Dog Friendly Beaches in Delaware

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

Pet Friendly Fenwick Island State Park
Fenwick Island State Park Fenwick Island State Park in Delaware has a nice, uncrowded, pet-friendly beach during winter. However, dogs are prohibited from May 1st to September 30th. The area offers three miles of ocean beaches and access to the Little Assawoman Bay. Boundary markers for areas open or closed to pets will typically be designated by signs posted at the seaward toe of the dune. See Details
Pet Friendly James Farm Ecological Preserve
James Farm Ecological Preserve James Farm Ecological Preserve is a pet-friendly attraction in Ocean View, DE. This local ecological preserve is home to hiking trails and a beach on the bay. Bring your pooch along on a leash, as long as they are well-behaved and all mess is cleaned up after. See Details
Broadkill Beach Broadkill Beach on the coast Milton, DE is dog friendly from October 1st to April 30th. Fido must be leashed unless extremely well trained in voice command. Owners should be respectful of other beach-goers and are reminded to clean up after their pet. See Details
Cape Henlopen State Park Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, DE, is pet friendly. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trails and portions of the beach, as some areas are reserved for beach-nesting species. Please note a fee is involved upon arriving. See Details
Dewey Beach Dewey Beach, DE is dog-friendly and Fido is allowed on the beach before 9:30 am and after 5:30 pm during the summer (mid-May through mid-September). Dogs are permitted on the beach at all times during the day from mid-September to mid-May and are allowed to be off leash if under your full control. You must clean up after your dog at all times, and all dogs must have a Dewey Beach dog license that can be obtained from Dewey Beach Town Hall or online. See Details
Delaware Seashore State Park Delaware Seashore State Park in Rehoboth Beach, DE, is pet friendly. Fido can join you on the sand and in the surf during select times of the year. From May 1 to September 30, dogs aren't permitted on any swimming or sunbathing beach (areas with lifeguards) but are allowed on non-guarded beaches year-round. Please note your pup cannot enter picnic areas, public buildings, or cabins and cottages. See Details
Bethany Beach Leashed dogs can enjoy visiting Bethany Beach in Delaware from October 1st through May 14th. Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted on the beach outside of these dates. You and Fido are welcome to enjoy the surf, sand and boardwalk on this beautiful beach. Please remember to clean up after your pup. See Details
Slaughter Beach Slaughter Beach is a dog-friendly beach in the small coastal town of Slaughter Beach, DE. Fido is welcome on the beach year-round as long as he remains leashed and all pet waste is cleaned up. Dogs must also stay off the dunes. This beautiful sandy beach is popular with both locals and tourists, and is the perfect place for a casual stroll with your pup. See Details
Bowers Beach Bowers Beach is a dog-friendly beach in Delaware welcoming leashed pups. Please keep pets away from neighboring yards and from the dune rebuilding projects. Please note that dogs are not allowed on the beach from May 1st through September 30th. See Details
Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk Two and four-legged friends are invited to visit the pet-friendly Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Leashed dogs are permitted on the boardwalk from October 1 to April 30, but pets aren't welcome from May 1 to September 30. This is a great spot to get some exercise, take in the views of the ocean, and run around in the sand. See Details
Woodland Beach Woodland Beach, located on a beautiful stretch of coastline near Smyrna, DE is dog friendly. Bring your leashed pup along to this beach to play in the sand and surf, although don't forget to pack a towel as some areas can get muddy. Dog owners are reminded to clean up after their dogs and to respect other beachgoers. See Details