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Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area

Sandy Hook, NJ
732 872 5970
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Sandy Hook
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Lighthouses
Description: Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

#1 it's DIRTY. Signs all over about taking your garbage with you, but people don't do it, and there is not a garbage barrel on the premises for you to throw anything away. Even the water is dirty with junk partially buried in the sand. I was afraid of stepping on God only knows what in the water. #2 they... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Summer in Sandy Hook is pure fun. Here are the things that you can do to make your stay more enjoyable. First of all beat the traffic at the Garden State Parkway or Route 36, arrive here early and it would be stress free. Next, bring a lot of foods and drinks. That whole stretch of the beach that extends... More

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Elizabeth, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

As a "Jersey Girl" - I am embarrassed to admit how long it has been since I've been to the Jersey Shore. I finally went with the kids last Saturday and was very pleasantly surprised with Sandy Hook. We parked at lot D. Bathrooms were clean. beach was clean. water was cleaner than what I expected. I am giving a... More

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Columbus, OH
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I was staying at a hotel in northern New Jersey and had a free afternoon so I decided to hit the beach. This is about 1 hour from the Newark area so very easy to get to on the GSP. The beach is very wide and very clean. Lifeguards on duty. It had rained for a few days so the... More

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Busy even on a summer weekday, the trail is great for biking, walking, or running. Bring water and enjoy the day! Beach is also an option if you want to rest after your ride. Sure wish the state or federal government would do something with the buildings at Hancock section. Will be a shame to see the houses fall down... More

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New York City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A great day trip from NYC (either East 35th Street or Wall Street) to Sandy Hook NJ. The cost is a little high ($45 RT) but groupon offered a deal for $25 and if you "like" them on Facebook, you can pay $30 (but print out coupon for easy boarding). The boat was pretty crowded but manageable and a lovely... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

First time there was August 7, 2014. Would like to have a better address because my GPS didn't get me there directly. Once there the long walk to the beach was worth it. Sunny day little breeze 85 degrees, PERFECT. Arrived around ten parking was next to the path to the beach. found a spot put down our blanket and... More

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Kingston, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Great place to spend the day at the beach. Easy to get to. $15 to park. Parking lot close to beach short distance to walk. Carry in/Carry out garbage policy...some people don't abide by this so you will see garbage in parking lot, bathroom etc.. which is absolutely ridiculous that people do that but you can't control that.

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North jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

It was a beautiful day so my daughter and I decided to go sandy hook instead of the usual point pleasant for a day trip. We had never been there before so we pulled into lot D got a great spot ( weekday ) and the sign said visitor center to which it was not open there was one food... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

What a nice drive from where we are staying in Rahway, NJ. If you like taking pictures of Lighthouse as I do, you need to come visit this one. This is located in the Fort Hancock area. You can spend the day on the beach and or picnic in the area.

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