The fun never stops in Ocean City, Maryland, especially when visiting with your four-legged friend.
Luna the Dog-Friendly Extraordinaire is back to report on one of the biggest summer attractions in Maryland. Ocean City is home to a long stretch of sand and waves on both bay side and ocean side. And while tanning alongside Fido and Spot on the public beach may sound like the ideal vacation, it’s only permitted during the off-season, from November 1 until April 30. But don’t call the kennel just yet. Luna has found plenty of activities and places that welcome wagging tails.
It’s hard to find a restaurant along the Coastal Highway that doesn’t have great food and service—especially if you’re looking for seafood, but it may be hard to tell which restaurants allow you to bring your furry friend. Typically, if the restaurant offers outdoor seating, they’re happy to serve you and your pooch on the patio. This rule does have exceptions, so if the restaurant isn’t listed below in our list of dog-friendly eateries, be sure to ask first before bringing Fido.
A Place to Run
If your dog is anything like Luna , then he’s probably missing his walks and sniffs in the grass. No need to stick to the concrete—grab your leashes and doggie bags and head to these locations:
Northside Park is located on 125th Street, on the bay side. This park provides a looped path that borders the lake and several baseball and soccer fields, as well as a children’s playground. There are plenty of water fountains, trash cans, and yes, grass to sniff.
If your pup is itching to be off leash, then head to the Ocean City Dog Park on 94th Street, located within Little Salisbury Park. Behind the playground and tennis courts is a fenced area where you can let your dogs off leash for a good run or game of fetch. The dog run is separated in two sections, one for small dogs and one for large dogs. If your pup weighs more than 28 lbs, stay to the right side with the larger canines. To enter this park, you must obtain an access card from the Parks and Recreation Center on 125th Street.
Even though the main stretch of beach in Ocean City isn’t available to dogs during the summer months, there are a couple places where your dog can dig in the sand and bark at the waves, provided that he or she stays on a leash at all times. A little further down Coastal Highway across the Delaware border is Fenwick Island State Park. Beyond the dune is a stretch of surf-fishing beach where you can spend the day catching rays with Fido and Spot. Just be sure to respect the designated protected bird nesting areas.
For a quieter, lesser-known location, your best choice for a dog-friendly tanning spot is located in West Ocean City at the end of Old Bridge Road. Nicknamed “Stinky Beach” by the locals, this area of Homer Guldesky Park allows dogs and fishers to share the sand.
If Fido and Spot need a good bath after their day at the beach, Sandy Paws will gladly wash and groom the salt and sand from your dogs’ fur and skin. They also offer self-service bathing stations in case your pet prefers your touch.
At the end of the boardwalk behind Harrison’s Restaurant and Raw Bar, Canine Café offers an endless variety of merchandise for both owner and canine. This store features their own “barkery,” where all the treats are homemade. Browse through their selections of paintings, glassware, accessories, and more for the perfect way to remember your trip to Ocean City with your pet.
For more information about Ocean City, Maryland, visit ococean.com.
More Dog-friendly Eateries in Ocean City:
- Macky’s Bayside Bar & Grill; 5311 Coastal Hwy; mackys.com
- Micky Fin’s; 12952 Inlet Isle Ln; ocmickyfins.com
- Bayside Skillet, 7701 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, 410.524.7950; baysideskillet.net
- Lenny’s Beach Bar and Grill, 10100 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, 410.524.7500; clarionoc.com
- The Green Turtle, 11601 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, 410.723.2120; thegreeneturtle.com
- Fish Tales, 2107 Herring Way, Ocean City, 410.289.0990; ocfishtales.com
- Malia’s Café, 1800 Baltimore Ave, Ocean City, 443. 664. 2420
- de Lazy Lizard, 305 N 1st St, Ocean City 410.289.1122; delazylizard.com
- 45th Street Tap House, 4507 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, 443.664.2201; octaphouses.com
- Ocean City Parks and Recreation, 410.289.8221; oceancitymd.gov
- Fenwick Island State Park, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, 302.227.2800; destateparks.com
More Dog-friendly Accommodations:
- Parrot Bay Condos, 405 Philadelphia Ave, Ocean City, 410.289.8531; ocbeachgetaways.com
- Seaside Inn, 1401 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, 800.417.1104; seasideinnfenwick.com
- Windjammer Condominiums, 46th St. Oceanfront, Ocean City, 410.289.9409; ocwindjammer.com
- The Barefoot Mailman, #16 35th Street, Ocean City, 410.289.5343; barefootmailman.com
- Clarion Resort Fontainebleau, 10100 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, 410.524.3535; clarionoc.com
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Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, 12-year-old boxer Thya and Mexican foster failure Pancho, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.