Many Long Island beaches allow pets in the off-season, between Labor Day and Memorial Day. But if you and your dog both want some respite from the heat, there are a few local beaches that are dog-friendly year-round! Here are our top picks:
- Shadmoor State Park, Montauk: This outlier is a great destination if your canine loves car rides. Take a day trip to the East End and enjoy this park’s 2,400 feet of ocean beach! Dogs are allowed on a six-foot-long or shorter leash. And best of all, parking is free!
- Gardiner County Park, Bay Shore: Not only does Gardiner County Park have a great dog-friendly park, but it doubles as a great bay beach location for your pet! According to the website BringFido, Gardiner is known for being “extremely dog-friendly,” and it is easy to see why. Amenities include plenty of on-leash trails, waste disposal stations and even a doggie water fountain. If your pet loves swimming, he or she can even paddle around in the Great South Bay!
- Coindre Hall, Huntington: This little-known park on Long Island’s North Shore is a popular destination for dog lovers. Dogs and their owners alike can enjoy romping on the spacious lawns adjoining the hall, a former Gold Coast mansion, as well as wandering down to the shore of Huntington Harbor.
As you enjoy the great outdoors with your dog, always remember to bring plenty of water for both of you, make sure your pet is protected by flea and tick medication and watch for signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion. As always, never leave your pet alone in a car.
If you have any questions or your pet has any health issues, don’t hesitate to call us at 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738). Our Valley Stream office is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.