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Sandy Hook/Gateway National Park

Sandy Hook/Gateway National Park is pet-friendly between certain dates. Dogs are not permitted on ocean-side beaches at Sandy Hook Unit from March 15 through Labor Day due to piping plover season. Pets are permitted on bay-side beaches at Plum Island and Horseshoe Cove throughout the year, but must always be on a leash. Dog owners must carry out all trash, and make preparations for carrying out dog waste. Visit Website

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BringFido Guest Rating

Sandy Hook/Gateway National Park has received a rating of 4.3 out of 5 bones by 4 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Cindy
    Jul. 24, 2020
    Not Bad at all we will definitely go back

    Recently we ended at Sandy Hook after the other location we took our dog to was closed. Not bad at all, we went during the weekend and our dog was allowed across parking lot C and F so we decided to go all the way to the end to lot F. since it was all the way at the end it wasn’t as crowded and just perfect. There were other dogs there as well. Did not find any ticks on my dog after and we enjoyed the time spent there. Still be cautious of everywhere you take your dog for ticks. We will definitely go there again.

  • Matt
    Sep. 29, 2019
    Sep 15 - Dogs Allowed on Ocean

    Please note that Sept 15 (not Labor Day) is the date after which dogs are allowed on the ocean side of Sandy Hook. THe restriction starts again on March 15

  • Karl
    Aug. 21, 2019
    Relaxing and fun!

    My close friend and I went out here during the end of august. Was not crowded, cool breezes from the shore line despite being 89°out. I read allot about ticks and flees, i brought Ticks and flee spray for dogs. We didn't see or have any ticks though. Our dogs had a blast despite neither one wanting to go in the water. I don't know what everyone was talking about free parking, unless it is off season. But we had to pay general day admission fee which is $15 which wasn't bad. The dog only beach is across the parking lot C. There kayakers and paddle surfers there too. Had a good time ourselves watch the dogs play in the sand and people out in the water.

  • Emma
    Jul. 8, 2018
    Awesome trip

    We went in the summer when the ocean-side isn’t open to dogs. We were restricted to the bayside but it was wonderful! She loved it. And it was a busy day but the bay side was pretty free of people. Our dog had a ton of fun! And we were warned of ticks but she got none.

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