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“Interesting; Peaceful (in March)” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area

Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area
Sandy Hook, NJ
732 872 5970
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Sandy Hook
Type: Lighthouses, Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Outdoors
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Owner description: Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Interesting; Peaceful (in March)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Interesting sights, nice views. The oldest lighthouse in the country. Probably a madhouse in the summer.

Visited March 2014
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“Sandy Hook Lighthouse”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

This part of our trip was NOT the highlight....but, was still worth the stop. The lighthouse is the oldest in the US so for any lighthouse enthusiast it is a must see...but, their tour climb hours are very limited, and in the afternoon (impossible for us long distance day travelers to wait around for), they have a height restriction that prevented half our party from climbing anyhow...there are multiple multitudes of folks under 4ft who could safely and happily climb a lighthouse...my kids have climbed many, larger even!...and the icing was the highly unfriendly park ranger who chose to ignore us fully and carry on a private chat with another...this included checking us out from the gift shop without a hello, or a thank you!
The upside,...its on an old army missile base that has great paths and many cool sites, if visiting in the winter there are sunbathing seals, and migrating ducks...and, right up the road on the hill is Twin Lights, a very cool, FREE, and anyone can climb lighthouse that appears like a castle!...oh, and the views of NYC are pretty awesome too.

Visited February 2014
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“What a great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

I can't believe in this day that this place exists. The bike trails are great and the views can not be beat

Visited October 2013
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North Tonawanda, New York
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“A Lovely Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

We visited during the off-season so it was not at all crowded. The beach was clean as were the facilities.

Visited August 2013
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Falls Church, Virginia
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“Great Beach Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Spent several days at the clothing optional (read nude) section at Gunnison. Gunnison is the only legal nude beach in NJ the mid-Atlantic. People were friendly, sun was strong, came away with a nice all-over tan. Highly recommend this beach for the adventuresome and uninhibited, but not for families. Mid-week parking was ample, only a short walk to the beach. Stiff admission charge of $15.

Visited August 2013
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