The small city of Rochester sits just below Lake Ontario in northern New York. Split by the Genesee River, Rochester has an abundance of green space and walking trails, perfect for your dog to explore. There are also a rising number of dog-friendly accommodations, restaurant patios and more making this city a great stop for you and your dog to enjoy on a warm sunny day.
Dog Friendly Parks in Rochester
Corbett’s Glen Nature Park
Corbett’s Glen Nature Park is a short and accessable hike only a short distance from downtown Rochester. Walk along the gentle Allen Creek and enjoy its two small tumbling cascades. On a warm day this is the perfect spot for your dog to enjoy some time cooling off in the water.
Trolly Bed Trail
Right next door to Lollypop Farm is the start of the Trolly Bed Trail, also known as the Rochester, Syracuse and Eastern Trail. This multi-use runs all the way from Egypt Park to the Erie Canal. It is a beautiful and relaxing walk, no matter how much of it you cover.
Turning Point Park
Take a stroll along the Genesee River at Turning Point Park. As part of the Genesee Riverway Trail, you can walk your way all the way into downtown Rochester or Lake Ontario. Make sure to head left from the parking lot for the coolest part, Turning Point’s boardwalk snaking its way across the Genesee River.
Genesee Valley Park
Go for a historical adventure through Genesee Valley Park, designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, most noted for Central Park in NYC. The park in southern Rochester dates back to 1888 and features an 18 hole golf course, canoeing and of course endless paths for your dog to enjoy.
Lollypop Farm is much more than just the Humane Society of Greater Rochester. While we all wish we could take home every cuddly animal with us, Lollypop Farm has something to offer for every visitor. Get your furry friend a gift from the shop, see the many full time resident animals of the farm and a chance to enter the outdoor petting area.
Letchworth State Park
For those visiting Rochester for a few days with their dog, plan a day trip to Letchworth State Park the “Grand Canyon of the East.” Just a 45 minute drive south from Rochester, this state park offers dozens of miles of hiking through lush green forest, with three major waterfalls as high as 600 feet!
Dog Friendly Accommodations near Rochester, NY
Hampton Inn Rochester/Greece
No visit to Rochester is complete without a place for you and your furry friend to sleep. The comfortable Hampton Inn Rochester/Greece just a short drive from downtown. Besides for the friendly staff, indoor pool and warm breakfast, there is plenty of green area to take Gordo on a nice long walk.
Just next door is MacGregor’s Grill & Tap Room, perfect for an evening beer or easy dinner if you do not want to head back into downtown Rochester.
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