Bradley Beach is a vibrant resort and beach town with a history that can be traced all the way back to 1679. The area was visited by the infamous Captain Kidd, who is rumored to have buried treasure somewhere in the area, never to return to retrieve it. The treasure has never been found, if it ever existed at all!
The area was later settled by William Bradner in 1871. The name of the community has changed a few times over the years. The area separated from Neptune Township in 1893. By the early 1900s, the beach had become a popular resort town, attracting thousands of visitors from all around the coast. The area was developed further for those looking for a year-round home in the 1950s.
Today, Bradley Beach is known to have as many as 30,000 people visiting during the summer months. While it can get crowded, there are some things that dog walkers and dogs can do for fun whether you are vacationing in the area or moving there full-time!
The nearest animal hospitals are about ten minutes away in nearby towns. You will find the staff will take the best care of your precious pooch when he needs it most.
Bradley Beach may be a small area, but there is plenty for you and your pup to do while making your way around the town. While dogs are only allowed on the beaches during certain times of the year, they are always allowed at a handful of restaurants. Bamboo Leaf is one such place that welcomes pups while you enjoy delicious Thai food, exotic decor, and more! They are open seven days a week. The Buttered Biscuit Cafe is another pet-friendly establishment where you will find scenic sidewalk seating with lots of creative and tasty dishes to try Wednesday through Saturday.
About an hour from Bradley Beach is Double Trouble State Park. This outdoor haven is over 8,000 acres of natural protected lands that have significant resources for the area. There is a well-preserved historic village that is open to careful and respectful visitors. Leashed pets are permitted in most areas, but be sure to observe all posted signs. The area was once a hub of cranberry orchards and logging activity, in addition to milling. A trip to this state park is sure to be both invigorating and educational for the whole fur family! Make sure you have plenty of water and waste bags!
The shores of Sandy Hook have been used for safe passage for those sailing into New York Harbor. This peninsula is six miles long. It has been used as an outpost for many defensive purposes over the years, from scouting for British ships to keeping an eye on the water during the early days of nuclear missiles. The US government designated the area as a National Historic Landmark, preserving it from the intensive development that can be seen in the surrounding areas of New Jersey and New York. Dogs are allowed on the bay-side beaches (Plum Island and Horseshoe Cove) throughout the year, but need to be on a leash.