Best Dog-Friendly Activities in the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley is the perfect place to live or visit if you're a dog owner. There is an abundance of trails and outdoor activities for active pups and their humans, and a few really unique pet stores to visit when you're in the mood to shop. Read on for some of our favorite dog-friendly activities!

Go for a Walk at a Historic Mansion

The Hudson Valley is full of historic mansions owned by wealthy families of yore who used the area for a quiet getaway from New York City. Some great places to walk with your dog include Samuel Morse's estate, Locust Grove, in Poughkeepsie, Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, and Clermont State Historic Site in Germantown. Stroll the grounds and gardens, relax under a tree, or take a more challenging walk through the woods. You'll probably meet some other pups along the way, so be ready to say hi!

Enjoy a Meal at a Dog-Friendly Restaurant

While many restaurants have rules against canine customers, some welcome them with open arms. Some eateries that cater to humans with well-behaved pups are the Armadillo Bar & Grill in Kingston (which boasts a sign that says "Dogs Welcome, People Tolerated," above the bar, the Traghaven Whiskey Pub in Tivoli, and the Red Dot Restaurant & Bar in Hudson.

Check Out a Store for Dogs

The Hudson Valley is home to a number of locally owned pet stores that offer high quality goods, special events, and that personal touch that is so welcoming to a pooch and her human. In Red Hook, check out Pause Dog Boutique, which is famous for its yearly "Howl'oween" doggy costume parade in addition to other fun and informative events. In Beacon, stop in at the Beacon Barkery, which offers holistic remedies and a doggy bakery in addition to food and pet supplies. And if you're near Rhinebeck, take a walk over to Dexter's Dog Boutique, which prides itself on offering goods that are 100% American-made.

Hang Out at a Dog Park

Who can forget dog parks when talking about dog-friendly activities? The Hudson Valley is home to several parks for pooches where you can run and play, make new friends, and just let your dog be himself! The Gardiner Dog Park, behind Gardiner Town Hall, is open 8am until dusk in the spring, summer, and fall, and has a separate area for small dogs as well as a shade structure and water spigot. The Woodstock Dog Park, off of Dixon Ave in Woodstock, is open from dawn until dusk and has separate areas for dogs both under and over 30 lbs. Finally, there is the Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Orange County, which is home to not just a dog park, but also an arboretum, a golf course, a playground and more. The dog park here is open seven days a week from 7am until dusk.

Veronica Stork has lived in the Hudson Valley her entire life. She always enjoys visiting new local places (and writing about them.)