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Things to do with your dog on Long Island

Fallon Rubin of Oceanside spends time with her

Fallon Rubin of Oceanside spends time with her dog Jet at the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company in Peconic. Credit: Randee Daddona

Save a seat for a wagging tail in the SUV. Your furriest family member doesn’t have to stay behind when an outing strays beyond the local dog park.

An increasing number of bars, restaurants, stores — even a party cruise boat — are putting out the welcome mat, water bowls and snacks for owner-accompanied canines of all sizes and breeds.

Here are dog-date destinations with woof appeal, where, if you promise to behave, Snoopy may let you come along.

NORTH FORK: Dock and dine

Greenport seems to go out of its way to accommodate canine companions. As long as your animal is leashed, the local attitude is Lassie-faire.

Start by sniffing the sea breezes and greenery of Greenport’s four-acre harborfront oasis, Mitchell Park. There’s plenty of room for you two to roam, admire the boats and take to a small sandy beach for a frisky swim. Should you be unprepared for nature’s call, disposable bag stations are conveniently situated throughout the park.

From the park, it’s a short sidewalk stroll to the Harbor Pet boutique. Your dog can get a haircut, pick out a bakery treat and assemble a fall wardrobe, including bandana, bow tie, shoes and leash. (631-477-1518,

If the salty breezes whet your appetite, there’s people food for both of you and dog treats made from the brewer’s spent grain (free sample or $10 bag) at Greenport Harbor Brewery’s tasting rooms and patios. (631-477-1100,  

FIRE ISLAND: Frolic on the beach

Turn your parlor pooch into a salty dog on one of the island’s barking beaches.

Dogs can be walked right aboard Fire Island ferries leaving from Sayville, Bay Shore and Patchogue. It’s about a half-hour trip across the Great South Bay to a day of playing Frisbee on the beach. Cherry Grove and a number of other Fire Island communities welcome leashed and well-behaved dogs. After Labor Day through mid-March, ocean beaches such as Sailors Haven and Watch Hill reopen to dogs, so you can make paw- and footprints together in the sand. (Sayville Ferry Service: 631-589-0810,, $5 round-trip dog fare; Patchogue: Davis Park Ferry Co., 631-475-1665,, $6 round-trip dog fare; Bay Shore: Fire Island Ferries, 631-665-3600,, dogs board free.)

If you're not in the mood for a boat ride, the boardwalk from Robert Moses State Park field 5 to Lighthouse Beach in the Fire Island National Seashore also reopens to dogs for leashed walks from post-Labor Day to mid-March.  


Restaurants including Tony Cuban and BrewSA are among dining and drinking spots with patios, courtyards and other dog-friendly outdoor spaces.

WEST BABYLON: Walk and dine

A pooch parade circles Belmont Lake on fair weather days — in sizes and breeds varying from teacups to standard poodles. Join the procession on the loop through the woods, past the historic cannons, and stop for a drink of bottled water on the lakeside benches. Resume your stroll on the bridge over a bubbling brook and waterfall, past the picnic areas to the big ballfield, where the two of you can have a good run. (631-667-5055,

A few miles east of the park, Local Burger Co. in Bay Shore caters to human and canine palates in its outdoor seating area. The kitchen will grill a piece of plain chicken or hamburger for your hungry hound. (631-647-8300,

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