Although Brooklyn is known for being some distance away from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, it is still considered to be city living. If you are living or visiting Brooklyn and don’t have access to a grassy area or backyard, the good news is that there are many great places nearby where you can bring your dog for some exercise and fresh air.
What is an Off-Leash Dog Park?
Off-leash dog parks, also referred to as dog runs, are typically fenced-in areas where dogs can roam free and play with other dogs. To safely visit a community dog park, your puppy should have completed their entire series of vaccinations while adult dogs should be up-to-date on their recommended vaccinations. While most states don’t require the bordetella vaccine (kennel cough), it is strongly recommended before your pup socializes with other dogs.
If your puppy or dog needs a routine checkup or a vaccine booster, or you have questions or concerns about their overall health, our Brooklyn mobile vets will come to you. Schedule a home visit or telemedicine appointment before socializing your puppy or dog to ensure they are safe and protected before visiting one of these popular spots.
The Best Off-Leash Dog Parks Near Brooklyn
1) Prospect Park and Prospect Dog Park Beach
Prospect Park in Brooklyn is a vast 500-plus acre park that includes many popular attractions for dogs and their people. There are designated off-leash areas where dogs can run during certain times of the day, as well as Dog Beach, where they can swim in the warmer months.
2) Hillside Dog Park
Hillside Dog Park is another great spot in the Brooklyn area to take your dog. With its off-leash areas, lots of dogs visit every day, so make sure your best furry friend is comfortable in a large pack. With dirt and wood chip paths that are soft on paws, be prepared for your dog to come home happy, tired, (and muddy).
3) Shore Road Park
Located in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, Shore Road Park is another popular off-leash option for dogs. The five-mile area includes walking paths, and a large dog run. Come for the views of the Verrazano Bridge and stay for the outdoor fun that your dog will have!
4) Monsignor McGolrick Park
Monsignor McGolrick Park in the Greenpoint area of Brooklyn is a nine-acre neighborhood park. With off-leash areas, a children’s playground, a beach area, and a Sunday Farmer’s Market, there is something here for both furry and human friends alike.
5) Fort Greene Park
Fort Greene Park is a historic landmark at the edge of downtown Brooklyn. The park is a historic landmark that boasts open fields, playgrounds, as well as workout areas. While there are no dedicated off-leash areas for dogs, they can roam free anywhere in the park from 9 pm to 9 am. Feel free to bring your leashed dog to the park to enjoy any other time of day.
6) Dyker Beach Park
Dyker Beach Park includes an extensive dog run with both grassy and sandy areas as well as two separate enclosures- one for small dogs and one for larger dogs, and a secure entrance where your pet can roam around safely off-leash. Additionally, dogs are allowed on the public beach (and on any NYC beach) from October 2nd until the Friday before Memorial Day.
More Pet-Friendly Resources in Brooklyn
We hope you enjoyed our list of off-leash dog areas in Brooklyn. Be sure to refer to our other Best-of-Brooklyn guides for pet parents - hotels, groomers, and neighborhood bars and restaurants. Remember to keep your pet up-to-date on their veterinary care needs before socializing with other dogs. Book a BetterVet appointment online or through our app - we are always just a few clicks away. Our mobile veterinarians will come to you at your hotel, home, or apartment to make it easier for you to access the vet care your pet needs.