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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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miles of undeveloped beach

No hotels, no houses, minimal tourists. Imagine beaches that stretch longer than you could hope to walk. This is Sandy Hook.It's unique geography assures its place a national park.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Navesink, New Jersey
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Navesink, New Jersey
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

No hotels, no houses, minimal tourists. Imagine beaches that stretch longer than you could hope to walk. This is Sandy Hook.It's unique geography assures its place a national park.

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Hampton, New Jersey
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

November is not a typical month that one would go to the beach, but with the warm temperatures we had my husband and I didn't want to waste a sunny day at home. If you have the National Passport App then the cancellation dot is in the wrong place. The stamp is inside of the museum located at the light... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i've covered basically every inch of sandy hook and i visit almost every day, and never get bored. i've been to national parks and reserves around the world, and i can tell you that the biodiversity, picturesque sights and and activities at sandy hook rival any of them. any visit to the new york area should include sandy hook, and... More 

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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sandy Hook is a great place to enjoy the wind and the silence. The size of it actually surprised me but it only made my visit better and more enjoyable. Many places with fabulous views - it is well worth a visit.

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Enola, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

I visited in November 2105, so some things were closed and it wasn't that busy. However, we really enjoyed climbing the lighthouse and learning about all the history. Our guide was very nice and informative. We also enjoyed walking around the abandoned buildings. I'm sure that this area would be nice in the summer when the beaches are open. There... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

We went to find migrating birds. Due to the threat of rain we drove through the old military area and walked the beach. It is a wonderful place to get away from the crowds - off season. The waves were crashing in and we watched the surf fisherman catching what I think were sea bass. We enjoyed it even when... More 

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Edison, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Truly one of the most wonderful waterfront experiences. A historic location extending seven miles into the Atlantic Ocean with artifacts from the first life saving station (now the U.S. Coast Guard). See the historic buildings, gun batteries, cold war guided missile instillations, nature trails, birds, butterflies, and miles of public beaches.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Clean beach nice and rugged for the off season. You can walk all the way down the beach and get some views (albeit distant) of Manhattan.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

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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