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Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area

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Address: Sandy Hook, NJ
Phone Number: 732 872 5970

Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.

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Large protected beach

You need to arrive by 11 on weekends and the earlier the better to get good parking. There are plenty of beaches but the further up you travel the less people on them. It seems... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Chris K
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

You need to arrive by 11 on weekends and the earlier the better to get good parking. There are plenty of beaches but the further up you travel the less people on them. It seems like they closed down the concession and now there are food trucks which weren't bad but also weren't anything to brag about and were also... More 

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NUTLEY, United States
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

BEST TIME and place to enjoy the last days of summer. We came to fish and to visit the light house. Worth the 1:20hrs. Ride. We went to fish and then walk on the beach. After we went to the lighthouse. Is breathtaking. Can wait to come in when it's chilli.

Thank Virginia M
Middletown, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you're not already on Sandy Hook by 9 AM on a Saturday or Sunday, you can almost forget about being able to go to the beach. It is very crowded on the weekends. Also, the Bayside is a little bit dirty sometimes. Oceanside is very pretty and they do have good facilities.

Thank Suefam13
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I visited the beach andwalked the grounds while staying in the area last weekend. The beaches were beautiful and their were many different entrances to get to it. Also the history of the area was great. We walked a lot of the grounds reading the information about the use in the late 1800s and early 1900s. At... More 

1 Thank Nadine M
Budd Lake
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The only nightlife is fishing, but that's not why you should go. Within site of NYC and even with a ferry there is a beach getaway that has it all. History from the war of 1812 to the cold war it is a historians delight, The many beaches are beautiful but you have to pack a lunch or visit one... More 

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Plainsboro, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seeking a place to bike and walk with a unique view, our wishes were exceeded and then some! The wide multi-use path that runs the length of the park is more than adequate for biking. Great views along the way, especially on the bayside and at Fort Hancock. Was so pleased to see NYC and Long Island in the distance... More 

2 Thank Pacificisles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in New Jersey a few days and tried a few different beaches. This was by FAR our favorite! There was a fee to get in, but it wasn't that much. Once nice thing is that there are several beaches with small-ish parking lots for each beach, so that limits how crowded things get. You could choose to swim... More 

1 Thank Anneke S
United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lot D visitors center. Lovely beach with lifeguards and ample parking. Sand showers and bathrooms are right off the beach. Food trucks with BBQ, wood fired pizza and shaved ice are there all day. No trash cans in the beach so a significant reduction in seagull issues.

1 Thank Joya O
Independence, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We got to Sandy Hook Lighthouse early and signed up for the first tour then we went to the beach and felt like kids as we walked on the edge of the shore while the waves splashed on us and I picked up rocks and shells. When we got back to the lighthouse we had a picnic lunch. There was... More 

1 Thank DPenn_11
New York City, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

very close to Staten Island...pay once for beach and parking...clean ..fun in the sun..clean beach...

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