Nestled at the eastern end of Long Island's South Shore, the Town of East Hampton comprises five hamlets that are home to a number of parks, trails, and beaches. There's definitely no shortage of things to see and do here! Let your hair down as you and Fido explore this beautiful beach town, for East Hampton has three animal hospitals to ensure your pup is always fit for adventure.
One of the most popular beaches in town is the East Hampton Main Beach, known for being clean and well-kept. It's also pooch-friendly, so that means you can bring Fido here for a walk in the sand. The best time to drop by is during the off-season, when dogs are welcome off-leash. From May 15th through September 15th, Fido is not allowed on the beach between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., and must be leashed at all other times.
For a peaceful stroll in the woods, head to the East Hampton Nature Trail, a 24-acre site that used to be a private Japanese garden. Now open to the public, it features miles of pathways, 25 little bridges, several benches, a shrine to St. Francis, and numerous resident ducks. Avoid the marshy areas by sticking to the paths.
Canine tourists are spoiled for choice when it comes to dog-friendly accommodations in East Hampton. One place that welcomes four-legged guests for no additional fee is The Maidstone, an eclectic boutique hotel with 19 individually designed rooms. Fido even gets his own special menu at the hotel's restaurant!
Come experience the laid-back coastal life with your pooch in East Hampton!
If you have a canine companion who loves to walk, he'll have a pawrific time at the Cedar Point County Park. Explore this 607-acre site with Fido by going for a hike on the Cedar Point Lighthouse Loop Trail, an easy trail that stretches 5.3 miles and takes about 2.5 hours to complete. The loop offers puptastic views of Gardiners Bay, and will take you and your pooch to an old lighthouse that was originally built in 1839. Don't forget to take photos of your pup once you get to the beach and lighthouse, so that you'll have something to look back on!
Springs Park is a woofderful, Fido-friendly park where puppers are welcome on- or off-leash. The park spans 42 acres, with half of it literally going to the dogs. The Springs Dog Park offers four-legged visitors over 20 acres of outdoor space to run and play unfettered, making it the largest dog park on Long Island, and possibly in the entire country. With its hiking trails and extremely spacious grass field, the Springs Dog Park is popular among locals and tourists alike. Trash receptacles are available throughout the site, but you need to bring your own waste bags and water. And because the dog park is so huge, it's a good idea to always keep a watchful eye on your pooch.
Spend some quality time with Fido at the Maidstone Park! Situated on the northern tip of town, this ADA accessible park provides great views of Gardiners Bay, making it a pawsome spot to spend a nice afternoon and watch the sunset with your pup. Part beach and part field, Maidstone features a covered picnic pavilion by the beach, a baseball/softball diamond, a picnic area, and a playground with a jungle gym. The walk around the beach is about a mile long. There are no pup-friendly eateries near the Maidstone Park, so pack some snacks and treats if you're staying for a while.
Doggos who love playing in the sand and splashing in the water will want to head to the Louse Point Town Beach. This quiet bay beach has rocks and pebbles for Fido to sniff, as well as clear waters in which he can dip his paws. There's also a boat launching ramp on-site, so you and your pooch can go canoeing if he's used to being on a boat. Otherwise, just stick to the shores and enjoy the sea breeze and sunset from land. Note that swimming is not allowed at Louse Point as there is no lifeguard on duty.
Escape to nature with your best friend at the Grace Estate, a 516-acre nature preserve that was once the site of three Native American communities and later part of the port of Northwest Harbor. The Grace Estate is mostly oak-pine forest with kettle-hole wetlands, and hiking trails that are open from dawn to dusk. The trails will lead you and your pooch to a large freshwater pond, a historic home site with harbor views, and an open area with red cedar. Along the way, you'll also encounter various plant species including black gum and red maple, and woodland birds such as ovenbirds and peewees.