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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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Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.

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11 miles of great beaches

Jersey shore at its' finest! This is the real deal - not like the reality TV show - there's no boardwalk, just good ol' fashion beach (including a nude beach at Gunnison).

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Dana S
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Jersey shore at its' finest! This is the real deal - not like the reality TV show - there's no boardwalk, just good ol' fashion beach (including a nude beach at Gunnison).

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Middle River, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went there before the summer crowd and before the fee charge. It was a gorgeous day and LOVED it. Had a relaxing time with family on the beach. Water was cold though on the day we went. I'm sure it would be awesome to swim in during the summer months. The walking trail was nice and it leads you through... More 

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Drifton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for a day trip. Very nice, clean beach! Lifeguards on beach. Love the view of the city. Changing rooms and bathrooms very nice and clean. Bring snacks and drinks. Food truck was there but that was the only concessions available. Have to take your garbage with you. Sandy Hook Lighthouse nearby. Great place to visit.

Thank 20michele
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sandy Hook National Park is the gateway to the New York harbor. The Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers meet at Sandy Hook and continue to the bay and ocean. The National Park has a fee for parking Memorial Day through Labor Day. You can get a Season's Pass and use it all Summer. There are free beach concerts on Wednesdays during... More 

Katy, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Fort Hancock, NJ is the generic name applied to two former military installation located on a spit of land jutting out into lower New York Harbor. Its curling shape – caused by the constant south-to-north flow along the shoreline gives the place its civilian moniker of Sandy Hook. Getting to the Hook can be accomplished by a number of means:... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

During the summer,take the Seastreak Ferry from Manhattan, and in 45 minutes you are in another world. Clean beaches, natural forests, a smattering of wildlife all within the confines of a US National Park. At the Northern end of the park is the former Fort Monmouth, tasked with protecting the NY Harbor from the Spanish American War to the Cold... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We started our day with a bike ride on the boardwalk was beautiful interesting cold war missile launching sites on the way, finished our day at the lighthouse which was fascinating, then a tour at gun battery, nice inexpensive day trip! would recommend for a nice day trip,

Thank gr8Ny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

My husband and I just started the process of visiting National Parks and getting our National Park Passbook stamped. It was a beautiful day and traveling to the beach sounded like a great idea...even in October. We decided to venture to the Gateway National Recreation Area to visit the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. Once we arrived at the lighthouse we entered... More 

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Watchung, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

it all depends on your beach neighbors, for example , the last time I went there this Indian family just came in , there were 5 guys , three women and 4 kids, they all eat, threw food leftovers and watermelon pieces right there at the beach and left . it was a bad day for me , did not... More 

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Georgetown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We went to Sandy Hook specifically to visit the clothing optional beach, Gunnison Beach or Area G I guess are the right names. I am glad I went but my first qualifier is, Sandy Hook by road is a long drive to get there, then there's a drive to get to Area G, then a long walk to the beach.... More 

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