Dog parks on Long Island: Where Fido can run and play outdoors

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Unclip that leash and let your dog play at one of these Long Island dog parks where he'll be free to roam and explore.

From amenities to park tips, we've rounded up everything you need to know before you take Fido out for an afternoon of outdoor fun. These runs have dog-friendly beaches, trails, agility courses and more.

Name: Springs Dog ParkSize: 42 acresLocation: Off of
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Name: Springs Dog Park

Size: 42 acres

Location: Off of 3 Mile Harbor Hog Creek Rd., East Hampton

Hours: Dawn to dusk, year-round

Surface: Grass, dirt

Seating areas: Benches

Accessibility: Public; some areas may be blocked for Nassau County residents

Attractions: There are three main nature trails and dogs are even allowed to roam the beach. There are lots of open space for play, so bring your own toys for a game of fetch.

Dog park tip: Protect your dog from ticks and fleas before entering Springs Dog Park. Bring your own waste bags, water and bowls.

Blydenburgh Dog Park

Name: Blydenburgh Dog ParkLocation: 100 Veterans Memorial Hwy.,
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Name: Blydenburgh Dog Park

Location: 100 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Hauppauge

Hours: 8 a.m.-sunset, year-round

Surface: Wood chip mulch, grass and dirt

Seating areas: Benches

Accessibility: A Green Key pass is required on weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day

Attractions: Leashed dogs are allowed to roam all 627 acres of Blydenburgh park, including hills, valleys and a man-made lake. There is also a 2-acre fenced in dog park where dogs can roam and play off-leash. Within the dog park is a wooden path where humans can walk with their dogs. There are water fountains within the dog park.

Dog park tip: You'll find the most dogs at the park on weekends and holidays. If your dog prefers a quiet park experience, Blydenburgh Park recommends visiting weekday mornings between 8-9:30 a.m.

Nickerson Beach Park

The dog run in Nickerson Beach Park in
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The dog run in Nickerson Beach Park in Lido Beach is a popular meeting place for dog owners. (And their canines, of course.)

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Name: Nickerson Beach Dog ParkLocation: 880 Lido Blvd.,
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Name: Nickerson Beach Dog Park

Location: 880 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach

Surface: Grass, dirt

Seating areas: Benches, picnic tables

Accessibility: Open to Nassau County residents only

Attractions: There are two separate areas (for small and large dogs) where dogs can climb on wooden barriers and bridges. There's also a water fountain to fill up Fido's bowl.

Dog park tip: Although the dog park is near the beach, the town does not allow pups to roam outside of the park's barriers or on the beach.

Springs Dog Park

Monica Morris and Jordan Nicholson with their dogs
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Monica Morris and Jordan Nicholson with their dogs at the Springs Dog Park on Three Mile Harbor / Hog Creek Road in East Hampton.

Christopher Morley Dog Park

Abbey roams Christopher Morley Dog Park and
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Abbey roams Christopher Morley Dog Park and plays with the park's tennis balls.

Name: Christopher Morley Dog ParkLocation: 500 Searingtown Rd.,
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Name: Christopher Morley Dog Park

Location: 500 Searingtown Rd., Roslyn

Hours: 9 a.m.-dusk, year round

Surface: Wood chip mulch and dirt

Seating areas: Benches, picnic tables, chairs, pop-up tents

Accessibility: Open to Nassau County residents only

Attractions: There are two water fountains, one for small dogs and one for larger dogs. No need to bring a water bowl; there are plenty provided at the drinking station. There are tennis balls available in the park in case you forget to bring Fido's favorite toy.

Dog park tip: A popular time for dogs to gather at this park is 1 p.m., but remember not to bring rawhides, treats or food into the park, as it may upset the other pups.

Middle Island Dog Park

Kingston, owned by Gecel and Adrian Rodriguez of
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Kingston, owned by Gecel and Adrian Rodriguez of Ridge, and Finley, owned by Matt Lick of Medford, make friends at the Middle Island Dog Park in Middle Island where dogs can roam in this membership dog park.

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Name: Middle Island Dog Park Location: 1075 Middle
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Name: Middle Island Dog Park

Location: 1075 Middle Country Rd., Middle Island

Surface: Dirt, grass, sand

Seating areas: Benches

Accessibility: This is a membership-only park. Each park patron is issued a membership card, or "Pooch Pass."

Attractions: There's lots of open space for your dog to roam and play at Middle Island Dog Park. Dogs can even run free on the beach. There's no need for you to bring along a bowl; this park has plenty to spare and water fountains as well.

Dog park tip: The park has trees and plants that dogs are allowed to roam near. Make sure your pup is protected from ticks before taking him to the park.

Valley Stream Dog Run

King James, named after NBA player LeBron James,
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King James, named after NBA player LeBron James, at Valley Stream Dog Run.

Name: Valley Stream Dog Run Location: 60 Verona
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Name: Valley Stream Dog Run

Location: 60 Verona Place, Valley Stream

Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. daily

Surface: Green, yellow and blue turf

Seating areas: Benches and a pavilion

Accessibility: Valley Stream residents and residents of the Town of Hempstead

Attractions: Dogs can enjoy climbing on wooden barriers. There's also a water fountain to fill up Fido's bowl and some toys within. A red fire hydrant marks the center of the park and artwork of dogs lines the fences.

Dog park tip: This dog park hosts special events and activities for dog park friends. Check vsdogs.org for the latest events.

West Hills Dog Park

Name: West Hills Dog ParkLocation: 435 Sweet Hollow
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Name: West Hills Dog Park

Location: 435 Sweet Hollow Rd., West Hills

Hours: Dawn to dusk, year-round

Surface: Grass, dirt

Seating areas: Benches, picnic tables

Accessibility: Public

Attractions: Two areas allow for large and small dogs to play separately. The park provides doggie bags and water.

Dog park tip: Don't forget to bring a bowl! There are no water bowls available at this park.

Wantagh Dog Park

New friends Zoey and Cocoa chase each
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New friends Zoey and Cocoa chase each other around the "small dog" area of Wantagh Dog Park.

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Name: Wantagh Dog Park Location: 1 King Rd.,
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Name: Wantagh Dog Park

Location: 1 King Rd., Wantagh

Hours: 9 a.m.-dusk, year round

Surface: Grass and dirt

Seating areas: Chairs, benches

Accessibility: Open to Nassau County residents only

Attractions: There are two play areas, one for small dogs and one for larger dogs. There are also doggie bags to help you clean up messes and water fountains to fill up bowls.

Dog park tip: If you come in the warmer months, dogs can splash and play in a kiddie pool. The park is closed on the first Tuesday of each month for routine maintenance.

Cedar Creek Dog Park

Name: Cedar Creek Dog ParkLocation: 3340 Merrick Rd.,
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Name: Cedar Creek Dog Park

Location: 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford

Hours: Dawn to dusk, year-round

Surface: Grass, dirt

Seating areas: Benches, pavilion

Accessibility: Nassau County residents

Attractions: The run includes separate areas for big and small dogs. Water fountains can be found within each run.

Dog park tip: Dogs are not allowed in any other area of this park. The park suggests driving your dog directly to the dog run's entrance.

Isaac Dog Park

Name: Isaac Dog ParkSize: 42 acresLocation: 5890 Rte.
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Name: Isaac Dog Park

Size: 42 acres

Location: 5890 Rte. 25, Wading River

Hours: Dawn to dusk

Surface: Dirt

Seating areas: Benches, picnic tables

Accessibility: Town of Riverhead residents

Attractions: There are two separate areas for small and larger dogs with lots of open space for pups to roam and play.

Dog park tip: This park does not provide toys, water or bowls, so don't forget to bring your own!

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