The Best 5 Dog Parks in Buffalo

Written by Jeremiah Wright
Published: June 10, 2022
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Buffalo is the second-largest city in New York and is often referred to as the Queen City or the City of Light. The city has recently become one of the major technology centers in the US, mainly thanks to the presence of a Tesla Gigafactory here. There are more than enough reasons for someone to move to or travel through this fantastic city.

However, things change a bit when you have a furry companion. In this case, technology and similar aspects fall in second place. Instead, dog-friendly areas must be considered as the number of dog owners increases yearly. If you have Fido by your side or plan to adopt a pup, here are the best 5 dog parks in Buffalo that you should try and visit!

1. Bark Park

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Bark Park features several small trails, designated dog beaches, shade trees, ruins, and dog water fountains.

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Bark Park
Location10 Creekside Dr, Buffalo, NY 14228
Hours6 AM – 9 PM
PriceFree

Bark Park can be found in Ellicott Island Park and is a part of Ellicott Creek Park. Access is made through a walking trail that goes through the entire park. It is regarded as one of the best dog parks in Buffalo, mainly because it is an enclosed dog island. Yes, your thoughts are correct–dogs can easily access certain parts of the shore during the hot summer days to cool off. 

The park is active–fences or restricted areas do not limit dogs, and there are plenty of squirrels to chase and play with. The best part is that the owners and the pups are well-behaved and, most importantly, talkative.

Bark Park features several small trails, designated dog beaches, shade trees, ruins, and dog water fountains. It will be one of the best experiences for your dog!

2. The Barkyard

The Barkyard
LocationD A R Dr, Buffalo, NY 14202
Hours6 AM – 9 PM
PriceFree

The Barkyard can be found in LaSalle Park, on the shore of Lake Erie. It is a fenced area that allows dogs to be off-leash and has separate areas for different dog sizes. The park has a surface area of around 1.5 acres and features double-gated entry points for increased safety and security.

Amenities include water bowls for pups and plenty of shade trees and benches for the owners to rest while watching their companions run around. Don’t worry about parking, as there’s a parking lot available right across from the designated dog park.

The Barkyard is covered in grass but not of the highest quality. Dogs can get scruffy during hot summer days, so it’s advised to pack some dog-friendly wet wipes. Remember to bring water for your pup, as there aren’t any water fountains in the park.

3. Wilkeson Pointe

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Wilkeson Pointe is part of a larger natural area featuring the Outer Harbor Buffalo tourist attraction and a kayak launch.

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Wilkeson Pointe
Location225 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, NY 14203
Hours6 AM – 9 PM
PriceFree

Wilkeson Pointe is the perfect place to visit if your dog loves water and swimming. Wilkeson Pointe is part of a larger natural area featuring the Outer Harbor Buffalo tourist attraction and a kayak launch. One large side of the park has direct access to water

The area is one of the most beautiful waterfronts in Buffalo. It is often home to events of all sorts or even fishermen. Your pet might even get a treat while you’re visiting Wilkeson Pointe.

The park features a walking path and designated picnic areas. Don’t worry about the park getting too crowded, as this natural area has a surface area of over 15 acres. It is the perfect escape for a weekend picnic with Fido.

4. Barkology

Barkology
Location4939 Genesee St, Buffalo, NY 14225
Hours3 – 9 PM (Closed on Mondays)
Friday: 3 – 10 PM
Saturday: 12 – 10 PM
Sunday: 12 – 5 PM
PriceDay pass: $10
Month pass: $30
Year pass: $225

Barkology’s motto is “stop, sit, and sip,” as it is Buffalo’s first dog park and human bar combo. It is undoubtedly a great experience, especially for owners that want to relax just as much as their pets. Remember that there’s an entry fee and a set of regulations you must respect.

The park features fenced indoor and outdoor areas, making it the ideal choice regardless of the season. Buckets full of tennis balls are at your disposal to ensure that your pup has 100% fun!

Barkology is the best place to be if you want your dog to socialize and meet other owners ready for a two-on-two tennis match–pups versus owners. As you would expect from a high-quality dog park, there are many amenities like rubber flooring, obstacles, water fountains, and many more.

5. Black Rock Canal Park

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Black Rock Canal Park has plenty of benches for owners and more than enough shade trees for those hot summer days.

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Black Rock Canal Park
LocationAqua Ln, Buffalo, NY 14207
Hours6 AM – 9 PM
PriceFree

Black Rock Canal Park is a dog-friendly park located on the Buffalo waterfront. It features enclosed spaces for small and large breeds and is covered mainly with pea gravel. This is an ideal choice for dog parks as pea gravel prevents the formation of mud–no more scruffy pups after an intense playtime session.

The park has plenty of benches for owners and more than enough shade trees for those hot summer days. Keep in mind that you can enter with a maximum of two dogs at a time in the designated dog area of the park.

You should note that food and glass containers are not allowed in the dog park. It is also forbidden to give treats to any other dog but yours – for obvious reasons. 

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