The best Place to take your Dog for a Walk in Darien Ct

When dog owners and their pets travel to Darien, Connecticut,  the first thing that originally came to mind was the area’s historical sailing ships-with its geographical position during the American Revolutionary War a major role in the past and present. But today, Darien is considered not only the best place to live in North America but also one of the most expensive.Dog owners enjoy visiting the area and walking their dogs in the area for not only its history but for the scenery.

The quaint little bedroom community of Darien offers a pretty good choice of leisurely things to do with more and more dog owners arriving. Available are a vibrant downtown, four small parks and two beaches on the nearby Long Island Sound. Located on Connecticut’s Gold Coast, the small town of Darien lies between the larger cities of Stamford and Norwalk with many Darien workers traveling to New York. Between all of them, walking dogs will take on another life in this historical little town.

* Selleck’s Woods Nature Preserve

10 Harriet Lane
Darien, CT, USA 06820
Telephone: (203) 655-2445

With 50 acres of Selleck’s Woods and Dunlap Woods for hours spent on lots of enjoyable walking for dog owners and their dogs, visitors and locals like to spend some bonding time with in these two miles of trails near Darien. A seven acre lake, scheduled nature walks and bridges are part of the area’s enjoyment.

* Sound Waters

1281 Cove Road

Stamford, CT, USA 06902-5457

Telephone: (203) 323-1978

Not too far from Darien is the city of Stamford, the historical site of Sound Waters . Consisting of an enjoyable two-hour ecological cruise which can also offer nearby walking dog owners and their dogs an excellent sight of its historical schooner “Sound Waters”, this outdoor walking location for dogs and their owners is considered top notch in the area..

* Long Island Shore Beaches

Dogs are not allowed on the 1,180 miles of Long Island Sound on the North Shores beaches, but ARE allowed on the South Shore for plenty of swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. Also, many ferries are dog-friendly around Long Island Sound. Check with them individually to make sure rules have not been changed.

~ NASSAU BEACH PARK in Lido is dog-friendly when the birds are not nesting-from September 15 to March 1. Another dog park is off Lido Avenue at Nickerson Beach Park.

~ GARDINER COUNTY PARK in West Islip is an ultra dog-friendly park for some pretty cool dipping in the Great South Bay.

~ FIRE ISLAND is located off the Robert Moses Causeway, and usually allows dogs anywhere between Labor Day and mid-March.  The area’s lighthouse beach east of Kismet is open to dogs during this time.

~FIRE ISLAND is also off eastern entrance through the William Floyd Parkway

If you have a private boat or take a dog-friendly ferry to the interior of 32-mile Fire Island during the summer, dogs are allowed on any non-ocean, non-lifeguarded patch of sand. Exceptions to the rule are beaches attaching to Robert Moses State Park on the western tip of Fire Island, or on life guarded beaches at  Watch Hill and Sailors Haven.

~ SMITH POINT COUNTRY PARK in Shirley offers dog walkers a path which goes past the campground entrance to the east, offering the unique Smith of Smith Point. With wooden staircases leading over the dunes, dog owners and their dogs enjoy the breathtaking walk all the way to Moriches Inlet.

~ COOPER’S BEACH in Southampton is the main beach of the 1640 village, known as the first New York settlement in the area. A pricey place in the summer, off-season visits are a different story while allowing dogs and their owners to join in the annual Polar Bear plunge.

NOTE: The town of Darien and surrounding cities require all dogs over six months of age to be licensed by June 30th of every year. There will be a $1 charge for every month that is late. Proof of a current rabies dog vaccination is also required and must be on the dog with tags at all times.