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Dog parks on Long Island

Audrey Reed, 2, walking her dog Jake at

(Credit: Chris Reed)

There's nothing better than enjoying the great outdoors with a few good friends, but what if your friends are among the four-legged set? Long Islanders enjoy several parks where dogs are free to socialize, romp and play to their heart's content. So go ahead, BYOD -- bring your own dog -- and check out a few great spots for you and your furry friends.

In general, dog runs are open from dawn to dusk. Most are fenced, some with separate areas for large and small (usually 25 pounds or lighter) dogs. You're expected to clean up after your animal, be able to produce proof of rabies vaccination and obey park guidelines about where dogs can roam on and off their leashes.

Some parks charge a fee or have resident-only restrictions from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Here's a growing list of state and county parks where your dogs can roam free or leashed.

  • Hit the playground and play in the spray

    Bay Park Cross country skiing, Skating Venues, Inline skating, Roller rinks, County park 198 First Ave. East Rockaway 96 acres; 9-hole golf course, fishing dock (year-round), picnic area, playground, tennis courts, boat ramp ...

  • Bethpage State Park Cross country skiing, Park, State park 99 Quaker Meetinghouse Rd. Farmingdale Park with 5 18-hole golf courses, restaurant and bar, softball fields, basketball courts, bocceball, horse ...

  • Jacob Korngold, 5, slides the day away at

    Cedar Creek Park Running, Baseball, Basketball, Park, Performing Arts Center, Radio-controlled airplanes, Biking trail, Skating Venues, Roller rinks, Tennis and Racquetball, Walking, County park, Inline skating, Soccer 3340 Merrick Rd. Seaford What you'll find: The 259 acre park has nine fields. It has eight tennis courts ...

  • Angela Amato and her labrador retriever Cody run

    Christopher Morley Park Cross country skiing, Skating Venues, Outdoor ice rink, Ice skating rink, County park, Performing Arts Center Searingtown Road Roslyn-North Hills 98 acres; swimming pools (fee), boat basin for model sailboats, tennis courts (fee), 9-hole golf ...

  • Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Avenue, East

    Eisenhower Park Batting cage, Cross country skiing, Performing Arts Center, County park, Stadium/Arena, Miniature Golf, Labyrinth Hempstead Turnpike and Merrick Avenue East Meadow 930 acres; baseball, softball, soccer fields, three 18-hole golf courses with regulation greens, lighted driving ...

  • The Eugene Nickerson Beach Skatepark is for skateboards

    Eugene Nickerson Beach Skate Park Skating Venues, Skateboard park Lido Boulevard Lido Beach For skateboards and inline skates only. Located inside a 160-by-100-foot fenced-in area, the Nickerson Beach ...

  • Try horseback riding at Hempstead Lake State Park.

    Hempstead Lake State Park Biking trail, State park, Horse facility, Hiking Southern State Parkway West Hempstead Lakeside park with playgrounds, horseback-riding trails, hiking trails, biking trails, picnic areas, and basketball and ...

  • Massapequa Dog Park in Massapequa. (July 1, 2015)

    Massapequa Dog Park Dog park Clocks Blvd. and E. Pine St. Massapequa Features drinking fountains and gazebo seating. Sectioned for large and small dogs. ...

  • Valley Stream Dog Park in Valley Stream. (Sept.

    Valley Stream Dog Park Dog park Verona Pl Valley Stream This quarter-acre park is packed with amenities, including a ground cover of colorful synthetic turf. ...

  • Wantagh Park , 1 King Rd. off

    Wantagh Park Softball, Park, County park, Kids, Baseball, Team sports, Tennis and Racquetball, Biking trail 1 King Rd. off Merrick Road Wantagh What you'll find: At this 111 acres park, there is a swimming complex featuring six ...

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