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Salty Sea Dog

July 26th, 2006 · No Comments · Dogs, Leo, Travel

In the summer heat, who wouldn’t want to splash around in some cool water more than a shaggy dog? While the local dog run puts out a children wading pool for the dogs to play in, it isn’t the same as going to a real beach.

The challenge, of course, is finding a beach where dogs are allowed in the summer that is within a two hour drive of New York City. Many beaches around here allow dogs in the off-season, but who needs that? It’s hot now.

Amazingly, we managed to find Island Beach State Park in New Jersey, a little over 90 minutes away from us. Dogs on leashes are allowed on the beaches except in the designated swimming areas. Seeing that most of beach is not designated for swimming, there’s a lot of wide open beach for dogs to play and romp through the surf. And that’s exactly what Leo got to do this past Monday.

We saw a few other dogs there, which was a bonus for our friendly pup, but he spent most of his energy running in and out of the surf, and up and down some dunes. Technically you aren’t supposed to swim outside of the areas with lifeguards, but no one is going to stop you from wading in a bit so you can romp in the waves with your dog.

This place is probably a bit more of a zoo on a weekend, but on a weekday, it was quite peaceful. The park fee was only $6 (it is $10 on weekends) and the beach was only a short stroll from the parking area. Next time we go, we’ll load up with some chairs, a cooler and a sun umbrella, and make a long day out of it.

Leo gives Island Beach State Park the wagging tail seal of approval.

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