Pet Friendly Beaches

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Long Island's beaches are among it's most popular attractions. It's hard to imagine this level of coastal diversity occuring in any other region the size of Long Island, and everyone wants to enjoy these areas - including our pets! But before you bring Fido to any of the village, town, county, state or national parks on Long Island, double check whether or not your pet will be welcome! Also, be sure to check the times and season that these places are open to visitors!

The following is a list of pet friendly-beaches on Long Island:

Camp Hero State Park
1898 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954

Bring your pup with you for a  day of fun at Camp Hero State Park! With a diverse landscape, beachfront views along the Atlantic Ocean, bluffs, wooded areas and more, it will be a lovely experience had by all. Dogs must be kept on a leash and that leash can be no more than 6 feet long.

Fire Island National Seashore
Ocean Beach, NY 11770

Feel free to bring your four-legged friend along with you to stroll the seashore after Labor Day. Between March 15th & Labor Day, dogs are restricted on federally-owned ocean beaches in order to protect threatened and endangered species. Pets are not permitted without a leash and they are not allowed at Robert Moses State Park, sections of Smith Point County Park, or on some of the community beaches on Fire Island. Dog fare is charged by some ferries who permit canine passengers.

Montauk Hwy, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Both human and leashed canine alike will enjoy exploring the various hiking trails at Gardiner County Park and walking down to the bay. Dogs must be leashed. 
Heckscher Parkway Field 1
East Islip, NY 11730
Dogs are allowed at Heckscher State Park in undeveloped areas only and they must be on a leash no more than 6 feet long. Dogs are not permitted in buildings, walkways or picnic and bathing areas.
164 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
Dogs are permitted in certain areas of Hither Hills State Park. Those areas are East of Napeague Harbor, north of Montauk Parkway and and west of overlook parking.  Dogs must be on a leash no more than 6 feet long and they are not allowed in buildings, walkways, picnic or bathing areas.
2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
Dogs are allowed at Montauk Point State park but only in certain park areas and never in buildings, camping grounds, walkways, picnic or bathing areas. Dogs must be on a leash no more than 6 feet long.
880 Lido Blvd, Lido Beach, NY 11561
Although not allow on the beach itself, Nickerson Beach Park does have a dog run that is located across from Fun Zone. The run has two seperate areas, one for small dogs, and one for big dogs.
900 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
Make your way out to "The End" of the Island with your dog in tow and enjoy strolling the over 2,000 feet of ocean beach. There are also hiking trails featuring scenic shoreline views. Dogs must be kept on a leash that is no more than 6 feet long.
Southampton, NY 11968 & 11969
Dogs are permitted on Southampton parks, beaches and trails but only between October 1st & April 1st. Dogs must always be leashed and under supervision. Dogs must be cleaned up after and are not allowed within 50 feet of any protected animal areas.
Rte. 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway, Kings Park, NY 11754
631-269-4333 or 631-269-5351
While pets are not allowed in the devolped areas of Sunken Meadow State Park, like in the buildings, bathing or picnic areas, there is a designated dog walk trail and dogs are welcome to use the Old Dock Road (off of 25A East) entrance.

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