Heading to Brooklyn? You don’t have to call a dog sitter, because you can bring your dog on vacation with you. Brooklyn is an ideal dog-friendly destination. From boutique hotels to scenic runs with your furry friend, there are many places to take your pup.
If you’re a native or a visitor, this dog-friendly guide will help you navigate the fun spots for dogs, including some restaurants—in 2016, the city finalized the “Dining with Dogs” rules, which allows dog owners to take their pups to dine with them at outdoor dining areas, which is a lot of fun in warmer months.
Enjoy these dog-friendly spots!
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Socialize at the Dog Runs
City dogs might not have spacious yards to run around in, but that doesn't mean they don't get to have fun in the grass. You could stroll down a brownstone-lined street with your dog, but it might be a lot more exciting to take them to one of the many dog runs in Brooklyn. Here are some local favorites.
Pier 6 Dog Run at Brooklyn Bridge Park — From 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., your dog can frolic at the dog run at this scenic waterfront park in Brooklyn Heights. There is another dog run in the vicinity at Adams Street and Plymouth Street, as well as local favorite Hillsdale Park Dog Run at Vine Street and Columbia Heights.
Adam Yauch Park Dog Run — This park is named for Adam Yauch, the member of the Beastie Boys who passed away. Close to the Brooklyn Bridge Dog Run in Brooklyn Heights, this dog run is a popular one with locals. Afterward, walk down Montague Street and grab some snacks for you and your dog.
McCarren Park Dog Run — If you're staying in Williamsburg, you can't miss a visit to this hipster dog park, especially if you're staying at one of the many dog-friendly hotel options in Williamsburg.
Dog Beach in Prospect Park — Take your dog for a swim at the dog beach in Prospect Park. If your dog isn't into splashing around in the water, the park has many other options for pups. There are off-leash hours (5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.) at the Long Meadow (except for the ball fields), Nethermead, and Peninsula Meadow.
Fort Greene Park — This dog-friendly park is home to an annual halloween parade, the Great PUPkin, which might be the cutest event in the city. Watch costumed dogs parade around the park. If you aren't there for Halloween, you can still enjoy Fort Greene park other days with your dog—before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m. every day, dogs run freely.
For a complete list of Brooklyn dog runs and other dog runs throughout the city, check out the NYC Parks Department list. Also, occasionally the NYC Parks department runs Dog-centric events. Here's the calendar for upcoming events.
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Have a Drink at a Puppy-Friendly Bar
You can dine at many restaurants with outdoor seating options, but if you want to have a drink and bring your dog, these are the best bar options.
LuckyDog — Have a drink at this incredibly dog-friendly Williamsburg bar located on Bedford Avenue. Play some shuffleboard with humans while your dog socializes with the other pups.
Mission Dolores — Dogs are invited to enjoy some time with you as drink in the outdoor area, but they must be on a leash. This popular Park Slope bar is a lively place to have a brew, play a board game, and hang with your dog.
The Gate — This long-standing Park Slope favorite has an outdoor patio that attracts dog lovers. If your dog doesn't want to sit quietly and watch you drink, you can take them to the dog run at the J.J Byrne Memorial Park.
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Stay at One of the Dog-Friendly Hotels
Need a place to stay with your dog? Here's a list of some favorite pet-friendly hotels, from budget to boutique.
The William Vale — Book a pet-friendly room at this hip boutique hotel in the heart of Williamsburg. The hotel is a short walk from the McCarren Dog Park.
Aloft Brooklyn — If you have a dog that weighs under 20 pounds, you can stay at this cool, budget-friendly hotel in the center of Downtown Brooklyn.
NU Hotel — The NU Hotel in Boerum Hill is extremely pet-friendly. The boutique hotel has dog treats and welcomes dogs under 50 pounds for a one-time cleaning fee of $100.
One Brooklyn Bridge — Enjoy a luxurious stay at this high-end hotel in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Although your dog isn't allowed to accompany you to the pool or the rooftop bar, the hotel does offer a dog-friendly concierge team to help your pup enjoy their stay as well.