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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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7 miles of beaches and trails

I live near Sandy Hook and I feel very lucky that such a beautiful place is only minutes away. The best beaches are toward the northern tip - it takes a little longer to get... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
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Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I live near Sandy Hook and I feel very lucky that such a beautiful place is only minutes away. The best beaches are toward the northern tip - it takes a little longer to get there so they are a little quieter. If you like to bare all, go to Gunnison or "Beach G" - the largest nude beach on... More 

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Toms River, New Jersey
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65 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

The Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area is very special... This park is the best beach in New Jersey, in my opinion. The park includes the bay side beach, and several beaches on the ocean side, plenty of parking, walking trails, bathrooms, Fort Hancock, Visitor Center, and Light House. The views vary depending which beach you are on:. the Twin... More 

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Danville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I am very fond of this area, since I lived on Sandy Hook for 4 years, this was during my enlistment with the U. S. Coast Guard. There are many things to do here, visit the gun batteries from the Shore Defense Era, visit the old site of the Missile Defense Site at Sandy Hook. There are miles of great... More 

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Texas
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79 helpful votes 79 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 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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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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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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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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28 reviews 28 reviews
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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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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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