by Nancy Hassel, ThisFurryLife.com
Have you brought your dog to your local dog-friendly castle lately? No? We love exploring dog-friendly places near and far and this Castle has been on my list for a while to visit with my dog Cody. I have been there in the past, but he had yet to go.
Located at the Sands Point Preserve and Conservancy, in Sands Point, NY, Castle Gould is modeled after Ireland’s Kilkenny Castle. Castle Gould is a mid-evil castle that is just a mere 100,000 square feet and built-in 1902. The history behind this castle is very interesting, names like Lindbergh and Guggenheim may spark your interest to read about it on their website. If you are not able to make it to Ireland any time soon, go visit the Sand Point Preserve here on Long Island, NY.
On the same property of Sands Point Preserve, there is also the massive Hempstead House only 50,000 square feet. Both Castle Gould and the Hempstead House overlook the Long Island Sound. The Hempstead House gardens are not dog-friendly but that is the only spot on the grounds that prohibits dogs. There are trails all around the property and you can even walk down to the beach. I plan to go back in the fall when it is a bit cooler so we can explore more.
Long Island, oddly enough is home to a few castles on our isle. Even if you don’t live here or have never been you are more than likely to have seen Oheka Castle in Huntington, NY in many movies or TV shows. Cody has never been, I don’t think that Oheka is dog friendly – although I have seen people dining with their little dogs at the castle in posts on social. If anyone from Oheka is reading this, Cody would love to visit!
In addition to Castles on Long Island, Cody has been to some historic locations that are also dog friendly like Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, Montauk State Park Lighthouse, and the oldest covered bridge in Maine.
He has also been a great road trip buddy to go and explore different states and locations with – you can see some of our past posts on where we have been here and here.
For those of you who prefer videos, you can check out Cody’s TikTok page @Codythebluenose. On his profile, you will see a list of “Dog-Friendly Places” of 23 different places you can explore locally here on Long Island.
We are planning on exploring a lot more places in the near future (beyond Long Island!). So if you’re reading this and want your place featured, contact us at Info@ThisFurryLife.com today!