Pet-Friendly Guide to Ithaca, New York

Ithaca is a vibrant city nestled in the heart of New York's Finger Lakes region! Whether you're a local looking for new adventures with your furry companion or a visitor exploring our charming town, you'll find pet-friendly experiences waiting for you here. From scenic hikes and parks to restaurants and hotels, Ithaca welcomes pets as part of our community. 

Pet-Friendly Activities

  • Buttermilk Falls State Park: Located off Rt. 13 South, this park has many amenities, including campsites, hiking trails, a playground, waterfalls, and a swimming beach. Please visit the website for information about pet policies. The park is at 106 E. Buttermilk Falls Rd, Ithaca, NY, 14850.
  • Robert H. Treman State Park: Depending on weather conditions, enjoy nine miles of winding trails, twelve waterfalls, and swimming in a stream-fed pool beneath a waterfall Located at 105 Enfield Falls Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850, dogs are allowed in campsites and day use areas but must be supervised at all times (leashed or crated). Some areas are off-limits, and pet parents must provide proof of rabies vaccination if requested. Please visit the website or call (607) 273-3440 for specifics pertaining to the Pet Policy. 
  • Cayuga Lake Boat Tours: Explore the beauty of Cayuga Lake with your four-legged family member.  Well-behaved and leashed dogs are permitted on the boat. Remember that not all dogs enjoy the boating experience, so you may be asked not to bring your dog onboard if it appears your dog cannot handle the conditions.  The Home Dock is at 1000 Allan H. Treman Marina Road, Ithaca, NY, 14850.  Please visit the website or call  (607) 327-5253 for more information.

Pet-Friendly Restaurants

  • Gimme! Coffee Cooperative: Founded in 2000, the original Gimme Cooperative is located at 430 N Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850. This worker-owned cafe and espresso bar offers pet-friendly outdoor seating.  Pets are not permitted inside, so bring along a friend to keep your pet company outside while you order. 
  • Liquid State Brewing Company - The Beer Hall: Located at 620 W Green St, Ithaca, NY, US, 14850, this locally owned business welcomes pets in its covered outdoor patio area.  Stop by for a drink and enjoy some food from the on-site food truck, SIlo. Visit the website for more information.
  • The Boatyard Grill: Open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday, this restaurant offers everything from burgers to lobster. Located at 525 Old Taughannock Boulevard, Ithaca, NY, US, 14850, pets are welcome in the outdoor viewing area. Visit the website or email [email protected] for more information. 

Pet-Friendly Accommodations

  • Grayhaven Motel & Vintage Motor Lodge: Situated on more than 11 acres, this charming vintage motor lodge is located at 657 Elmira Road, Ithaca, NY, 14850. This pet-friendly lodge has walking trails, hammocks, a bocce court, croquet, fire pits, picnic areas, and bird watching. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in many rooms, but please visit the website for the full pet policy and guidelines. 
  • Country Inn & Suites By Radisson: Located at 1000 Danby Road Route 96b, Ithaca, NY 14850, this hotel is close to shopping, hiking, and events. Pet-friendly rooms are available for an additional fee.  Visit the website to learn more about additional amenities and room availability.   

Pet Services & Supplies

  • Briar Patch Veterinary Hospital: We are a locally owned and independent veterinary practice located at 706 Elmira Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. Our team offers complete and compassionate health care for dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and small exotic animals. As an AAHA-accredited hospital, we adhere to the highest standards of patient care and facility management. At Briar Patch Veterinary Hospital, we take a comprehensive and holistic approach to pet wellness to help your companions enjoy happier, healthier, and longer lives. 

Ithaca, NY, stands out for its breathtaking natural beauty and vibrant cultural scene and its commitment to being a pet-friendly community. With its pet-friendly accommodations, restaurants, local businesses, and numerous parks and outdoor spaces, Ithaca truly embodies the spirit of inclusivity and companionship. Whether strolling along the scenic trails of Buttermilk Falls State Park or enjoying a leisurely afternoon at the local farmers' market, pet owners can enjoy getting out and about with their furry companions.