100 Places To See With Your Dog: NEW YORK CITY

After working long hours, commuting, and making their way through the hustle & bustle of the city each day, city dwellers love to come home to their adoring pets.  Nowhere is this more evident than in New York City where you have crazy commutes, stress, and hustle & bustle in spades!  New Yorkers cherish their pets, and New York City responds by providing all manner of dog friendly places and activities.  You'll find lots of pet friendly places in New York City to welcome your dog. 

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One of many dogs walking their owners in New York City!

New York City truly is the city that never sleeps.  All day and all night long you'll find people on the streets.  You'll also find them walking or hanging out with their dogs at all hours! 

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New York City is super dog friendly!

One of the best places to take your dog in New York city is the infamous Central Park.  The park is alive with activity every day of the week!  That activity usually includes dogs.  Dogs in the enclosed dog park, dogs walking or bike riding through the park with their owners, or just sitting out on the Great Lawn, people-watching and taking in the fresh air - well, as fresh as the air can be in over crowded, traffic riddled New York City!

The Imagine Circle in New York City's Central Park is a tribute to the late, great John Lennon of the Beatles rock group sensation.  Dog Friendly Central Park, Dogs
Icy posing for a photo in the famous Imagine Circle. Icy imagines a world where all dogs have a peaceful, loving home.  What does your dog imagine?
Strawberry Fields is my favorite section of Central Park, where I spent countless hours when I lived in NYC.  Strawberry Fields is an area of Central Park that pays tribute to the late John Lennon, of the legendary music group The Beatles.  It's named after their hit song Strawberry Fields Forever.

At the center of Strawberry Fields you'll find the famous Imagine Circle, named after the famous song Imagine, which John Lennon wrote.  He lived in the Dakota apartments close to the park, where he loved taking walks with his wife, Yoko Ono.  The beautiful mosaic honors his life, music, and peace advocacy.  The dedication of Strawberry Fields and the Imagine Circle followed his tragic death in 1980, where he was gunned down right outside the Dakota.

Beautiful Statue of Balto, the most famous sled dog stands in Central Park, not far from the Central Park Zoo.  Dog Friendly Central Park
Icy poses with the statue of her idol, Balto.
On the East side of Central Park is a bronze statue of the hero dog, Balto.  Balto was the lead dog in the last relay team of sled dogs that saved the town of Nome, Alaska from a deadly Diphtheria breakout in 1925.  Nome didn't have enough antitoxin serum to treat all the children and adults infected by the disease.  The only way to get the life saving serum to Nome was via sled dog.  20 relay teams of sled dogs delivered the serum over treacherous terrain to the desperate community of Nome.  Balto was the lead dog of the last relay team to deliver the serum, saving the town of Nome.  

The dedication plaque beneath the statue of Balto reads: Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that relayed antitoxin six hundred miles over rough ice, across treacherous waters, through Arctic blizzards from Nenana to the relief of stricken Nome in the Winter of 1925.  
* Endurance * Fidelity * Intelligence

Other fun things to do with your dog in NYC include visiting the many sidewalk cafes, a walk across the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, or a stroll along the waterfront downtown.  From Battery Park at the tip of lower Manhattan, you can see the Statue of Liberty in the distance.  There are a number of fun dog parks scattered across the city as well, some of which you can find on Bring Fido or just search for online.

Dogs aren't allowed at the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, or the ferries that take you there, but they are allowed on the Staten Island Ferry.  You'll get a lovely view of the NYC skyline from the Staten Island ferry, you can see the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island from the ferry as well.  Dogs must be in a carrier or muzzled to ride the ferry.  You can find a few pet taxi companies online that will take you and your pet anywhere in the city with advance notice. 

One thing to watch out for in New York City is the LOUD noises and heavy traffic that goes along with NYC.  If your dog is very sensitive to loud noise, Sunday may be the best time to see the city.  Icy doesn't like the noise of the city so we take her to central park on a Sunday.  The park is so huge, traffic noise isn't an issue there. 

There are plenty of dog friendly accommodations in NYC, just do a Google search!  Plenty of stores are dog friendly too, including Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, and Ralph Lauren!  There are dog friendly boutique pet shops all around the city, and there's an Orvis store on 5th Avenue that is, as expected, dog friendly.  Bring plenty of Money & your credit card to Shop Til You Drop!! 

For more fun stuff to do with your dog in and around Manhattan island, check out www.dogspin.com or BringFido.com  

If you & your pooch do decide to visit, I hope you have fun in the City That Never Sleeps!!

TELL US!  If you've been to New York City with your dog, what was your favorite thing to do?   Share any tips or advice you have for traveling to NYC with pets.

If you're traveling by air, click here to read my post on essential Tips For Air Travel With Pets   

Find other great Dog Friendly  travel destinations and Pet Travel tips in the PET TRAVEL tab on my blog's home page!



29 comments:

  1. Great article! Wouldn't think there would be that much to do that was dog friendly in NY

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    1. I know, it's surprising that there really is a lot your dog can participate in while in NYC. Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. I love going to NYC for Westminster. There were so many dogs out and about that week even in the cold.

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  2. Great article. There are lots of pet friendly places is you look.

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    1. Thanks! True, you just have to do a little research and Get Out There! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I really liked reading this post. I am a native New Yorker but I didn't have a dog growing up. Reading this post makes me think the next time I travel home I should take Harley with me - see if he's got what it takes to be a true City Doodle. Thanks

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    1. So glad you liked it! Yes, definitely bring Harley with you next time. I'm sure he does have what it takes to be a City Doodle! Thanks for visiting us!

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  4. This makes me want to take the dogs on our next trip to the city!

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    1. Yes! Take them with you! Even if you only visit Central Park the dogs will absolutely love it. There's miles of stuff to sniff in the park!

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  5. Mom sure misses NY. But I don't think we would like all the horn blowing
    Lily & Edward

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    1. NY is definitely the kind of place you always miss. There's plenty of horn blowing in the city! You may not like NYC, but NYC would certainly love you guys! Thanks for stopping by

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  6. Love this post!! I have always wanted to go see the balto statue!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it Jenna! The statue is beautiful, I love seeing it. There are always lot of kids jumping up & playing on the rocks the statue sits on. You should take a road trip and go! Thanks for visiting us today ( :

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  7. Wow!! Thanks for sharing all about the city!! We've never been, but it's nice to know that Riley would be welcomed and have a great time!

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    1. It's really fun, I didn't realize just how dog friendly NYC was either - even when I lived there! Riley would definitely be welcomed in The Big Apple! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I love this post! I love living in a dog friendly city and I love seeing so many pets when I go into Manhattan. It makes the day much better.

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  9. Fabulous post and I love the pic of Icy sitting in the middle of the Imagine circle. I think it is time I visit the Big Apple again LOL

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  10. This post hits close to home, literally. We live just outside of NYC. In fact, we can see the NYC skyline from our window. I have to admit, though, I've never taken my dogs there despite living so close. I prefer to take them hiking and other adventures out in nature, away from the city. Can you tell that I'm really not a city person?

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  11. I love New York City. I haven't been down in years. I think it is great that it is so dog friendly. I wonder if the hotels are.

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  12. Wow, I wouldn't consider NYC a good place to visit with a dog. Any large, busy city for that matter. Wouldn't that be quite stressful even for a well-adjusted dog?

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  13. There is so much to do in New York and wow it really is dog friendly!!

    I need to read up more on Balto!

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  14. With or without a dog, I agree 100%. New York City is where it's at baby! I don't go to Central Park often however when I do it's always a great experience. If you haven't tried bike riding or a picnic in the park, you are missing out. So much to do in the Big City. It really is true, you could live there your whole life and not see everything. Great post.

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  15. I don’t think I realize New York City was so dog friendly. I guess I assumed because there were so many buildings, there would not be a lot of places people can take their dogs. Thank you for opening my eyes. I love visit in New York City because of the Broadway shows.

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  16. New York looks like a great place to bring your dog! I often visit Chicago and see many people with their dogs in the downtown area. Cities are becoming much more dog friendly.

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  17. So many things to do with pups! I only visited Central Park briefly when I was there. Mr. N has never been to NYC. Maybe one day.

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  18. I really like that photo of Icy in the Imagine Circle. I don't go to NYC very often, but when I do, I am always so excited to see so many dogs there.

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  19. I have friends with dogs in New York and would love to meet up with them for a visit. I've heard about taking your dog on the subway that they must be in a carrier and some people are very imaginative with their large dogs lol! Central Park I can only imagine is a beautiful place to visit and hope to see it one day.

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  20. I love New York City!!! It would be great to take the dogs as it is driveable for us. Thanks for the ideas.

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  21. I lived in New York many years ago, but didn't have dogs at the time so I never appreciated how dog friendly the city is. I did go to Central Park a few times but I must have missed most of it since I've never heard of Strawberry Fields or the Balto statue. To be honest I think it would be stressful to have a dog in the heart of the city, especially a small dog with the throngs of humanity. My blood pressure is going up just thinking about it. I must admit that while I love living within driving distance of a big city, I've gotten used to smaller places that are quieter and surrounded by parks.

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