The village of Ocean Beach is a community within the 32-mile barrier island of Fire Island in New York. Just one quarter mile wide, this village lies between the Great South Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Unique to this water paradise community is its old-world charm. No cars drive on the island, and both residents and visitors take care of their daily errands on foot!
Taking a ferry is the best way to access the island from Bayshore port, across the bay. The ferry is dog-friendly, so pack a bag with food and water and head over to Ocean Beach for the day. Here you will find the Fire Island National Seashore. Dogs are welcome on all beaches in the adjacent communities, like Fair Harbor, Seaview and Cornelle Estates, but not directly on the Ocean Beach beachfront.
While in Ocean Beach, take a stroll through the village for some exceptional window shopping in the area’s largest commercial district. Dogs must be on leash and clean up stations are provided. According to state law, the many restaurants of Ocea Beach cannot accommodate dogs, even at their outdoor patio dining tables, so plan accordingly. Dog-friendly water taxis can also take you sightseeing along the shoreline with your pup.
Across the bay from Ocean City lies Babylon with its dog-friendly parks and restaurants. Visit Argyle Park to enjoy the day relaxing by the fishing lake, strolling on easy-walking trails, or just sitting by the pond feeding the ducks. Have a more active pup? Try the Belmont Lake State Park with its 463 acres of fun for you and your dog. Take an on-leash stroll down its 7.6 miles of trails, or have Fido relax while you fish in its 26-acre lake. Both have restrooms and water available. Time to eat? Visit Francesco’s Restaurant and Pizzaria for its delicious Italian fare.
Bay Shore sits across the bay from Ocean Beach city. Here, you and your pup can board the ferry to Ocean Beach and all the neighboring towns on Fire Island. While here, visit Gardiner County Park with pup! Follow the 1.3- mile trail down to the beach on the bay where your pooch can show off his swimming skills. The park also offers a water fountain specifically for dogs and a waste station. Hungry? Stop at Tula Kitchen for vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. Craving meat? Then try Local Burger which serves house-smoked BBQ and homemade milkshakes. Dogs are welcome at both at their outdoor tables.
This small beach community on the southern edge of Fire Island features the amazing Fire Island Lighthouse. Just a 45-minute walk from Ocean Beach, the lighthouse on the Great South Bay can also be accessed through the Robert Moses State Park. Standing 168’ high, this landmark has been a welcoming site since 1858. Afterwards, take walking paths to the bayside beaches and park boardwalks where pups are always welcome, or visit the ocean beaches between Labor Day and March 15th. No restaurants allow dogs, so pack a picnic, snacks, plenty of water and clean up bags. Surf’s up!
The Point O’Woods community is very small, and is mostly made up of the National Seashore National Park. Grab your pawtastic friend for a 30-minute ferry ride from Sayville, just across the bay to access this dog-friendly community. Just east of Point O’Woods boasts a 50-acre tract of beach, beautiful sand dunes, and a stunning elevated boardwalk through the forest in the Sunken Forest Preserve. Restrooms and water are available, but bring clean up bags to keep this area pristine. No restaurants here offer dog-friendly dining, so be sure to bring a picnic lunch, snacks and water to enjoy a day at the beach.
Kismet is a small hamlet just west of Ocean City on Fire Island. Accessed by the bay ferry, Fido and Fifi are welcome on-leash on this community’s beaches, but bring food and water as restaurants do not allow dogs. A short walk from Kismet, you will find the Robert Moses State Park with a total of 875 acres and five long miles of beach to roam. Pets are allowed in this beautiful state park between Labor Day and March 15th. Take the ferry from Bayshore, and either walk to the park or take a ferry. Both gladly welcome dogs on leashes.