Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A Happy Fall And A Happy Dog

Happy Fall Everyone! As the days begin to shorten and that crisp feeling gets in the air, we say goodbye to sunny days at the beach and turn our attention to Autumn and the harvest. Pumpkin Spice everything is already on sale in every shop and towns have already started having their fall festivals.

Long Island is a beautiful place with many natural trails where you can walk through acres of woods watching the changing colors of the leaves. There's also a lot of farm land that offer "Pick-UR-Own" for various things like apples and pumpkins. It's a great time to get out and take part in many unique seasonal activities but does that mean man's best friend has to stay behind? Here at Little Shelter we see our dogs as family and know it can be difficult when  you want to go out somewhere but you can't take your dog with you. 

In the spirit of fall I have compiled a list of different places and events that your favorite fido is welcomed to come along for the fun. While many of the places listed are open all year long, it is advised that you look into/call the venue of the specific place and ask what their rules are regarding  dogs prior to you showing up. Most of the places listed are for leashed dogs and follow carry in/carry out policy. *It is also recommended to call and make sure there are no breed or size restrictions, or a changes in policy.

Nassau Barkfest - Eisenhower Park, Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre (Parking at Field 6 & 6A) -October 24, 1pm
Dog Days at the Gardens – Old Westbury – Oct 20 & 21st 10-5pm/Oct 27 & 28 10-5pm
Dog Festival - Old Westbury - Oct. 28th 11-4pm (costume contest is at 3, all entries must register by 2pm)
Suffolk Barkfest - The Holiday Inn, 3131 Nesconset Highway, Setauket - October 25, 12pm

Spooktacular Howl’oween Pet Parade - City Hall, 9 Glen Street, Glen Cove - October 26, 12pm-1pm

Barton Orchards (& Dog Park) – Poughquag
Stakey’s farm – AQUEBOGUE/Riverhead(GPS)

Blydenburgh County Park, Sands Point Preserve, Bailey Arboretum, Massapequa Preserve, Avalon Park & Preserve, Gardiner Park, Belmont Lake State Park, Heather Hills State Park, Camp Hero State Park, Makamah Nature Preserve, Cedar Point County Park, Phargmites/Twin Ponds North Park, Fire Island National Seashore, West Hills County Park, Sunken Meadow State Park, Southaven County Park

Mudd Creek Beach, Nassau Beach Park, Gardiner County Park, Fire Island*select areas, Smith Point County Park, Shinnecok East County Park, Amagansett Beach, Cedar Point County Park
Coindre Hall - Coindre Hall is a mansion in the style of a medieval French chateau constructed in 1912
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site - Oyster Bay


Lavender By The Bay - October: Thursday – Monday 9AM-5PM

Macari Vinyards – Mattituck - MON-THURS: 9AM-5PM, FRI, SAT & SUN: 11AM-6PM
Harmony Vineyards – Head of the Harbor
Woodside OrchardAquebogue (Dogs are welcome in the picnic and parking area)

This is only a partial list and readers are encouraged to drop their favorite haunts in the comments. I also advise to check local community boards as many towns or businesses may have smaller events going on that are not listed here. Please note, Little Shelter is not affiliated with any of the locations/businesses mention above.

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