Located right on the banks of the Hudson River, Yonkers is a unique waterfront city just a hop, skip and a jump from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. With the Bronx on its southern border and the beautiful Westchester County to the north and east, Yonkers is a hub for business, retail shopping, upscale dining and outdoor activity. To top it off, New Yorkers in this neck of the woods are crazy for canines.
As the fourth largest city in the Empire State, Yonkers has no shortage of pawsome activities for your four legged friend. Start by taking your pal to Van Cortlandt Park. Entrances to the park are located at the southern end of the city. Sprawling across hundreds of acres, this park will take hours for your pup to explore.
For a special night out with your pooch, grab a bite to eat at one of the city’s pet friendly restaurants. Dolphin Restaurant and Guapo are located in the central Getty Square area. Four legged patrons are welcome to sit in the outdoor patio areas. After a delicious meal, take your pup for a stroll down the river walk and enjoy the scenery. Havana Central is near Grassy Sprain Reservoir. This Cuban eatery also has dog friendly seating.
Bronxville Heights is home to Sprain Ridge Park, a pupperific spot to enjoy some outdoor fun with your favorite four legged friend. Your pup will love sniffing his way through this thickly wooded park and feeling the dirt beneath his paws. Take your pick from a selection of trails that range in difficulty from easy to advanced. Keep in mind that the trails are also a favorite among local mountain bikers, so it’s important that your canine companion is leashed and always stays on the trail. Since this park is also home to feathered friends, your pooch will be busy watching and listening for birds.
After being inside all day, your fur baby will be pawstively thrilled to get some outside time. Clip on her leash and head over to Dunwoodie to pay a visit to Tibbets Brook Park. Stretching just over 160 acres, this urban oasis is perfect for surrounding yourself in nature. This park features a water park, playgrounds, and ball fields. There are a couple loop trails that pass through woodland scenery and around the lakes. If your pup is on the slower side, one of the trails is just over half a mile. For dogs that need to trot a bit longer, follow the two mile route.
Redmond Park is situated in the St. Joseph’s Seminary and College and Kingston Avenue neighborhood. The park’s playgrounds and baseball diamonds draw out the local two legged patrons. Those with four legs will be more inclined to explore the open grass area or spot a squirrel running through the trees. After a lap or two around the park, take a breather on one of the benches and let your pooch soak in the sunshine. The South County Trailway can be accessed through Redmond Park. This trail runs 14 miles north through the Hudson River Valley and gives your pup plenty of mileage to get some exercise.
The Bronx River Walk is a beautiful path right next to the Bronx River Parkway Reservation, an 807 acre linear park along the Bronx River. The River Walk stretches 9 miles in length and goes from Yonkers to Valhalla. Leash up your pooch and access this path in the Cedar Hills Knoll and Mohegan Heights neighborhood. The trails are divided into three sections, including a one mile loop, a 4.6 mile loop, and a 5 mile loop. With your pup at your side, you’ll pass by ponds and forests and over wooden footbridges. Your pal is sure to have a pupperific time!
Since Yonkers is only miles from NYC and also the gateway to the Hudson River Valley, it’s a convenient place to bunk while visiting the area. Fur-tunately, there are a couple pet friendly hotels in the Nepera Park neighborhood. The Residence Inn by Marriot gladly opens their doors to canine guests. Your four legged roommate will rest easy in one of their deluxe rooms. The nearby Hampton Inn Suites also welcomes dogs. Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary hot breakfast. You’ll need the energy to keep up with your pup!