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Gateway National Recreation Area

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Sandy Hook, NJ
+1 732-872-5970
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Scenic!

What a view! A nice getaway to relax / bike or walk by the beach for miles. Make sure you bring... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Dan E
Early Spring Beach Stroll = Love it here!

Needed to get out and enjoy a sunny day after four back to back Nor'easters. I couldn't think of a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lisa W
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Freehold, 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)
“off season” (30 reviews)
“entrance fee” (17 reviews)
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Sandy Hook, NJ
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+1 732-872-5970
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"fort hancock"
in 38 reviews
"off season"
in 30 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 17 reviews
"oldest lighthouse"
in 8 reviews
"labor day"
in 22 reviews
"lighthouse tour"
in 5 reviews
"great beach"
in 25 reviews
"new jersey"
in 27 reviews
"ocean side"
in 12 reviews
"light house"
in 18 reviews
"day trip"
in 23 reviews
"the jersey shore"
in 27 reviews
"nice bike"
in 4 reviews
"early spring"
in 4 reviews
"on duty"
in 10 reviews
"bike ride"
in 7 reviews
"beach goers"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Reviewed March 8, 2018

during the season folks flock to sandy Hook to enjoy a great day at the beach. there is plenty of room for visitors to relax, spin and sun.

1  Thank Peter F
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Reviewed February 9, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful park, an amazing place!! + you can now RENT KAYAKS and PADDLEBOARDS 🏄‍♀️🚣🏿‍♀️by the hour/day/week from the guys at SanydHookKayaks.com! Book online and they drop off right to you or call and they pickup you up anywhere in park w shuttle. 👍They are...More

1  Thank Kevin M
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Reviewed December 9, 2017

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

1  Thank br_tobias
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Reviewed November 30, 2017

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

1  Thank Saurabh G
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Reviewed November 11, 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

1  Thank DLHirst
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Reviewed November 10, 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!

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Reviewed November 4, 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
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Reviewed October 12, 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

1  Thank Catriona H
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jakosecki
January 3, 2018|
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Response from BobZ9 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I do not know.. But just go to there web site.. I am sure it's listed..
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TREK39
August 31, 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.
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annesm602
August 6, 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.
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