We all know how important exercise for your dog is, but living in the Big Apple can make walking your dog harder than it may seem! In the bustling city of New York it can be difficult to find places to walk your pup that aren’t too crowded, noisy, or dirty! Below, we’ve listed the top 20 places to walk your dog in New York City.
Tompkins Square Park Dog Run - Avenue B &, E 9th St
This park was founded in 1990, and in 2008 underwent a $450,000 renovation! This location is beautiful, with a running surface that is made of decomposed granite sand! It has a section for small and large pups, swimming pools, picnic tables, and places to spray off your pup before returning home!
Brooklyn Bridge - Adams St & Plymouth St
This can be a pretty busy area, but if you take your pup there during the off peak hours, this is one really beautiful spot that you and your pup are guaranteed to enjoy. It can be especially beautiful at night when the sky line is lit up. This Bridge conveniently has a dog run as well, called Pier 6!
Prospect Park - 95 Prospect Park West
This park is not as well known as Central Park, but it is definitely as scenic. Because it’s not as well known, there are also not as many people here, which can be a benefit for you and your pup! It also has a good amount of nature trails, which will help you and Fido feel like you’ve escaped the city for a bit!
Hudson River Park - 353 West St
This park was voted as the best place to walk your dog in 2011, so it’s a great choice for you to take your pooch! It has pretty much everything, a view of the water, lots of other pups to play with, and pet friendly shops along 23rd street!
Central Park - from North 110th Street to 59th Street
This is typically a tourist filled park, but it’s one walking destination that can’t be ignored! If you’re trying to socialize your pup, this is a great place to go! Your pup will love all making new friends with the other pups that frequent the park, and seeing all the sights that this park has to offer. It will undoubtedly be a great experience for you and your pup.
Bryant Park - between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues
If you have a pup that’s full of energy, this park may be just the place. They have over 9 acres of nature trails for you and your dog to explore and release some energy.
Washington Square Park - 1 Washington Sq
This is also another popular destination for dogs and their owners! It offers two dog runs, for big and small. It’s located in Greenwich Village and has just been renovated!
Carl Schurz Park - East 86th Street & East End Ave
You may not have ever heard about this park as it’s one of the city’s best kept secrets. It’s hidden along the East River, and it offers a beautiful view of the river, the lighthouse, and Gracie Mansion. It has plenty of space for you and your pup to explore, with a quiet atmosphere.
Dog Park East River Esplanade South - South, E River Esplanade
Located in the Financial District, this park offers plenty of space for your pup to run around! It also has great views of the river and Queensboro Bridge. If you appreciate a less crowded area, this is it!
Jemmy’s Dog Run - Madison Ave. to 5th Ave. between E. 23rd St. & E. 26th St.
This dog run is located in a 7-acre city park with an area for smaller breeds. Water and clean-up bags are also provided. It’s a great spot for dogs of all sizes!
Inwood Hill Park - Payson Ave. &, Seaman Ave
This riverfront park is 196 acres of greenery! It is perfect for an active or curious pup, with trails and spaces to explore. It is also home to the last natural forest and salt marsh in Manhattan!
Riverside Park South Dog Run - Hudson River Greenway
This is a less known park, known for its beautiful views and quiet surroundings. Located in the upper west side, it also has a water hose available for drinking and cleaning off your pup!
West 105th Street Dog Run - Riverside Dr &, W 105th St
Also in Riverside Park, this dog run is right next to Hudson Beach Cafe if you want to stop for a bite to eat after walking your furry friend. It has beautiful views, and lots of places to run around. If your pup likes to socialize, this is definitely the place to go, as there tend to be a lot of pups that run around here!
Chelsea Waterside Park Dog Run - 11th Ave & W23rd Street
While this park is on the smaller side, it features canine-friendly climbing structures, double-gated safety vestibule with fences all around. Fresh running water is generally available for pets inside the dog parks from mid-April through early November. Benches and trash cans are provided for dog owners!
Peter Detmold Park Dog Run - 454 E 51st St
This park is a little hard to find, but it has seating for humans, water, poop bags, plenty of shade, mostly concrete ground cover, good fencing, gates and entry area!
Theodore Roosevelt Park (Museum Park) - 200 Central Park West
This park is surrounding the American Museum of Natural History, and has paths, grassy areas & a dog run. It also has gorgeous views of the museum!
North End Ave Dog Run - Liberty Green, 300 North End Ave
This run is an entire block in length and includes separate spaces for both large and small dogs! It also has water fountains for your pup, and said to be very well maintained and cleaned, which is a huge plus!
Hillside Dog Park - Vine St
This park is known for being extremely large, which can be great for very active dogs! The ground is mulch covered, so dirt is minimum. There is a section for small dogs and big dogs, and lots of places for puppy parents to relax while their dogs play!
Socrates Sculpture Park - 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City
Located in Queens, the park is a 4.5 acre green space in Long Island City that used to be an abandoned landfill. In 1986, it was reclaimed by a group of artists and turned into a beautiful outdoor museum! Just keep in minds, that all dogs must be leashed in this park.
South Street Seaport - 89 South St
This is a lovely dog park, that is completely paved to help keep your pup clean. It provides a lot of opportunities for socialization, if that’s what your pup needs! It also has a fountain for keeping your furry friend hydrated!
Enjoy your strolling!