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Island Beach State Park

Island Beach State Park is a pet-friendly island barrier on the coast of Seaside Park, NJ. Stretching 10 miles in total, the sand dunes offer a varied and interesting area for plants and animals to thrive. From Memorial Day weekend through the first of October, pets are not permitted on the ocean swimming beaches. Leashed pets are permitted south of these areas during this time period. Pets are not permitted on the Spizzle Creek Bird Blind Trail at any time. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that their pooches leave behind. Visit Website

Or call (732) 793-0506 or email IslandBeach@dep.nj.gov for more information.


BringFido Guest Rating

Island Beach State Park has received a rating of 4.5 out of 5 bones by 19 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Scott
    Jul 24, 2023
    A beautiful Dog Day at the beach

    Oreo had an excellent time here at beach, and even though it was peak season in mid-July, and the weather was superb, it was not too crowded. He saw a few other happy doggies; and they all kept their distance, so there was no need for his typical defensive/possessive/aggresive barking response. He even enjoyed some time in the surf. Happy Dog and Happy Dog-Parents - 5 Big Bones!

  • Jamie
    Jun 17, 2023

    Tons of space between people. We went on a Friday and there was very few people on the beach and enough room to put plenty of space between you and others. There wasn’t a place to wash off but we didn’t mind since we were staying within 20 minutes. Plenty of places for my dog to run and get a true ocean experience.

  • Nicole
    Sep 5, 2021
    Best beach ever

    I wish I could give this 100/100 bones! We take Paisley here almost every weekend in the summer! the beaches are well kept and super dog friendly!

  • Steve
    Jul 12, 2021
    Not the usual Jersey Shore

    Island Beach State Park is a gem - they have 23 parking lots with access to the beach - 21 of them are dog friendly (plus no lifeguards either - yes the dog must be on a leash but the beaches are empty as most of the tourists go to the 2 large beaches with lifeguards.

  • Amy
    Nov 27, 2020
    Great beach for dogs to run

    We enjoyed visiting Friday after thanksgiving. There were lots of fishermen and some other dogs. Bridget was able to run and chase a ball for hours.

  • Becky
    Aug 10, 2020
    Unexpected Capacity Closures

    We arrived just over an hour after their Sunday 8am opening but they were already closed due to capacity. The office staff was very friendly and apologetic but our day ended up mostly taking a long drive and views from the car.

  • Chris
    Sep 8, 2019
    Amazing Place For Dogs

    I discovered this place last year and have been coming back with my 2 dogs ever since. Great place to bring your dogs. Dogs are allowed in marked areas away from the designated swim areas with lifeguards. Miles and miles of beautiful beaches that dogs can play in. Highly recommended

  • Chris
    Sep 3, 2019
    Excellent Place For Dogs

    I brought my dogs to this beach all summer. It has miles of Beaches where you can bring your dogs to
    Play. The staff is very friendly towards dogs and they take excellent care of the park. A true jem!

  • Will
    Jul 27, 2019
    Great For A Day Out Or Walk Along The Beach

    We took our 6 month old golden and had an absolute blast. The swimming beaches only take up about 1/2 mile of the 11 mile beach so plenty of space for doggo! We asked on the gate about the dog and they gave us a map to clear up any confusion. We kept our pup on leash at all times as she’s still young and not very trustworthy. We did see one or two dogs off the leash (technically against the rules) but they were well behaved so zero concerns. Will visit again.

  • John
    More than a year ago
    Great place to bring dogs.

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

  • Kathy
    More than a year ago

    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!

  • Hope
    More than a 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.

  • Ewa
    More than a 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 !!!!!!!

  • Scott
    More than a 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.

  • Rich
    More than a year ago

    flies are bad only when wind comes from the east

  • Laura
    More than a 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.

  • Jennifer
    More than a 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!

  • Arden Townsend
    More than a 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.

  • Aisha
    More than a 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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