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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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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 yesterday
George P
Nice beach for a day trip

I live in Northeastern Pennsylvania, so when I need a day at the beach, I usually go to Sandy Hook... read more

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Nikki A
Larksville, Pennsylvania
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Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Sandy Hook, NJ
+1 732-872-5970
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Reviewed yesterday

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 yesterday

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 3 days 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 6 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one beautiful beach, about five mile long and with ample parking. But the real treat are the Summer rock n roll beach concerts on Wednesday evenings. Bring you beach chair or a blanket, some wine or beer (no glass) and your dinner. Arrive...More

Thank John H
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Darin M
16 June 2017|
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Response from Bob K | Reviewed this property |
Probably not.
21 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
Carole B
21 August 2016|
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Response from Su B | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are allowed on the bay side in the summer.