Earlier this summer, I stumbled upon a quiet mountain getaway that caters to those who love to travel with their beloved pooch, a peaceful cabin with more dog-friendly amenities than most Marriotts have for their human guests. But if that sort of vacation seems like barking up the wrong tree for you and your pet, here’s another option: Take in the sights and bright lights of the Big Apple together with New York Dog Tours.
The company offers different tour routes in three key NYC areas, hitting up all the “hot” dog spots along the way. On the Midtown tour, for example, one of the stops is at Madison Square Park’s legendary Shake Shack, famed for its burgers, hot dogs, and Purple Cow shake. For your furry friend, order the Pooch-ini, vanilla custard with peanut butter and a delectable dog treat on top. This route goes well beyond burger stands though, as a guide will take you to places like the New York Public Library, the Empire State Building, and Madame Tussauds House of Wax (though sorry, no pets are allowed inside).
The Central Park tour sidesteps such dog discrimination, however. This route remains mostly outdoors, taking you past famed park monuments, such as the Belvedere Castle and Tavern on the Green, while your guide spouts off little-known stories behind the landmarks. The tour starts talking your dog’s language upon reaching the famous Gray’s Papaya, revered for its hot dog perfection. The final dog-walking tour takes you through downtown New York, searching for perfect views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, as well as the iconic SoHo restaurant Bubby's Pie Co.
These two-hour weekly tours cost $30, and begin at 3 and 6 p.m. on varying days.
Photo: via Carl Derrick's Flickr.