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.
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.

P-town dog beach3. 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
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.

Photos: macieklew, Prospect Park, nashuavideotours

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Comment(7)

  • Winston Smith
    August 3, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Yea, but you can’t take you dog on the subway.

  • Petsnpastels
    December 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    pet owners had better wake up and start changing laws, in canada people changed the laws with regard to euthanasia by having the no pet laws in rental contracts eliminated, euthanasia went down by 40%. why with everyone with a pet or two do we just take it on the chin all the time

  • Maria Pirotte
    June 10, 2015 at 8:41 am

    you can take your pet on the subway as long as they can be held or they’re in a carrier of some kind. if you have a bigger dog, you can use a cab, or rent a car for a day. it’s a huge hassle being from the midwest, but gotta do what you gotta do to hang out with the pups!

  • Michelle Cohen
    February 24, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    We just came to Nickerson Beach and dogs are not allowed on the beach even on the leash. This article is inaccurate and we wasted a trip here

  • sarah
    February 24, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Hi Michelle,

    Thank you for letting us know – we’re vexed that they’ve stopped allowing dogs on the beach. We will update asap.

  • Spaceman0491
    May 1, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    The article is actually not inaccurate, it says that Nickerson has a dog run of its own, and it does state that they aren’t allowed on the beach…

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