New York

New York is known for its beautiful beaches. It’s a popular destination for people who love the water and those who enjoy being near it. We all know that dogs love to play in the water, but most of us are not aware of the fact that there are beaches for them too. Most beaches, particularly those located around New York City, have strict rules on dogs. But off-leash beaches are accessible – you just need to know where to go. We’ve compiled a list of the best dog friendly beaches in New York state.

K9 Training Institute

Guide to Dog Friendly Beaches

Where are the best dog beaches in New York City?

Lucky for dog owners in NYC, there are plenty of great dog beaches to choose from and can be found in each of the five boroughs except for Manhattan.


  • Manhattan Beach Dog Run
  • Dyker Beach Dog Run
  • Rockaway Freeway Dog Run
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park Dog Run


  • Little Bay Dog Run


  • Pelham Bay Dog Run
  • Dakota Beach Dog Beach
  • Larchmont Dog Beach

Staten Island

  • Crescent Beach Park
  • Wolfe’s Pond Park

Can you bring your dog to most beaches in New York?

Yes, but most are not considered “dog beaches” in the way most people think of them. Dogs may be allowed in certain areas of the beach, however they must remain on a leash at all times. A map of these areas may be available at the beach entrance, or you can refer to the website of the beach.

What are the best dog beaches on Long Island?

There are certain places where dogs are allowed on Long Island beaches, but many require the dog to be leashed at all times, or dogs can only be off-leash during non-summer months. Here are a few great locations to check out:

  • Port Jefferson Public Beach and Dog Park
  • Nickerson Beach Park
  • Mud Creek Dog Park
  • Centerport Beach Park
  • Barrett Beach Park
  • Mercadante Beach
  • Gold Star Beach Park