during the summer
and we can’t really
leave him alone for a
long time,” she says.
“This beach is really our only op-
tion.” She’s certain they’ll be back.
“When you go to the beach,” says
Benhamou, “you want to go with
your family—and your pet is part of
For dog lovers like Benhamou,
we’ve assembled this north-to-
south guide to dog-friendly desti-
nations—at or convenient to the
Shore—for them to enjoy between
Memorial Day and Labor Day.
and Dante have
beards, but only
Kevin Cohn, 4,
leads Jade into
the surf. Sofia
Wall, 10, pets
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Gateway National Recreation Area
The Sandy Hook Bay side of the park is a
paradise for pets. Leashed dogs are allowed
year-round at Plum Island and Horseshoe
Cove. 5 am to 10 pm. Free; $15 parking fee.
128 South Hartshorne Drive, Highlands;
Thompson Park Off-Leash
Just five miles from downtown Red Bank,
this canine complex includes two dog areas.
Amenities include a concrete walkway and
patio featuring a water fountain with two
levels. 7am to dusk. Free.
805 Newman Springs Road;
Wolf Hill Recreation Area
This dog-friendly park near the Long Branch
oceanfront has two off-leash areas. There’s
also a patio with sheltered picnic tables
where you can relax while keeping an eye on
your furry friend. 7 am to dusk. Free.
3 Crescent Place;
8th Avenue Dog Beach
Beachgoers can enjoy the sand and surf with
their loyal canine at the 8th Avenue beach
during off-peak hours in the summer, and
any time the rest of the year. Dogs allowed 6
pm to 8: 30 am; all day off-season. Free.
8th Avenue Beach;
Wonder Bar Yappy Hour
Want to keep your dog happy while you enjoy
a cocktail or two? This is the place—and it’s
just across the street from the beach and
boardwalk. Dogs can run free in a play space
outfitted with kiddie pools, picnic tables, an
agility area and plenty of sand. Check website