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Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area

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Sandy Hook, NJ
+1 732-872-5970
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Even fun in the winter

People don't often think of visiting beaches in the "off season" but the Gateway National... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Baltimore, Maryland
Great beach and nice sunset

I stay around 40 mins drive from it and this is my favorite though Jersey Sore have many beaches... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Saurabh G
New Jersey
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Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.
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  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Sandy Hook, NJ
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Reviewed 1 week ago

People don't often think of visiting beaches in the "off season" but the Gateway National Recreation area at Sandy Hook takes on a winter charm — and is much less crowded! It is a place of muted color and quiet, along with the relics of...More

Thank br_tobias
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stay around 40 mins drive from it and this is my favorite though Jersey Sore have many beaches. Best thing is, the sunset, and this is like an island which give around 360 views from New York to long sea view. Best sunset view...More

Thank Saurabh G
Reviewed 11 November 2017

Back in the 60s, my family spent many a day at Sandy Hook beaches. The ride home with sunburned bodies (SPF 8 was the max then, I think) in un-air-conditioned cars with vinyl seats was always the price you paid for a glorious day at...More

Thank DLHirst
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Sandy Hook beaches are BIG. They are clean! I, though, prefer south jersey beaches because they have lighter sand and more pleasing water. The history at Sandy Hook is amazing. Visiting the north end, seeing all of the bunkers and housing etc... Amazing sunsets too!

Thank disneynutsss
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Pay by the car load. Free entry after Labor day (the best time to go). Bikes and walk ins free all year long. You can park in Highlands and bike in if you are in shape. Traffic to Hook can be unbearable, so leave early....More

Thank Dom N
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Lovely area, nice fishing beaches, historical defenses, great for walking, biking and all sorts of water sports. Just lolly gadding on the beach, exploring the area. This is a great place to be and enjoy with families. Gunnison beach is best. Only problem with it...More

Thank Catriona H
Reviewed 12 October 2017

We recently visited Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area. My husband and I drove 2 hours to visit and were not disappointed. We noticed that after Labor Day, admission into the park was free. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day there is a $15.00 admission...More

Thank ElaineB6509
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Great day at the beach. Lots of Parking, big beach and lots of space. Across the road, you can go to the bayside beach and dogs are allowed

Thank Lisa L
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Went there on a nice day, mid-week in September. Few people and great views. Nicely maintained facilities and great views of the Verrazano Bridge and Manhattan in the distance. Imagine it's pretty crowded on weekends and during the summer, but our visit was great.

Thank S S
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Right under NYC. Sandy hook is something to see on the jersey shore. The bike paths are great. The beaches are huge and the old naval fort is cool.

Thank Tom A
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31 August 2017|
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Response from LAD1554 | Reviewed this property |
No boardwalk. in addition to the extensive lawn and great bike trail mentioned there are also sidewalks through the Fort Hancock area near the ferry.
6 August 2017|
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Response from chrispuravida | Reviewed this property |
Yes guardian park but get there before 9a on summer weekends to hold a BBQ gazebo. It fills up fast.
Moonglow W
22 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