BringFido’s Best of New York

Posted by Lauren Barker

Looking for the dog-friendliest things to do in New York? Well, you've come to the right place. The editors at BringFido have dedicated themselves to digging up the most dog-friendly places to visit in The Empire State, as well as the rest of the country. In the latest edition of our book, Ruff Guide to the United States, you'll find our collection of the best places to stay and play with your dog in all 50 states. You can order a copy today for just $10.00 (a savings of 63% off the retail price) when you use the discount code BEST.

Read on to learn about some of the New York attractions that rose to the top of our list this year.

Best Dog-Friendly Brewery

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Fido can join the doggy denizens at Fifth Hammer Brewing Company in the heart of Long Island City. Cozy up together at the bar or join the crowds hanging out on the sidewalk seating at this best dog-friendly brewery in New York for an evening of fun and grub from a food truck. Make sure you have No Egrets, Fifth Hammer’s flavorsome pale ale, or stay afloat with Western Waters, a classic West Coast IPA. After sampling the drafts on tap, let your best bud run free at Murray Playground Dog Run.

Wake up to skyline views of NYC at this spacious pet-friendly apartment.

Most Dog-Friendly State Park

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Admire stunning views of the Hudson River, Bannerman Island, Cold Spring, and Constitution Marsh from Storm King State Park. Experienced hikers and their pups can set out on a 3.5-mile trek through this undeveloped park, stopping to take in the views of the Hudson Valley and Catskills at the many outcroppings. Visit New York’s most dog-friendly state park in the fall to witness gorgeous autumn colors from 1,300 feet above the valley. Keep your eyes peeled for the rare Peregrine Falcons, which disappeared from New York in the 1960s but have made a return to the park in recent years.

Glamp with your canine in a canvas tent with luxury camp amenities at Twin Ponds on the Farm.

Most Dog-Friendly Attraction

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Emerald Glen Getaway is an unmissable escape in Morris. Set in the scenic countryside of Upstate New York, dogs are welcome to play off leash on the property’s 175 acres of meadows, trails, forests, dog beaches, ponds, and creeks. In addition to its natural wonders, you and your pooch can enjoy amenities like water stations, a dog wash, and tons of toys at New York’s most dog-friendly attraction. After the sun goes down, head to The Hound Hub, a central gathering spot where you can socialize with other guests, fire up the wood-burning grill to cook a tasty dinner, and catch a lovely sunset over the meadow.

Stick around at the Emerald Glen Getaway and sleep in a creekside tent furnished with a futon and two camping chairs. Or, reserve a well-equipped cottage or cabin with electricity instead.

Most Dog-Friendly Campground

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Lake George RV Park is home to Charlie’s Dog Park, a 2-acre fenced park with divided sections for small and large dogs. Your pooch will be dog-tired after a day of romping with pals on the large synthetic turf play area, splashing in the fire hydrant spray fountain, or accompanying you off leash on the shaded walking trails at New York’s most dog-friendly campground. He can also practice hoop jumping and other tricks on the 15-event agility course. Within the park there are waste stations, dog water fountains and even a treat vending machine where you can purchase snacks, bones and toys for your good boy or girl. Charlie’s Dog Park is open from dawn to dusk, but you’ll want to allow time at the end of the day for a bath and groom at the indoor dog wash station. The park permits six pets per site for no additional fee if you bring your own RV, and two pets per site for no additional fee if you rent one of their pet-friendly RVs.

Best Dog Park

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Adventurous Alsatians looking to get off the beaten path will love playing off leash at Normanskill Farm Dog Park in Albany. This secluded park near a creek offers a wide open field for fetch enthusiasts and a wooded area that will suit pups who enjoy exploring. Humans can kick back on picnic benches under a shade canopy and admire the adorable dogs running wild and free at New York’s best dog park.

Pups can continue the leash-free fun at this pet-friendly Airbnb with a fenced backyard and a nice fire pit area.

Top Trail to Hike With Your Dog

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Peppy pups on a vacation to the pet-friendly Finger Lakes will find an abundance of outdoor activities to keep them busy in the region. Robert H. Treman State Park has nine miles of trails that welcome dogs, including the popular Rim Trail and Gorge Loop Trail, New York’s top trail to hike with your dog. This shady woodland pathway features a craggy waterfall with a swimming hole and a creek for paddling along the way. Learn more about the region’s flora and fauna by reading the interpretive signs dotted along the footpath, too. The loop is just over four miles long and rated moderate due to steep sections.

Escape to Firelight Camps for an elevated dog-friendly camping experience. The camp’s furnished tents are outfitted with hardwood floors and a private tented porch with rocking chairs.

Best Pet-Friendly B&B

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Inn at Lake Joseph in Forestburgh is a resort-style B&B in the Catskill Mountains. Guests traveling with pets can stay in a variety of rooms, including a private cottage with a grill and a private furnished sundeck, and gold-level rooms with private entrances and fireplaces. Whichever room you book at New York’s best pet-friendly B&B, you can enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the morning and access to a help-yourself kitchen at any time. Outside, explore miles of pet-friendly hiking trails and take a dip in the lake with your dog to cool off.

The Inn at Lake Joseph accepts pets of any size for an additional fee of $25 per night.

Can’t Miss Dog Event

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The fashionistas of the furry kind hit the runway at the annual New York Pet Fashion Show, The Empire State’s can’t miss dog event, in February each year. The world’s largest pet fashion show and animal rescue benefit raises money for NYC's animals with themed costume competitions, which in the past have included Country Couture and Western Wear. Beautiful Bichons and gorgeous Goldens strut their stuff on the catwalk in an attempt to win The Gold Paw Awards.

If Vogueing up and down the boardwalk isn’t enough exercise for Fido, take an evening stroll around Central Park before relaxing for the night at the pet-friendly Stewart Hotel.

Ready for a Road Trip?

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If our Best of New York preview left your dog drooling for more, we hope you check out our book - Ruff Guide to the United States. Remember to use gift code BEST to get a copy for just $10. Happy Travels!

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