Walking in the area and enjoying the beach are popular pastimes in summer when the weather tends to be sunny, hot, and humid. However, due to its coastal location, there can be overcast and rainy days, especially in spring, fall and winter, and cooler weather in winter with snow is possible, which may preclude a walk along the beach with your pup.
This popular tourist destination has a variety of commercial buildings, both high rise, multi-story, and single story, and residences including apartments, private homes, and luxury condominiums. High-end residences, shops, and services become denser as you approach the waterfront. The beach itself is sandy and features a boardwalk. There are several schoolyards and parks, and some buildings in the area are connected by walkways designated for pedestrians. There are several large busy roadways in the area, including the Ocean Parkway and Neptune Avenue, and traffic in the area and to the beach can be heavy, especially in summer months. Pet owners walking their dog in the area are encouraged to look out for traffic, especially visitors who may not be familiar with the area and as aware of pedestrians and pets. Keep your dog leashed for his own safety when walking in this busy area, and be aware that busy pedestrian walkways, such as the boardwalk, can be overwhelming for your dog when lots of people are present.
Brighton Beach is a large beach that connects with Coney Island Beach and boardwalk, on its western border. Dogs are allowed on the beach and boardwalk if leashed, from October 1 to May 1, during the off-season, and pet owners can enjoy walks and runs along the beach or in the ocean for water-loving poches. During the summer months, dogs are not permitted on the sandy beach, but they are permitted on-leash along the Riegelmann boardwalk, so you can still enjoy a walk with ocean scenery and breezes with your dog.
The Asser Levy Park is located at the beach front, providing some green space and rest areas for pedestrians and pets near the waterfront, and the Brighton Beach playground is also located along the boardwalk. Dogs are not permitted in playgrounds, but pet owners with children can visit the playground and pets can stay on the boardwalk while little ones enjoy the park. The Shirley Jonas walkway provides a separate pedestrian greenway along Neptune Avenue, between 6th street and the Ocean Parkway, through an area with high rise commercial and residential buildings. Brighton Beach is a tourist destination, and walking the area is common for residents and visitors, so sidewalks and separate walkways such as the Beach Walk near Asser Levy Park, are common. These walks provide those on foot with pedestrian specific paths through the neighborhood that can be enjoyed with your on-leash canine companion. Remember to be respectful, and be prepared to clean up after your pet at all times.