New York is a state that’s both familiar and full of surprises--making it perfect for a pet friendly vacation. From the thrill of Manhattan to hiking and paddling in the Adirondack Mountains, the entertainment options are endless. Only in New York can you sample vintages from award-winning wineries along the Finger Lakes, hit the beaches on Long Island, and experience the power of Niagara Falls. Explore by boat in the Thousand Islands, relive American colonial and Revolutionary War history around Albany, and take a scenic drive through the scenic Hudson Valley. Whatever you choose to do, New York will exceed your expectations.
Best Time To Visit
With so much to do no matter the weather, New York is a year-round pet friendly destination. Spring and fall are lovely times of the year to explore the urban jungle of Manhattan with your pet. Summer is perfect for a getaway to Lake George or to enjoy some of New York's fantastic state parks. Fall is harvest season at the vineyards and wineries in the Finger Lakes and the best time to enjoy the fall foliage in the Adirondacks. And winter, though cold, offers skiing and some of the best hotel rates of the year after the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Things Not To Miss
Spend the day enjoying the conservatory gardens, tracking down the 36 decorative bridges, exploring the wooded trails in the Ramble, or simply lounging on a bench in Manhattan's 843-acre Central Park.
Meander the paths through Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, the setting of Washington Irving's “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” where Irving himself as well as Andrew Carnegie, Elizabeth Arden, Walter P. Chrysler, William Rockefeller, and Harry and Leona Helmsley have been laid to rest.
Uncork the many pet friendly wineries, vineyards, and craft breweries in the Finger Lakes, New York’s largest wine-producing region.
Hear the roar and marvel at Mother Nature's power at Niagara Falls State Park. (Anyone with a dog that is or could be confused with a pitbull should avoid crossing the border into Ontario. The province has a pitbull ban, and any pitbull or pitbull mixes found within Ontario can be confiscated and euthanized.)
Paddle, bike, or drive the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, which stretches 524 miles from Buffalo to Albany. It connects four national parks, 34 national historic landmarks, historic canal sites and vessels, a 100-mile mural trail, local craftspeople, and more than 200 communities.
Escape to Adirondack Park, a 6 million-acres paradise known for its fall foliage, hiking trails across the Adirondack High Peaks, paddling routes that weave through St. Regis Canoe Area, boating on Lake Placid, and the ski runs at Whiteface Mountain.
Explore the "Grand Canyon of the East," at Letchworth State Park, where the Genesee River roars over three major waterfalls through the gorge with cliffs as high as 600 feet. Hikers can get up close on some of the 66 miles of pet friendly trails.
Visit the remains of Tahawus, tucked in the Adirondacks between Lake George and Lake Placid. This ghost town has several houses, outbuildings, and the remodeled blast furnace from the mining operation.