13 Fall Must-Dos For Pup Parents In NYC

Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

July 6, 2012

This post is paw-wered by our pals at 1 Hotels, who want to spread the word about the pup-friendly vacation experience in their beautiful new eco-chic Central Park location. You don’t need to leave your best friend behind when you visit NYC this fall!

Please note: As the policies in restaurants and bars sometimes change regarding dog-friendliness, please call ahead to ensure your pup is welcome to join the party.

Cool weather, pumpkin patches, turkeys, and BIG PILES OF LEAVES are nearly upon us, my friends! And you know what that means!

leaf pile

There’s nothing we love more than celebrating the start of the holiday season with our families, friends, and dogs, because it wouldn’t be a happy howliday without them! And that’s why, when you plan your New York City getaway post-summer heat, you’ll want to keep your pooch in mind.

Get ready to type up and laminate that itinerary guide, humans, ’cause you and your hound have a lot to do this fall!

1. 1 Hotel Central Park, Pet-Friendly Living

central park hotel

Have a drink, order from the 24-hour in-room dining menu, and control nearly every aspect of your room from an app on your smartphone, all in the company of your best pal.

1 Hotels’ newest location, just a block south of Central Park, welcomes both humans and canines to enjoy their nature-inspired rooms, and spend their fall getaway in style and comfort. (Plus, all dogs get a BarkBox at check-in!) For you curious hounds, go ahead and learn more about 1 Hotel Central Park’s pet-friendly features on their homepage!


2. Central Park

Duh, right? Much of Central Park is dog-friendly, and they have off-leash hours from 6-9 A.M. and again from 9 P.M. – 1 A.M. There are 23 pup-pleasing areas, including the Conservatory Garden, Shakespeare Garden, and Strawberry Fields (on-leash only)!

central park

3. Lucky Dog Beer Bar

This spot boasts 20 different beers on tap and the opportunity for your dog to enjoy run of the house, leashes optional. Not to mention a treat-dispensing gumball machine and Dogfish Head brew!

pug in a bar

4. The Bean

If you love dogs, we love you. And we also love coffee. The Bean would like you to know that they do not have: burnt coffee, pretentious staff, annoying coffee names, or boring elevator music. But they DO love dogs, so bring your puppy along when you get your a cup o’ joe, and grab a pooch biscuit for ’em (they keep treats at the register for pups).

the bean dog

5. Mission Delores Bar

This bar has bowls of water waiting and ready, and it’s not uncommon to see a pup perched with his human at the counter. Dogs have to be leashed here, but the bartender might sneak a treat to his or her furry patrons.

dog at mission delores

6. Bark in the Park at Citi Field, Friday Oct 2nd, $40 for humans, $10 for pups

You, your dog, and a baseball game? There’s nothing more chill. Head on over to the Mets game at Citi Field and share a hot dog with your pal while supporting the largest no-kill animal rescue in the world, North Shore Animal League. Plus, there’s a DOG PARADE for everyone with 2+ legs before the first pitch!


7. Quick lunch? Shake Shack!

While dogs aren’t allowed inside this burger-centric eatery, the menu offers a delicious dessert — dubbed the Pooch-ini® — for your dog. Made with dog-friendly custard, a Bocce’s Bakery biscuit, and a swirl of peanut butter, this is a snack they’ll go nuts over.

Note: This product does contain dairy, sugar, and nuts which, although not harmful, may give your dog a belly ache.


8. Union Square Greenmarket, open Mondays 8 A.M. – 6 P.M. year-round

Fresh from the farm food, drinks, and plants are on sale here, and you’re likely to find some doggy delicacies as well. One writer says her Greyhound, Logan, ruvs Roaming Acres‘ ostrich bones!

union square

9. Prospect Park Dog Beach

Edit: Due to algae blooms found in the Prospect Park Lake, the Dog Beach is now being monitored on a week-to-week basis. Please check the Prospect Park Alliance website for updates.

Throw the ball, take a walk, and let your pup take a dip in the water at this uber dog-friendly locale. Prospect Park spans 585 acres with tons of trees and trails where the two of you can spend the day. Off-leash hours are from 5-9A.M. and again from 9 P.M. – 1 A.M.

prospect park

10. Inwood Hill Dog Run & Park

For those times you just want to run free, this dog run is fenced and off-leash. The scenery is gorgeous, there’s more natural terrain than concrete, and there’s plenty of trails to hike on-leash outside the enclosed area.

inwood hill

11. Bagel Bark in Central Park, held once a month

Gather with other Central Park pups to enjoy some light fare and let your dog socialize with his furry buds! To find out when the Bagel Barks are scheduled this fall, stay up-to-date with Central Park Paws.

bagel bark

12. Tompkins Square Park Halloween Parade, Saturday Oct 24th, 12P.M.

Dress up your pup like the little devil he is and masquerade through the park to raise money for the Tompkins Square dog run upkeep! There are tons of prizes and the craziest, most unique dog costumes you’ve ever seen.


13. Dachshund Oktoberfest, date not yet determined

Visit Washington Square Park with hundreds of New York’s cutest Wiener dogs! It’s an afternoon of socializing and fun, with friendly interaction and tons of Doxie belly rubs. You won’t want to miss the singing of The Dachs Song, either! For updates on the scheduled event, keep checking in on the Dachshund Friendship Club.


Featured Image via Albert’s New York

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Written by: Dr. Katy Nelson

July 6, 2012

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