trails, or you can let Fido off-leash in the fenced area. One person is allowed to bring no more than two dogs to play in the fenced area. If you have a smaller pup, don't worry; there is a separate area designated for small dogs. A water hose and multiple buckets provide the park with water. The trails feature a variety of terrain, and you should keep in mind that horses are allowed to use them as well.