Gateway National Recreation Area

Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook: Address, Phone Number, Gateway National Recreation Area Reviews: 4.5/5

Gateway National Recreation Area

Gateway National Recreation Area
4.5
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Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.
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caseylalonde
14 contributions
Sandy Hook - Nature on Display
Oct. 2021
Incredible birdwatching and beaches. Plenty of wide-open beaches on the bayside and oceanside. Check out McFly's On the Hook for a cold drink, a cup of coffee and a delicious milkshake.
Written October 9, 2021
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REALTOR Luis Pinto
Kearny, NJ120 contributions
Nice Place To Work On The Tan.
Sep. 2021
I've been coming here since I was a kid and its the closest beach exit for me from Northern Jersey. I like the rawness about this place. wish it was cleaner but then again its Jersey and as clean as its going to get.
Written October 6, 2021
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HH H
7 contributions
SAHO BIKE RENTALS @ SANDY HOOK BEACH, NJ
May 2021
Bicycle rentals at Sandy Hook Beach, NJ. Located across the ferry landing. Brand new bikes and a great place to ride.
Written August 13, 2021
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Donna H
3 contributions
Beautiful beach
Aug. 2020 • Family
The best beach to relax and enjoy the day at. My family always enjoys our summer days off there...Easy to get to , the 20.00 for parking is worth the price.. We all love it there...
Written May 29, 2021
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD6,326 contributions
Preseason visit.
May 2021
We drove through the 1988 UNESCO Biosphere Reserve “Pinelands” to the Garden State Parkway to the Gateway National Recreation Area at the beginning of this 6 mile long Sandy Hook barrier spit. The guard posts were free and open until Memorial Day through Labor Day and we learned when having lunch at the beach that parking is $20 in this summer period. The beautiful 103’ lighthouse sits among a grouping of brick military housing from Fort Hancock that operated here from 1896 to 1950 and also the ordinance testing Proving Ground from 1874. Everything here was to protect the entrance to the Lower NY Bay. With all the traffic we endured today, we are pleased we visited before the summer season but that is when the lighthouse is open for tours.
Written May 20, 2021
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KevinsGirls
Edison, NJ714 contributions
We love visiting
Jan. 2021 • Family
Gateway which locals simply call a trip to Sandy Hook is a lifelong destination for me. I have been visiting since I was a child. I still get excited entering the area and being surrounded by such beauty and history. The Light House and all the old buildings are very interesting. You can’t help but imagine what this must have looked like during its heyday as a military base. I hope they preserve the buildings that can be saved. It’s free to visit except in the Summer. Top NJ attraction here.
Written January 17, 2021
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crayonline
Clifton, NJ359 contributions
Beautiful Relax or Workout
Sep. 2020
Weather was cooler but still sunny. Lots of people still tanning at the beach. It is a walk from parking to the beach water. Or you could enjoy the path from parking areas all the way to top past the light house. Walking, biking, roller skating, skate boarding... Some parking areas have toilets and some have food/drink vans.
Written October 1, 2020
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DogfaceJones
Bound Brook, NJ266 contributions
Wonderful all year round
Sep. 2020 • Couples
We tried after Labor Day. Beautiful time to visit when water still warm/. There are miles of bike and running trails and lanes Solow can always enjoy. There are very limited eateries at the park *none when season end, although some food trucks are there.
Written September 20, 2020
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Laura
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Sandy Hook is wonderful
Jul. 2020 • Couples
Obviously these reviews are very old. As a Sandy Hook goer since I was in HS in the 70’s. The amount of improvement is unbelievable. My husband an I usually go to the1st beach as the lot is small so it never gets crowded. We’ve also gone to the North Beach which is worth the ride and long walk. The beaches are incredibly clean and underrated. Unfortunately last time we went the flies were ridiculous due to the wind. But it wouldn’t stop me from going back.
Written September 9, 2020
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Richard P
Easton, PA311 contributions
Beautiful beach and beautiful sunsets
Aug. 2020
This area, in my opinion, has some of the best beaches in America. Lots of history here too. Great place for bike riding along the miles of bike trails. It's a little more crowded this summer because the New York City beaches are closed so those who usually would stay closer to home are coming to Sandy Hook and other New Jersey beaches. I could tell you the least crowded beach on Sandy Hook, but if I did, it would just get crowded. I'm keeping this beach a secret.
Written August 17, 2020
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