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Dog Areas in Tonawanda

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!

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Tonawanda

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    #1 Ellicott Island

    Tonawanda has its own little island that's designated for pups! This island-slash-park is called Ellicott Island Park, and it's located east of Tonawanda, smack dab in the middle of the creek. Puppies are allowed to be off-leash on this cute little island, and although the park is not fenced, it is surrounded by water on all sides. The island is pretty spacious, and dog baggies and fresh water are both provided. There is a washing station, picnic tables, restrooms and even a little outdoor library so you can pass the time while your pup plays! The luscious trees and the beaches where pups can swim their hearts out are both a huge plus!
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    #2 Niagara Falls State Park

    Twelve miles away from Tonawanda, up the Niagara River, you'll find another great place to take your four-legged buddy -- Niagara Falls State Park. If you're planning to visit the famous Niagara Falls, you can bring your dog with you, since all the paths and trails are dog-friendly. Your pup has to be leashed and vaccinated to join you here. There are no baggies or water provided along the way, so make sure bring some with you. Dogs aren't allowed inside any buildings or attractions. There are lots of benches along the way, as well as scenic views that will take your breath away!
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    #3 Swormville

    If you prefer more classical dog parks in terms of secure fencing and separate areas for small and large dogs, we recommend that you head to The Paw Park. You can find this park in Swormville, around 12 miles from Tonawanda. The separate areas are reserved for dogs under and over 30 lbs. This park is funded entirely by donations, and the local community works hard to maintain it, so clean up after your pup, and consider donating to keep this spot open for years to come! The ground is mostly grass, and there are benches for the comfort of the dog owners. Water is provided as well as water bowls.
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    #4 Knox Farm State Park


    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. 

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    #5 First Ward

    If you head to First Ward in Buffalo, you can visit the Wilkeson Pointe Park, which is just 13 miles from Tonawanda. Doggies have to be leashed and, as such, they are allowed on the walking paths in the park. Officially, dogs are not allowed on the beaches, but it is common practice for the local dog owners to bring their dogs with them even on the beaches. Free parking, boating, kayaking, and picnic tables are just some of the reasons that you should check out this park. You can rent bikes and kayaks here, or just sit back and enjoy the scenic views!
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