This off leash dog park is 5 3/4 acres, with three separate areas for small, medium, and large dogs. Open daily 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. You must become a member to use this park and there is a fee, $100/year for residents, $200 for nonresidents, or $20/month for residents, $40 for nonresidents.
Not to leave the pups out, Princeton faculty have done some interesting research on the domestication of dogs. In a genetic study, a team found that there are segments of canine DNA that are linked to sociability. It's been thought that wolves/dogs became domesticated through the actions of the humans who interacted them. This research indicates that a mutation of the wolf's DNA led those individual wolves to seek out that interaction. Once again, we think we're in charge and all along it's been the doggoes, leading us where they want us to go!
And speaking of leads, if you want to take your pup off his lead and let him run free, check out Rocky Top Dog Park; it's got 5 3/4 acres with separate areas for small, medium, and large dogs. You do need to be a member of use this dog run (which requires a fee); for a free space, Rosedale Dog Park in nearby Pennington is the ticket, with an agility course, tunnels, and open space for your dog to run and play.
If all that running around works up a hunger, you've got several options for pet friendly places to eat in Princeton. We like Metro North, with it's Italian-inspired menu and sidewalk tables; Blue Point Grill, which is all about the seafood, including a raw bar; and Ivy Inn, a local institution, where you can come for the drinks (gotta love a place that trademarks its motto: "Where Every House is Happy Hour") or enjoy one of their pub-style offerings.
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