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Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area

Address: Sandy Hook, NJ
Phone Number: 732 872 5970
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Sandy Hook
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses, Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.
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Type: Lighthouses, Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Outdoors
Owner description: Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.

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Texas
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109 reviews 109 reviews
58 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I didn't think I would like another beach as much as I do South Padre Island, but I did like this one. Miles of beach, sand and clean bright blue water. It was cold but not so cold you couldn't wade in it. The waves were wild, the surfers were up and at 'em. It was fun to watch. We... More 

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West Orange, New Jersey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Miles of beaches, bike trails and history. Wonderful place to unplug and getaway There are no concessions and you have to carry out your garbage. But that is what makes it so pristine ! Bring a picnic lunch and see the New York skyline and walk or bike along shoreline Not extremely busy in season and quiet in off season

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New Jersey
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826 reviews 826 reviews
429 attraction reviews
1,282 helpful votes 1,282 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This time of the year we did not have to pay the $15 entrance fee and we enjoyed our visit tremendously. Besides our pleasant ride and exploring by car we did some walking along the beach, a very relaxing yet active time. All the buildings and facilities seemed brand new as they indeed had suffered bad damage during the famous... More 

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San Diego, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
45 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The Sandy Hook part of Gateway National Recreation area was once Ft. Hancock. It is a breath of fresh air on the New Jersey side of the entrance to New York Harbor. We enjoyed it. There are two ways to get there. By car and by ferry from Manhattan. We used a car. During the season there is an entrance... More 

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Highlands, New Jersey
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is the oldest continually operating lighthouse in the United States. Actually it predates the Declaration of Independence by 12 years. There are daily tours of the lighthouse from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. lead by Park Rangers and volunteers. On a clear day, the view is fantastic, offering views of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Verrazano Narrows bridge. There are... More 

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Pompton Plain, NJ
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11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

This was our first visit to the park. I don't think I would have fought the summer crowds for a summer day at the beach, but we had an incredible day, the weekend after Labor Day. There was no charge to enter the park, and there were less people, although it was still busy. I was amazed by the variety... More 

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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

My wife and I visit here often during the year, however it is usually rather crowded. We decided to do a little exploring of the area. We happened upon a little secluded area on the bayside. It was quite secluded from the road and appeared to be not traveled frequently. It had plenty of space to setup chairs and to... More 

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Ivybridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

With a day to spare before heading into New York City, we found this area on the NJ State Parks website and thought it sounded interesting. We were not disappointed. Arriving in drizzle, we had a look around some of the old buildings of Fort Hancock, before an informative and free visit to the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in the... More 

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New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Sometimes very crowded and not cleaned all that well. Grew up here and visit often. Nice to sit on the bay side as the sun goes down.

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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

By its very nature, every inch of this strip of land surrounded by water is beautiful. However thanks to the hoards of dirtbags, there is a lot of trash and so on. There is a few cool things to see on the beaten path, but I like to poke in the corners and those areas were completely uncared for. Its... More 

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