Top Off-Leash Dog Areas In Connecticut

August 10, 2013 8:00 AM

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When your dog knows it is going for a ride, it wishes its destination was one of these top dog parks in Connecticut. Your four-legged friend will enjoy running off its leash in safe, often gated parks. It allows your pooch to socialize with other dogs, cool off in a stream and let out energy. Your dog will thank you for an escape from its daily home routine.
Southbury Dog Park
236 Roxbury Road (Route 67)
Southbury, CT 06488

Your four-legged friend will love access to this open field to run free and exercise. This off-leash dog park features a stream for dogs to keep cool. Be cautious that the park is not completely gated in. The entrance is located across from the Red Horse Stables, through the O & G Industries entrance. Dogs under four months, in heat, unlicensed and unvaccinated are not permitted.

South Windsor Chief Gary K. Tyler Memorial Bark Park
150 Nevers Road
South Windsor, CT 06074
(860) 648-6255

Since 2007, the Bark Park has served as an outlet for any size dog to let out its energy and make new pals. There are separate areas for small and large dogs. Water and stations to clean your dog before returning home are also available. The park is open sunrise to sunset. Use the free bags and waste receptacles to clean up after your pooch. No human or dog food and rawhides are permitted. Additionally, no small children are allowed in the run areas. Please note that dogs in heat and under five months are not permitted.

Stamford Dog Park
39 Courtland Ave.
Stamford, CT 06902

The best part of the Stamford Dog Park is the shade provided by trees. In the summer heat, your dog will enjoy a break from the sun. The park has separate gated areas for small and large dogs. Dogs are allowed off the leash. Public parking and rest rooms are available. Get out and enjoy the last days of summer and cooler fall months ahead in an environment both you and your dog can appreciate.

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Wethersfield Dog Park
154 Prospect St.
Wethersfield, CT 06109
(860) 721-2890

A special section of Wethersfield’s Mill Wood Park is dedicated to dogs. The dog park promotes socialization, however owners are responsible for watching their pooches and bringing licensed, well-behaved dogs. No more than three dogs are permitted per person. Children are welcome inside the park yet child’s play is not. Timid and small dogs are welcome to use the smaller park. Visitors can stop by from sunrise to sunset.

Hamden Dog Park
Waite St. and Ridge Road
Hamden, CT 06517

Your dog will fall in love with the open space to run on this one-acre dog park. The clean environment is welcoming and there are shaded areas and picnic benches. A small area is reserved for smaller dogs. The entire park is gated in, keeping your dog safe. The park is wheelchair accessible as well. What more could you want from a dog park?

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Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at

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