Saturday, August 15, 2015

100 Places To See With Your Dog: Montauk, New York

Long Island, New York is well known for it's beautiful beaches and great schools.  One thing it isn't known for is being very dog friendly.  That doesn't mean there aren't some great places around Long Island you can enjoy with your dog.  Montauk, at the Eastern end of Long Island, is one place you'll find some beautiful, fun spots to hang out in with your dog. 
Montauk, Long Island, New York has several dog friendly places

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.

Montauk point, Long Island NY.  You can see the historic Montauk Point Lighthouse in the distance

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.

A beautiful, pristine beach in The Hamptons, Long Island, NY.  It's only dog friendly certain times of the day and at certain times of the year

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.

Romping in the surf along the beach of Camp Hero in Montauk, Long Island, NY

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!

Beautiful dog friendly beach at Camp Hero, Montauk Long Island, NY.  You can see the Montauk lighthouse in the distance, the 4th oldest operational lighthouse in the U.S.

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.

The bluffs along Camp Hero in Montauk Long Island, NY have been eroding and can be dangerous

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!


The historic Montauk Lighthouse on Montauk Point, Long Island NY was built in 1791 and is still operational today
Dogs aren't allowed at the Lighthouse, but they're allowed on the beach! 
During the American Revolution, Montauk Point was the scene of many marine disasters.  After the revolution, the newly formed American Government wanted to stimulate trade with other nations.  In order to do that, they needed to make the waters off Montauk Point a less treacherous area for sea vessels and create safer passage to key ports in New York and Baltimore.  In 1796 the Montauk Lighthouse, the first lighthouse built in New York state, was born out of this necessity.  It's the 4th oldest active lighthouse in America, still safely guiding mariners through the thick fog that often blankets the ocean off the coast of Eastern Long Island.


The dog friendly beach at the Montauk Lighthouse on Montauk Point, Long Island NY

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!



The dog friendly beach at the Montauk Lighthouse in Long Island NY
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!
Dog friendly beach at the historic Montauk Lighthouse in Long Island NY
Walking along the beach at Montauk Point State Park you can see the lighthouse in the distance.
The beach near the Montauk Lighthouse in Long Island NY is dog friendly!
Look Ma, a crabby!  Can we have him for dinner? Oh wait, no, looks like someone already ate him.
GOSMAN'S DOCK, Montauk, Long Island, NY
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".

Gosman's Dock in Montauk, Long Island NY is a popular gathering place in Summer.  Several waterfront restaurants and shops draw crowds on Summer evenings


Gosman's Dock in Montauk, Long Island, NY is dog friendly

Several types of fishing boats come and go along the marina at Gosman's Dock.

Gosman's Dock in Montauk Point Long Island NY has shops and restaurants.  There are often Summertime concerts as well

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!

If you enjoyed this post, see other articles on Pet Friendly travel destinations and Pet Travel tips on the PET TRAVEL tab on my blog's home page.


44 comments:

  1. OMD! I love lighthouses and that one is fabulous! What a beautiful place to visit. It must have been such fun growing up near a beach. ☺

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    1. I love them too! The Montauk Lighthouse has such a wonderful history, it really was a very important lighthouse in terms of trading back in the late 1700's. Thanks for stopping by M.K.!

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  2. Looks like some fabulous places! I'd love to visit.

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    1. It really is a beautiful place, with some nice dog friendly beaches - a rarity on Long Island! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. So lovely! And dog friendly! Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. These are two lovely beaches, we had such a nice time! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I've always loved the look of light houses on the coast. There's something just so beautiful about them.

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    1. Oh, me too! The crashing waves along the beach, the open ocean beyond, and the steep bluffs - I love that!

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  6. WOW!!!! So amazing!!!! You have been to the most beautiful places!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    1. Thanks Jenna! We really have been lucky these last few years to be able to travel cross country with our dogs. Such beautiful memories! Thanks for stopping by Jenna!

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  7. SlimDoggy's dad is from Dix Hills, LI so we love the beaches out there! Looks like a fun time.

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    1. Oh Wow!! You're from Dix Hills? We have a home right next door in Huntington! My brother in law grew up in Dix Hills. We love the beaches out here too, so lovely! Not many are dog friendly but I've been scouring the Island to find the ones that are! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Wow - sure looks like an awesomely pet friendly place! Love all of your photos!

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad you like my photos! It is quite dog friendly, especially for Long Island which isn't the most dog friendly place overall.

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  9. Montauk Point looks like such a cool place to take your four legged munchkins! I also love lighthouses -- and it looks like your back in NY, how is it!? What a great blue sky beach day you all had for this trip. Loved these pics!

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    1. I love lighthouses too, they're so cool especially the historic ones! Yeah, we're back in NY. Happy to be back but I'll miss AZ so very much. Long Island does have incredible beaches though, no beaches in Arizona, LOL!

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  10. That looks like a lovely place to go visit with a lot to do. We're lucky to have a ton of dog-friendly beaches here!

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    1. You are so lucky to have great dog friendly beaches in California! We have so few here on Long Island, but this one in Montauk is great.

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  11. So gorgeous! I've never been to the East coast its a place i'd love to visit!

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    1. It's really beautiful out on the East End as we call Eastern Long Island. I hope you can come visit some time Kerri!

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  12. I love old lighthouses. It's too bad Montauk doesn't have more dog friendly beaches though Camp Hero State Parks looks beautiful. I so wish we lived near the ocean. We are off Lake Michigan, but it just isn't the same. Ruby's not a big fan of the beach - she's more of a woodsy dog.

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    1. I love old lighthouses too, the more historic the better! There were two dog friendly beaches in Montauk which was great. They're much more dog friendly than some other areas of Long Island. My dogs love both the woods & the beach!

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  13. I think it's great you can find such amazing places to visit with your dogs.

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    1. Not always easy to find, but when I do find a great dog friendly destination I love to share!

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  14. What a fun trip! Thanks for documenting. It is great to know other places that are good to bring the pups!

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    1. It was super fun! I love finding great dog friendly destinations & sharing our adventures.

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  15. Fantastic! Love all the pics! My family is out on the Island, so wonderful suggestions to keep in mind! Pinning & Sharing!

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    1. Thanks, glad you like my photos! I didn't know you had family out here, if you come to visit please let me know I'd love to meet in person! Thank you for sharing this, much appreciated!

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  16. I LOVE your pictures!! It's so cool to see doggy day out pictures. Well done!

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    1. Thanks, I'm so glad you like the photos! It's so beautiful out in Montauk you almost can't take a bad shot!

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  17. My friend lives on Long Island and we are going to visit her in 2 weeks. I am going to see if we can go here. Love it!

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    1. Oh, it's so beautiful you will love it and so will Dexter! I hope you make it to Montauk.

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  18. What a lovely place to visit! One of my friends goes to Long Island to visit family, I'll have to tell her about Montauk having a dog friendly beach. Did Phoebe go too?

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    1. It is so lovely! Definitely let your friend know that Camp Hero and the lighthouse beach are dog friendly, not everyone knows about that. Phoebe didn't come along this time, she stayed with Auntie Janice who loves her to pieces!

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  19. What a great place to visit. I love the beach and the ocean (my Aussie heritage). We have nice beaches and lakes but not quite the same. That Italian restaurant sounds fabulous too.

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    1. It's a wonderful little beach town, I love it. The Tuscan House is The Best! I still cannot believe they are so dog friendly on their patio, it's such a nice restaurant.

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  20. We haven't made it to Montauk yet. It looks beautiful, we will have to make a point of doing so!

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    1. Oh, it's so lovely out there. I love being in Montauk and just enjoying looking out on the open ocean, seeing the boats come in at the marina. It's great, especially since it's dog friendly!

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  21. Looks like a beautiful place would love to see it someday, and glad there is at least one pet friendly outdoor patio. Love Dolly

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    1. Yes, we were lucky to find a great dog friendly restaurant, The Tuscan House. We just love it there, even when we don't have the dogs with us!

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  22. What a fun trip! Love the scenery - it's beautiful! I've never been anywhere in NY other than NYC. I have to admit I didn't even know The Hamptons were in NY! lol. Glad that you all enjoyed a fun trip and found several dog-friendly activities!

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    1. That is so funny, I'm sure many people don't know where The Hamptons are. Eastern Long Island is such a beautiful place, but it gets Super crowded during the height of Summer.

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