Toms River is a large town in the Ocean County, New Jersey area, with a population of over 91,000, people and approximately 45,000 pets!. New Jersey is a state of pet lovers, and Toms River has plenty for them to do with their pets. If you and Fido are looking for a home away from home, the Howard Johnson Hotel is a great choice. They welcome two pets of any size, so whether your best friend is a cute little Chihuahua or a sizeable St. Bernard, you can enjoy your stay together.
Looking for somewhere in Lake Worth to let Fido stretch his legs? Why not take a trip to Cattus Island County Park? You’ll find a 2.3-mile loop trail, great for all skill levels. Dogs are welcome, and you can also go road biking - Fido will love the run! If he isn't able to hang on to the run with his running, don't hesitate to pick up a carry on stroller, as the views and trailers are worth the adventure together.
Or how about Wells Mills County Park? It’s open til dusk and has many beautiful trails. Your dog will love a swim in the lake, and the woodlands are full of scents and surprises. Both you and your pet can enjoy some vacation and leisure time in Toms River, New Jersey.
Dover Beaches North is situated along the Barnigat Peninsula, offering residents quick and easy access to waters towards the East and to the West. Sandy beaches are all around, where dogs are welcome so long as they have good puppy manners! Centrally located within the neighborhood is Chadwick Beach Recreation, a park where there are sports fields, playgrounds, and open green space to play a game of fetch in. Off leash dogs are allowed in this park, but it is always recommended to have a leash on you just in case. Water activities are a great way to spend time with your pup in this neighborhood, as you are surrounded by many beautiful bodies of water.
Dover Beaches South, more commonly referred to as the neighborhood of Ortley Beach, is an oceanside neighborhood with beaches to play at and water to swim in. As it is a peninsula, residents can walk to either side and access different beaches and water. Dogs are allowed on the beach so long as they are respectful! The neighborhood is home to Ortley Beach Bayside Park, where green space can also be found, along with picnic tables, water access, and marshes. If your pup enjoys water activities with you such as kayaking or paddle boarding, this park has a great access point to launch.
Silverton is situated right along Silver Bay, and many residents have access to the water right from their front (or back) doors! For those who are not along the water, you are only a quick walk away. Bring your pooch to the beaches for some fun time in the water! This neighborhood has two parks to enjoy together. The first is called Silverton Park, a large green space pawfect for throwing a ball or Frisbee. The second is called Green Island, a very large park with trees and trails to walk or run along with your furry friend. When you are done enjoying the scenery and play time at the parks and beaches, check out Revolutionary Lounge, a dog friendly restaurant, for a bite to eat!
Another coastal neighborhood, Barnegat Bay Estates, offers everything a dog owner and a pooch would want to do together. This neighborhood is situated right along the water, offering pups and people the opportunity to play in the water and at the beach. Along the water is Shelter Cove Park, an open green space where dogs can play games off leash with their human companions, or other pups! The park has a small, treed green space as well for some shade and a picnic. When you are ready for a treat after a fun day outside together, head over to your neighborhood ice cream shop, Mrs. Walker’s Ice Cream Parlor, for an ice cream and a treat for your pup.
Running through the neighborhood is Dillon Creek, where residents not only find a body of water for their four legged friend to play in, they also find green space all around. There are trails along the creek for people and pups to explore, with both green space and treed in areas. The neighborhood itself is situated right along Tom’s River. There are so many swimming opportunities in this neighborhood, your pup will love it. Looking for a place to get a snack where you can bring your pooch as well? Residents of the Gilford Park neighborhood have not only one, but two places to go to eat with their dogs! Check out Burger 25 and Bandwagon Diner.
Hello! My name is Christina Bowden, I live in Toms River, NJ. I am currently a biology student at Kean University and am pursuing a career working with animals. Ive been walking dogs for years as well as working at dog daycares. I also have been volunteering with SAVE animal rescue shelter for years. Currently I work part time at Target overnight as well as Six Flags. At six flags I am an animal trainer/caretaker intern and work with a variet of exotic and domesticated animals. I look forward to meeting you and your furry best friends!