Off the Leash: Five Dog-Friendly Beaches Near NYC

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Give your canine companions a treat and let them off the leash at a local beach or specially-designed ocean-side spot for a reprieve from the pavements of NYC. Turn your pet from a land shark to salty dog with a visit to these five dog-friendly beaches.

1. Dog Beach | Prospect Park

Located just across the bridge, Brooklyn’s Prospect Park is a haven for dogs to roam leash-free, enjoy a swim and interact with other dogs all looking for a place to cool off. While the “beach” is in actuality a cement mound and is off-limits to humans, dogs can enjoy some unleashed fun. Off-leash hours are from 9pm to 1am and 5am to 9am, year-round. While you’re there, make sure to stop by Brooklyn Perk Coffee, which according to this Coffee & Tea Blog, is a cute cafe that is also dog friendly with free dog treats!
How to get there:
Take the G train toward Church Avenue and exit at 15 St.- Prospect Park. Walk 5 minutes to Prospect Park.

2. Provincetown Beaches | Massachusetts

Provincetown prides itself on being a proponent of pups. P-town is the recipient of the 2010’s most dog friendly city by DogTown USA, and their beaches are no exception. Dogs are allowed to roam leash-free along town beaches, including the popular Race Point Beach, but are required to be under sight and noise control by owners upon unleashing. Off-leash hours occur between 6 am and 9 am and 6pm to 9pm, from Memorial Day until November 1.
How to get there:
Consult oM’s guide to renting hybrid cars in Manhattan.

3. Block Island Beaches | Rhode Island

For the price of a ferry ride to Rhode Island, dogs and their owners will be rewarded in an island that’s gone to the dogs. Exercise the ability to unleash at every beach located on Block Island (barring the popular Crescent Beach) at any time, all year round. Visitors can still take advantage of local-favorite Crescent Beach with their pups before 9pm or after 6pm.
How to get there:
Consult oM’s public transportation guide to Block Island.

4. Eugene Nickerson Beach Dog Run | Long Island

If you’re looking for one of the best dog-friendly beaches in Long Island – then this is definitely one of them. The lesser-known alternative to the more popular Jones Beach and Robert Moses Beach, Lido Beach comes out on top for its privacy and dog-friendly policies. An enclosed dog park with separate areas for big and small dogs gives dogs of all sizes some room to roam. While dogs are not allowed on the beach, the dog run is an opportunity for socializing between your dog and some new furry friends.
How to get there:
Take the LIRR to Island Park. Take a waiting taxi the 10 minute ride to Long Beach.

5. Montauk Beaches | Long Island

With no leash laws in site, dogs are the masters of their domain on Montauk’s beaches. Before 9am and after 6pm, let your pooch parade around spots like Gin Beach and Hither Hills State Park. Enjoy a splash through beautiful Block Island Sound, favored by surfers for the consistent waves. Parks and beaches in Montauk are open from sunrise to sunset for your exploring pleasure.
How to get there:
Take the LIRR or the Hampton Jitney to Montauk. Beaches will be about a 10 minute walk or bike ride. And by the way, if you’re taking a bike – I recommend getting a hitch cargo carrier. These are super useful for traveling with a pet. You should do you research and get the best hitch cargo carrier for your beloved one.

Photos: macieklew, Prospect Park, nashuavideotours