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Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area

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Address: Sandy Hook, NJ
Phone Number: +1 732-872-5970
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Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.

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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Montville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 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 29 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 14 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Just a ferry ride away. Great for a day trip. I took my bike on the ferry and biked around the peninsula. Tour around and relax at the beach.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

My family rediscovered Sandy Hook two years ago. From what I remember as a kid, is not what it is today. Very family oriented. The beaches are clean and the sand bars at beach E is perfect for my 6, now 7 year old daughter. I grew up at the jersey shore and being able to body surf, boogie board,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

After reading previous comments, we planned a evening sunset visit. It was serene. Very few people out and super peaceful. No boardwalk. No vendors. It's just you, the skies, the ocean. The first view of the ocean from the flyover during the drive in is just brilliant.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

If you're looking for a NJ beach without a boardwalk and associated attractions give Sandy Hook a shot. Parking is $15 (7.50 for seniors with pass) per car and includes beach access. Fees are charged from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Several beaches are available with varied, all clean, facilities. No concessions on any beaches but some have food trucks.... More 

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Stanhope (Byram Township), NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

I have always loved visiting Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area. I love the lighthouse. I enjoy walking the trails and the scenic overlook. What a beautiful view of the Atlantic and NYC. The beach is really wonderful. I do not go during peak times or peak season. It is just tooooooo crowded. It is free to enter the park... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

You need to arrive by 11 on weekends and the earlier the better to get good parking. There are plenty of beaches but the further up you travel the less people on them. It seems like they closed down the concession and now there are food trucks which weren't bad but also weren't anything to brag about and were also... More 

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