Grab your pooch and take a trip with us to a hidden gem of Long Island, Montauk Point!
Montauk is at the Eastern end of Long Island, and I mean the very end. You'll find t-shirts, bumper stickers, and other items sporting the phrase "MONTAUK. THE END" because Montauk Point marks the very end of Long Island. Step off Montauk Point and you're in the open Atlantic ocean, miles away from land.
One of the main attractions on Montauk Point is the historic Lighthouse. For a fee, visitors can go up to the top of the lighthouse and look out over the ocean and Montauk.
As you travel East to Montauk, you'll pass through the posh area known as The Hamptons. If you're interested in this "playground to the rich and famous" check out my blog post 100 Places To See With Your Dog: The Hamptons, New York.
Summer fun on Long Island is all about the beach! Sunbathing, surfing, jetskiing, boating, or hiking the sand dunes and bluffs are a favorite past time of Long Islanders. Having grown up on Long Island, I can attest to the fact that Long Islanders love their beaches and waterways!
Sadly, there are few beaches around "The Island" that allow dogs. Montauk, however, has at least two great beaches that are open to dogs all year round, at any time of the day! Unlike the beaches of Montauk's next door neighbor The Hamptons, where stringent rules restrict dogs' access to beaches.
CAMP HERO STATE PARK , Montauk Long Island, NY
Camp Hero was a military base until it was given to New York's Office of Parks, Recreation, and historic Preservation in the 1980's. It was even used as a cannon practice site during the Revolutionary War! No we didn't find any cannonballs - other than those in nearby pools - LOL! Camp Hero lies along the beautiful Montauk coastline and is dog friendly! We had a great time romping in the ocean, taking in the beauty of the coastline and the bluffs.
In the photo below, you can see the historic Montauk Lighthouse in the distance. We had to hike down a steep narrow trail to get from the bluffs down to the beach, but is was so worth it!
The steep bluffs at Camp Hero are eroding and can be dangerous if you get too close. We enjoyed their beauty from a safe distance.
MONTAUK POINT STATE PARK & HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE
Montauk Point State Park is the very Eastern tip of Montauk, just down the road from Camp Hero State Park. The Lighthouse at Montauk Point is the big tourist attraction out there. Camp Hero is free IF you've already paid the $8 parking fee at Montauk Point State Park so keep your receipt!
|Dogs aren't allowed at the Lighthouse, but they're allowed on the beach!|
The beach at Montauk Point State Park has a lot more seaweed and large rocks than Camp Hero's beach, but it's still fun!
|I'm telling you, I see a MERMAID out there! I'll bet she helps guide the boats to safety in the fog by singing to the Sailors!|
|Walking along the beach at Montauk Point State Park you can see the lighthouse in the distance.|
|Look Ma, a crabby! Can we have him for dinner? Oh wait, no, looks like someone already ate him.|
Gosman's Dock is a waterfront area in Montauk that started out in the 1940's as a small chowder stand. It has grown into a popular little entertainment area with several shops, a Sedutto ice cream stand, a clam bar, and a few waterfront restaurant's including the main eatery, Gosman's Dock restaurant. Most of the restaurants aren't dog friendly on outdoor patios, but the one in this photo allows dogs on this casual outdoor "clam bar patio".
Several types of fishing boats come and go along the marina at Gosman's Dock.
After a super fun and exhausting day in Montauk, we head West and drive back home. Of course, we're starved after all that fun in the sun so we stop at one of THE best dog friendly restaurants in the area, The Tuscan House in Southampton The Tuscan House is a fantastic Italian restaurant! As she greeted us, our awesome waitress said "We love our doggie customers!" How wonderfully welcoming, music to a dog lover's ears!
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