Pet Friendly Beaches
Long Island’s beaches are among it’s most popular attractions. 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! Below is a list of pet-friendly beaches on Long Island. We recommend you check with each individual beach for restrictions and current policies before bringing your pet out.
Old Montauk Highway and Lincoln Rd
Montauk, NY, US
Dogs are not allowed on the beaches between 9am and 6pm from May 15 through the end of September. No restrictions apply for the remainder of the year. Montauk has no leash laws and dogs may run on the beach with supervision when permitted. Owners are expected to exercise control, particularly on crowded beaches, and to clean up after their dogs. The beach can be accessed through several points along Old Montauk Highway or right in the center of town.
East Hampton Beaches
101 Ocean Avenue
East Hampton, NY, US 11937
Enjoy some beach frisbee or a casual stroll in the sand with your pup throughout the year at East Hampton Main Beach. Dogs are welcome off-leash anytime in the off-season. From the second Sunday in May through September 30, dogs are not permitted on the beach at all from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, daily. At all other times during the period from the second Sunday in May to September 30, dogs MUST be manually restrained on a leash within areas that are within 300 feet of any road end along the beaches. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets and keeping them under control. Plastic bags for clean-up are conveniently provided at the entrance to each village beach. The village actively patrols beaches and strictly enforces regulations.
Town of East Hampton beaches include:
*Big Albert’s Landing Beach, Albert’s Landing Road, Amagansett
*Little Albert’s Landing Beach, Albert’s Landing Road, Amagansett
*Barns Hole, Barns Hole Road, Amagansett
*Fresh Pond, Fresh Pond Road, Amagansett
*Lazy Point, Lazy Point Road, Amagansett
*Alewive Brook Landing, East Hampton
*Mile Hill, Mile Hill Road, East Hampton
*Old House Landing Road, East Hampton
*Sammy’s Beach, Sammy’s Beach Road, East Hampton
*Gerard Drive Park, Gerard Drive, Springs
*Maidstone Park Beach, Flaggy Hole Road, East Hampton
*Louse Point Beach, Louse Point Road, East Hampton
*Culloden Point, Montauk
*East Lake Beach (Gin Beach), East Lake Drive, Montauk
*Fort Pond Bay Park, Montauk
*Atlantic Avenue Beach, Atlantic Avenue, Amagansett
*Indian Wells Beach, Indian Wells Highway, Amagansett
*Napeague Lane, Amagansett
*Navahoe Road, Amagansett
*White Sands, Amagansett
*Beach Lane Beach, Beach Lane, Wainscott
*Town Line, Town Line Road, Wainscott
*Ditch Plains Beach, Ditch Plains Road, Montauk
*Edison Beach, Montauk
Hecksher State Park
1 Heckscher State Pkwy
East Islip, NY 11730
Heckscher State Park is a park on the shore of the Great South Bay at East Islip in Suffolk County, New York, USA. The park was 1,469 acres that was once the 19th century estates of George C. Taylor and J. Neal. Dogs must be kept on a leash 6 feet in length or shorter, with access to the undeveloped areas only. Please do not bring your dog to the camping areas.
Fire Island National Seashore
Ocean Beach, NY 11770
Fire Island National Seashore is a United States National Seashore that protects a 26-mile section of Fire Island, an approximately 30-mile long barrier island separated from Long Island by the Great South Bay. Some Fire Island beaches allow dogs between March 15 and Labor Day. During the summer dogs are permitted on the bayside beaches of Fire Island Lighthouse, Sailors Haven, Talisman/Barrett Beach, Watch Hill, and some of the boardwalks. Dogs are never permitted to be in any buildings, within designated lifeguard areas, picnic areas, or areas designated for the protection of wildlife. Dog fare is charged by some ferries who permit canine passengers.
Fire Island – Village of Ocean Beach
Dogs are permitted on the beach only during the offseason, September 16 to May 14.
Camp Hero State Park
1898 Old Montauk Hwy
Montauk, NY 11954
Camp Hero State Park is a park located on Montauk Point, New York that offers a beach, fishing, hiking, a bridle path, biking, and cross-country skiing. It is the former site of Montauk Air Force Station. Dogs are permitted in the park year round when kept on a 6-foot (maximum) leash.
Hither Hills State Park
164 Old Montauk Hwy
Montauk, NY 11954
Hither Hills State Park is a state park located on the southern shore near the eastern tip of Long Island in Suffolk County, New York in the USA. The park is located on the South Fork of Long Island at Napeague, New York. Dogs are permitted in some sections of the park: north of Montauk Parkway, East of Napeague Harbor and west of overlook parking. All dogs must me kept of a leash no longer than 6 feet. Dogs are never permitted in the camping, bathing and picnic areas, in buildings or on walkways.
Shadmoor State Park
900 Montauk Hwy
Montauk, NY 11954
Shadmoor State Park is a 99-acre state park located in Suffolk County, New York in the USA. Created in 2000, the park is located in East Hampton, New York on the South Fork of Long Island, one quarter-mile east of Montauk village. Dogs are welcome in the park year-round when kept on a 6 foot leash.
Town Owned Beaches, Southampton
Dogs are permitted on all town beaches from October 1st to April 1st, but must be kept 50 feet away from any endangered species protection areas.
Southampton Town Access Road Beaches (Unprotected Waterfronts)
Dogs are permitted within the Ocean Beach and Bay Beach Areas within 150 feet of the permit-parking section at all time, except from July 1st through Labor Day when they are permitted from before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. Dogs must be kept 50 feet away from all endangered species areas.
Town Beaches Include:
*Foster Memorial Beach (Long Beach), Noyac
*Flying Point Beach, Water Mill
*Sagg Main Beach, Sagg Main Street, Sagaponack
*Peter’s Pond Beach, Sagaponack
*Mecox Beach, Job’s Lane, Bridgehampton
*Ponquogue Beach, Hampton Bays
*Old Ponquogue Bridge Marine Park, Hampton Bays
*Tiana Beach, East Quogue
*Pikes Beach, Westhampton Dunes
Village of Southampton
No matter where you are in the village of Southampton, your pet must be on a leash, and that includes the beach. The good news is that during the beach season, there are no time restrictions on when you and your dog can enjoy the surf; so long as he’s on a leash and under your control, you’re good to go. Village of Southampton beaches include:
*Cryder Lane Beach
*Fowlers Lane Beach
*Gin Lane Beach
*Halsey Neck Lane Beach
*Little Plains Beach
*Road D Beach: This is Southampton Village’s only public beach with no permit parking requirements
*Road G Beach
*Wyandanch Lane Beach
Gardiner County Park
Bay Shore, NY 11706
Leashed dogs are permitted on the beaches and trails.
Nassau Beach Park
880 Lido Blvd, Lido Beach, NY 11561
Lido Beach NY
Nassau Beach Park was welded together from three swanky private beach clubs in the 1960s. If you have seen Matt Dillon in the Flamingo Kid (1984) you have seen what the beach and cabanas were like. Over the years the beach became run down and “dilapidated” often equals “relaxed restrictions against dogs.” Today there is a dog park off Lido Avenue at Nickerson Beach Park and Nassau Beach Park is open to dogs when the birds aren’t nesting from September 15 to March 1.
Smith Point County Park
Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Smith Point County Park is a park located fronting on the Atlantic Ocean on the east end of Fire Island, New York, United States, in central Long Island by Shirley. It is the largest park owned by Suffolk County, New York. The park extends from the east end of the Fire Island Wilderness portion of the National Seashore to the tip of the island at Moriches Inlet. The Smith of Smith Point was William “Tangier” Smith who owned 50 miles of Long Island oceanfront in the 1600s. Most beachgoers walk to the beach through a tunnel under the dunes but dog owners need to walk past the campground entrance to the east. Wooden staircases lead over the dunes and you can take your dog all the way to Moriches Inlet. On July 17, 1996, TWA Flight 800 exploded in mid-air 14 miles offshore here, killing all 230 aboard. A granite memorial featuring the flags from the 14 countries of the victims en route from New York to Paris was dedicated in the park in 2004.
The beach at the end of Atlantic Avenue is open for dogs all year but only before 10:00 am and after 6:00 pm between May 15 and September 15. Behind this beach is a rare double dune system that has been destroyed almost everywhere else of Long Island. If you explore the dunes with your dog be on the lookout for Fowler’s Toad, America’s only marine edge amphibian.
Pets are not permitted on the beach from the Thursday before Memorial Day to the Tuesday following Labor Day. Purchase a nonresident beach parking permit at the Sag Harbor Municipal Hall.
Quogue Village Beach
170-172 Dune Road
From the Friday before Memorial Day to September 15, pets are not permitted; otherwise, you can enjoy the beach together with your pet off leash (and under voice control).
Theodore Roosevelt County Park
Located at the end of East Lake Road, this beach is fronted by a self-contained camper-only campground. You can also hike to this sandy/pebbly beach from the Big Reed Nature Trail in the park. On the west side of East Lake Road you can pull off the side of the road and toss a stick for your dog in Lake Montauk from a small sandy beach that is an East Hampton Township preserve.
Cedar Point Beach
Cedar Point County Park
Although this beach is mostly cobbles there is more than a mile of frontage on Gardiner’s Bay. Stick close to water for easy hiking.
114 S Midway Rd
Shelter Island, NY 11964
Most of the island between the Forks is comprised of the Mashomack Preserve that does not allow dogs. But on Midway Road, to the west of Route 114, your dog can play on 500 yards of soft sand beach on the north shore of Shelter Island Sound.
Long Beach Park
With is shallow aqua-tinged water, this long curving beach at the foot of Noyack Bay resembles the edge of a tropical harbor. The gentle waves will entice any level of canine swimmer. Dogs are allowed on the beach year-round in designated areas, usually where the cobbles dominate the sand.
Indian Island Beach
Indian Island County Park
County Road 105
Riverhead, NY 11901
The 275-acre county park offers trailer & tent campsites plus picnic tables, grills & a playground. A crescent-shaped strip of thick sand has formed to connect Indian Island to the mainland in Flanders Bay. Some shells and stones mix with the sand and your wave-loving dog will enjoy a frothy challenge here.
Orient Point Beach
Orient, NY 11957″
Maritime forest, bay beachfront & a saltwater marsh plus kayaking, windsurfing, fishing & swimming. At the tip of the North Fork. Suffolk County maintains a 48-acre open space. This beach and Truman’s Beach down Route 25 (East Marion res- idents only) played an important role during the War of 1812. A short half-mile trail leads your dog to over a mile of beach on the Long Island Sound.