Famous for being the oldest settlement in Atlantic County, Somers Point is a town packed with history and heritage, as well as plenty of natural beauty. With several green areas to explore, a beach to stroll on, dog-friendly restaurants to dine at, and a highly rated veterinary hospital, Somers Point has everything you could need for a pawtastic time with Fido.
If your pooch enjoys the sun, sand and surf, then the William Morrow Beach will be a big hit. This sandy stretch of shoreline is open to the public during the summer months, and features lifeguards, restrooms and plenty of parking. Dogs are welcome to enjoy the beach too, but do need to be kept on a lead at all times.
For dogs who prefer grass to sand, there are a few parks worth checking out in Somers Point. The John F. Kennedy Park is always popular, with its large playground, gazebo, new boat ramp and picnic area. The park also boasts stunning views out over Great Egg Harbor Bay.
When you and Fido start to feel hungry, stop off for a bite to eat at one of Somers Point's dog-friendly restaurants. Back Bay BBQ is a road-side BBQ shack with outdoor tables for you and Fido to dine at together, while Buona Vita specializes in traditional and authentic Italian cuisine.
With so much to keep you and Fido busy, there will never be a dull moment when the two of you are in Somers Point.
Old Town Somers Point is a historic part of town, filled with fascinating architecture. After a walk around the neighborhood, stop off at Fehrle Field, where you will find a few different sports facilities. If your pooch needs a longer walk, this neighborhood contains the Somers Point Bike Path, a paved trail that runs for 6.5 miles in total, through four different cities. This is such a gorgeous area of Somers Point, and if you and Fido don't want to leave, you can spend the night in this neighborhood at the Tavern on the Bay Resort. This dog-friendly hotel allows two pets of any size to stay in guest rooms with their owners, for a small additional fee each night.
Directly adjacent to Somers Point is the Linwood Bike Path neighborhood in Linwood, and, as you may have guessed from its name, this is where the Linwood Bike Path, which follows on from the Somers Point Bike Path, runs. If your pooch would prefer a more tranquil walk, head on over to Harshorne Park, which features plenty of trees, benches, and a relaxing atmosphere. Also in this neighborhood is the All Wars Memorial Park, where you will find sports fields, a roller hockey rink, playgrounds and a paved walking path for you and your pup to stroll on. Dogs are welcome in both parks, but a lead is essential.
The Linwood neighborhood of Gold Coast Linwood is right next to Somers Point, and provides access to a couple of green spaces that your pooch will no doubt love. The first is a 1720 acre patch of greenery by Scull Bay, known as Meadowland. The majority of these grounds consist of wetlands that are home to a few different endangered species of birds, as well as several other plant and animal species. Adjoining on to Meadowland is the Linwood City Park. This is a passive park with plenty of natural diversity, as well as a couple of short walking trails.
Less than a mile from Somers Point is the Egg Harbor neighborhood of South Egg Harbor Township, and there are quite a few pawsome activities that you can enjoy with your pooch here. Begin with a visit to the Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve, which is a beautiful 220 acre natural sanctuary. There are a few facilities within the park, from hiking and biking trails to fishing spots and an observation deck, as well as several picnic areas. If you and your pooch really want to make the most of this neighborhood, you can spend the night at the Sleepy Hollow Campground. Not only are dogs allowed within the grounds here, there is even a fully-fenced off-lead dog park so that Fido can release all of his energy before curling up for the night.
The Ocean City neighborhood of Ocean City – North End is less than a mile from Somers Point, and is such a scenic area to spend a few hours. The boardwalk here is extremely popular, and while dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk itself, they are welcome to frolic about on the beach between October and March. If your pooch would prefer some greenery, take a stroll over to Memorial Park. This spacious park features a historic memorial, as well as beautiful landscaping and several short paved paths that make it easy to explore the whole park. After all of that walking, treat Fido to a meal at Ocean City's Island Grill Seafood and Steak House. This dog-friendly restaurant serves up fresh seafood and steak dishes, and while dogs are welcome throughout the week, you are advised to time your visit so that it does not coincide with their rush hours.