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New Jersey’s Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Wildwood Dog Beach

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This post is part of a series on The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip, our 10-month, 15,000-mile tour of the top pet friendly attraction in each of the lower 48 states.

New Jersey’s Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Wildwood Dog Beach

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Folks from New Jersey know that there’s nothing finer than spending your summer “down the shore.” Their beaches stretch for 141 miles along the Atlantic Ocean, from Perth Amboy to Cape May, and everyone has their favorite. With a dedication that rivals their allegiance to the Jets or the Giants, year after year families return to the same beaches where they spent summer vacations with their parents.

But what about the dogs? Everyone knows you’ll not find a more loyal companion, and yet many of the beaches in New Jersey are closed to dogs – if not year-round, at least for tourist season. That’s why Wildwood’s dog beach is so exciting! Dogs on leash are welcome all day, every day. There’s even an off-leash area to burn off a little energy and socialize with other canines. And it’s impossible to miss, because it’s marked with one of the largest fire hydrants you’ll ever see! The plaque on the front of the sculpture really says it all …

Because we should play with unbridled enthusiasm and unfiltered joy, as they do.

Because we should love with all our heart and no conditions, as they do.

Because we should live a life without regret or recrimination, as they do.

THIS ONE’S GOING TO THE DOGS.

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Wildwood has a nice, wide beach, and it’s free to use – no beach tags required! The rules for the dog beach are sensible since this is a place where families and their pets can enjoy a day of sand and surf together.

New Jersey's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Wildwood Dog Beach | GoPetFriendly.comRules for Dogs at Wildwood Dog Beach

  • Dog Beach is open from 6am – dusk
  • All dogs must remain on leash when not in the enclosed off-leash area
  • Aggressive behavior by dogs is not permitted
  • Dogs must have current licenses and no contagious disease
  • Spaying and neutering of dogs is recommended
  • Dogs in heat are not allowed
  • Parents must closely supervise children and ask permission from the dog owner before children play with dogs
  • Excessive barking is not allowed
  • Pet food and treats are not allowed
  • Stay at least 30 feet from the out fall lines
  • Dogs are not allowed to swim out into the surf

Rentals, including chairs, umbrellas, and boogie boards are all available to rent at the kiosks along the waterfront.

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It should be noted that dogs are not allowed on the Wildwood boardwalk. During our visit, the dog beach was being relocated a couple of blocks south to the stretch between Glenwood and Maple Streets – the walking path under the boardwalk at Maple Street will give pups and their humans easy access to the beach.

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When you’ve had your fill of sun and sand, there are a bunch of pet friendly restaurants in Wildwood where you and your dog can sit outdoors for a bite to eat. We found the covered seating area at Old City Pub (3301 Atlantic Ave) to be right up our alley – and it was only a few blocks from the dog beach! The Chamber of Commerce is also happy to help you locate more pet friendly eateries and places to stay.

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Philadelphia Meet-Up

We headed up to Philadelphia for a meet-up in our old stomping grounds – only a few blocks from where we found Buster all those years ago! It was a gorgeous day, and we were delighted to be at El Camino Real with Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Street Tails Animal Rescue for an adoption event and fundraiser. Even my little nephews came out to help!

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  • Cape May has always been one of our favorite beaches, Janet – thanks so much for your note! It’s good to know that pet lovers have even more options to enjoy the Jersey beaches. Waggin’ trails!

  • Janet Bandel says:

    An alternative to the commercial type beach ala Wildwood are our beautiful, free pet friendly beaches along the beautiful Delaware Bay. North Cape May, Townbank, and Cape May Beach are wonderful beaches. Lots of dolphin, great fishing, birding, and the BEST SUNSETS north of the gulf! There are several great pet friendly rentals available in this family oriented area. There is also a great 300 acre dog friendly wild life preserve!

  • I don’t know for certain, Lisa, but I don’t think dogs are allowed on the boardwalk in Wildwood any time of the year. You could check with the Chamber of Commerce to verify. Have a great trip!

  • Lisa Katz says:

    Are dogs aloud on boardwalk not in season. What are the out of season dates.

  • Hi Blythe! My interpretation of that rule is that dogs are allowed to play in the water near the shore, but shouldn’t go out far enough that they could be swept up in a wave. It seems to me this rule is for the dogs’ safety – not to preclude pups from having fun. I hope that helps!

  • Blythe Leitz says:

    What exactly does “not allowed to swim out into the surf” mean? Are dogs not allowed in the ocean while on the pet friendly beach?

  • Hi Tina! We’re just beginning to add pet friendly vacation properties to the site, so I’m sorry we can’t help in that area yet. However, there are a lot of hotels to choose from. You can find the listing here: http://www.gopetfriendly.com/…/new-jersey/wildwood/1.aspx

  • Tina Morgan says:

    We are looking for a hotel or house to rent that is pet friendly

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