Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is one of the only ocean liners in the world to accommodate dogs and cats, and with the twelve existing kennels on board always sold out months in advance, the cruise line decided to add 10 more kennels as part of the Queen Mary 2 Remastered project, set for completion in June 2016. With a proper lamp post for British dogs and a fire hydrant for the American hounds, Cunard’s new kennel space promises to make pooches from both sides of the pond feel right at home.
With more pampered pooches than ever about to be given the opportunity to go transatlantic with Cunard, we decided we had better tell them where to stretch their legs when they get there!
Here’s our list of New York’s best dog-friendly parks.
When New Yorkers are in need of some time out, they take to Central Park and they take their pets with them. The park and its 843 acres are littered with 23 dog-friendly areas, with your pooch permitted to roam leash-free before 9.00am and after 9.00pm. Let them run like someone left the gate open on Cedar Hill, keep your feet warm while you dine at Le Pain Quotidien in Mineral Springs and sip from the fountain of doggy youth overlooking The Lake.
The Central Park Paws team takes its four-legged fans so seriously, that it offers special events across the park, including monthly Bagel Barks and the My Dog Loves Central Park Country Fair.
Washington Square Park
It isn’t the largest park in New York by any means, barely 10 acres in fact, but Washington Square Park is a gathering ground for man’s best friend. You’ll find them dozing in the shade of elm trees, cooling off in the fountain’s waters and cocking a leg against the Washington Arch. Fortunately the park is as entertaining for humans as it is hounds, with impromptu musical performances, local foodie haunts and plenty of hidden corners in which to take a pew and pass a few hours of people watching.
In years gone by, before the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were ever imagined, Battery Park provided the welcome to America’s immigrants. Now, it awaits to welcome Cunard’s pampered pooches to its walkways, enticing them and their owners with the promise of live concerts all summer long, charming flower gardens and views across the Hudson River. Grab a sandwich from the deli over the road, plus a dog bone or two, and set off walking around Manhattan Island’s southernmost tip.
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Dog parks are scattered across New York, but the title for the one with the best view has to go to that which is located in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Main Street. The park’s amazing Brooklyn waterfront location offers views worth walking the Brooklyn Bridge for, with 1.3 miles of coastline offering plenty of opportunity to stretch all four legs. Winter ‘Wag-A-Long’ walks see you tour the waterfront with a group of fellow furry friends, taking in the sights as you go.