Pet Friendly Dog Parks – Long Island

Animals are generally not permitted in parks on Long Island, however, dogs restrained by a leash under 6 feet in length may be brought into specific areas of several parks (though not buildings, camping, bathing, or picnic areas). The parks listed below generally allow dogs in certain areas. You can click on the links provided for more specific information about each park. Keep in mind that each park has rules and regulations with regard to where you can and cannot take your pet. To find out more about each park’s rules and regulations, get more specific information, or driving directions consider calling the park directly.

NASSAU COUNTY

Bay Park Dog Park
East Rockaway, First Avenue, south of Sunrise Highway – Google map
516-571-7245
Separate areas for big and small dogs.
Directions: To reach Bay Park, take Southern State Parkway to Exit 17/Hempstead Avenue South. Take Hempstead Avenue to fork (Ocean Avenue). Take left on fork (Ocean Avenue) through Lynbrook and East Rockaway to Main Street (follow park signs). Make a left onto Front Street. Make a Right onto Althouse Avenue. Make a left onto First and follow to park or go straight into the park (lighted fields).

Christopher Morley Dog Park
Roslyn-North Hills, Searingtown Road, north of Long Island Expressway – Google map
516-571-8113
An enclosed dog run is located near the maintenance building. Owners are responsible for clean-up.
Directions: To reach Christopher Morley Park, take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 36/Searingtown Road exit (from east or west). Take Searingtown Road North and look for the park entrance on right (about 200 yards from the LIE).

Cedar Creek Dog Park
Seaford, Merrick Road east of Wantagh Avenue – Google map
516-571-7470
Separate areas for big and small dogs (30 lbs and under). Enclosed dog run is available; owners are responsible for clean-up and dogs permitted in run area only.
Cedar Creek Park Dog Run Association (CCDRA): http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CCDRA/
Directions: Take the Southern State Parkway to Exit 27 South (Wantagh Parkway). Exit off the Wantagh Parkway at W6 (Merrick Road East). Continue down Merrick Road for approximately half-mile and look for the park entrance on your right.

Eisenhower Dog Park
Located on the North side of Eisenhower Park at the corner of Stewart Ave. and Salisbury Park Drive in Westbury, NY. – Google map
This Nassau County dog park is sponsored by Pet Supplies Plus. The dog park covers approximately one acre, is fenced and divided into large dog and small dog (25 lbs. and under) areas with separate double-gated entrances for each. The park also features benches, a shade structure, waste bag containers and water fountains—all provided by Pet Supplies Plus. The parking lot holds about 30 cars. To see what’s going on at the park, check out the Dog Park at Eisenhower Facebook Group

Massapequa Dog Park
Located between Louden Avenue, County Line Road, Clocks Boulevard and Pine Street in Massapequa, Entrance is on Clocks Boulevard. – Google map
Opened in June 2012, this is the first dog park opened by the Town of Oyster Bay. The park is approximately 50,000 square feet and is divided into large dog and small dog (25 lbs. and under) areas. The ground is covered with wood chips and each side has natural shade trees, shade structures, water fountains, benches and tables, waste bag stations, and double entry gates. An eight-foot, wrought-iron fence borders the perimeter of the park and there is parking for about 25 cars.
To see what’s going on at the park, check out the Massapequa Dog Park Facebook Group. The park has received great reviews from happy residents and their dogs throughout its first summer!

Nickerson Beach Dog Park
Lido, Lido Boulevard; located by the Atlantic Ocean – Google map
516-571-7700
Directions: To reach Nickerson Beach Park from the North Shore, take Meadowbrook Parkway South to Loop Parkway (Exit M10) to Point Lookout. Turn right onto Lido Boulevard. Nassau Beach is about half-mile on your left-hand side. From the South Shore, take Southern State Parkway (East) to Meadowbrook Parkway (South) toward Jones Beach. Just before the Jones Beach Toll, go off onto the Loop Parkway (exit M10) toward Point Lookout. Take Loop Parkway all the way to the end. Turn right: Nickerson Beach Park is on the left-hand side about a half-mile away.

Old Bethpage Restoration Dog Run
1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage – Google map
On Oct 1st, 2009, Nassau County opened its 6th dog run at the Old Bethpage Restoration on Round Swamp Road in Old Bethpage. The new dog run has two areas – one for small dogs and one for large dogs. It also features “green” water systems – collecting and filtering rain water for the dogs to drink. The Boy Scouts donated benches for dog owners to sit on. Hours are the same as for Old Bethpage Village Restoration – Wed – Sunday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. There is no fee for using the dog run.
Please note: The area adjoining the dog run is currently under construction thus making access to the dog area limited.

Wantagh Dog Park
Wantagh, Kings Road and Canal Place – Google map
516-571-7460
Separate areas for big and small dogs.
Directions: Take the Southern State Parkway to Exit 27 South (Wantagh Parkway). Exit off the Wantagh Parkway at Sunrise Highway East. Make a right onto Wantagh Avenue. Take to the end and make right onto Merrick Road. At first light make a left into park.

SUFFOLK COUNTY

The Lola Prentice Dog Park
Windmill Lane, Southampton Village
(next to the police station)
1-full acre fenced in off-leash dog park has benches, and waste bag stations. Plans are in the works for a water station and the addition of an enclosed small dog area.

Selden Dog Park
Boyle Road, Selden
Between Carston St. and Corvair Ln
631-451-8696
Separate area for big and small dogs.
The new Off-Leash Dog Park, which is approximately 57,000 square feet, is fully fenced and is divided into large dog and small dog areas (25 pounds and under). Each section has plenty of shade, benches and waste bag stations.
Directions: Take Middle Country Road (25) to Boyle Road North. Park is 5 blocks up on your left.

Bideawee Dog Park
Bideawee, 118 Old Country Road , Westhampton , NY 11977 – Google map
The Bideawee Dog Park is a member’s only Park to ensure the safety of your pet. The application can be downloaded off of our website at www.bideawee.org. The Park is divided into two sections one for large dogs and one for small dogs. Total area is just under an acre.
Directions: Take sunrise highway, route 27, east, to exit 61. Stay to the left and follow the sign toward Eastport. At the light at the end of the ramp make a right on to Eastport Manor Road. At the first light, make a left on to Old Country Road. Bideawee is three miles up the road on the left hand side.

Blydenburgh Dog Park
Veterans Hwy, Hauppauge, NY 11788 – Google map
This park is located within 627-acre Blydenburgh County Park in the southern section of the park. The 1.8-acre dog park includes both an open field and woods, a small dog area and a large dog area, water fountains for each area, doubled-gated entries, and plenty of benches and waste bag dispensers.
This is a beautiful facility for dog lovers, with lots of shade provided in both the large and small dog areas. The Suffolk County Parks Department did a great job constructing this park and a lot of people have worked hard to get it open. Please don’t bring dogs that have aggression issues as the dog park is definitely not the place to work on them!  There is an active group at Blydenburgh called “The Friends of Blydenburgh Dog Park”. Their goal is to create a sense of community among the dog owners there, and also to promote harmony and safety for all who use the park. To find out more go to the Blydenburgh Dog Park website.
Directions: The entrance to the park is on Veterans Memorial Highway, opposite the H. Lee Dennison Building. Once you enter the park go past the Parks Police booth and follow the sign pointing to the activity field on which the dog park is located.

Cherry Avenue Dog Park
250 Cherry Ave, West Sayville, NY 11796 – Google map
Cherry Ave dog parkThis 1.5-acre park is enclosed with a 4-ft high chain link fence. The ground is covered by wood chips to keep down the dust and mud. The large and small dog areas each have running water. Trash collection will be provided but dog owners are asked to bring their own bags. The Parks Dept. has built two large PVC towers to hold donated bags.
The new dog park is located off Cherry Avenue, just south of the Baymen Soccer Club Fields. Please note: Dogs are not allowed either leashed or unleashed on the Baymen Soccer Club fields at any time.

East Northport Dog Park
106 Deposit Road, East Northport, New York 11731 – Google map
Ideal for those who live in the East Northport area, this dog park is approximately 300 X 90 ft, and has bag stations and a shade/rain pavilion with benches. Last we heard the water wasn’t on so you should bring water for your pooches.
Note: You must be a Huntington township resident to use this park. You will need to apply for a free permit at the Huntington Dog Shelter located on the property. To get the permit your dog must be licensed, current on their rabies vaccination, and you must be a Huntington resident. This run is not exactly convenient to Huntington Village residents, but great for those who live nearby.
Directions: From the intersection of Larkfield and Pulaski Road, head east on Pulaski. Go approximately 1/3 of a mile and you will see a road that veers off to the right. This is Deposit Road. Turn off on Deposit Road and you will quickly see the dog park. Follow the road past the dog park and go into the second building which is the Huntington Dog Shelter office where you can get the permit to use the park.

Middle Island Dog Park
1075 Middle Country Road, Middle Island, NY 11953 – Google map
The park consists of a total of four acres, with separate areas for large (over 30 pounds) and small dogs (under 30 pounds), double-gated entries; a water fountain for each area; plenty of benches; and waste bag dispensers. Your dogs can slide in the sand, roll in the shade, get wet and make more friends than they’ve ever dreamed possible. Middle Island is the first dog park in the town of Brookhaven, and since all dogs must have their rabies shots and be spayed or neutered to attend the park, it’s also one of the safest parks on Long Island. For more information visit the Middle Island Dog Park Website
Directions: The Middle Island Dog Park is located at 1075 Middle Country Road in Middle Island. When you pass the lake, look for the old Kmart shopping center on the North side of Middle Country Road (aka Route 25). Pull into the parking lot and go to the right of the old Kmart store. You will see the park hidden in lush trees on the right side.

Mud Creek County Dog Park
450 Roe Ave, Patchogue, NY 11772 – Google map
Mud Creek County Dog Park has a creek that runs along the eastern border of the site, and an off-leash area. The new off-leash beach has no amenities—no trash receptacles, no poop bag stations, and no dog water fountains. The beach is considered “carry-in, carry-out” where people will have to pick up after their dogs and take away the waste themselves. It’s very important that dog owners take good care of this park and keep it clean.
Temporarily closes March 1st through June 30th annually to protect potential nesting birds.

Robinson Duck Farm Dog Park
2903 Montauk Hwy., Brookhaven, NY – Google map
A large, new dog park is now open at the former Robinson Duck Farm on Montauk Highway in Brookhaven Hamlet. The dog park covers 2.6 acres and is surrounded by 4-ft. high wooden-slat snow fencing. There are two gated entries into the dog park off a small parking lot. Because the dog park is located adjacent to Montauk Highway, dog owners are advised to keep their dogs under control and under close supervision at all times. As a “natural borders” dog park, the park does not have the usual amenities associated with more traditional fenced dog parks. Dog owners are expected to bring their own waste disposal bags and water. Moreover, the County is not providing trash receptacles or waste removal at this time.

Southold Town Recreation Center Dog Park
970 Peconic Lane, Peconic, NY 11971 – Google map
This park has recently been doubled in size thanks to efforts by local dog owners. There are separate areas for small and large dogs. We are pleased to say that the park is now packed daily and is thoroughly enjoyed by many people and dogs. We encourage every town to have a park. The people and dogs love it! For more information and photos, check out the North Fork Doggy Date Group on Facebook.

Tanner Park Dog Park
Baylawn Ave and Kerrigan Rd in Babylon/Copiague – Google map
631-957-3000
Directions: For use by Town of Babylon residents only. The dog park is located behind the baseball fields at Tanner Park. For more information visit the Tanner Dog Park Run Website

West Hills Dog Parks
Large Dog Park (26 pounds or more) – Google map
The entrance to this 1.75 acre park is on Sweet Hollow Road just north of the intersection of Old Country Road and Sweet Hollow Road. There is a water fountain, and several benches and waste bag dispensers. When you visit a dog park make sure to watch and pick up after your dog. Many people have put hours of dedication and hard work into getting these dog parks built, and it’s only fair that those who use them act as responsible dog owners when they visit with their dogs.
Please don’t bring dogs that have aggression issues as the dog park is definitely not the place to work on them!
Directions: There are two ways to get there depending on which direction you’re coming from.
From Jericho Turnpike turn south onto Sweet Hollow Road and go about 2 miles until you see Sweet Hills Horse Stables. The entrance to the park is right after the stables on your left. When you pull in you will see the dog park on your right. Please note that Sweet Hollow Road is narrow and winding, and bicyclists often use the road so you should exercise caution while traveling it.
From Old Country Road and Route 110 take Old Country Road West. In less than 1/4 mile you will turn north onto Sweet Hollow Road. Go about 1/2 mile and you will come to the entrance to the park on your right side. Turn in and you will see the dog park on the right. If you pass the stables you have gone too far.

Small Dog Park (25 pounds or less) – Google map
This small dog park occupies the location of the former West Hills Dog Park off High Hold Drive. It is covered in new grass and has had new benches installed. It is also slated to get a new water fountain. The Suffolk County Parks Department has done a great job of creating a safe place for the owners of small dogs who want a park where their dogs can play!
Directions: Enter the park off Round Swamp Road (north of the Northern State Parkway and south of Jericho) at High Hold Drive. Drive approximately 1/4 mile until you see a gravel parking lot on your left. Park there and walk across the street to the dog park.

More pet friendly parks in Nassau and Suffolk county:

  • Belmont Lake State Park (Babylon, NY): Undeveloped trail starting at northeast corner of parking lot and ending by maintenance buildings.
  • Camp Hero State Park (Montauk, NY): Dogs allowed on a leash no more than six feet long.
  • Governor Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow (Kings Park, NY): No access from park, east end of park, access from Old Dock Road. East of Sunken Meadow Pkwy. and South of Rt. 25A, access from 25A.
  • Heckscher State Park (East Islip, NY): Undeveloped trails, west of toll booths, park in back of field 4 and walk to field 5.
  • Hempstead Lake State Park (West Hempstead, NY): Undeveloped areas that are open to the public. Unpaved path at field 3 and adjacent to Schodak Creek.
  • Hither Hills State Park (Montauk, NY): North of Montauk Pkwy., south of beach area east of Napeague Harbor and west of overlook parking.
  • Town of Huntington Dog Park (East Northport, NY): Next to Huntington Animal Shelter for Town of Huntington residents off Pulaski on Deposit Road.
  • Montauk Point State Park (Montauk, NY): Area from west of refreshment stand to just beyond Oyster Pond.
  • Shadmoor State Park (Montauk, NY): Dogs on a leash not more than six feet long.