Hit the beach -- dogs allowed
New York / New Jersey
Made legendary by a hundred years of history, then revitalized by Bruce Springsteen, Asbury Park is the face of "Jersey Strong." It's also a dog-friendly spot if you know where to look. A block beyond the boardwalk's end, the 8th Avenue Dog Beach welcomes pooches with one caveat: Only after 6pm.
But hey, that's a couple hours of sunlight to frolic in the surf with your buddy, and the late hours mean you won't have to bring a tent to shade your dog from direct sunlight. A stick, a wave, and a furry friend are all you need to set that tail a’wagging and work up pup’s appetite -- to keep that wag going, satisfy her with a bowl of Nature's Recipe®, which uses natural ingredients like sweet potato, chicken, and pumpkin, with added vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Do jump in the water with doggie. (If your dog can't swim, get her a canine life jacket.) Even an elderly retriever turns into a puppy when she sees the surf, so you'll fuel her excitement for a big life and -- if you're lucky -- tucker her out for a healthy sleep later that night.
As for don'ts, the standard beach caveats remain in place: Apply sunscreen underneath your dog's fur (especially if she has a light coat). Don't subject your dog to any sand too hot for you to stand in yourself, and don't forget a frisbee for a true bonding experience.