Pooches welcome to doggy paddle at Morey’s Ocean Oasis Waterpark on Labor Day

     A dog playing in the water. (Photo: feeferlump via Flickr)

    A dog playing in the water. (Photo: feeferlump via Flickr)

    Morey’s Piers’ Ocean Oasis Waterpark in Wildwood will look a tad different during the evening of Labor Day. 

    What better way to end the dog days of summer than on a literal note? 

    For the first time, the waterpark will open its gates to pooches, who will enjoy doggy paddling the Endless River and relaxing in the Puddle Pool, all while being treated to snacks and fresh water when they need a break from splashing around, according to a release from Morey’s Piers. 

    “For many people, pets are members of the family,” said Jack Morey, second-generation partner of Morey’s Piers. “So before we close the waterpark for the season, we thought it would be fun to invite the furriest members of the family to come in and splash around.”

    The “Morey’s Piers Gone to the Dogs” event, slated from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on September 2, will feature a variety of other “tail-wagging activities”, the release states, including something quite humerous.  

    As a warm-up for the Miss America Pageant in nearby Atlantic City a few weeks later, there will be a doggie swimsuit competition beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

    The Soggy Dollar Beach Bar will transform itself into the Soggy “Collar” Beach Bar, offering a special menu for two-legged and four-legged guests alike, who will also enjoy ocean views and live entertainment. 

    IF YOU GO

    The park is located at 3501 Boardwalk in Wildwood. 

    Admission is $10 for adults; dogs and children under the age of 12 get in free. 100% of proceeds benefit the New Jersey SPCA.

    To participate, owners must pre-register their dogs and purchase tickets at www.moreyspiers.com/gonetothedogs by August 30. “Morey’s Piers Gone to the Dogs” event is open to the first 150 dogs to sign up; animals cannot be registered onsite.

    Dogs are only permitted at Ocean Oasis Waterpark on Monday, September 2, 2013, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older and leashed at all times except while in the water.

    Owners must show proof of current rabies vaccination at admission, which can include a dog tag or rabies vaccination certificate. Check-in begins at 5:15pm near the Ocean Oasis entrance.

    For more information on Morey’s Piers and further rules and regulations for dogs on September 2, visit www.moreyspiers.com.

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