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 Cape May Whale Watcher
Cape May Whale Watcher The Cape May Whale Watcher offers the largest and fastest whale and dolphin watching boats in New Jersey and they are dog friendly. The owners, Jeff and Mary Stewart have owned dogs their entire lives, and love having well behaved and leashed pups aboard ship. In business since 1993, the Cape May Whale Watcher guarantees marine mammal sightings of whales or dolphins or porpoise. Well behaved pooches ride for free! See Details
Pet Friendly 8th Avenue Dog Beach
8th Avenue Dog Beach Pet-friendly 8th Avenue Dog Beach in Asbury Park, NJ welcomes Fido all day long between mid-September and mid-May. In summertime, you and Fido should plan an early morning or evening visit as dogs are prohibited between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm. If your hound was born to run, plan an off-leash romp at this popular beach. After a game of fetch or Frisbee, jump in the water with your pooch for a refreshing swim. See Details
Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum Housed in Hangar 1 of Cape May Airport, the dog-friendly Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum houses aircraft, special exhibits, engines, and interactive displays through which visitors can explore aviation, military history, New Jersey history and more. Leashed dogs welcome to explore the more than 90,000 square feet of hands-on fun with you. Admission fees apply and hours vary by season. See Details
Cold Spring Brewery Cold Spring Brewery is a dog-friendly, non-profit brewery housed in a restored 1804 three bay English-style barn located in historic Cold Spring Village of Cape May, NJ. They serve several varieties of beer like Cresse American Wheat, Dennisville Inn Porter, and Bradner Brown. Leashed dogs are welcome, and the indoor seating is temperature-controlled. There is an admission price to enter Cold Spring Village. See Details
Cape May Winery & Vineyard Dog-friendly Cape May Winery & Vineyard encompasses four different vineyards, containing over 150 acres, from which 16 varieties of grapes are grown. Traditional tastings take place in the main tasting room and deck bar (weather permitting) where you will enjoy an educational experience led by one of their knowledgeable wine associates. You will stand at the bar and learn while you sip each of the wines you selected for your unique tasting. Come and see what makes the Cape May area such a premier grape growing region. Leashed dogs are welcome. See Details
South Mountain Reservation South Mountain Reservation in West Orange, NJ is dog-friendly. This nature reserve coverers 2,112 acres in portions of Maplewood, Millburn and West Orange. The woodland park features a variety of hardwood trees, and tall hemlocks towering above streams, creeks and ponds. The west branch of the Rahway River flows through the valley, and a 25-foot waterfall at Hemlock Falls is a dramatic feature. It is also a Revolutionary War historic site. Leashed dogs are welcome on trails and the South Mountain Dog Park is located within the Reservation. See Details
Wildwood Dog Park and Beach Wildwood Dog Park and Beach in Wildwood, NJ 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
Historic Cold Spring Village Historic Cold Spring Village is a dog-friendly historic site. Located at Cape May in New Jersey, this 22-acre, open-air, living-history museum features working crafts people in period costumes and 26 restored historic buildings. Dogs are welcome to join their owners at the park, as long as they are on a leash and all mess is cleaned up after them. There's a brewery on the premises too. The village buildings will reopen in June 2019. The village office itself is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. See Details
Hacklebarney State Park Hacklebarney State Park is dog-friendly. Located between Long Valley and Chester in Morris County, the centerpiece of this secluded park is the gushing river that works its way through the towering trees and glacial valley. There are a number of hiking trails and picnic areas along the shoreline for you to enjoy together. You and your pooch may run into a deer or even a bear, so make sure you keep Fido on a leash for the duration of their visit. To preserve the cleanliness of the water and the surrounding area, please clean up any mess that your pooch leaves behind. See Details
Wonder Bar Yappy Hour Yappy Hour is when the Wonder Bar plays host to furry friends! With plenty of fenced-­in outdoor space, dogs can meet new friends, get some exercise, or just chill by the water bowl, while their humans do some socializing of their own. Dogs must be neutered and have current rabies tag or dog license. Choke, prong and spike collars are not permitted. The Yappy Hour deck is for customers 21 and over. Yappy Hour times are Monday from 4pm to 7pm (small dogs only), Thursday and Friday from 4pm to 7pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 7pm. There is a charge of $5 per person each day. See Details
Carton Brewing Atlantic Highlands' first micro-brewery, Carton Brewing is dog-friendly! Leashed and well-behaved dogs are welcome to join their owners at the brewery. Its beer menu includes Carton of Milk, HopPun, Boat Beer, and IDIPA. Tasting flights are $5 and reservations are not required. Carton Brewing is open Wednesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm, Friday from 4pm to 8pm, Saturday from 12pm to 8pm, and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. See Details
Nauti Spirits Distillery Nauti Spirits Distillery is pet-friendly. Adults and their best friends are welcome to join their owners at the outside tables. There is a walk up service window to order. Bring your own chair for added comfort. Nauti Spirits Distillery is open Sunday through Wednesday from 12pm to 8pm and Saturday from 12pm to 10pm. See Details
Island Beach State Park Island Beach State Park is a pet-friendly island barrier on the coast of New Jersey. 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. Pets are permitted South of the Ocean Swimming Areas during this time period on a leash. 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. See Details
7 Mile Brewery 7 Mile Brewery is a dog-friendly brewery in Rio Grande, NJ. Your leashed, friendly dog is welcome to join you at a table on the outdoor patio. Try their 7 Mile Pale Ale, Project Z Dark Plum Ale, or Mother's Helper Pilsner while you're visiting! See Details
Eclipse Brewing Eclipse Brewing is Merchantville's only craft brewery, offering small batch beers on tap, flights and growlers to go. Dogs are welcome to join you in the large outdoor seating area. While you're there, pick up a bag of Biscuits and Barley dog treats for Fido, made from Eclipse Brewing's spent grain. See Details
Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area in Manasquan, NJ 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
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
Mills Reservation Bring your pet for an on-leash hike in this lovely park which offers trails of varying difficulty for different levels of hikers. See Details
Paw Dazzle of Smithville Are you in the historic village of Smithville and you have your dog with you, well this store is a great place for you to go. They sell supplies for your pet, and not just that, they sell homemade dog good and dog treats. See Details
Vernon Off-Leash Dog Park Vernon Off-Leash Dog Park in Vernon, NJ occupies 2 acres of fenced grasslands. Visitors will find plenty of room for Fido to run and play, and shaded seating areas for pet owners. See Details
Carnival of Collectables Fido is welcome to join you as you shop at Carnival of Collectables, an antique and art mall carrying a wide selection of items from the early 1800's to the 1980's. Leashed dogs are welcome at Carnival of Collectables, where they can munch on a cookie from the front counter and wash it down with water after a day of perusing the store. Carnival of Collectables features handmade items, furniture, vintage vinyl records, coins, kitch, architectural salvage, vintage jewelry and more. Carnival of Collectables houses over one-hundred-and-thirty dealers on its 12,000 square foot property. Carnival of Collectables is open Tuesday through Thursday from 10am to 6pm, Friday from 10am to 7pm, Saturday from 8am to 7pm, and Sunday from 8am to 5pm. See Details
Hot Sand Glass Studio Hot Sand Glass Studio is New Jersey's first pet-friendly public glass studio. You can bring Fido with you to enjoy a glass blowing lesson, one of the dog parties on the weekends, and even some walk-in dog art. If you can't hang around too long in-store, you can grab a Hot Paws Kit to use at home. This do-it-yourself glass kit provides you with an impression of your pooches' paw that can easily be rendered at home, giving you a lasting memory of your beloved canine companion. Hot Sand Glass Studio is open Thursday from 12pm to 7pm, Friday from 12pm to 9pm, Saturday from 10am to 9pm, Sunday from 10am to 7pm, and Monday from 12pm to 7pm. See Details
Patriot Lake Park Patriot Lake Park is home to a pet-friendly recreation space. This sandy dog park has tunnels to explore and two separate areas, one for large pups and another for small dogs. Dog owners are reminded to keep an eye on dogs playing and to clean up any mess that is left behind. See Details
Coho Brewing Co. Fido is welcome to join you for an ice-cold beer at dog-friendly taproom Coho Brewing Co., located in Cape May Court House, NJ. Sit inside at the comfortable seating area and sample a delicious selection of craft beer, or order a popular beer flight which include the newest seasonal brews. See Details