Nestled at the junction of the Erie Canal and the Hudson River, the picturesque town of Waterford, NY is as friendly as it is charming. The small city has quite an interesting history -- it’s built around Waterford Village, the oldest incorporated village in the entire United States!
Waterford’s roots as a port city run deep, and though the harbor may be a little quieter than it was centuries ago, it’s still in operation, and home to the highest set of tugboat lifts in the world. You’ll find more details at the city’s museum, but Waterford’s dedication to preserving its history is just one example of the town’s civic pride. Its strong community spirit is displayed at the many events it hosts throughout the year -- visit in the summer and you and your pooch can take part in the many outdoor events as part of the tugboat festival!
There’s no designated dog park in Waterford, but you and your buddy won’t lack for on-leash exercise options! Clement Park is a pawfect spot for a leashed walk, and there’s a huge state park just on the city’s border. And if your furry friend longs to run off-leash, don’t fret -- you’ll find some fantastic dog parks a little further afield!
Peebles Island State Park is a real mutts-visit! You’ll find a trail here for almost every age and ability, and most of them boast fabulous views of the Hudson and Mohawk rivers. The paths are well-shaded by gorgeous natural woodland, so you can have a good time here even in the height of summer! Peebles Island is famous for its wildlife -- there’s a good chance you’ll spot beavers, deer, eagles, and lots and lots of squirrels. For this reason, there’s a leash limit restriction of six feet. Parking is six dollars, and remember to bring bags and water!
You’d have to be barking mad not to take your buddy to the Department of General Services (and what a wonderful acronym that is) Dog Park in Albany! There’s plenty of space here for your pooch to run around and burn off their excess energy, and there’s a separate small dog area, too, so your pup can play and socialize no matter their size. Not only that, but the park provides two kiddie pools for your furry friend to frolic in! Bags and water are also provided, so just bring your pup and prepare to play!