Dog Friendly Beaches in Connecticut

Dog friendly beaches are heaven on earth for Fido. And since sandy paws equal happy dogs, we’ve sniffed out the best beaches in Connecticut where dogs can run, swim, and frolic in the sand. Use the links/map below to find a dog-friendly beach in Connecticut.

Pet Friendly Hammonasset Beach State Park
Hammonasset Beach State Park Leashed dogs are welcome in picnic areas, ball fields, nature trails and bike paths year-round at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, CT. Leashed dogs are only permitted on beaches from September 30th through April 1st. Visitors with pets on the beach outside of those dates are subject to fines if caught. See Details
Pet Friendly Jennings Dog Beach
Jennings Dog Beach Jennings Dog Beach is the only off-leash beach in the area from October 1st to March 31st. Dogs are allowed on the sand, but not on the boardwalks, pavillions, or playgrounds. See Details
Compo Beach Off-Leash Dog Area Compo Beach Off-Leash Dog Area is located at Compo Beach and Yacht Club in Westport, CT, and welcomes dogs from October 1 through March 30. The off leash section is located south of the brick bathhouses and is clearly marked. Please note that the area is not fenced. Dogs are not permitted on the playground, pavilion, or beach walkways. See Details
Penfield Beach This is an on-leash beach open to canines between after October 1st to March 31st, as long as you pick up after them. See Details
Esker Point Beach Take the whole family for a day on the water at Esker Point Beach, a dog-friendly recreational area located in Groton, CT. The beach area allows dogs off leash, but they must be under voice control. Esker Point Beach features a kayak launch area, volleyball courts, a picnic area and more. Dogs are not permitted during events. See Details
Bayley Beach Bayley Beach is a dog-friendly beach located inside Neville Bayley Park in Norwalk, CT. Bayley Beach was once a part of Roton Point Amusement Park, and is now a popular day-use area. Fido is welcome to join you for a stroll along the beach, but please note that dogs are only allowed in the park from November 1 to March 31. See Details
Sunnyside Boat Ramp Sunnyside Boat Ramp is a popular dog-friendly swimming location in Shelton, CT. Please note that the area is also used for shore fishing as well as to launch motorized and non-motorized vessels. Please keep an eye on your pups. It is noted that water quality can change depending on the season. See Details