Wildwood NJ
Sign welcoming you to Wildwood's dog beach
Puppy really enjoyed herself at the beach.
Moonbeam on the Wildwood Dog Beach
Sage, a German Shorthaired Pointer, loving his first trip to the beach!
Biggest hydrant we've ever seen!
Our dog Cali cooling off.
A pic of the boardwalk from the dog beach at sunset.  Its dark but you can see the fenced doggie play area.
Wildwood NJ


Formerly the Poplar Avenue Beach, the Wildwood Dog Beach is a dog-friendly spot to romp in the sand and surf. Owners can walk their dog under the boardwalk at Maple Avenue to access the beach. The area features plenty of room for you and your pooch to soak up the sun and take a dip. Dogs must be leashed on the beach itself, but the nearby dog park is leash-free. Fresh water is only available inside of the park, not on the beach. There are no opening times for the beach, but the City recommends swimming while a lifeguard is present.


BringFido Guest Rating

Wildwood Dog Beach has received a rating of 4.9 out of 5 bones by 14 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Sep. 8, 2019
    Great Family Fun!

    The dog park is off leash it’s clean and everyone we encountered were great! Went down to the water which is a hike (be warned) but watching the dogs play in the surf is so fun, our puppy wasn’t feeling it but enjoyed laying in the sand while his human siblings played in the water. It was nice and shallow so great for dogs and kids alike. As a bonus it was after Labor Day and we were able to visit the piers and had no issues bringing the dog along. I talked with a local who said he walked his dog along the boardwalk all the time even in high season but he had a smaller dog so not sure if that has anything to do with it. The water park was hosting a “puppy pool party” so there so there were dogs everywhere. Overall a great time!

  • More than a year ago
    Excellent dog beach and dog run

    We had the best experience at this dog run and dog friendly beach. There’s a section that’s “coned” off or designated for dogs and it was substantial. The day we went there were lots of dogs and they were all freely enjoying the sun and surf. On the beach itself emma (our dog) had to be leashed which she didn’t love but in the run she could be off leash. Either way she enjoyed being on the beach with the family and exploring a new area. Although all of the signs say that dogs aren’t allowed on the boardwalk, it’s almost impossible to reach the dog beach without going on to the boardwalk. We saw many owners with their dogs of all sizes on the boardwalk at all hours, so we weren’t worried. It seemed to be a vey dog friendly and family oriented area. We loved loved loved it!

  • More than a year ago

    This dog park on the beach was super cute and Stark had a great time playing with other dogs! As a dog owner, I loved the fact that there were doggy bags available to clean up after the dogs and there was also water available for after a good play time. Super cute place!

  • More than a year ago
    a true dog beach.

    You and your pup can swim here. There is a life guard We came on a cloudy overcast day in July it was us and about 5 other dogs. Dog had a blast. The ocean is not off leash but the dog park is. It’s on maple not popular st. Will definitely be coming back on a sunny day and writing a review. 7/6/18

  • More than a year ago
    Not Bad Place for Dogs

    The beach is wide and there is also a dog run, one for small dogs, and one for large dogs, where you can let your dog run around off leash. However, you are not supposed to let you dogs off leash on the beach or in the water, which kind of makes it not as great a place as it could be,

  • More than a year ago
    Great Dog Beach Finally

    This is a great beach to go hang out at and bring your dog. It essentially looks like the rest of the beach except everyone has dogs, leashed, and either playing in the water or laying on the towels hanging out like the rest of us. Such a great idea to have this, and by the crowds it was definitely a hit with everyone with a dog.

  • More than a year ago
    Wildwood dog park and beach

    Amazing. Dog and human friendly beach with shallows. Perfect for swimming w dog. They rent chairs etc. Sell some food. Just perfect.

  • More than a year ago

    Is this a good beach for humans to actually swim with their dogs? Often the dog beaches aren't as human friendly. Would like to know before we make the drive. Thank you in advance.

  • More than a year ago

    Pleasant atmosphere. Other humans kept their pets close and under control. It's nice to be able to enjoy the beach with my best friend. Thank you Wildwood for a truly pet friendly beach. 6/30/16

  • More than a year ago
    Great beach, great doggie fun!

    We had a great time at the Wildwood dog beach with our border collie/lob mix puppy. Its a HUGE beach, probably half a mile from the boardwalk to the ocean. Plenty of room to spread out and run around with your pup. The water is fairly shallow so you can go pretty far out without having to swim. It was warm enough to get in the water on Memorial Day weekend! Dogs do have to be on a leash but there is a nice fenced area where they can run free and play with other dogs (water provided). You will meet lots of nice dog owners with all kinds of dogs on this beach! The safes on this part of the boardwalk were all dog friendly and they let us sit at the counter and eat with our dog and gave doggie treats and water. We got away with walking our dog on the boardwalk in the morning but in the evening they enforce the rules more. We walked our dog all along the beach in the evening though. There are also huts on the beach to rent chairs and umbrellas for the day. Overall, it was great and I would definitely come back!

  • More than a year ago
    Great Family Fun

    Thank you Wildwood for really making it a family beach. The beach was so nice that we could bring our puppy too. My mother is elderly so the walk from the board walk to the beach was too much. But you had that covered by a beach taxi. (No dog allowed in that) My children loves that they could play in the waves with their puppy in the summer. The beach was very clean. Before we left we went to the restaurant on the boardwalk and got food to go. The owners gave us a huge handful of doggie treats. We had the best time. Thank you Wildwood for even becoming better.

  • More than a year ago
    Great Beach for Family and Pups!

    We just got back from our 4 day vacation to Wildwood & Cape May, NJ.

    We had researched quite a bit before deciding where to stay, as we brought our two dogs on vacation for the first time this year!

    Wildwood dog beach was a fantastic option for us because it's a full block of beach that's open to dogs all day, every day - which is hard to find in August- prime vacation time! It's also free to the public.

    Our two had a blast. Our German Shorthair loved the water, while our Ridgeback loved soaking up the Rays.

    The only difficult part for us was the length of the beach. We had to drive to the beach because we were about a 35 minute walk, and had quite a bit of equipment that we brought for the dogs (& our own) comfort: beach canopy, beach chairs, coolers full of water for all day playing and for lunch, towels, and of course sunscreen! If I had to guess, I would say the distance from the boardwalk to the water is at least 400 meters. That's a hike with all beach supplies in soft sand!

    We brought a wagon- I would say if you pack like we do, which we would say is totally worth it- a beach cart or wagon is a great investment.

    Overall, we had a BLAST... Our dogs made several friends, as most of the people that bring their dogs are responsible dog owners it seems.

    Of course as with anywhere, there were a few wild cards who let their dogs run crazed down the beach "accidentally" because "they didn't know there were any other dogs there..."

    And of course there are the ones who bark at every dog who walks by or is over zealous to meet everyone.

    But as dog owners, we all know our own dog's likes and dislikes & can kind of tell who they will get along with and who to avoid.

    There are also a bunch of families with young children building sand castles, and enjoying their vacations, so if your dog is uncomfortable around toddlers or children, that is a friendly heads up! They are everywhere! ????

    Overall, it was a fabulous option for us, and our pooches. They thoroughly enjoyed the sun, shade, waves, other doggies, and kiddos.

    We Would definitely recommend going at least once. We will definitely be back!

  • More than a year ago
    Best Dog Beach on the East Coast

    This beach is the absolute best. It is only a one block length of beach, but it is the best. Let me tell you why.

    I've researched the dog beaches on the east coast, and all of them have limitations. They call themselves dog beaches, but some of them are only available to you and your dog during the off season - for instance, September 1 through May 1. Who wants to visit the beach during the off season? How does that help when you want to vacation with your dog in the summer time? It doesn't.

    Likewise, some so-called dog beaches allow you to visit the beach with your Fido during the peak season, but then add hourly restrictions. For example, allowing you and your dog to be on the beach between the hours of 6 AM and 9 AM, or in the evening after 6 PM. Again, how does that help when you want to vacation with your dog in the summer time? It doesn't.

    These so-called dog beaches with their restrictive policies fail to grasp what dog owners want - they want to be able to take their pets with them on vacation just like any other family member.

    That's why the Wildwood Dog Beach at Poplar Avenue is so spectacular. The smart folks in Wildwood decided they wanted to attract families with dogs, to bring in more revenue for the city. So they created a beach where you can take your dog all year long with no hourly restrictions. Families with dogs are now spending more money in Wildwood than ever before, and the only restrictions are that you have your dog properly immunized and licensed, and that your dog be on leash on the beach. Also, you are asked NOT to bring dog food with you on the beach and please clean up any messes your dog makes.

    So far the dog beach has been a huge success and has been kept spotlessly clean.

    We will back to the dog beach again this year and next year as well.

  • More than a year ago
    awesome dog beach

    We took our dog there last summer and she loves jumping in the ocean playing in the sand we can't wait to come back in July.

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Traveler Photos

We've dug up 14 pictures of dogs at Wildwood Dog Beach for you below. Enjoy!

Beach puppy
entrance to dog beach
Great Danes
Great Danes
Having fun at the dog run
I had lots of fun!
Family time at the beach
I love  this place  very dog friendly  ... we always  stop in our annual  vacation
I love  this beach
Charlie’s First Time At The Beach

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