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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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Nice drive, many beach spots, too expensive

It is a drive drive with many beach spots. If you just drive it is free but if you want to stop for the beach you have to pay $15.00 which is ridiculous. All people in New Jersey... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a drive drive with many beach spots. If you just drive it is free but if you want to stop for the beach you have to pay $15.00 which is ridiculous. All people in New Jersey complain about unfair imposed fees everywhere, from Turnpikes to beaches. It is sad that such a beautiful state has to deal with... More 

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Hackettstown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent camp, decent bathrooms, kind Rangers, and beautiful location. Walk to the bay, short drive to the beach on the Oceanside, lighthouse tour, bike path, Fort Hancock, north beach views of the city, and affordable! Buy a solar camp shower and bring a phone battery charger. Visit Sissy's and On the Deck for food. Use the metal onsite container to... More 

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Middletown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to Gunnison beach for the first time and loved it. Did the nude Sun Bathe finally. Was nervous at first and really did not leave my Beach Lounge Chair, but it was really free feeling. A couple of gawkers but harmless. Beach is beautiful and the Park Rangers keep it that way. Listen to them and your visit will... More 

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Clifton, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love relaxing here. I am just disappointed because my dog came home with ticks. Just make sure you double check your pets. That is all I'm asking. Besides that, it's actually beautiful.

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Sandy Hook, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sandy Hook a barrier beach at the north Jersey Shore. It's the home of America's oldest lighthouse. It is replete with history, bird and sea life. It's past military history helped assure it's preservation as a natural open space. Sandy Hook was fortified by the US Army during the War of 1812 for the purpose of NY Harbor defense. Nike... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

Absolutely love visiting Sandy Hook both in and out of season. With many different beaches, trails, etc there is something for everyone to enjoy, and you can't forget the views of NYC in the distance. Tip- arrive early during peak season days/times as parking lots close as they fill, and you may not get your first choice beach.

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Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

We frequently drive over to Sandy Hook Park during the off-season. We avoid it during the summer months though, we don't like the crowd scene.

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Washington, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

The historical locations at Sandy Hook are fascinating, especially the lighthouse and the old gun batteries. The beaches are nice. Excellent walking / running / biking trails also. They do not accept the America the Beautiful pass, as the $15 fee is deemed to be a parking fee and not an entrance fee.

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Forest Hills, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 385 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

This is a great place to explore, hike, bike, stroll, kayak, sunbathe, bird watch and much more. The birding here is excellent. Be sure to look at all chimneys for resident osprey feeding their young and chimney swifts flying over head. Bike rentals and kayak rentals are available. Clean ample restrooms allow for anxiety free recreation. I did not see... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

My husband and I decided to visit because we live in New Jersey but had never been to Sandy Hook. We're so glad we did. We were amazed by how large old Fort Hancock is, even in its semi-dilapidated state, and we found all the gun batteries, World War II-era anti-aircraft installations and pillboxes that dot the landscape to be... More 

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