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8th and Ocean
Asbury Park, NJ, US 07712

8th Ave Dog Beach Overview
Cost: free
During the summer season, this is a designated dog beach in the early morning. In the offseason, dogs are allowed everywhere, except the boardwalk. Off season is Sept. 30th to May 1st.
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8th Ave Dog Beach in Asbury Park, NJ, US has an average rating of 4.4 based on 21 member reviews.
Great place
Chloe in NY, NY
We are soo soooo grateful to be able to bring our pooch here during the summer. We rent on the jersey shore for the summer months, and this makes the experience complete. Definitely a great time for both people and pets!
neighboring buildin
judy in asbury park
Living dirctly across from dog beach has pros and cons, Ive yet to leave my shelter rescue off lease to enjoy the freedom since I dont know whether he will listen and he is one of those little crazy barking dogs and it doesnt matter how big the other dog is Im not sure if he will sill be agressive.But there is nothin more heart warming then to watch my nighbors golden "cinnamin" jump the waves and just smile when she is at her beach. We in Asbury Tower love seeing the dogs run and play out of our window and front patio even though some mornings we are woke up wit barks of happiness from all the four leged visitor an also some noise by the wo lgged ones. Keep coming n gve your dog time to smile
dog owner
Ji Powers-Hill in Asbury Park
I have had the pleasure of enjoying dog beach since it's creation. Have never had a problem. I have always met very well behaved dogs and owners.
love this place
lanie lee in marlboro, nj
I have been to the dog beach in Asbury and absolutely love it. I'm sad we can't take the dogs on the boardwalk anymore because it was fun looking at the ocean and enjoying nature with my dogs. I am still confused about the hours but I'm going there after 6 pm tonight and it's June 2012. I hope we don't get kicked off. Regardless, I still think this is a great place to bring your dogs.....
Love It, but there is one negative......
Local Beach Bum in Tinton Falls
I come here all the time! I run and play with my dog. It's my happy place. I have never been bothered by anyone restricting me in anyway. Although I am respectful. I clean up after my dog. I leash my male Pitbull if I feel like he may want to check out the ladies up ahead and when no one is around we play catch with leash off! I never restrict myself to the dog park. I go where ever as long as I don't interfere with others no one seems to give a hoot. The only thing that sucks is the people who have the aggressive, annoying, little barking dogs that of coarse are NEVER leashed. The little dogs have a complex and go after my Pit bull who can eat them as a tasty snack...but never does. These dog owners unfortunately feel like because there dog is small they do not have to leash them despite the fact that there dog is going after mine. They also NEVER attempt to control their dog when they bombard us. They leave it up to me to wrestle my dog off their dog. It is an attempt on my part to stop their dog from being violated, or crushed and trampled. My dog knows better and does not seek out other dogs and challenge them. If something unfortunate did happen like a little aggressive dog got hurt by my dog trying to defend against the attack or get away from the attacking dog, everyone knows that it would automatically be the Pitbull's fault. No matter what happened! So please do everyone a favor, just use a leash when you need to. It's the little nasty dogs that really have no business there anyway because they are aggressive! It ruins MY experience. I did not go to the beach to be harassed, hurt, or have my dog taken from me cause other people are inconsiderate or a Benny saw the dog park and was unprepared with no leash but let there aggressive dog on anyway. I go for peace of mind, a run and play with my well behaved dog. I go to great lengths to make sure my dog does not bother, annoy, or attack any other person or dog. If you can't control your dog PLEASE leash them. Bring a bag and clean up your dogs poop. Be prepared or don't come. If you can't be considerate and safe then don't come and ruin it for everyone else.
When is the off seaseon
Josh. in Bryn mawr pa
When is the off season and the on season?
Where is it located?
Josh in Bryn mawr, pa
Is it on the shore?
Free dog beach, does anything beat that?
Mike in JC, NJ
As of summer 2011-- To clarify other people's posts, this dog beach is free during the off-hours which is the only time I go during the summer anyway (before 9 AM). Also, the Asbury Park boardwalk itself does not allow dogs anymore, but that's a few blocks over, not directly next to the dog beach, and you can always walk with your dog (leashed) on the street parallel to it, along with all the other dog owners.
Free parking, nice people & dogs
Jeff in Rahway
There aren't too many cheap places left on the Jersey Shore for humans or dogs, but this little gem of a beach is home to friendly humans and playful pups. There is a potholed free parking lot at the north end of Asbury Park and a nearby shower on the boardwalk, but it is beyond the "no dogs allowed" sign. There are also plenty of trash cans to help you clean up after your pet.
Cinched the deal - we bought a house in Asbury because of this beach
Jim in New York
We have been looking at all different beach communities from Long Island to the Jersy Shore to buy a house. We came to AP to check it out for the weekend. Whomever is marketing AP is doing a great job. This is definitely the most dog friendly place I have ever been. There is the Wonder bar "yappy hour " - dog treats at various restaurants on the boardwalk...and then the best of the best - the dog beach....it is great and wonderful to have a place for your poohes to run and play...this cinched the deal for us. We took our dogs to the beach on a Sunday in early May, a fantastic time was had by all four of us. We then put an offer on a house that week and it has been accepted. DOG BEACH YOU SEALED THE DEAL. I understand there is some talk of building condos on that beach-----who ever is listening, do not let that happen. This makes AP unique and sets the tone for the lifewtyle and tolerance in the revitalization effort. Keep cool, keep the beach clean and let's enjoy this wonderful asset!
Great Dog Beach
Valerie in Ocean Grove
Love it! And the dogs love it! The dogs and the owners are really nice. Go for a while and you'll meet the regulars. Would love to know when the summer hours change...is it actually Labor Day or October as it is in O.G.?
Stick to the Facts
Eric in Ocean Grove
This beach is fantastic for Dog owners. Asbury has been very welcoming to pets. During the off season, pets unleashed on all parts of the beach. They are accommodating Dog owners by allowing a dog beach at the far end, near Lake Deal. I have had nothing but good experiences on the beach regularly. During the Season, restricted between 9 am to 5 pm. This is understandable with all of the beach goers at this time. But very thankful there is beach access for the pup to enjoy!!! Please respect all guidelines when visiting. Let's not make the authority think twice about allowing this dog beach.
Rate the beach
John in Asbury
Wendy and Chris, are you guy serious? Giving this place a bad rating for reasons that don't even apply. Newsflash, this spot is a dog beach, not a dog boardwalk. A hair salon all the way across the state also does not count as this dog beach. Unbelievable.
This is what you were looking for
Mark in Teaneck
Asbury Park (Bravo!) has made a big commitment to dog owners with an official dog beach allowing off leash dogs on the nice ocean beach. Pay attention to the hours the beach is open for pets. During the summer until labor day until 9 am and after 5 pm. After Labor Day DOG BEACH PARTY! NO restrictions and NO leash. PLEASE WATCH YOUR DOG AND PICK UP WASTE!!! even if its not your dog's waste. People swim and surf this beach. And if you have an aggressive dog (as in agggressive with other dogs or people), please get a trainer and do not bring him to this or any other dog run. Where is it? Extreme northen edge of Asbury Park north of the signs saying surfers only and north of the retirement home. Careful parking! it is like a moonscape of craters in the dirt lot behind the beach.
Nice Beach but pay attention to HOURS
Meaghann in Lodi, NJ
My boyfriend and I visited the beach Jun of 2013 with my puppy at 10:30am. Unknown to us that dogs can only be on the beach before 8am and after 5 pm (on weekdays) or 6pm (on weekends). We didn't get a chance to actually go on the beach but it looked really clean and not crowded. Next time I will go at those times. We drove about an 1 and 15 minutes but Milo had fun on the Boardwark meeting other dogs anyway. There were a lot of dogs on the boardwalk... maybe things have changed after Sandy because there is really nothing but a boardwalk, port a potty's and one food truck.
Nice Beach but pay attention to HOURS
Meaghann in Lodi, NJ
My boyfriend and I visited the beach Jun of 2013 with my puppy at 10:30am. Unknown to us that dogs can only be on the beach before 8am and after 5 pm (on weekdays) or 6pm (on weekends). We didn't get a chance to actually go on the beach but it looked really clean and not crowded. Next time I will go at those times. We drove about an 1 and 15 minutes but Milo had fun on the Boardwark meeting other dogs anyway. There were a lot of dogs on the boardwalk... maybe things have changed after Sandy because there is really nothing but a boardwalk, port a potty's and one food truck.
Dog owner
Hannah in West long branch
I have to well trained dogs who are always on leash when at parks and in public. I also ALWAYs clean up after my dogs. I rotate and go to different dog friendly parks/places and am disgusted at other dog owners. We share these places that each town is nice enough to make dog friendly and many owners are disrespectful by not leaching their dog and by not cleaning up after them. I am a dog owner and it sickens me when I go home frequently with another dogs poop on my shoes......imagine what a non-dog owner thinks!! PLEASE be respectful of others and clean up and leash. I am really sick of my dogs being attacked by unleashed dogs......no wonder the French hate us!!
Andrew in Reading
Think it's a great idea. Just make sure that you can control your dog. Also please make sure you pay attention and clean up after your dog. If we all do our part it will make for an even better park.
n.j. health dept. crackdown
wendy in montclair
in response to the last poster's negative experience, I believe htis may have to do wih the health dept. in N.J. cracking down on dogs in public places in general. I have a hair salon in Montclair where I used to bring my sweet cockapoo, a hypo-allergenic breed every day. He was our maitre'd! The state board of cosmetology paid us a random visit and said "no dogs" or we'd get heavily fined. Come to find out, there seems to be a crack-down on pets in out-door dining areas as well. I think it's someone in the health dept. seriously not dog-friendly. It's really a shamr. I'm moving to France!!!!!!!!!!!!
Asbury Park no longer dog friendly
chris in freehold
Hi, I have walked my dog, Daisy, hundreds of times along the Asbury Boardwalk, off season. There were always many people walking their dogs and everyone was always dog friendly. Even the vendors, a few even had water out for the dogs. However now you will be thrown off the boardwalk by the very rude Asbury Police as soon as you step onto the boardwalk . Today is October 4th it is off season and I was still thrown off. It's really a shame.
French Dog owners
HL in New York, NY
@HANNAH in West long branch You write "no wonder the French hate us..!!" I'm guessing you've never been to France. While I agree with your statement about dog owners needing to be more respectful, your tie in with the French hating us not only fails short, it's completely ironic! THE FRENCH DO NOT PICK UP THEIR DOG'S POOP!! I had family living in a Paris suburb, St. Cloud, a few years ago and I went to stay there with them....they let me know that one of the drawbacks of living there was that the sidewalks around their neighborhood were RIDDLED with smeared poop everywhere. And BOY was that ever true! The French also smoke EVERYWHERE, including right in your face, without conscience, AND, they run their country with nuclear energy that they have a history of dumping illegally in Africa, SO...perhaps the rest of the world has reasons to dislike France ALSO. So before you assume that the French have cornered the market on having manners, you need to realize that culturally, EVERYONE has failures, and some places much worse than ours. It's an individual issue, not a country issue. The USA and France have a long history of rivalry but they have helped each other for centuries, the longest running allies ever. Whatever belief you think exists at this point in history about us by France, and exists as PROOF of how awful Americans really are --- just know that in the bigger picture, it's relatively meaningless and not anywhere near proof of your argument.
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