Best Cities for Cat Lovers & Adventure Cats: New York City
Since we are a family with Adventure Cats, finding cool places to visit where we can take Sophie and Kylo Ren (and Lucy too!) is one of our favorite things. I’m a dreamer and am always planning hypothetical vacations for us, so I thought it would be fun to share with our readers some of our dream destinations. We will start our Worldwide Dream Tour with the one of the best travel destination in the USA for cat lovers – New York City!
It may come as no surprise to some of you that NYC is listed as a top city for cat lovers. As the “City That Never Sleeps,” there is always something to do in the Big Apple, no matter your interests. If one of your interests happens to be cats or you love to travel with your cat, NYC doesn’t disappoint! With posh pet-friendly hotels, lots of parks, and a multitude of attractions such as cat cafes, you and your feline travel companions are sure to be pleased.
Finding a hotel that will allow you to bring your pets isn’t always easy. Many don’t allow pets at all, or if they do, they may charge an exorbitant pet fee. Fret not – there are actually a number of pet-friendly hotels and accommodations in New York City, and as an added bonus, some don’t even charge any extra fees! We’re going to take a look at a couple of the options.
The Kimpton Muse Hotel
Located in Times Square, the Kimpton Muse Hotel is possibly the most extravagantly pet-friendly hotel in NYC. It says right on their website, “At every Kimpton boutique hotel, we invite you to bring your furry, feathery or scaly family member — no matter their size, weight, or breed, all at no extra charge. If your pet fits through the door, we’ll welcome them in.” How cool is that?! Not only are ALL pets welcome (by name upon arrival, I might add) at the Kimpton Muse Hotel, there are also a variety of pet-friendly amenities to take advantage of, including:
- plush pet-bed loaders in your guest room, as well as food and water bowls
- a concierge list of nearby pet-friendly restaurants, parks, groomers and pet boutiques
- door hangers that alert other hotel guests and staff that your pet is in the room
- no limit on number of pets allowed (that means we could bring the whole Adventure Team!)
- a nightly wine reception at which pets are welcome to join the party!
Not only are the pet amenities amazing, the amenities and accommodations for humans look like they’re pretty awesome too. Sounds almost too good to be true!
The Algonquin Hotel
The Algonquin Hotel is one of the top pet-friendly hotels in New York City, and it is a tourist attraction for cat-lovers in and of itself! People flock to the lobby of the Algonquin in hopes of visiting with the Legendary Algonquin Cat. Since the hotel owner adopted a stray cat to serve as the hotel’s house pet back in the 1930s, the hotel has always kept a cat “on staff,” naming it Matilda if a girl and Hamlet if a boy. According to the Algonquin Hotel website, there have been 3 Matildas and 7 Hamlets.
Matilda/Hamlet isn’t the only cat in the hotel who gets the royalty treatment though. Furry guests of the Algonquin can expect to not only stay for free but also receive a welcome kit with a list of services in the area. Their room will also be stocked ahead of time with food and water bowls, a floor mat, litter box, and gloves and waste bags.
Whether you are a cat-lover traveling without your cat companion or a cat-lover traveling with your adventure cat in tow, there are several attractions in NYC that you won’t want to miss. Here are our top choices:
Meow Parlour is NYC’s first ever cat cafe – “a place that combines sweet cats & delicious treats!” At this cat cafe, you can hang out surrounded by free-roaming cats and enjoy a sweet treat for just $6 per half hour. If you are worried about falling in love with any of the cats while you’re there, there’s good news – all of the cats are adoptable! Meow Parlour teamed up with KittyKind, an all-volunteer no-kill cat rescue group, to provide you with your cat cafe company.
They also have a Yoga & Kitties Class. For 20 bucks, you can enjoy 30 minutes of cat playtime, 45 minutes of yoga, and a final 15 minutes of cooling down with kitties. Sounds like my kind of yoga!
If you plan on visiting Meow Parlour while you’re in New York, be sure to make a reservation ahead of time, as it fills up! *Note: You can’t bring your own cat with you to Meow Parlour.
Not only is Morningside Park a 30-acre park with all kinds of amenities such as ponds, picnic areas, and sports fields, it is also home to a large group of several dozen feral cats. This group of ferals is maintained by a TNR group, the Feral Cat Initiative. This group, as well as some of the locals, help to spay and neuter the cats, erect shelters for them, and feed them. Though most of these cats won’t let you get too close to them, you can still enjoy a nice walk or picnic in the park, while watching the kitties sunbathe, nap, hunt, and play.
Central Park + More
Central Park is probably one of the most iconic parks in the country. Sprawling across 842 acres, there is a TON to see and do there. There’s a carousel, a zoo, multiple gardens, a lake, ponds, a marionette theater, playgrounds, an ice-skating rink (in the winter), various sculptures, tons of open grassy areas, and more. There’s definitely no shortage of activities in Central Park, as you can see.
Central Park also happens to have many pet-friendly sections, so you can bring your adventure cat with you to roll around in the grass and do some bird/squirrel watching. Central Park would also make an awesome backdrop to those model shots you’ve been wanting to get of your cat 😉 You definitely want to be careful and have your cat on a leash at all times though, because there are also lots of dogs hanging out in the park too.
Even though some people may see New York City as a concrete jungle, it actually has a lot parks. Central Park isn’t the only pet-friendly one either, so you and your adventure cat could go park-hopping on your big NYC trip!
I have to say, after putting together this list of cat-friendly accommodations and attractions in New York City, I am itching to get up there for a visit even more. Sophie, Kylo Ren, and Lucy definitely agree!
Have you visited any of these cat-friendly places in NYC? If so, tell us about it in the comments!