A Dog-Friendly Guide To The Hamptons

A Dog-Friendly Guide To The Hamptons

So you’re bringing your dog Out East! Good call. Life is better with your four-pawed best friend in tow. And in The Hamptons, the cluster of small beach towns on Long Island’s South Fork, a dog-friendly getaway awaits. Tons of dog-friendly amenities, eateries and accomodations await, to give fido the best vacation of her life.

Getting To The Hamptons With A Dog

The easiest way to get to The Hamptons from New York City is to drive, either via personal vehicle or the Hamptons Jitney. The luxury liner allows pets in a D.O.T. approved carrier brought onboard, for an extra charge of $10. If you’re taking the Long Island Railroad (LIRR), know that small pets are permitted as long as they are carried in kennels or containers that can fit on your lap. Note that once you arrive in The Hamptons, you’ll need a car or bike to get around, and many taxis and ride shares do not allow dogs as passengers.

Where To Stay with Your Dog in The Hamptons

Many rentals are dog-friendly in The Hamptons, with last minute finds frequently available on AirBnB or VRBO. If you’re a hotel-goer, consider pampering your pooch at The Roundtree Amagansett. Special amenities include dog beds, water bowls, a welcome doggy treat, and a doggy towel to clean their paws after a day exploring the property’s two acres of land, and beyond.

Where To Eat With Your Dog In The Hamptons

With plenty of outdoor dining, The Hamptons is a mecca for well-behaved dogs who love going out to dine. Roadside seafood shacks like Morty’s Oyster Stand and Bostwick’s Chowder House are all dog friendly, and if you sneak just a tiny bit of lobster off the warm roll at The Lobster Roll, your spoiled dog will probably be thrilled.

If your dog is more of an off-the-menu type of pet, head to East Hampton’s Babette’s, where a special menu of “Lily’s Favorites” offers a grass-fed organic beef burger, turkey hot dogs, sausages, bacon and more.


For an elevated, yet still casual, dining experience, book an outdoor bench at Main Street Tavern’s beer garden. New to Amagansett as of summer 2020, this restaurant offers shareable appetizers (don’t sleep on the dips) as well as tavern classics, like a crisp fish and chips with mushy peas. Chef-driven specials are also worth keeping an eye out for, as are the mixologist designed cocktails.

Those with playful pups can also head outdoors at Moby’s, where the spacious outdoor eatery features a bocce court, fireplaces an open air bar, and more. The menu is full of crunchy salads, Neapolitan-style pizzas, pastas and more summery yet hearty dishes that will probably have you leaving with a doggy bag. Remote workers can also take advantage of free wifi and excellent coffee here in the mornings, and get some Zooming done with your pet under a shady umbrella.

What To Do with Your Dog in The Hamptons

Like many American beach towns, The Hamptons is more dog-friendly on the coastline pre- and post-season. From April 1 to October 1, dogs aren’t allowed on most town beaches from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., but fret not, there’s plenty of outdoor fun to be had with a leashed dog, especially for early risers…

For daytime activities, head to Cedar Point County Park, a gorgeous 607-acre park on the coast in East Hampton, with lush hiking trails, beach access, picnic areas and more. Note that a local parking permit is required to park in the lot.

Off-leash lovers will also enjoy the epic Springs Dog Park, which offers 20 acres of completely fenced in, off-leash adventure, plus water bowls and gathering areas for pooches to play.

Forget something or just eager to shop? Check out One Stop Pet Shop for all your essentials. Bow Tie Pet Club also offers grooming and pet sitting services if you want to plan on any dog-restricted activities.

Published at Thu, 17 Jun 2021 16:37:23 +0000