Visitors of the Finger Lakes love the convenience that the pet-friendly region offers. With a variety of pet-friendly hotels, vacation rentals, and tourist destinations, and without the stress of finding pet care, you and your animal companions will enjoy a peaceful and relaxing visit to the Finger Lakes.



Animals and humans alike, love the outdoors, and in the Finger Lakes, you will find many opportunities to enjoy it together. Hiking is the most popular activity, as all state parks and their pedestrian trails are pet-friendly unless otherwise marked. According to locals, the most highly regarded trails can be found at Letchworth State ParkButtermilk Falls State Park, and Sampson State Park and even offer swimming access for you and your pet. 


In addition to state parks, there are six nature centers in the Finger Lakes that allow leashed dogs, which include Cumming Nature Center, Mendon Ponds, Seneca Meadows Wetland Preserve, Spencer Crest, Sterling, and Twin Cedars.


Three land trusts in the region also allow dogs on their acres of open lands: Finger Lakes Land Trust, Genesee Land Trust, and Central New York Land Trust.


Numerous dog parks can be found across the Finger Lakes, and you can even find meet-up groups for puppies and adult dogs! Among the most popular canine destinations is the Ithaca Dog Park, a 4.8 acre fenced-in area adjacent to Allan H. Treman State Marine Park on Cayuga Lake, where dogs can swim in the lake leash-free!


Many campsites are also pet friendly, though some have a restrictions for a maximum of two pets. You can even find some marinas and rental companies that allow pets on their boats. Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times, as per New York State regulations.


Many of the eateries, wineries, breweries, and cideries in the area allow dogs as well, but if the site restricts them from coming inside, you are more than likely able to still enjoy time with your pet in a restaurant’s outdoor seating area. Some favorite destinations for pet owners can be found on Seneca Lake, including Miles Wine Cellars’ vineyard dock bar and Grist Iron Brewing Company’s pet-friendly patio area.

Depending on the time of year, there are also many opportunities for you and your furry friends to partake in various seasonal activities at self-picking farms, including fruit and flower picking and long walks through gorgeous corn fields and other crops.

It is rare to find somewhere in the Finger Lakes that is not pet-friendly, but it is advised to call your destination ahead of time to avoid any hassles on your trip.