These Hudson Valley dogs are a pug and a french bulldog.

Hudson Valley Dogs: The Best Ways to Explore the Region

Sometimes getting out of the city is just what you need, but getting out of town with your pup/dog can be a little challenging. That’s why I am here to tell you that we love scoping out the best places for Hudson Valley Dogs and making the information available for you.

With our beautiful weather and changing seasons, it is always a great time of the year to explore with your Hudson Valley dogs.

Man running with his hudson valley dogs
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From hiking to shopping, to eating out or enjoying a drink, there are many places ready to welcome you and your Hudson Valley dogs.

How big is the Hudson Valley?

The Hudson Valley consists of 10 counties, sitting along the Hudson River and sandwiched between two major cities: New York City to the south & Albany to the north.

Map of the Hudson Valley

The 10 counties that make up the Hudson Valley are:

  • Albany County
  • Columbia County
  • Dutchess County
  • Greene County
  • Orange County
  • Putnam County
  • Rensselaer County
  • Rockland County
  • Ulster County
  • Westchester County

Each of the counties are unique and welcome dogs of all sizes. Whether it’s on a farm in Westchester County or a winery in Ulster County, you can rest assure, that the places listed on this website will be happy to meet your furry best friend and will greet you with open arms.

If you’re looking for more information about what towns & cities make up each county, then you have to read this post here. Hudson Valley Explored is my other comprehensive website detailing places and locations in the Hudson Valley for people to enjoy.

Is the Hudson Valley Dog Friendly?

Nowhere is ‘man’s/woman’s best friend’ more celebrated and welcomed than the Hudson Valley.

The Hudson Valley showcases its generous dog-friendly hospitality, as many wineries, restaurants and lodging establishments provide extra special treats for our four-legged best friends.

Hudson Valley dogs who are ready and eager to explore need not wait for an invitation to take their next adventure.

These Hudson Valley dogs are a pug and a french bulldog.
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What can you do in the Hudson Valley with your dog?

You will be surprised by the amount of activities and abundance of places that you can take your dog to in the Hudson Valley. With so many parks and open spaces, activities like hiking, stand-up paddleboarding are just a few of the outdoor activities that dogs enjoy in the Hudson Valley.

While keeping yourself and your furry friend active may be something that you really enjoy, Hudson Valley dogs can also enjoy some ice cream and local shops and a cup full of cream while you enjoy your coffee.

Here are some other fun & exciting activities you can enjoy in the Hudson Valley:

  • Water sports
  • Hiking
  • Eating at restaurants, cafes, ice cream shops, bakeries
  • Camping
  • Exploring Towns and Cities
  • Visiting wineries, cideries, and breweries
  • Exploring Historic Sites & Landmarks
  • Shopping
Dog sitting at restaurant in the Hudson Valley
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Why is it important to do some research before heading out with your Hudson Valley dogs?

Although Hudson Valley Dogs are welcome in many places, it is very important to check online and/or call the location where you are planning to visit and ask for specifics. Rules are constantly changing and some new state or local restrictions, which you did not know about may put a halt on your plans.

Many places in the Hudson Valley are open and accept leashed dogs, but like previously stated, confirm this information before taking a trip with your dog to a new location.

Leashed dog walking with owner in the Hudson Valley
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Where to find information about places that welcome Hudson Valley dogs?

Guess what? You’ve come to the right place. I work tirelessly doing the research about places in the Hudson Valley so you don’t have to.

Let me be honest with you.

I was also being a little selfish when creating this website.

Oreo in front of the Gomez Mill House

I was initially looking for fun & safe places for me and my princess, Oreo. (If you haven’t read about Oreo yet, then you have to check out my ‘About’ page.) And while doing so, I decided that starting this website would also benefit others.

Oreo is a small rescue dog that we adopted in 2014 and looking for places that do not overwhelm her are hard to find. So, through a lot of trial and error, I was able to find some places that she loves visiting.

This may also be the case for your Hudson Valley dog. That is why I want you to have options and not be stuck visiting the same boring dog park or, worse yet, leaving your best furry buddy at home.

And because of her, this website was born.

Oreo the dog in front of the Christmas tree in the Hudson Valley

So, fill up your gas tank and make plans to visit places that happily welcome Hudson Valley Dogs.

Head out and enjoy a weekend coffee together, take long walks or long hikes, run and laugh & bark in the rain, make some great memories with the best furry friend you will have.

Thank you, Hudson Valley, you are pawsome!

Until the Next Adventure…

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Jacqueline Ramirez

Jackie is one of the top bloggers in the Hudson Valley. She has been featured, along with her photos, in several publications, locally and nationwide. She is also the owner of ‘Hudson Valley Explored‘. Feel free to send Jackie a message here.