If you’re looking for places to go to with your best friend, below we’ve featured 15 of the best dog parks in Connecticut.
Outside of Hartford, dog owners have the Rocky Hill Dog Park. This large, fenced-in area is an off-leash area for well-behaved dogs. The dog park has ample space and a grassy area for dogs to play. There are also two separate fenced-in areas for small and large dogs.
Rocky Hill Dog Park has benches, a portable restroom, trash cans, and water available. Dogs must have valid tags and be up to date with vaccines. Dogs must enter and exit the park on a leash.
Rocky Hill Dog Park is open from dusk to dawn.
More information on the park is listed here.
Right on the Long Island Sound, dog owners have the splendid Jennings Beach open for off-leash play. This Fairfield town beach is a large stretch of beach where dogs are free to roam. The only exception is dogs are not allowed on the boardwalks, pavilions, and playgrounds.
Jennings Dog Beach requires dogs to be well-behaved, licensed and vaccinated. Dog owners must keep watch over their dogs, and they must have leashes for entering and exiting the beach.
Jennings Dog Beach is open 24/7.
More information about the area is listed here.
Union Street Dog Park is a New Haven favorite for dog owners. The park is located in the downtown area, and it’s maintained year-round by a community group. The park has lights for nighttime play, gravel, and water fountains.
Union Street Dog Park requires owners to pick up after their dogs immediately. Dogs must be healthy, vaccinated, licensed, and practicing good behavior to enter the park. No dog handler is allowed to bring more than 2 dogs into the park.
Union Street Dog Park is open 24/7.
More information on the park is listed here.
Located in Norwalk, Cranbury Park covers 227 acres of land. Inside the park, there is the Cranbury Dog Park. In the park, there are endless trails where dogs can run leash-free. However, dog owners must keep a leash with them at all times, so dogs can enter and exit the park on a leash.
Cranbury Dog Park also features pavilions, wooded trails, a disc golf course, a historic mansion, and more. Dog owners are required to clean up after their dogs at all times. Dogs cannot go into the playground or near the mansion.
Cranbury Dog Park is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Further information is listed here.
West Hartford Dog Park is a dog park located in Hartford, in Beachland Park. It’s a large park with walking trails, a river, and a small pond. Inside the park, there’s a fenced-in area for dogs to roam leash-free and play with each other.
To enter the fenced-in area, dogs must have proper tags, be up to date with vaccines, and be over 4 months old. Dog owners must be able to control their dogs’ behavior as well.
West Hartford Dog Park is open from sunrise to sundown every day.
Further information can be found here.
Located in New Haven, Edgewood Park is a large park open to all residents. Inside the park, dog owners can find a fenced-in area for dogs to roam off-leash. Dogs are allowed in the entire park, but they must stay on leashes when they’re not in the fenced-in area.
Dog owners must clean up after their dogs at all times. Dogs cannot be aggressive, in-heat, or under 4 months.
Edgewood Dog Park is open 24 hours every day.
More information can be found here.
Stamford Dog Park is a non-profit run dog park for Stamford residents. The park has two fenced-in areas for small and large dogs. The small dog area is limited to those under 25 pounds. The large area has ample room for dogs to run around and play.
The dog park also has picnic tables and chairs for owners. The park requires dogs to be over 4 months, licensed, and leashed upon entering and exiting. No food is allowed in the park.
Stamford Dog Park is open 24/7.
Further information on the park is listed here.
Outside of Bridgeport, dog owners can find Easton Dog Park, an off-leash, fenced-in dog park. The gated dog park is a large open area with grass and gravel. The park has several benches inside the fenced-in area.
Dog owners are required to bring their water and doggy cleanup supplies. Dogs must not be aggressive, in heat, or under fourth months. Dog owners must keep their pets on leashes when entering and exiting.
Easton Dog Park is open 24 hours every day.
Further information is listed here.
Rowayton Dog Park is a Norwalk, CT-based dog park with plenty of green grass for dogs to run and play in. This fully-enclosed park features trees for shade, waste receptacles, and some play/obstacle equipment for added entertainment.
Please ensure that your dog is under your command at all times while they are inside the park. If your dog exhibits signs of aggressive behavior, remove them from the park immediately. Ensure your dog is on a leash when you enter and exit the park, and please clean up after your dog and fill in any holes they dig.
Located on Prospect Street in Wethersfield, CT, Wethersfield Dog Park is part of the larger Mill Woods Park. The park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and is designed for supervised, off-leash play time and socializing. The park features a separate enclosure for small or shy dogs.
To visit Wethersfield Dog Park, your dog must be vaccinated against rabies and licensed. Please ensure your dog is leashed when you enter and exit the park, and carry a leash with you at all other times. Supervise your dog closely and make sure they are under voice command while playing in the park.
Ridgefield, CT’s best off-leash play area for dogs is the Bark Park Dog Park. This fully enclosed park features a separate area for small dogs, built-in toys such as tunnels and obstacles, benches for owners to relax on while they watch their pup play, and running water for thirsty dogs.
All dogs must be up-to-date on their required vaccines prior to visiting the park. Please clean up after your dog, ensure they are under your supervision at all times, and remove your dog if they show any signs of aggressive behavior.
Located in downtown Simsbury, CT, Paw Meadow Dog Park is a spacious park with a secure, double-gated entry, lots of open space, and designated free parking. The park also features running water in the summertime, benches for owners, and floodlights for the evenings.
Please use the provided waste stations to clean up after your dog. The park is run by a group of volunteers – you can help them by picking up any waste or litter you see and filling in any holes that your (or another) dog has dug.
13. Hamden Dog Park
Hamden Dog Park is located adjacent to Bassett Park in Hamden, CT. The park is securely enclosed, features many large trees for shade, and lots of different terrain for your dog to sniff and enjoy. There are also waste receptacles to make it easy to clean up after your dog.
To visit Hamden Dog Park, your dog must be fully vaccinated and have a current, valid license. Leash your dog before you enter the park, before you leave the park, and any time they exhibit aggressive behavior. Make sure you can see your dog at all times while inside the park.
14. Granby Dog Park
The Granby Dog Park in Winsted, CT, first opened in 2006 and has been a hit with local dog owners (and their four-legged friends) ever since. Even if you don’t own a dog, you’re welcome to come and watch the happy pups as they play. Granby Dog Park is located within Salmon Brook Park.
The park has a secure, double-gated entry, large trees for shade, and picnic benches where you can sit and supervise your dog. Please ensure your dog has a valid license, is vaccinated, and wears a collar with identification.
15. Enfield Dog Park
Enfield Dog Park (in Enfield, CT) is open seven days a week from 7:00 am until sunset. This dog park is divided into two sections – one for dogs over 35 lbs, and one for dogs under 35 lbs. Please make sure that your dog is in the correct section of the park during your visit.
To visit Enfield Dog Park, your dog must be vaccinated, have a current license, and display a current rabies vaccination tag or certificate. Please leash your dog when you enter and exit the park and carry a leash with you at all other times. Each owner can bring up to three dogs to the park at any one time.