The Best Workout Partner: Parks For You and Your Dog in NYC

The Best Workout Partner: Parks For You and Your Dog in NYC

If your workouts are feeling a bit stagnant lately, take advantage of the beautiful spring weather and take it outdoors! There are so many parks in the city that offer green spaces for cardio on the stairs or trails, body resistance training, and ab workouts. Pump up your workout and bring your dog along to motivate you — and we are sure he will enjoy the outing as well!

Here are the best parks for working out that are also dog-friendly.


Carl Schurz Park Conservancy at East 86th Street & East End Ave

Hugging the East River, you can run along the promenade and soak up the fantastic views. The park has 14.9 acres for exploring, including two dog parks where you can let your pup make some new friends while you cool down from your workout.

Chelsea Waterside Park at W 23rd & 11th Ave.

Hopping over to the West Side now, this park also features waterfront views, a recreational field, and a dog run on the south end. You can also work up a sweat on the tennis courts or playing beach volleyball. Another don’t-miss-quality: the actual water park! Re-energize your inner child and splash around a bit after running along the walkways.

Fort Tyron Park at Riverside Dr To Broadway, W 192 St To Dyckman St

An impressive 67 acres, this park was conceived by John D. Rockefeller, Jr and designed by the sons of Frederick Law Olmsted (who designed Central Park, Morningside Park,and Prospect Park among many, many others). The summer walkways are lush, The Heather Garden sports beautiful flower arrangements, and the Billings Arcade is an impressive architectural feat. Make sure to pause for long enough in your workout to appreciate the amazing views of the George Washington Bridge and Hudson River. It gets even better — if you prefer working out with a class, the park offers free fitness classes. And yes, this park has a dog run for your pooch!

Prospect Park at 95 Prospect Park W

Prospect’s list of things to do just goes on…from boating and rollerskating to football and waterplay, there are a multitude of ways to burn some calories and have fun while you are doing it. The Audubon Center offers free cardio classes, or you can hit the nature trails with your pup alongside you. Prospect Park is also probably one of the most dog friendly parks in the city, with an off leash club, Fido Brooklyn, boasting the title of largest off leash community.

Have fun this weekend in the outdoors! You (and your dog) will be looking and feeling great.