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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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NJ
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Sandy Hook is almost a little known secret. Crowds throng to the Jersey shore for boardwalks, beaches and fun but Sandy Hook is quiet and unspoiled. If you want a boardwalk this isn't the beach for you. A barrier peninsula Sandy Hook is run by the National Park Service and has beaches on ocean and bayside for swimming and fishing,... More

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Houston, Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This National Park area is full of great beaches and some very interesting ocean wildlife. The atmosphere depends on the beach that you visit. There are generally bathrooms and outdoor showers right next to the entrance to the beach area (double check this on the map to make sure the beach you chose has the amenities you need). There are... More

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went to sandy hook to spend a day having a barbecue, walking on the shore and riding bikes. The fort has several historical locations, fortunately we saw war veterans doing some demonstrations. Nice place to enjoy a day off with family or friends.

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New York City
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Our first visit (a hot weekday) was such a success. Parked at North Beach (at noon the parking lot was still wide open) after a quick stop at a ranger-led seining activity in Horseshoe Cove, and made the somewhat long trek from the parking lot to the water. Our teens complained a bit on the way in, although the way... More

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CT
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69 reviews 69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Went to Sandy Hook, Gunnison Beach in particular, on a recent weekend and had a wonderful time. It was the annual Hedo Reunion and the resort sent one of the entertainment staff up to organize games and give away free nights. People were very friendly, just like they are at Hedo. Everyone was willing to share food and drink. The... More

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Los Angeles, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
46 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Summer in Sandy Hook is pure fun. Here are the things that you can do to make your stay more enjoyable. First of all beat the traffic at the Garden State Parkway or Route 36, arrive here early and it would be stress free. Next, bring a lot of foods and drinks. That whole stretch of the beach that extends... More

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Elizabeth, New Jersey
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70 reviews 70 reviews
25 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

As a "Jersey Girl" - I am embarrassed to admit how long it has been since I've been to the Jersey Shore. I finally went with the kids last Saturday and was very pleasantly surprised with Sandy Hook. We parked at lot D. Bathrooms were clean. beach was clean. water was cleaner than what I expected. I am giving a... More

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Columbus, OH
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119 reviews 119 reviews
19 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I was staying at a hotel in northern New Jersey and had a free afternoon so I decided to hit the beach. This is about 1 hour from the Newark area so very easy to get to on the GSP. The beach is very wide and very clean. Lifeguards on duty. It had rained for a few days so the... More

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New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Busy even on a summer weekday, the trail is great for biking, walking, or running. Bring water and enjoy the day! Beach is also an option if you want to rest after your ride. Sure wish the state or federal government would do something with the buildings at Hancock section. Will be a shame to see the houses fall down... More

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New York City
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94 reviews 94 reviews
33 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A great day trip from NYC (either East 35th Street or Wall Street) to Sandy Hook NJ. The cost is a little high ($45 RT) but groupon offered a deal for $25 and if you "like" them on Facebook, you can pay $30 (but print out coupon for easy boarding). The boat was pretty crowded but manageable and a lovely... More

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