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Gateway National Recreation Area

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Sandy Hook, NJ
+1 732-872-5970
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Gunnison Beach allows only umbrellas, no pop-ups, good camping at Gateway

A NPS ranger approached us and told us that our pop-up umbrella tent was no longer allowable under... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Jeanette H
A stunning, wonderful beach, park, historical place to visit!

It's hard to find a better place to visit in the tri-state area. The beaches are great (although... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
chazzster
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Keansburg, New Jersey
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Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“fort hancock” (38 reviews)
“entrance fee” (17 reviews)
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Sandy Hook, NJ
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+1 732-872-5970
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Reviewed yesterday

A NPS ranger approached us and told us that our pop-up umbrella tent was no longer allowable under the new rules last year. We had to take it down but umbrella rentals stop at 4 pm. Later we just bought an umbrella at Costco for...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's hard to find a better place to visit in the tri-state area. The beaches are great (although the water on the ocean side gets very deep very fast). The USCG is out there, there are oceanography labs, the Marine Academy of Science and Technology,...More

Thank chazzster
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dirty lazy people don’t take their trash home leave it on the beach or in parking lot! Beach is crowded and full of inconsiderate rude people.

2  Thank Funge765
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was to be the last of our NJ lighthouses on this long trip from middle America. Traffic was backed up to the beginning of the Bridge. After about a 30 minute stop and go approach we saw a small sign saying “Sandy Hook Closed”....More

1  Thank CesarGeranemo
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a picture perfect day on the beach. The weather was perfect full sun not a cloud in the sky, the water temp was cool, the air temperature was perfect not to hit not too cool, and the water was clear clean. The kids spent...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love this beach! Only complaint is that there should be a separate lane for season pass holders! Please implement! <3

Thank Daniel S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been to Sandy Hook on several occasions, and my best memories of the place are during off peak season, just seeing what I can, not running into many other people, taking my time and pictures of nature, sea and history. I have done a...More

Thank Ed S
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

I took my 3 year old to the bay side for a nice beach day. I was disgusted at the amount of trash! Plastic bags every where juice boxes beer bottles and cans tampon applicators! Forget making sand castles all we dug up was trash...More

3  Thank karlahmia
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

What a view! A nice getaway to relax / bike or walk by the beach for miles. Make sure you bring your walking shoes because these trails go for miles. The trails are also well maintained and clean. Bring out whatever trash you bring in!

1  Thank Dan E
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

Needed to get out and enjoy a sunny day after four back to back Nor'easters. I couldn't think of a better location to do just that. Found some lovely shells when my husband and I were out walking. Everyone was out just enjoying the day...More

1  Thank Lisa W
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Lynne M
20 July 2018|
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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
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11 July 2018|
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Response from dnarx79 | Reviewed this property |
Yes but they are outside in the wide open. But there is an open changing are within the closed bathroom.
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