What does a perfect day in the Garden State look like for you? Maybe a relaxing walk on the beach followed by an oceanfront lunch before you end your night with some fun in Atlantic City? Although New Jersey might be small in size, it has a lot to offer its residents of both the human and canine variety. Dog lovers will feel right at home on the Gold Coast with plenty of options that will make both you and your pooch happy. Here are some suggestions to give your dog a perfect day in New Jersey.
At the top of our list is Asbury Park. This city is a proverbial doggie heaven. With everything from beautiful dog-friendly beaches to a plethora of pet-friendly dining options, doggie daycares and resorts, and your choice of pet-friendly hotels there is truly something to please everybody in Asbury Park. The other great thing about this area is its central location making it convenient to get to almost anywhere else in New Jersey and easy access to surrounding states. No discussion of Asbury Park would be complete without mentioning The Wonder Bar. Located on Ocean Avenue, this restaurant is about as pet-friendly as it gets. Enjoy great food and drinks while you socialize with other dog lovers on the Wonder Bar’s Doggie Deck. You aren’t the only one who will be enjoying yourself. We’re sure your four-legged friend will be equally happy during Yappy Hour, offered 7 days a week from noon until 7pm.
With plenty of fenced-in spaces, your dog can meet some new puppy pals while you both enjoy your evening. If you’re looking for a quieter time, hit up the 8th Avenue Dog Beach or the Boardwalk, which are both open to pets from 8:30a.m. to 6:00p.m. daily. Be sure to clean up after Fido to be polite and keep the beaches enjoyable for all residents and visitors.
If you and Fido are the quiet types who prefer to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy some outdoor time the Skylands is the place for you. The Skylands are known as New Jersey’s “Great Northwest” because of the breathtaking natural landscape that’s filled with rivers, lakes, and farms. This also happens to be one of the best vacation destinations for pets because of the hiking trails, large open areas, and camping sites. You’ll have a wide selection of accommodations too. Everything from bed and breakfasts to resorts and inns are scattered throughout the Skylands. However, if you’re traveling with your pet, we highly recommend making a reservation at Homewood Suites as it’s close to several area attractions and the Campgaw Ski resort.
Maybe a day of relaxation is just what the vet ordered for your puppy pal. Prepare to be pampered at Grooming by Erica Li in Hoboken. Erica Li is the premier and most sought after dog groomer in Hoboken with over 12 years of experience. Erica takes extra measures to ensure her dog clients trust her and enjoy their time when they come to her grooming shop as much as she loves grooming and caring for them. She truly loves each and every dog client and if you don’t believe me, you can come watch her do her work through the window at her shop to see for yourself. No dogs incessantly barking, stressed, or clawing to leave this salon. Everyone is calm and happy. Erica is keen on providing a positive experience for each and every client that enters her salon.
The perfect ending to this eventful day is a stop at Milk Sugar Love with two locations in Jersey City for some ice cream for yourself and your pup. At Milk Sugar Love, they make all their ice cream by hand using all natural and organic milks and all the best local produce. Enjoy your ice cream while taking a nice stroll through or sitting in nearby Hamilton Park in downtown Jersey City, or Riverview Park in Jersey City Heights which has breathtaking views of the NYC skyline.
What are your plans for the weekend? Any suggestions of fun things you like to do with your dog in New Jersey? Comment below and let us know.