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Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area

Sandy Hook, NJ
732 872 5970
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Ranked #1 of 3 attractions in Sandy Hook
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Lighthouses
Description: Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.
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New York, USA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We actually endend up going to Sandy Hook because of horrible Summer weekend travel and leaving the GSP to wait for traffic going North to improve. What a good decision, as we enjoyed some late afternoon lights at nearly empty North Beach, walked through Fort Hancock and had a fantastic view of Manhattan skyline.

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Rochester NY area
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317 reviews 317 reviews
173 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We enjoyed the visitors center and the tour up into the lighthouse there(250 years old!). Nice NPS stocked gift shop; rangers on hand offering a few talks daily.Nice to walk around the Fort Hancock military base there. ( It]closed as an active military base on 12/31/1974)..Some buildings there maintained well; while others are rotting; the NPS is trying to "sell... More

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

i have grown up on that beach and now in my 60"s i went Sunday June 29 2014 and all i found was non english speaking people on the becah who threw their garbage on the beach and watch a person change a diaper and it was dirt and dug it in the sand. if we have to pay $15.00... More

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Kempton, Pennsylvania, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were looking for a day trip to the one of the New Jersey Shore beaches. We ultimately decided upon Sandy Hook for it's travel ease and accessibility. We were pleasantly surprised by the clean beach, availability of restroom facilities and the inexpensive parking fee with no beach pass purchase required. I do suggest you arrive early as the parking... More

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Great Barrington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My favorite beaches in the US are on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. Those are spectacular, but for mid-June when the water further north is way to cold, the Jersey shore is great. The beach is clean with long, flat stretches of white sand and the water was just barely a comfortable temp for swimming. There is a $15 entrance... More

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Phila
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you're so inclined - it's a wonderful experience. Beach G in Sandy Hook National Park. A bit of a walk from the parking, but not really problematic. Get there early - the parking lot is somewhat limited. Only cost is a $15 entrance fee per vehicle to get into the national park.

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Waldorf, Maryland, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Visiting the Light House and seeing the old Fort was well worth it. Walking back in history. The 95 steps climb is not that hard AND the view is wonderful

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Fords, New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

For most people who live in Central or Northern Jersey, Sandy Hook may be your closest and most accessible beach. The national park is open all year around but there is an entrance fee of $15 starting from Memorial Day up to Labor Day. Seasonal Pass for unlimited entries is $75 for one year. If you plan on visiting multiple... More

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NYC
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Drove out here before the season started (Memorial Day Weekend), and was very impressed. Seemed to be ample parking, decentralized bathroom and changing areas. All new and well-laid out. For those who have no interest in boardwalk hullabaloo, here are just beaches! And natural beauty (and a side trip to imagine being stationed at Fort Hancock, right on the beach).

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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

I highly recommend a visit to Sandy Hook Gateway Recreation Area. There are lots of beaches to choose from, and the drive is beautiful. My only recommendation is that you arrive early, as the parking lots seemed full by early afternoon.

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