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Gateway National Recreation Area

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Peaceful, beautiful - best before memorial day or after labor day. Go for a bike ride, a walk or to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hazlet, New Jersey
Best beach closest to NYC

Sandy Hook is a fantastic beach area about 1.5 hours (driving) or 1 hour (ferry) off of NYC. It's... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.
Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook, NJ
+1 732-872-5970
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Peaceful, beautiful - best before memorial day or after labor day. Go for a bike ride, a walk or to the beach

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Sandy Hook is a fantastic beach area about 1.5 hours (driving) or 1 hour (ferry) off of NYC. It's pack it in pack it out, but there are sometimes food trucks, and there's multiple beaches for kids (lifeguards), fishing, etc. I recommend lot B as...More

Thank Elizabeth T
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon at the beach after work. Drove through rain haze and fog on the way to Sandy Hook. When I arrived the sea breeze had blown the gloom inland and the beach was warm, beautiful, clean and uncrowded....More

Thank tbill84701
Reviewed 3 October 2018

I have been going here for sixty years and it never gets old (like me)! Forts, beaches galore, artillery and missile displays, the oldest lighthouse in the USA, bike paths,and its all free after Labor Day. Free tours of the military base and lighthouse (check...More

1  Thank Peter L
Reviewed 27 September 2018

The Gateway National Recreation Area stretches from various spots in New York, but having visited several of the New York locations, I can say easily that the Sandy Hook Unit is the best to visit for various reasons. The ride though Sandy Hook is a...More

Thank Lou L
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

The lighthouse tour provides a great view of the harbor, plus impressed on you how sturdy lighthouses are built. The Coast Guard buildings are being refurbished. Plus there are artillery emplacements to visit.

Thank jfdunphy1
Reviewed 22 September 2018

It's a really lovely drive to get to the beach. There is loads of parking and ample but basic bathroom facilities. There is a short walk to the beach which may have water of the walkway if there has been heavy rain. I really enjoyed...More

Thank EmJayBV
Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

No school today so drove down to park for a bike ride. No entry fee and got so much out this place for free today! Sandy Hook has a beautiful 8 mile bike path separate from the road. It goes through some really cool areas....More

Thank Carrie H
Reviewed 31 August 2018

If you're looking for a quiet beach for your family, this is the place to go. There is no real food court but there are a few food trucks. The bathroom is big and clean and there are rinse-off showers outside. The beach is free...More

Thank gzwmom2015
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

My boyfriend and I had a great time at this beach. We kayaked on the ocean, did the usual swim and hanging out at the beach, took a tour of the oldest lighthouse in the United States, all located within one long stretch. Entering the...More

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Patrice H
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Response from dnarx79 | Reviewed this property |
You will need to Uber or take the shuttle bus
Cathleen P
4 September 2018|
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Response from Carrie H | Reviewed this property |
Yes but be careful as there are no lifeguards on duty. You can park at one of the lots swim in the bay which is calm and quiet
20 July 2018|
Response from Funge765 | Reviewed this property |
Camping is not allowed on beach but they have a campground in between parking lots and off bike trail. Camping reservations can be made online at recreation.gov. Rates $30.00 per night $210.00 per week (7 nights) $15.00... More