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Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area

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Address: Sandy Hook, NJ
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Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.

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Go if you are looking for some quiet time

We have been here twice and it was so serene listening to the waves. Cant wait for the summer to go to the beach and just sit there quietly.

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been here twice and it was so serene listening to the waves. Cant wait for the summer to go to the beach and just sit there quietly.

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Howell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The bike path at Sandy Hook is very easy, flat, paved, well-marked, and scenic. The path is about 8 miles long. It provides access to several beaches and also traverses Fort Hancock which is an old military facility with barracks, a lighthouse, and missiles and artillery on display. A wonderful way to get out and enjoy some fresh air!

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Kingston, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

So many people don't realize how much history lies at the Jersey shore. The park is beautiful, clean, and quiet during the off season. The views are spectacular. Take a tour of the lighthouse, the oldest, original structure and still functioning lighthouse in America.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

This National Park is called a national recreation area, but the name does it a significant disservice. Besides providing wonderful recreation for thousands of people every year it really is a national park that provides natural joy and introspection on the level of any park in the United States. There are observation spots where you can look across the beaches,... More 

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Leonardo, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

If you like history, there's a lighthouse, and historical remnants of the role the peninsula played at wartime including old missile batteries and old buildings. There are hiking trails and a paved running/bike path. You can rent bikes there or bring your own. There is fishing, camping, grilling and just beaching.

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Fair Haven, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

Sandy Hook National Gateway Recreational Area is one of the gems of the Jersey Shore. Wonderful on weekdays during the summer, it gets very crowded on weekends. Spring and Fall are the prime time for visiting. Wednesday evenings during the summer feature live, free concerts on the beach. Bring food, wine, beer, beach chairs, whatever, and enjoy live bands with... More 

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Montville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

After Labor Day until Memorial Dat admission to Sandy Hook Gateway Nat. Rec. Area is free. During the season after Memorial Day the cost is $15 per car load. The oldest continuously operated lighthouse in the USA (1764) is still open on weekends for tours starting at 1:30 pm. The decommissioned fort (Fort Hancock) can be explored as well as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

A wonderful place to plan for fishing, surfing, birding.Holds the oldest light house of united states. You can take a lighthouse tour too. The lighthouse gives a beautiful view..good to go on a sunny day. A pet friendly zone. The place holds certain historically significant treasures. Wonderful picnic location on the beachside

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Ossian, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Probably one of the best long distance (approx. 10 miles) view of the Manhattan skyline that you will experience. The walk up the inside of the old (oldest in New Jersey) lighthouse may take your breath away of you are not in shape. A lot of history here as this was an Army outpost for many years. Also, for you... More 

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Annandale, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Great place to take the dog swimming in the ocean! We had never been here before, and are glad we finally decided to check it out.

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