School is out, the sun is shining and the kids and pets are ready and raring to get outdoors. If you’re like us, chances are you love going to the beach, but not ALL parks or beaches on Long Island and in New York City are dog-friendly. So, we put together a quick list of our favorite dog parks and beaches from Queens to Montauk that you can visit with the entire family, four-legged members included.
Little Bay Park Dog Run – Bayside, Queens County
Though New York City is very strict about the areas on which dogs are permitted to romp and roam in any of the city parks, which includes the popular Little Bay Dog Run. This beachside park offers two separate off-leash areas for large and small dogs, complete with a doggie water fountain and shady space.
Nickerson Beach Dog Park – Lido Beach, Nassau County
While not a direct on-beach experience, Nickerson Beach offers a double-gated off-leash play area for dogs of all sizes. The large, open, sand and dirt area also includes a few play structures, picnic tables with a canopy for shade, and a water source with hose and fountains.
Coindre Hall Dog Park – Huntington, Western Suffolk County
With 34 acres of beautiful land, Coindre Hall offers both a spacious grassy field for dogs to run and play as well as an area along Huntington Harbor where families can go for walks. Given the beautiful landscape and French chateau, this little-known north shore park is a popular destination for pet families.
Mud Creek Dog Park – Patchogue, Suffolk County
Located right on the Great South Bay, this park features 300 feet of beach for dogs to run, play and swim off-leash. Though there are no special amenities, the site does offer a doggy-doo bag pole, which is filled by visitors with shopping bags for people who forget to bring their own. Additionally, the park is “natural borders,” which means there are no formal fences – so, dogs who don’t respond when called must be kept on-leash – and the site was formerly used for glass recycling and dredge material disposal and glass shards are still found in the sand.
Montauk Dog Parks – Montauk, Long Island’s East End
Perhaps a result of its popularity as a tourist destination, there are several beach-side dog parks on Long Island’s East End – especially in Montauk. This includes Amsterdam Beach State Park, which is an on-leash park that features trails along wooded areas, beach access and ocean views; Camp Hero State Park at Montauk Lighthouse, which includes trails, roads, wooded areas and beach access; and Shadmoor State Park, where dogs are allowed on-leash along the wooded areas, roads and cliff tops. Montauk Point State Park and Hither Hills State Park both also offer dog-friendly areas for furry family members to enjoy.