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UPDATED: Top Jersey Shore Dog Destinations


Updated 2017: Jersey Shore Top Dog Destinations/Beaches

Another summer has passed, and it’s safe to say we are officially in the off-season, or rather if you’re a dog, in season. Starting in October, leash and location rules for pets change for the beaches in Monmouth County. Check out our favorite beaches and parks to take your pup this season.

Asbury Park

From September 16 to May 15, dogs are allowed on the Eighth Ave beach unleashed, all day! While they have to be leashed on the boardwalk, it’s still a welcomed reprieve from the boardwalk’s puppy prohibition through the summer months.

Asbury’s Wonderbar is also a great option. Their “Yappy Hour” is a popular outdoor destination for dogs and humans alike. Hours are cut back in the Fall with it closing down for the season by mid-November, so be sure so check out their Facebook Page for current hours.


In the summer months, Manasquan’s Fisherman’s Cove on 3rd Avenue is THE destination for hot dogs who don’t have their own private pool. It is a HUGE county park west of Manasquan Inlet with gorgeous trails through the reeds and a massive stretch of clean sand, which becomes packed with their dogs and owners on summer days. Dogs are allowed year round at any time, though parking gets tricky on weekends. The water is clean enough to swim in but bring a long lead for your dog as the leash laws are enforced regularly.

Leashed pups are allowed on Manasquan beaches and boardwalks EAST of 1st Ave from November 1 to March 31.

Spring Lake, there is an unofficial dog beach at the Belmar/Spring Lake border that was open last summer for early morning dogs on leash. It will be worth checking this year to see if it’s a permanent fixture.

Bradley Beach

Bradley is unique as the only town that officially allows dogs to run off leash during the winter months, as long as they are under voice command.

Spring Lake

From October 1 – May 15, dogs are allowed on all Spring Lake beaches, unleashed if they are under voice command. However, they are not allowed on the boardwalk at any time of the year and must cross it quickly to get over the beach.

Highlands/Sea Bright, NJ

Sandy Hook is a national park that allows dogs on the ocean side until March 31st but year round on the bay side as long as they are kept on leash, which is strictly enforced due to the endangered Plover population.

Just across the bridge from Sandy Hook is Hartshorne Woods county park. Although we have many great parks in the area, Hartshorne Woods has a small secret beach which is a really fun place to go with your dog for beautiful views of Sea Bright. See if you can find it! Dogs should be kept on leash at all times!


If you are looking to buy or rent in Monmouth County, ask your Realtor or check out the town website to find out what the dog rules are. Some have limits on how many you can have and every beach town has different dates for off season dog fun. We also get a LOT of calls looking for dog friendly rentals so dog friendly landlords have a definite advantage in our current market – added to the fact that pet owners are less likely to move.

Home Free Animal Rescue Fundraiser

Home Free Animal Rescue Fundraiser

What started as a one woman animal rescue machine has since become a large network of people along the east coast on a mission to save pets from kill shelters and inadequate owners. Jen McFadden, founder of Home Free Animal Rescue, began her work fostering dogs in 2010. Her mission became to make adoption easier and more affordable. Focusing on what is known as last call dogs, McFadden has given a second life to some dogs nearly hours away from the end of their life.

Several measures are taken to ensure a battered pup is ready for adoption. Part of the process is fostering, which temporarily puts the dog in a safe environment while also acting as a trial run to understand the dog’s behavior, facilitating the adoption process. McFadden is better able to find permanent homes for these dogs after knowing the type of person or family with whom the dog would be most compatible. However, the needs for fosters covers only fifty percent of McFadden’s operation. The other half is monetary.

Ocean Grove office Manager/Broker, Angela Holder-Grassano and her sister Pam Heggie will be hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, September 30th at The Renaissance in Ocean to help Home Free Animal Rescue. This is their second year working with HFAR. Last year Pam and Angela hosted a small brunch at Rooney’s, raising a little over $600 through a gift basket auction.

Pam hit the pavement this year in an effort to make a bigger impact and has managed to attract the attention of corporate sponsors such as Pinebelt Auto Group and Intermodel Management Systems. While last year’s event featured approximately 85 gift baskets, they are anticipating over 100 baskets this year, which will raise funds in part with a 50/50 raffle. If all raffle tickets are sold, the prize will amount to $10,000. While some baskets have a value of over $700, all bids range from $25 to $200. Guests can expect a wide range of items from pet supplies and signed football jerseys to bikes and jeweler gift certificates.

Pam hopes to raise over $15,000 this year, which will help cover the cost of veterinary treatments for many dogs not only local but those currently being rescued from Texas as well. McFadden is anticipating a steep rise in the number of dogs looking for homes due to the recent catastrophic weather events. Treatments range from spaying and neutering to treating heartworm and other medical issues.

McFadden will not stop this mission, she says, “until every death row dog is home free.” Pam and Angela invite anyone who would like to support this mission to join them at The Renaissance for an exciting night out while changing the lives of many dogs who, as any dog lover knows, ultimately change the life of their owners.

To purchase your tickets, see contacts below. (Ask about buying the 50/50 tickets, too!)



And be sure to check out our favorite dog spots on the Jersey Shore!

Lots to do in Asbury Park this month!

The Farmers and Artisan Market: Sun. May 14

Opening for its 6th season, the market is held every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Kennedy Park at the corner of Cookman and Grand avenues. The market features fresh, local produce, seafood, baked goods, a local wine vineyard, hard cider vendor and handmade crafts from over 50 local vendors. New additions this year include live music and demonstrations ranging from food demos to bee pollination stations for kids to a women’s self defense presentation.

Potential vendors can register at www.asburyfresh.com.

Spring Bazaar: Sat. May 13

Located at the Grand Arcade in Convention Hall, the bazaar will have many craft and vintage vendors, a chance to build your own bouquet, and take some silly photo strips. Also enjoy Sunday Brunch at The Anchor’s Bend and yoga on the beach taught by the amazing instructors of Younique Yoga.

Yard Sale:  Sat. May 20 

The annual Asbury Park town wide yard sale, which benefits animal rescue groups begins at 9 a.m. There will be multiple locations throughout the city as residents clean out their closets and help animals as well.

This year a portion of the proceeds will go to Rescue Ridge and Wag On Inn. Contact Sonja O’Brien at 732.832.5737 for info.

What’s up at Patricks Pub?

Patrick’s Pub in Neptune City is one fun place. Not only good food and drink but a place to show off your talent with an open mic night every Wednesday and Karaoke Thursdays with DJ Butch. For those who want to just sit back and enjoy the music, there is live entertainment Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Aside from all the awesome entertainment, Patrick’s has some pretty awesome food deals, too! Head there Monday for $5 Burgers and the next day for $5 Taco Tuesday. Don’t miss out on Wednesday’s great deal: $14.99 prime rib dinner, and wing fanatics will want to check out Thursday night’s special at 60 cents/wing with a minimum order of 10.

OPEN NOW: William F. Larken Golf Course

Golfers get ready! The William F. Larken Golf Course at Colonial Terrace in Ocean Township will be open for business April 1. This is a 9 hole municipal course offering over 2600 yards of golf in a park like setting. Hours are 7 a.m. to dusk seven days a week. Special events and discounts are offered throughout the season.

Call 732.775.3636 or check out their website for more info: colonialterracegolf.com 

Annual BBQ Fundraiser

The Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual BBQ fundraiser at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como Thurs., Aug. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 for members and $50 non-members. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for high school seniors in the southern Monmouth area.

Click to view the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce’s website