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Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area

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Address: Sandy Hook, NJ
Phone Number: 732 872 5970
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Description: Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.

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NPS Jr Ranger Program with a Beach

We headed to Sandy Hook for the Gateway Jr Ranger Program. We really enjoyed the lighthouse and battery tour. The drive back to the ranger station was very nice on a great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Hockessin, Delaware
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Hockessin, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We headed to Sandy Hook for the Gateway Jr Ranger Program. We really enjoyed the lighthouse and battery tour. The drive back to the ranger station was very nice on a great summer day. On the way out we planned the rest of the day on the beach. The beach was nice but with the Carry-In and Trash-Out policy there... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Very nice beach and bay. I would definitely go back. A must see. I got to the beach at 3:00pm. I suggest going earlier. They have canoe rentals. I will do that next time in the bay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We visited Sandy Hook National Recreation Area on a Monday in July. The day was beautiful! The water was cool but the sand and air were warm. Also, the great day included beach walks, seashell collecting, and overall enjoyable vacation restful beach time. I highly recommend this area.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A slice of peace and tranquility on the Jersey shore just a short ferry ride and school bus transfer from downtown Manhattan. This former military base, turned national park offers a range of beach options, from clothing optional to family friendly settings. Clean white sands, basic amenities and roving food trucks keep the atmosphere conducive to maximum beach relaxation. Take... More 

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East Greenwich, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Loved the beach!!!! But, SAVE YOUR SANITY! Have a back up pair of flip flops or shoes, long, long walk from the parking lot to the ocean. Cart with Big Fat Wheels a MUST! You don't want to have to make a trip to the car!! Pack a lunch, umbrella, water, chairs, blanket to lay on and stake your area!... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Our first and only visit from Arizona found this whole area to be most excellent. The beaches...the parking...the facilities...the supervision of park rangers...no trash visible anywhere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I have lived in NJ for over 30 years I went to sandy hook for the first time today. Wow! What a fabulous day. Light house, watching wind surfers, nude beach, wilderness, wild life and a view of New York City! Best day so far this summer. If you haven't been to Sandy Hook take the time to go.

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Effort, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This was my second visit to Sandy Hook Beach. The beach itself is gorgeous and well maintained. Plenty of lifeguards on duty. The only downside to the trip are the people who leave their trash. There are no trash bins, not even a dumpster so you are expected to take your trash with you (not a problem for us). People... More 

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Bubaneshwar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Wonderfull state park! You can just cross by ferry from Manhattan (45 $ return, however) or drive if you're not far from it. Avoid by all means weekends, it took us 2.5 hours insteadof the usual 1h. Beaches are fabulous (though you have to walk a good distance to reach the sea) in a wild area, birds and deer are... More 

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NJ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

As is the norm at the Jersey shore, the water is cold but this beach has more shells and rocks on the shoreline than some of the other Jersey beaches. There is no boardwalk so it's great for a relaxing day at the beach. If you have kids, be sure to bring their beach toys as there is not much... More 

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Address: Sandy Hook, NJ
Phone Number: 732 872 5970
Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Jersey Shore  >  Sandy Hook

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