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Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area

#1 of 5 things to do in Sandy Hook Features Animals
Sandy Hook, NJ
+1 732-872-5970
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Great national treasure

My wife and I recently visited Sandy Hook. We went during the week, so the beach was not crowded... read more

Reviewed yesterday
north jersey
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Day trip to shore

Spent a day at Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation area. A nice quiet clean beach that is only... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.
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  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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Sandy Hook, NJ
+1 732-872-5970
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My wife and I recently visited Sandy Hook. We went during the week, so the beach was not crowded. We brought our bicycles and rode the entire trail. The path is wide, and some of it is shaded so it makes for a pleasant and...More

Thank bridey56
Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a day at Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation area. A nice quiet clean beach that is only 1 hour drive from northern NJ. A decent place to fish also.

Thank George P
Reviewed 1 week ago

I live in Northeastern Pennsylvania, so when I need a day at the beach, I usually go to Sandy Hook. It costs $15 to park for the day and there are outdoor showers and bathroom facilities. The beach is sometimes crowded, depending on the time...More

Thank Nikki A
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a nice get-away this Summer. just an hour from Central Jersey with a nice view of New York city.

Thank Lester M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my second time going to the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. I liked it the first time, the second time I loved it. Parking is free if you are going to the lighthouse and there is no fee to tour it. The tours begin in...More

Thank JudyV409
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Professionally run and great beaches, bike paths and amenities. Be sure to go to Fort Hancock and tour the lighthouse! Also beaches with lifeguards there also. See New York skyline and with aid the Statue of Liberty. A fantastic area to visit.

1  Thank NewSunrises
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Schedule a tour of the lighthouse - oldest continuous operating lighthouse. Tours of the batteries are cool - built by the Army. Mary does a very informative tour and keeps it upbeat and interesting. The beaches are nice too.

Thank Nancy E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

These beaches tend to be pretty crowded like most beaches on the Jersey shore. I always appreciate how clean these are. As a shore native, I actually try to avoid the beach in the summer, but when I do go, I usually come here.

Thank Eiramanna2885
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Surf and sand along the entrance to Ne York harbor. Sandy beaches and plenty of parking. Refreshments are easily obtained the beach is well guarder. At the tip of the hook is the historic fort that defended harbor during war. Visit it and tour the...More

Thank jjosinski
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great cycling on totally paved pathways winding in and out of shaded areas as well as open water view stretches that allow views of the ocean.

Thank SharonB3
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Moonglow W
21 July 2017|
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Response from Nikki A | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you can cook on the beach, no. Most people pack up a cooler or 2 and bring things that dont go bad quickly. We bring sandwiches, chips, veggies, water etc. Just make sure you bring a garbage bag and take it... More
Darin M
16 June 2017|
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Response from Bob K | Reviewed this property |
Probably not.
20 May 2017|
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Response from LAD1554 | Reviewed this property |
There is no fee to go to Sandy Hook prior to Memorial Day weekend