For some travelers, a family vacation isn’t complete without their four-legged fur baby. And those travelers, beLong on Long Island. Whether you’re a dog person, a certified cat lady, or a Steve Irwin wannabe, Long Island is an ideal destination for a pet-friendly adventure.
Across the region, pet parents will discover dozens of hotels, wineries, restaurants, cafés, breweries and more that welcome fido and friends – many of which have enhanced their venues to accommodate them properly. Local entrepreneurs and boutique owners have stocked up some unique, quality, adorable products for pets that you won’t find anywhere else. And when it comes to the outdoors, nothing beats frolicking on Long Island’s white sand beaches with man’s best friend or traversing an epic dog run in a preserve while marveling at historic mansions.
So, if you want to experience an incredible vacation on Long Island with your furry family member in tote, you’re in for a treat. Read on to check out our favorite pet-friendly spots across the region.
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A preview of the memories you can make memories with your best bud:
Best Pet-Friendly Breweries to Try
Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. (Greenport & Peconic)
Inspired by the beauty of the North Fork region and the Long Island Sound, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company creates each beer and can designs to reflect the vibrant life and values of the locals on the North Fork. The immense yard at the Peconic location is perfect to enjoy live music with your pup in the summer. You can find all the best seasonal beers at one of their two brewery locations in both Peconic & Greenport.
Bright Eye Beer Co. (Long Beach)
Bright Eye Beer Co. is Long Beach’s first craft brewery. This pet-friendly pub offers a large variety of brews, from IPAs to fruit beers, porters, and everything in between! Bright Eye Beer Co. is licensed as both a microbrewery and a farm brewery, meaning it crafts small batch brews using local ingredients. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed at all times.
Peconic County Brewing (Riverhead)
For deliciously fresh beer and entrees to match, Peconic County Brewing has really made a name for itself out in Riverhead. To make things even more enticing, the brewery’s waterfront patio is dog-friendly (with a leash).
Six Harbors Brewing Company (Huntington)
Six Harbors Brewing Co. loves pups (and their beer-drinking owners) which is why leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome inside and offered water and sometimes even treats (when in stock).
Best Pet-Friendly Wine & Dine Experiences
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This local staple is serving up legendary seafood in three different dog-friendly atmospheres in harborside Greenport. Enjoy waterfront dining at Claudio’s Restaurant, Crabby Jerry’s, and Claudio’s Waterfront.
This cat café in the heart of bustling Huntington Village is pretty much a giant living space for cats and kittens – that also happens to serve craft food and beverages. Catpurccinos has a cat room that they call a “cattery” that you can enter with or without your menu items for an additional fee and enjoy the company of the cats.
The Lenz Winery (Peconic)
Hidden behind the vines, Lenz Winery is where you can sip and relax with your furry friend beside you whether it’s in the outdoor courtyard or inside the tasting room.
Macari Vineyards (Cutchogue)
Wine down at Macari Vineyards, where you can take your glass of wine to the outdoor seating and soak in the sun with your beloved pup. While you’re there, be sure to check out the lovely wine and snack shop located near the front entrance for local provisions, fresh wine, and other delights.
A North Fork vineyard, RGNY takes a new approach to wine with a more immersive experience including events and games. Giving you more than just flavorful wine, RGNY has the perfect outdoor games for you and your best bud. From cornhole to Jenga and Uno, there’s fun for the whole family!
Best Pet-Friendly Parks and Historic Sites
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Oyster Bay)
The former home of 26th president of the United States, Theordore Roosevelt, visitors and their dogs can enjoy more than 80 acres of Sagamore Hill's natural landscape any day of the week from dawn to dusk. Be sure to explore the half-mile wooded loop trail that goes from the Old Orchard Museum to the Eel Creek saltmarsh and the beach at Cold Spring Harbor. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
Bay Park (East Rockaway)
Alright dog lovers, this park is for you. Bay Park in East Rockaway offers two waterfront dog runs. Head to the east side of this park and please adhere to the size requirements of each run (one is for strictly for dogs under 25lbs).
Eisenhower Park (East Meadow)
Grab your pup and head for a stroll through one of Long Island’s largest state parks, Eisenhower Park! Coined “Nassau County’s Central Park,” this massive oasis of greenery includes a 1.5-acre section just for dogs. Pups can interact, drink from the water stations, and catch some shade under the trees before playing fetch on one of the great lawns.
Cedar Creek Park (Seaford)
Seaford’s Cedar Creek Park is a great place to hang out with your furry friend. This 259-acre park offers dog-friendly paved paths and two dog runs (one reserved for pups under 25lbs). It also serves as the entry point for a six-mile paved path to Jones Beach for dogwalkers, joggers, hikers, cyclists, and rollerblade enthusiasts looking to make some serious strides.
Town of Oyster Bay Dog Park at Centre Island Beach (Bayville)
For an afternoon puppy-play date, head on up to Bayville’s newest dog park at the Town of Oyster Bay Dog Park at Centre Island Beach. This park was opened in 2019 and offers a beautiful place for people and pets alike to gather and socialize in the town’s efforts to make our parks more dog friendly.
Gardiner County Park (Bay Shore)
Your pup will make so many friends at this 231-acre nature-oriented public park on the Great South Bay in West Bay Shore. Gardiner County Park features a dog run, fitness trail, hiking, picnicking, bird watching, and nature trails leading to views of the iconic Robert Moses Bridge.
Blydenburgh County Park (Smithtown)
Open year-round, this 627-acre county park has enough activities to leave you and your pet wanting to come back again for more. Hiking, picnicking, camping, freshwater fishing, rowboat rentals, bridle paths, playground, dog run, dog park, and horseback riding are only the top of the list. Our favorite time of year to visit Blydenburgh is when all the flowers bloom in the spring and during the fall for peak foliage.
Heckscher Park (Huntington)
Take a scenic walk past Heckscher Museum of Art into Heckscher Park, frequently known as the “Central Park” of Huntington village. You and your pup can walk along the large pond and enjoy the views of the stone bridges, creeks, blossoming trees, and sculpture gardens.
Best Pet-Friendly Farms and Preserves
Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden (Manorville)
Don’t miss this year’s annual tulip festival at Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden, Farmer Nik planted over 2 MILLION tulips!! Tip toe through the tulip fields and don’t forget your camera because this is one of the most Instagrammable spots on Long Island. This year, the farm has tons of new picture spots including bicycles in the field, giant Dutch shoes, and vintage cars! Also on site are a ton of activities for kids and a farm-to-beer brewery. The farm and its gardens are dog-friendly (please just keep them on a leash).
Sands Point Preserve (Sands Point)
Home to three spectacular mansions (Falaise, Hempstead House, and CastleGould) Sands Point Preserve was originally the residence of the Guggenheim family and has inspired the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Charles Lindbergh. Now, it’s open to the public daily for tours of the mansions and surrounding estate. Dogs are welcome to explore the preserve, but they must be kept on a leash. There are two dog runs (one is exclusively for dogs under 25lbs) that are accessible for your use as well.
Bailey Arboretum (Lattingtown)
This 42-acre preserve on the North Shore of Nassau County is in the running for the most beautiful dog-friendly park on Long Island. In addition to numerous wooded trails, the Bailey Arboretum features seven acres of beautifully manicured gardens.
Best Pet-Friendly Hotels & Overnight Stays on Long Island
The Garden City Hotel (Garden City)
Give yourself and your pup the 5-star hotel treatment when you take them with you on your stay at the Garden City Hotel, Long Island’s only 4-Diamond property which also happens to be pet friendly! Make a reservation at Chef Burke’s Red Salt Room or outdoor patio bar for a savory meal you won’t forget.
Bellport Inn (Bellport)
The Bellport Inn invites you to experience a relaxed and curated setting in a historic property dating back to 1889, just steps to restaurants, boutiques, and the Bellport Marina on the Great South Bay. Each suite offers elegant, yet understated accommodations, each with its own unique look thanks to a collection of vintage and modern pieces as well as works by local artists. The Bellport Inn is pet-friendly, but pet accommodations must be discussed at the time of booking.
Baron’s Cove (Sag Harbor)
Bring your four-legged family member with you on your Baron's Cove getaway and enjoy deluxe dog-friendly accommodations, a Dog Welcome Kit, a copy of Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck and more.
The Preston House & Hotel (Riverhead)
This turn-of-the-century 1905 historical home on Long Island has been restored and transformed into a modern, chic 20-room boutique hotel and 88-seat American restaurant. Located in downtown Riverhead across from the Long Island Aquarium, The Preston House Hotel is so elegant and industrial chic, you wouldn’t even believe that your pup gets to enjoy this luxurious stay with you.
The Sound View (Greenport)
A pet-friendly hotel in Greenport, the Sound View is a charming spot with stunning views of the pristine Long Island Sound from its private beach. Located right on the water with an on-site restaurant, join a Chef-led tour at a neighboring historic farm or participate in an intimate conversation with an acclaimed artist by a bonfire on the beach.
American Beech (Greenport)
Another hotel in historic Greenport that allows an overnight stay with your pup is American Beech. The boutique luxury hotel is nestled in the historic Stirling Square and is bookended by the Great Peconic Bay on the south side and Long Island Sound to the North. American Beech is dog-friendly only – no other pets allowed.
The Pridwin Hotel & Cottages (Shelter Island)
Located on Shelter Island, the newly renovated Pridwin Hotel overlooks Crescent Beach and their cottages offer a spacious and private stay. For pet-friendly accommodations, stay at the Birch Cottage, which offers private pet-friendly studio-style accommodations.
The Mansion at Glen Cove (Glen Cove)
With 186 richly-appointed guest rooms and suites that are elegant, comfortable, and exude modern glamour, the Mansion at Glen Cove offers relaxation and wonderful amenities. Pets under 30 lbs are welcome at the Mansion at Glen Cove so you can bring your furry friend with your during your stay.
Best Pet-Friendly Beaches
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Shadmoor State Park (Montauk)
Make your way out to "The End" of the Island with your dog in tow and enjoy strolling the over 2,000 feet of ocean beach at Shadmoor State Park in Montauk. There are also hiking trails featuring scenic shoreline views. Dogs must be kept on a leash that is no more than 6 feet long and only two pets are allowed in day use areas per person.
Port Jefferson Public Beach (Port Jefferson)
Port Jefferson Public Beach and Dog Park is pet friendly. This small, harbor-side beach in the Village of Port Jefferson has a nice area for owners to walk their pups. Try to go at low tide, there's a lot more beach then! Pooches are welcome to join you on the sand ad dip their paws in the water.
Smith Point County Park (Fire Island)
Right by Shirley, Smith Point County Park is Suffolk County’s biggest oceanfront beach and is also pet-friendly! Dogs are permitted in certain areas on a six-foot leash and many dog owners take their pups past the campground to the wooden stairs that go over those dunes.
Best Pet-Oriented Shops
Harbor Pet (Greenport)
Treat your puppy to some shopping in the heart of Greenport with a trip to Harbor Pet. This shop is the ultimate boutique for pets, shop stylish collars, leashes, and other accessories, or stock up on some specialty healthy treats. The world is your oyster at Harbor Pet.
Bond Vet (Roslyn)
Take your pet on over to Bond Vet in Roslyn for a spa day. Once groomed, you can have your pet pick from some treats in the chic lobby for being such a good girl (or boy). The best part of Bond Vet is that they are also a walk-on clinic, so if your pet is having any skin issues or allergies this shed season, the professionals here can stop the problem in its tracks.
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