Thursday, August 10, 2017

Dog Friendly Belmont Lake State Park in New York

There are so many fun summer activities to do with dogs!  We've been taking the dogs to dog friendly parks and beaches here on Long Island, New York.  There aren't many dog friendly parks and beaches on Long Island.  I'm still trying to figure out why.  There are some, but there are more dog friendly beaches and parks in Suffolk County, the Eastern half of Long Island, than there are in Nassau County.  


Belmont Lake State Park, Long Island NY was once a horse farm owned by the Belmont family.  Dogs are allowed on the miles of walking paths in the park
Icy exploring the rocks and a little waterfall around the lake at Belmont Lake State Park
A really nice state park that allows dogs on Long Island is 463-acre Belmont Lake State Park.  Like so many of NY's state parks, it was once a mansion and estate owned by a wealthy family, the Belmont's, in the later 1800's - early 1900's.  This park was formerly part of the family owned thoroughbred horse farm.  The farm was owned by August Belmont, the namesake of the Belmont Stakes!

It's such a beautiful park, I'm so happy to have it available for public use and for well behaved, leashed dogs to enjoy with their owners!  The lake and walking/hiking paths are so lovely, we really enjoy it.

A PIECE OF HISTORY


CANNON BAAALL!!  OK, SO THAT'S REALLY FOR THE POOL, BUT THIS IS AN ACTUAL CANNON.  The Belmont Lake State Park Cannons have been there since the park was a privately owned mansion, owned by the Belmont family.

This is an actual cannon from 1813.  A piece of American History, these cannons sit in Belmont Lake State park for all to see and enjoy. The park is has a beautiful lake and allows (leashed) dogs!
"WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY, AND THEY ARE OURS....." - OLIVER HAZARD PERRY, COMMANDER OF THE AMERICAN FLEET,  September,1813
The quote captioned above is excerpted from one of the most famous quotes in military history.  I know what you're thinking, Hey!!  That quote is wrong, it's supposed to be We Have Met The Enemy And He Is Us.... but that was actually the original quote paraphrased  by a 1970 Cartoonist, for an Earth Day poster.  Actually, I think many people would agree that his version of the quote probably belongs on a photo of a globe.  I've always wanted a globe, why don't I ever get one!?  I'm so deprived.

BEAUTIFUL NATURAL SURROUNDINGS & HIKING TRAILS


CHECK OUT THIS BEAUTIFUL TREE, DON'T YOU THINK IT WOULD MAKE A GREAT HALLOWEEN TREE?  OR PERHAPS THE KEEBLER ELVES LIVE IN IT??  OR PERHAPS A HOBBIT?!

I shall guard the tree in case the elves or some hobbit try to escape and wreak havoc throughout the park!

Dog friendly Belmont Lake Sate Park in Long Island, New York
Phoebe and I stop along the bridge to watch the ducks play in the stream
Lots of ducks in the lake at dog friendly Belmont Lake State Park in New York's Long Island
The ducks were so cute!  There's 4 of them, it's funny but the two in front almost look like alligators, don't they?  But it's the back tail end of two of the ducks, LOL!  No gators on Long Island!

A GOOD SOCIALIZATION OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUR DOG!



An outing in a dog friendly park like Belmont Lake State Park on Long Island are great socialization opportunities for dogs!
Parks make for great socialization opportunities for dogs, as long as both are leashed and they both want to meet.  Phoebe met this cute little boy, I think she was kinda smitten!

When you take your pets out for a fun adventure, make sure to Hydrate and Keep Your Pet Safe!

Summer and Fall are prime times for flea and tick activity, be sure to protect your dog against flea and tickborne diseases like Anaplasmosis (Tick Fever)!

Have you been to any pet friendly parks this Summer?  Leave us a comment and tell us about it

6 comments:

  1. Oh, what a fun outing! Lots of great pics - and that totally does look like the Keebler elf tree! :) We haven't really been anywhere new since our Big Bear trip in May. We've been kinda sticking close to home since it's been nice and cool at the coast and Rita's not a fan of walking/hiking in hot weather. Which reminds me, we need to get to the beach!

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    1. Thanks Jackie, I love these photos, it's such a gorgeous park. I'm glad it's been well preserved and is open to dogs!

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  2. These are great photos. I love Phoebe on the cannon so much. That tree is INCREDIBLE! It must be really old. Thanks for brightening our day.

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I love that photo of Phoebe too, it's a riot! We actually have the same shot of Icy up on a cannon from last year. I should frame them both & hand them on the wall!

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  3. I love places like this; a little bit of history and dog friendly too! It looks like a perfect summer outing.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. I love historic places too, it's so important to preserve them. When they allow dogs it just makes it that much better!

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