Town to Beach-Going Dogs: Take a Walk After March 31

It's the last week until December for dogs to feel Sound sands beneath their paws.

A dog loving life at Jennings Beach in Fairfield. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre.
A dog loving life at Jennings Beach in Fairfield. Credit: Gary Jeanfaivre.

The dog days of summer will be here before we know it, and that means the days of dogs at Greenwich beaches are coming to a close.

There's just one more week to bring your canine friends Greenwich Point Park — AKA Tod's Point and Byram Beach. Leashed dogs are only allowed from Dec. 1 through March 31. If your dog at least prefers a water view, there's Grass Island Park where the Greenwich dog park is located — it's ranked in the Top 10 off-leash dog parks in the state of Connecticut by the BringFido.com website.

Dogs are allowed in other town parks — just not the beachfront parks — as long as they're on leashes.

More resources for a last minute beach visit

For dog owners looking to make the most of the next week, the website Bring Fido may be your next best friend. 

"Dog friendly beaches are heaven on earth for Fido," the site says. "And since sandy paws equal happy dogs, we’ve sniffed out the best beaches in Connecticut where dogs can run, swim, and frolic in the sand."

Compo Beach in Westport comes in at No. 2, and Fairfield stakes claim to two of the top three — Jennings Beach (No. 1) and Penfield Beach (No. 3). Amtrak Beach in Niantic and Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison round out the top five, at 4 and 5, respectively.

Connecticut's coastal towns encourage dog owners to follow local leash laws and clean up after their dogs.


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