1. The Terrace
199 Lincoln Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14222 / More Info
Located on Hoyt Lake (aka Delaware Park) lies a hidden gem for dog parents called The Terrace. Formerly known as “The Casino”, The Terrace opened in early 2017 and occupies a beautiful spot overlooking Hoyt Lake. This contemporary bar and restaurant – part of the Shatzel empire – welcomes dogs to its patio year-round. Throughout the winter you can take a break from walking your four-legged date around the lake and enjoy a craft cocktail or beer while warming up next to their cozy fire-pit.
65 Vandalia St, Buffalo, NY 14204 / More Info
The Barrel Factory is home to Elevator Alley Kayaks, Lakeward Spirits, Pressure Drop Brewing, and Buffalo’s Best Cucina. While the proprietors love dogs, The Barrel Factory will be even more dog-friendly come springtime when the patios open.
3. Devil’s Hole State Park
Niagara Scenic Pkwy, Niagara Falls, NY 14305
365 days a year you can take in the beautiful views of the Niagara Gorge and Devil’s Hole rapids on this moderate hike. We love this trail during the winter for a couple of reasons- The contrast of the crystal blue water against the glowing snow and the awesome workout you get from climbing its (approximately) 410 steps. Be sure to wear your best hiking/snow boots and always pack first aid supplies for you and your pup in case of an emergency – safety first!
4. Elmwood Avenue
Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo NY
Elmwood Avenue may be one of the most romantic spots in Buffalo during the winter season. The strip is full of trees covered with lights and lined with plenty of dog-friendly shops. You and your pup can get your exercise in by taking a stroll and warming up its many locally owned stores. Some dog-friendly shops include; Half & Half Boutique, Thin Ice, Ro, Pasteurized Tees, Buffalo Fleece Outerwear, Campus Wheelworks and many more! Pups are welcome as long as they are friendly and leashed.
5. Chestnut Ridge Park
6121 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Orchard Park, NY 14127
This is a beautiful park in the Fall but it’s just as delightful in the Winter as well! Bring your pup and bring the family to spend the day sledding, tobogganing, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, and hiking. Although we don’t advise bringing your pup on a sled or toboggan, we DO advise grabbing a cup of hot chocolate from the concession stand inside, snuggling up next to your pup, and watching the kids and adults alike take part in some winter fun!
47 Allen Street, Buffalo, NY / More Info
It’s the season of giving and what better way to spend a date with your furry friend than spoiling them with goodies?! This locally owned shop is the product of two dog loving sister-in-laws. We know first hand if you bring your pup along, these wonderful ladies will shower them in treats. The shop emerged from their passion of creating nutritious, homemade biscuits made from Buffalo inspired ingredients. From fashionable accessories to treats for dogs and cats, we promise you won’t walk out empty handed.
7. Wilkeson Pointe
225 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, NY 14203
Wilkeson Pointe is just minutes away from downtown Buffalo and overlooks the outer harbor. The park covers 14 acres of land and is one of the best spots in Buffalo to watch the sun set. There’s no doubt your pup will be in his/her glory exploring its many trails with you!
191 Main St, East Aurora, NY 14052 / More Info
Residing in the cozy town of East Aurora lies a little slice of beer heaven named Aurora Brew Works. This little shop has something for every beer lover, it’s chock full of craft beer and cider. Not sure what to buy? You can mull it over while sipping on one of their 20 beers/ciders on tap. There are even a couple of lines dedicated to wine! This is a great spot to hang out with your pup and enjoy some adult beverages.
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This post was originally published in 2019 and has been updated.