May is National Pet Month, and hopefully, it has you inspired to celebrate your best furry, scaly, or slithery friend every day. If that friend happens to be four-legged with a love of the great outdoors and a penchant for having fun, both of you are in luck. Getting outside in the open air to exercise, socialize, and soak in the sun can do wonders to lift the mood of any species, and New York City is abundant with wonderful, grassy spaces where you and your best bud can do just that. Here are a few of our favorite dog parks in NYC…
24th Street and 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10010
Open Daily 6AM–11PM
This Gramercy dog park is always pretty crowded for a reason: it’s beautiful and filled with trees, providing plenty of natural shade. The secure double-entry gate ensures that no pups get lost, while the benches are perfect for owners exhausted from trying to keep up with their dogs. The park’s membership program comes with special events for you and your pup, as well as a complimentary Mad. Sq. Dogs collar tag.
West Street at North Moore Street, New York, NY 10013
Open Daily 6AM-1AM
This Hudson River Park dog run is an ideal place to take your pooch as the weather gets warmer. The ultimate summertime park, it features sprinklers that periodically spray cool water to keep your pup from getting overheated, and a beautiful waterfront view supplanted by enormous waterside rocks for exploring. As an added bonus, the park has separate areas for both small pups and big dogs, ensuring overall top-notch doggie experiences.
Washington Park & Saint Edward Street, New York, NY 11205
Open Daily 6AM-1AM
The first park ever built in Brooklyn, Fort Greene Park is full of history, trees, events, sporting grounds, and beauty. But even better than that where your dog is concerned, it has plenty of off-leash hours. Every day from 6AM-9AM and 9PM-1AM, your beloved canine can run free, providing plenty of time to tire out even the most energetic pup. Go early in the morning to watch the sunrise, commiserate with fellow dog parents, and get a fresh start on both of your days.
95 Prospect Park West (between 4th and 5th Streets), New York, NY 11215
Open Daily 5AM-9AM & 9PM-1AM
For several blissful hours each and every day, your dog can enjoy off-leash time at the boundless wonderland that is Prospect Park. Let your dog roam around Long Meadow, make friends, and play. Best of all, your pup can head over to a special, roped-off area dubbed Dog Beach, dedicated especially to beach lovers of the four-legged variety.
East 9th Street (between Avenues A and B), New York, NY 10009
Open Daily 6AM-12AM
This East Village doggie dreamland was the first dog run for NYC pups, establishing itself in 1990 as the city’s best place for pets. After some major renovations in 2008, the park now has some extra amenities, including a wading pool, tennis balls, and picnic tables. Best of all, it keeps one enclosed space for small dogs and one for large dogs, so your pup can have just the right size of fun.
385 South End Avenue at Liberty Street, New York, NY 10280
Open Daily 24-Hours
This spot is a treat for dog and owner alike, with an enviable view of the Hudson River that can be enjoyed from the comforts of waterside benches. Meanwhile, your dog will love luxuriating in the doggie wading pool.
14 East 60th Street (between Madison and 5th Avenues), New York, NY 10022
Open Daily 6AM-1AM
No list of NYC dog parks is complete without the inclusion of Central Park. With no fewer than 23 off-leash locations available within its endless blocks of greenery and fun, your pooch is sure to find someplace new to explore each and every time you go.
With so many dog-friendly parks in NYC, the biggest challenge is simply in choosing where to parade your furry friend. But regardless of which park you pick, your fur baby is sure to have a great time.