If Traveling with Pets to New York City Expect to Find Plenty to Do
New York City, voted America’s Dog Friendliest has tons to do with your pooch. If you’ve got a hankering to visit the city that never sleeps, you’ll be interested to hear that New York City was named the dog friendliest city in the country. So if you are considering traveling with pets to New York City, you’ve made a great choice. This urban jungle is an oasis of dog loving citizens who open the metaphorical gates of the city to our fine four-legged shaggy friends. In fact, NYC & Company – the city’s official tourism department was quoted as saying:
“New York City is a vibrant destination for visitors year-round — whether they’re four-legged or two-legged. We want to remind travelers that the City offers plenty of options for owners traveling with their pets.”
New York City is famous for its shopping, and meccas of capitalism in Manhattan are plenty dog friendly. Whether your Amex Black Card takes you to Bergdorf’s or Saks, your pooch is as welcome as your moola! And while the subway is not dog friendly unless the hound is a service dog or police dog, and New York City cabbies do not have to accept dogs in their cabs, dogs visiting NYC have nothing to worry about. New York’s Pet Taxi is a taxi service that has gone to the dogs! Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle is famously pet friendly and even has a doggie patisserie in Bouchon Bakery. If you find yourself in Brooklyn, take your pooch over to the Brooklyn Ale House in Williamsburg where water dishes await your dog’s role as “designated guide back to the hotel.”
Of course, the biggest draw in New York for your dog is Central Park, which is an urban oasis with miles of paths, wide open meadows and plenty of things to do with your dog. Pets are welcome in Central Park as long as they and their owners follow the Park’s rules and regulations. Specifically, dogs must be leashed at all times except in designated off-leash areas. There are dog drinking fountains located around the Park. Try to keep Rover from digging in the flowerbeds or playing (or drinking) from fountains and bodies of water. There are 23 designated dog friendly areas in Central Park. There are a handful of areas of the park that are off limits to dogs, most notably the ball fields, playgrounds, sand volleyball court, lilac walk, reservoir running track and sheep meadow. Central Park Paws is an organization that holds events specifically for dogs and their owners year-round in Central Park. Check out our many off-leash dog parks with maps and all! Everything’s listed in our New York City Travel Guide.
When it comes to pet friendly New York City hotels, Manhattan is paws-itively amazing! Vacation Pet Friendly has the largest listings of the impressive list of pet friendly hotels as well as various information and weight or breed restrictions. If you think traveling to New York City with your dog is going to shut you out of the best hotels – you could not be more wrong. Hotels like the London NYC, all of the W hotels, the Loews Regency, the SoHo and TriBeCa Grand Hotels, the Waldorf Towers and the Carlyle take pets. Book these hotels and more through Vacation Pet Friendly and unlock special deals for our pet owners! Start your search here!