6. Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Prospect Park‘s dog-friendly areas aren’t narrow runs of gravel or pavement, but rather large grassy fields where the park allows for off-leash hours in the early morning before the park opens at 9 am and from 9 pm until the park closes. There are off-leash areas located at Middle and Upper Long Meadow (excluding the ball field area in the Lower Long Meadow), Nethermead, and Peninsula. Raising bigger pets in the city can be difficult, but parks like Prospect are perfect for the energetic “bigger-than-he-realizes” pup.