Nature By Water

You can take your dog aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher.

Dale Gerhard

1. Ocean City Dog Park

This 42,000-square-foot, fenced-in, off-leash park is a great place for dogs to play and interact. The park is open year round from 8 a.m. to dusk daily. For access, you need only apply for a Paw Pass, which costs $30 yearly for Cape May County Residents, $40 yearly for non-residents and $10 a week for visitors. 45th and Haven Ave., Ocean City, 609-398-6900, OceanCityDogPark.org

2. Cape May Whale Watcher

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At the Cape May Whale Watcher, you can search for whales and dolphins with your favorite canine. In fact, Cape May Whale Watcher has been welcoming well-behaved leashed dogs on board since its founding — and no life vest is required. Best part? You can bring your dog for no extra cost. Adult tickets start at $30; children 7 to 12 are $20; under 6 are free. Cost increases based on how long the trip is and what is offered. 1218 Wilson Drive, Cape May, 609-884-5445, CapeMayWhaleWatcher.com

3. Bay Village

This quaint, waterfront shopping village is a great place to bring your dog. Many of the stores allow on-leash dogs to keep their owners company while they shop. 830 N. Bay Ave., Beach Haven, 609-492-2800, BayVillageLBI.com

4. Southwind Vineyard and Winery

Mix up your dog-walking spot with a visit to Southwind Vineyard and Winery. This is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch accompanied by a bottle of wine and man’s best friend. This winery has beautiful trails for you and your pooch, including part of the historic Stagecoach Road that ran from Atlantic City to Philadelphia. 385 Lebanon Road, Millville, 856-391-5524, SouthwindVineyardLLC.com

5. Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum

What was once a World War II Naval aviation base is now a pet-friendly museum, holding more than 26 aircraft displays and other military and aviation artifacts. Bring your leashed dog along for a self-guided tour of the museum. Admission for adults is $1; children ages 3 to 12 is $10; children under 3 and active duty military with ID, admission is free. 500 Forrestal Road, Rio Grande, 609-886-8787, USNASW.org

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