At Island Beach State Park
Seven year old Jack the chihuahua loves Island Beach's friendly dog beach! It's the best sand and surf in town.
Exploring the sea grass on the bay side of Island Beach State Park
Picture of Island Beach State Park, a dog friendly attraction in Seaside Park, NJ.
Picture of Island Beach State Park, a dog friendly attraction in Seaside Park, NJ.
Picture of Island Beach State Park, a dog friendly attraction in Seaside Park, NJ.
Loving the surf & sand at Island Beach State Park
At Island Beach State Park
Seven year old Jack the chihuahua loves Island Beach's friendly dog beach! It's the best sand and surf in town.

Description

Dogs are permitted in the park but must be kept on a leash that is a maximum length of six feet. They are not allowed on the swimming beach (the lifeguard area) during the summer season or on the Spizzle Creek Bird Blind Trail at any time. It is a good idea to check your dog for ticks after you take them on any of the other trails. Also do not leave your dog, or any other pet, unattended in the car during warm weather.

Reviews

BringFido Traveler Rating

Island Beach State Park has received a rating of 4.3 out of 5 bones by 10 dog owners on BringFido.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great place to bring dogs.

    The dogs love to come to IBSP. Lots of open space .

  • More than one year ago.
    Flies

    I've been going going to Island Beach SP and LBI for years. The only time the flies are bad is when the wind comes from the west. Keep an eye on those flags, or check the weather before you go. IBSP is my favorite NJ beach!

  • More than one year ago.
    Absolute Gem

    Love coming here w/ my dog. Its absolutely gorgeous, has plenty of open space and the beaches are pristine. Almost don't want to post and keep it to myself, but it's too good not to visit.

  • More than one year ago.
    Flies, flies, flies!!!!

    I brought today 08/01/15 my dog to this beach. After 5 minutes we just had to run off the beach. The flies did bite so bad that my dog started to hide his head under the sand. And my ankles started to bleed from all the biting. Almost 3 hours of driving, paying for the gas and tolls plus $10 admission and we did last maybe 5 minutes on the beach. The worst experience ever !!!!!!!

  • More than one year ago.
    Flies? Come on people

    Where there is standing water like the bay there will be flies. When the wind blows from the west (where the bay is and toward the ocean) the flies will get blown your way for a feeding. Sit close to the shoreline for some releif or choose your visits based on wind direction...your call. I go regardless.
    Enjoy

  • More than one year ago.
    remy

    flies are bad only when wind comes from the east

  • More than one year ago.
    Great Beach, Plenty of Space

    My husband and I brought our dog to Island Beach State Park today 08-19-12, and it was wonderful. Dogs (Pets) cannot be on the public beach with lifeguards or on the Spizzle Creek Bird Blind Trail, but are permitted anywhere else as long as they are on a leash no longer than 6 feet. This beach was huge, only a few people, well behaved pets, and no flies or bugs. We had a wonderful day.

  • More than one year ago.
    Flies...yes, the flies

    Agreed. The flies really do stink there. I've only been there in early September, and they do BITE bad...they seem to come out later in the day though...so be careful of that if you go there! Tried bug spray, that didnt work either! :( Parking is a little rough too (not alot of it), BUT in all, love that place!

  • More than one year ago.
    Great Beach

    We bring Daisy and Precious down the shore all the time to this place. They have to be on leash during their stay. The only place they are not allowed is the public beach where the lifeguards are. We normally go down to fisherman wharf area and enjoy exploring the beach then. We go to this location through out the year. I will admit that the flies are bad in late July to late August, but that is the only time we have had fly problems.

  • More than one year ago.
    Nice but lots of flies in the summer

    Dogs are allowed on the non lifeguarded beaches. Nice beach for both you and your dog. Sadly after we were done playing by the water my little lab and I got eaten to death by black flies and green heads. To the point where both the pup and I went running off the beach. Might be better in the spring or fall.

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We've dug up 3 pictures of dogs at Island Beach State Park for you below. Enjoy!

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Nora’s beach day
Gorgeous Beach Day

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