Dog Friendly Activities in New Jersey

Don’t leave Fido in the hotel room when you’re on vacation. Get out and play! No matter where you’re headed in New Jersey, we can point you towards the nearest off-leash dog park, the most popular dog beach, a really great hiking trail, and lots of other places to play with Fido.

Pet Friendly 8th Ave Dog Beach
8th Ave Dog Beach 8th Ave Dog Beach is pet-friendly. Dogs are welcome to hang out in Asbury Park with other pups on this stretch of sand. During the summer, the beach gets pretty full so be prepared for many interactions with other canines. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind and to keep an eye on their pups at all times while they play. From May 16 through September 15, dogs are only allowed sun-up to 8:30am and after 6:00pm. See Details
Pet Friendly Asbury Park Photo Tour
Asbury Park Photo Tour 'Asbury Park Photo Tour' is a pet-friendly Airbnb Experience hosted by Noelle. Create some lasting memories with your pooch at this photoshoot along the boardwalk. Your host will capture photos of you at the historic landmarks and art installations. At the end of the tour, your host will send you a link to access your photos. The experience lasts 1 hour and can accommodate up to 5 guests ages 18 and up. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. Rates start at $65 per person. See Details
Longport Dog Beach Longport Dog Beach (also known as Somers Point Dog Beach, Malibu Beach, or just Dog Beach) is an off-leash dog beach located at Malibu Beach Wildlife Management area where dogs of all sizes can play in the sand and water. The beach is located at the base of the Ocean Drive Bridge on the Longport side across from the fishing pier. Owners must bring their own water and waste disposal items. There are no trash receptacles so be prepared to dispose of all trash off-site. See Details
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. See Details
Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area is the last undeveloped tract on the Manasquan Inlet. The 55-acre site is a great place to fish, walk on the beach, or go sunbathing. Dogs are welcome at Eastern section of the beach, but they must be leashed at all times to preserve the delicate coastal habitat. The Western section of the beach has been designated "dog free." See Details
Wildwood Dog Park and Beach Wildwood Dog Park and Beach is pet-friendly. Formerly the Poplar Avenue Beach, this is a dog-friendly spot to romp in the sand and surf. Owners can walk their dog under the boardwalk at Maple Avenue to access the beach. The area features plenty of room for you and your pooch to soak up the sun and take a dip. Dogs must be leashed on the beach itself, but the nearby dog park is leash-free. Fresh water is only available inside of the park, not on the beach. There are no opening times for the beach, but the City recommends swimming while a lifeguard is present. See Details
Sunset Beach Paw prints can be found in the sand from leashed dogs at Sunset Beach from mid-September through mid-April. If you get hungry, The Grille has several dog friendly outdoor tables. Dogs are welcome at Sunset Beach Gifts which is open daily and sells souvenirs, books, and collectibles. Sunset Beach is also famous for the concrete ship of SS Atlantus which has been "grounded" at Cape May Point since 1926. End your day with the flag ceremony which is held nightly from May through September. See Details
Island Beach State Park 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. See Details
Timber Creek Pooch Park 9 acre fenced dog park for off leash walking inside a 60 acre wooded park. Leashed dogs are allowed on the many trails throughout the area. There is a small lake they can swim in. Playgrounds, restrooms, picnic tables and benches throughout. Paved trails also. See Details
Sandy Hook This lovely beach is a great place for a daytrip, and pets are allowed on-leash on the bay side all year round. Unfortunately, dogs are only allowed on the beach during the off-season starting on September 15. See Details
Brigantine North End Beach Leashed dogs are allowed on the city-owned north end of Brigantine Beach year-round. They are only permitted in the Natural Area from September until May. See Details
Wonder Bar Yappy Hour Wonder Bar hosts a Doggie Happy Hour weekly, usually on Thursdays. Doggies get to romp and play in very large fenced outdoor area while Mommy and Daddy enjoy a cool drink. See Details
Brookdale Dog Park This huge new dog park is fully fenced with a separate small dog area, agility equipment, running water, waste bags, and gravel mulch. See Details
Stone Harbor Beach The Stone Harbor Beach on 122nd has free parking and free beach. Dog hours between 7pm and sunset during peak season out all day in off season. See Details
Duke's Dog Run at Freedom Park This huge, 20-acre dog park is a great place for your pet to exercise off-leash. The park has benches, parking, and a creek for pets to splash in. Just keep in mind that the park is not fully fenced. See Details
Bay Head Beach After Labor Day, leashed dogs are welcome to join you as you enjoy this beautiful beach. Dogs are restricted in the summer. See Details
Veterans Memorial Park This 333 acre park was built in honor of Hamilton's veterans in 1977. Approximately four miles of walking trails are sprinkled through wooded areas, and there are more than two miles of paved bicycle trails, intermittent picnic grounds, rest stops, athletic fields, a large lake, huge tennis complex and a dog park. The dog park has a well maintained, fenced-in, off-leash play area. There is a separate enclosure for large and small dogs with double-entry gates. Both areas offer agility equipment and obstacle courses, benches, poop bags and trash receptacles. A doggie water fountain is just outside the dog park entrance. Dogs on leash are welcome outside the dog park. See Details
The Mall at Short Hills Offering a variety of stores, services, restaurants, and entertainment options, The Mall at Short Hills is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. Dog stroller rentals make it easy for you and your pup to explore the mall's offerings. Individual store policies on pets vary, and pets are not permitted in any food establishment. Pets are allowed in the common area of the shopping center provided they are in a pet carrier. Complimentary dog strollers for dogs weighing 20 pounds or less can be rented at mall security, concourse level during all mall hours. Individual stores must be consulted for their pet policy. See Details
Wolf Hill Dog Park - Oceanport NJ Wolf Hill is home to one of two Off-Leash Dog Areas operated by the Monmouth County Park System. This 4-acre area combines an area for dogs of all sizes as well as an area for smaller dogs weighing 35 lbs or less. Dog waste bags and garbage cans can be found in both dog areas, and there are portable toilets near the parking lot. There is no water source available at the site for dogs and owners, so you have to bring your own water bottles or jugs. See Details
Barnegat Light Beaches Barnegat Light allows dogs on their beaches from Oct. 1 - thru April 15. All dogs on Barnegat Light beaches must be on a leash. Long Beach Island has a general dog rule that dogs are not allowed May 1 until October 1. See Details
Ocean County Dog Parks Spacious 4-acre fenced area with separate sections for large and small dogs. Permit is required before entering. The Ocean County Dog Park is open from 8am to 5pm. There is an annual fee of $5 per dog. See Details
Mountain Lakes Open Space Area Mountain Lakes Open Space Area provides hiking opportunities along with picturesque views. The 75-acre protected area has 8 miles of easy dog friendly hikes. Just keep Fido on a leash while on the trails. You can also fish in the beautiful man-made lake. See Details
Dog Park The Dog Park is located in the Sewaren section near Alvin P. Williams Park. It has two separate fenced areas, water fountains, benches, shade, gazebos, agility equipment, poop bags, trash cans, and parking. It's also near the water, so there is usually a nice breeze. See Details
Barnegat Light Dog Park The Barnegat Light Dog Park is on the north end of New Jersey's Long Beach Island. The park has a dual function as ballfield and dog park with a double gated entrance. All dog park users MUST obtain a dog park gate entry card (“Paw Pass”) and a dog park tag. Passes are free for Barnegat Light residents and for non-residents the annual fee is $30 and the weekly fee is $10. Applications for the passes can be obtained at Borough Hall, the Beach Badge Booth (in-season) or on the Borough website. Proof of rabies must be shown, either with a rabies certificate or a current dog license. See Details