New York may be the greatest city in the world but it’s always nice to get away from the hustle and bustle. What better escape is there than spending a fun day at the beach with your dog? If your doggo loves the water, plan an outing to one of these dog-friendly beaches in and around New York. Don’t forget to pack tons of treats, a beach towel, dog-friendly sunscreen, water, poop bags, and beach toys for an adventure of a lifetime!
Located right next door to the ever-popular Coney Island, Brighton Beach is a hit with both locals and tourists alike. Not only is it the perfect beach to soak in the sun and swim but the surrounding area called “Little Odessa” is a pleasure to explore. Thanks to the large Eastern European local population, there are tons of authentic restaurants and interesting shops out here. The best part is that the beach is usually not that busy and is dog-friendly. The only thing is that they must be leashed while on the beach. Also, dogs except for service animals, are not allowed on the beach and boardwalk from Memorial Day Weekend to October 1st.
Cedar Grove Beach
Some of the quietest beaches of New York City are tucked away in Staten Island. Located in the Great Kills Park area, you will find one such gem – the Cedar Grove Beach. Formerly a beach bungalow colony, this is now one of the newest beaches in the area. The fine sand, swimmable waters, and quiet atmosphere make it the perfect spot for your furbaby and you. Again, dogs except service animals are not allowed on the beach from Memorial Day Weekend to October 1st.
Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk
Ah, Coney Island. Could there be anything better than riding the Cyclone and biting into a juicy hot dog from Nathan’s Famous? I don’t think so. With nearly three miles of sandy beaches, beach volleyball courts, basketball courts, an aquarium, an ice skating rink, and more, there’s something for everyone at Coney Island. Unfortunately, doggos aren’t allowed on the beach during the summer months but leashed dogs are permitted on the boardwalk all year long. To enjoy the beach, take your dog along between October and May and remember, they have to be leashed at all times.
Located at the southern tip of Brooklyn and to the east of Brighton Beach is the small and family-friendly Manhattan Beach. If it’s a quiet, laidback beach you’re looking for, this is your answer. Besides, it’s completely surrounded by greenery and is quite the sight for sore eyes. You can even carry a picnic basket along and make a day of it. Leashed dogs are allowed on the boardwalk from 7 am to 10 am and again, they are prohibited from Memorial Day Weekend to October 1st.
Midland Beach and South Beach
These two beaches are on Staten Island and are connected by the 2.5-mile long Franklin D. Roosevelt boardwalk as well as the Ocean Breeze fishing pier. There’s also the 110-acre Ocean Breeze Park with wetlands, sand dunes, grasslands, and a shrub forest along with a skate park and a small oceanside amusement park. You will love the fountain with six bronze dolphins on the South Beach side and the sea turtle fountain on the Midland Beach side, which also happens to be the quieter of the two beaches. Leashed dogs are always welcome on the boardwalk but are prohibited on the beach from Memorial Day Weekend to October 1st.
Dogs are not allowed on Orchard Beach during summer but they can totally enjoy the Bronx waterfront in the off-season. This is when the beach is much quieter and cleaner, so it’s a win-win. Back when this beach was created, they called it “The Riviera of New York” and to date, it remains Bronx’s only public beach. The 1.1-mile-long beach has a promenade, food courts, snack bars, picnic areas, 26 courts for volleyball, basketball, and handball, two playgrounds, and a parking lot.
As NYC’s longest sandy beach with a 5.5-mile-long boardwalk and the only one where surfing is legally allowed, Rockaway Beach attracts throngs of people every summer. Visitors can also sunbathe, swim, and indulge in outdoor activities like volleyball, skateboarding, and more. Dogs are not permitted on the sand and boardwalk from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day but they’re welcome during the off-season. After your doggo has explored the ocean, you can head to the Rockaway Beach Surf Club for beer and tacos. The beach is easily accessible by train, ferry, or car.
Wolfe’s Pond Beach
If you love the ocean but can’t stand the crowds, head to Wolfe’s Pond Beach, NYC’s best-kept secret. Located in Wolfe’s Pond Park in Staten Island, this small and mostly secluded beach is the perfect retreat for your doggo and you. There are two playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, and tons of walking and biking paths. The beach may be small but it is lovely. Dogs are not allowed on the sand during the summer months but they’re welcome from October 1st until May 1st as long as they are on a leash.
Shadmoor State Park
If you have time on your hands, head to Shadmoor State Park, located about three hours outside of NYC in Montauk. With access to the beach, hiking trails, and elevated platforms for birdwatching, this is the ideal getaway spot for your furbaby and you. The best part is that dogs can roam freely on the beach but they have to be supervised. They can also swim in the ocean as long as they’re on a leash that’s no more than six feet long. Now, that sounds like paradise to me and I’m sure my dogs will agree!
Located off the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, Plumb Beach is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day with your doggo. This stretch of Brooklyn is a hidden gem complete with a kayak launch, sand dunes, streams, and hidden paths. Canines are allowed on the beach all year long but they must be leashed. Enjoy spotting horseshoe crabs and watching the sunset with your best friend by your side.
Prospect Park Dog Beach
The best dog-friendly beach in NYC has to be the Prospect Park Dog Beach in Brooklyn. The park has special off-leash hours between 6 am to 9 am and 9 pm to 1 am every day so your dog can run free and explore the area. Then there’s the awesome Dog Beach. It may be small but it’s a great place for your pup to cool off in the water and make new furry friends.
Wildwood Dog Park and Beach
Located about two and a half hours from NYC, the Wildwood Dog Park and Beach is well worth the trip to New Jersey. There are two fenced areas, one for bigger dogs and the other for smaller ones and as long as your pooch is in these areas, they can be off-leash. Dogs are welcome all year round to swim and to play in the sand. Sure, they will need a bath after this trip but it’s going to be so much fun!
Have you ever taken your dog to a beach in New York? Which one was your favorite? Let us know in the comments section!