Dog Friendly Rochester – Walkies Through the City

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With so many great walking spots in the city, it’s no surprise that the Rochester Riverside Hotel is dog-friendly. Whether you’re here for the week or on a stopover, your research into great walking areas will be much appreciated by your pooch. Rochester is a city full of big open spaces, giving you and your pets a place to stretch your legs, causing no hassle to the less animal friendly among the human population.

It’s not every day you find a city where pets get the space they need, but Rochester is among the best in the state for trips with your terrier, or holidays with your hound. Below are some of the best pet friendly spots in and around the city and however long you’re here for, these gardens, parks and nature trails are ripe for Rochester dog day afternoon.

Genesee Valley Park

Genesse river lower fallLocated to the south of Rochester, this Canalside park is plush with open green spaces, 800 acres of park land and four different foot bridges. Dating back to 1888, this park has been around for almost as long as the modern city.

Ontario Beach Park

Ontario LakeWith its long pier jutting out onto the lake and plenty of birds for your dog to chase around (and fail to catch), the Ontario Beach Park overlooks the lake of the same name, and offers up idyllic boardwalks and beach views. With a wide range of events taking over the promenade in the summer months, this is the perfect spot for you to enjoy with your pooch.

Hamlin Beach State Park

Hamlin beach Park-rochesterMade up 1287 acres of land, this breathtaking nature park overlooks Lake Ontario and is another perfect dog walking area. With so much land to traverse, this is the perfect spot for fetch, especially with a more energetic pup whom you want to wear out for the day!

Trolly Bed Trail

This is the perfect example of how you can explore the Rochester Hotel and surrounding areas without having to drive too far. This nature trail runs from the Eerie Canal to Egypt Park, and is nestled right next to Lollypop Farm, which itself is teeming with farm animals. Maybe don’t let your dog too close to the alpacas!

Corbett’s Glen Nature Park

Corbett's Glen parkAnother Downtown Rochester gem, Corbett’s Glen Nature Park is perfect for a quick dog walk. With Allen Creek perched right next to the trail, you can let your dog cool off in the water, whilst you enjoy the soothing sounds of the small waterfalls nearby.

Durand Eastman Park

Durand Eastman Park-rochesterThe Durand Eastman Park is a 4-kilometer reserve containing two large lakes, Durand and Eastman Lakes. For the avid dog walker, these lakes make for a great route, giving you first hand – or paw – access to 395 different tree and plant species, alongside wildlife stretching from grey squirrels to turkeys.

Abraham Lincoln Park

With a tree log playground for the kids and a range of fishing facilities, Abraham Lincoln Park is a multifaceted city reserve with plenty of nature trails for walks. With easy access into the city center, this park links to Irondequoit Bay and the 2-kilometer walk leads down to the docks on Lake Ontario.