Named for a sandbar that separates this park from the Great Kills Harbor, the Crescent Beach Park is a lovely place to visit with your adventurous pup! Nestled among woodland, marshes and wetlands, the park features many species of wildlife such as swans, diamond-back terrapins, the omnipresent seagulls, and seasonal horseshoe crabs that crawl onto the sandbar beach to lay and fertilize their scores of eggs.
This pawtastic beach appears during low tide in a crescent shape, and is found at the foot of Wiman Avenue. Both the beach and park areas leading to it are dog-friendly to leashed pups. Have a stroll along the sand, dip feet and paws in the water, or just relax in the sun. Particularly beautiful is the sunset over Great Kills Harbor, with moored sailboats in the foreground. Statuary appears here and there just off the beach, and a row of typical beach-side community houses line the Tennyson Road north of the crescent moon-shaped strand. Fishing trawlers ply their way in and out of the harbor at dawn and dusk, along with motorized pleasure boats and sailing vessels, many with doggos aboard!
Be sure to bring any essentials for your day out, such as water, snacks and clean up bags, as there are none available in the park or beach. Concession stands on Tennyson Road offer a smorgasbord of doglicious treats to share with them too!
Perhaps even better than the beach is the pawrific off leash area your pup will love! While the entirety of the Crescent Beach Park and sandbar beach requires doggoes to be leashed, as part of New York’s designated off leash hours for certain park areas, pups can find a bit of off leash freedom in the meadow area of the park that leads to the beach from 6 - 9 AM, and from 9 PM to 1 AM. After an off leash romp, take a rest on the beach for a puptastic day out!
This quiet, friendly community and its beach are a pawrfect spot to take Fido for a bit of exercise and meeting new and old friends. Summer and winter, this beach is woofderful!