New York City might not be the first place that comes to mind when considering a pet-friendly destination for a holiday with your pup. Maybe the thought of all the noisy taxi horns, busy streets, and endless activity have you envisioning a more relaxed atmosphere away from the big city. When you take a closer look, however, Manhattan is actually far more welcoming to dogs than it may appear. From pet-friendly housing like the hotel in New York Iberostar 70 Park Avenue, to parks designed especially for dogs and restaurants that encourage customers to bring their furry friends along with them, there’s no shortage of activities for you and your dog to enjoy in the city that never sleeps. So, don’t let the hectic pace of the city discourage you from planning a New York vacation with your dog and instead consider adding some of these dog-friendly places and activities to your itinerary.

Pet-Friendly Accommodation

One of the most important details to consider when traveling with your pet is where to stay. In Manhattan’s vibrant Midtown district, Iberostar 70 Park Avenue welcomes furry guests and their owners into their modern, four-star boutique hotel. Its central location near many of New York City’s most important touristic sights like Times Square, the Empire State Building, and Central Park makes it the perfect base for conveniently navigating the city with your dog.

In addition to the hotel’s pet-friendly policy, you will enjoy all the amenities necessary for a comfortable stay. With quiet rooms in New York to fit every budget, a twenty-four-hour onsite fitness center, laundry service, and complimentary Wi-Fi in every room, both you and your pet will feel right at home.

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The sophisticated, upscale ambiance and premier location in the heart of the city provide a top-quality New York City experience for those traveling with dogs. With all your accommodation needs taken care of, you’ll be free to explore the canine-friendly side of the Big Apple together.

Dog Parks and Runs

The busy streets of New York City might seem like a concrete jungle, but Manhattan’s greener side offers a more relaxed atmosphere with plenty of dog-friendly spaces. There’s no better place to start exploring than the iconic Central Park. Spanning two-and-a-half miles long and half-a-mile wide across the center of Manhattan, Central Park is 843 acres of park heaven for dogs. With thousands of dogs and their owners visiting every week, the enormous park is one of the most dog-friendly spots in the city. The seemingly endless network of trails and lawns will give your dog plenty of opportunities to exercise, explore, and play with other furry friends. Dogs are allowed in the park on a leash from opening to closing and can be off their leashes from 6:00 am to 9:00 am and from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am. With plenty of water fountains for dogs throughout the park, you don’t even have to worry about bringing a bottle along with you.

In addition to Central Park, there are several dogs runs throughout the city designed especially for your pup’s enjoyment. Home to New York’s oldest and largest dog run, Tomkins Square Park features separate dog run areas for big and small dogs, three small pools where dogs can cool off in the summer, picnic tables, and bathing areas to clean your dog before leaving. Madison Square Park also has a run where dogs can play freely off their leashes in a gated area. The park has separate playing areas according to dog size, umbrellas for shade, drinking water for dogs, and double entry and exit gates to ensure that all dogs inside are safe whenever anyone enters or leaves the park. Visiting one of New York’s many dog runs will not only give your dog a chance to run and play with other dogs but can also provide a unique opportunity as a visitor to meet some local New Yorkers who bring their dogs regularly.

If your dog needs to cool down in the summer heat, Prospect Park in Brooklyn has its very own Dog Beach, a popular swimming area designed just for dogs. With clean swimming water and underwater barriers to separate dogs from wildlife, it’s the perfect spot for water-loving dogs and one of the only public places in the city that allows dogs to enjoy a swim.

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At Shake Shack, wet-nosed pals are not only welcomed but encouraged to come by for a bite. In addition to their artisan burgers, hot dogs, and fries, they offer a menu entirely for dogs. You can have them wrap up a literal doggie bag with homemade dog biscuits or dog-friendly vanilla custard. While you can find the dog menu at all Shake Shack locations, the original is conveniently located in Madison Square Park, just steps away from the Madison Square Dog Run.

Go for a Walk

Exploring New York on foot is the best way to see the city, and your dog will especially love taking in all the sights, sounds, and smells around every busy corner. Some areas of the city, however, are better for walking with dogs than others. If you’ve already explored some of the city’s best parks, a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge with your dog is a great opportunity to get a little more walking time in with your dog. At off-peak hours, you will have plenty of room to leisurely stroll the 1.3 miles across the bridge with your pup while enjoying some of the most spectacular panoramic views of the city.

The South Street Seaport offers another great option for walking with dog and an opportunity to explore one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. A walk through this charming historic district will take you along the cobblestone streets of early nineteenth-century New York. The area is also home to several dog-friendly restaurants with outdoor dining options and a waterfront area with fantastic views to the Brooklyn Bridge.