One of the best parts about living in Queens, NY, is getting out and exploring all that Long Island has to offer — and these adventures are even better when your four-legged friend comes along! So, if you’re considering moving to Queens, NY, you’re lucky: there are many places to explore with your pup.

Here are a few of our favorite dog-friendly destinations in and around Queens, NY.

Off-Leash Dog Parks

Sometimes, dogs just need to run, and that’s when off-leash parks are convenient. For example, many NYC parks allow dogs to be off-leash from opening until 9 am, then again from 9 pm to closing. And while dogs aren’t allowed on public beaches during the summer, you can let your pup play on the sand in the off-season from October 2 to the Friday before Memorial Day.

Queens residents have multiple options when it comes to off-leash parks. These include Forest Park Dog Run, which is set in a lovely greenspace and offers two fenced-in areas, one for larger dogs and one for smaller, elderly, or timid dogs. Water access, waste bags, and plenty of seating for humans add to Forest Park’s appeal.

At Little Bay Park Dog Run, you can enjoy the park’s scenic views of the water and Throggs Neck Bridge while your pup plays. The gravel-lined runs help keep mud to a minimum. Water fountains are available in summer, and best of all, there’s free parking.

Other options include Cunningham Park Dog Run, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Astoria Park Off-Leash Area, Rockaway Community Park Off-Leash Area, and Landing Lights Off-Leash Area.

Dog-Friendly Businesses in Queens, NY

After a fun day of play at an off-leash park, there’s nothing better than grabbing a bite to eat. These Queens-area eateries allow you to bring your canine buddy along; some even let them come right in!

Chateau le Woof goes beyond being dog-friendly; it actually bills itself as a “people-friendly dog cafe.” Here, you’ll find a menu of delicious drinks and dishes for you and your doggo, fun events, and a selection of treats and grooming supplies.

Other dog-friendly eateries include the Bee Cafe, where dogs can join you on the patio as you enjoy coffee and cafe fare. If you’re in the mood for cocktails and live music, LIC Bar welcomes dogs on their outdoor patio. Arcadia Bar and Kitchen not only welcomes dogs, but they’ll also offer your pup a treat, too.

And speaking of treats, Tom’s Pet Supply in Astoria, NY,  offers a large selection of treats, toys, dog food, and health products. Your dog is welcome to shop with you. Lockwood stores welcome pups into their locations, as well. It’s a great place to find unique gifts and household goods.

Moving with Your Dog to Queens, NY

Queens offers plenty of places to explore with your canine companion. When planning a move to Queens, Molloy Bros is here to help. Contact us today to learn how we can make your move with your pup easy!