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Gateway National Recreation Area

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Beach with views

It's a really lovely drive to get to the beach. There is loads of parking and ample but basic... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Highland Park, New Jersey
Bike riding followed by afternoon on the beach!!!

No school today so drove down to park for a bike ride. No entry fee and got so much out this place... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Carrie H
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Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.
Sandy Hook, NJ
+1 732-872-5970
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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 4 days ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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

1  Thank OutdoorCrazie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the beaches to the bike riding, Sandy Hook has a lot to offer with plenty of easy parking. It is only an hour from our house so we have visited throughout the year; they only charge a fee during the summer months. Grab a...More

Thank tosl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I used to love Sandy Hook. But now that smoking is banned on state beaches, Sandy Hook,being a Federal beach, still allows smoking and all the smokers are heading there now. Went to one of the great concerts on the beach and obnoxious smokers wouldn’t...More

Thank Rick A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately my teenage daughter and I picked a cloudy, cool day to visit Sandy Hook. After debating whether we should stay, we decided to go to the bay siide. We did enjoy our time there even though we didn’t really get to go in the...More

Thank kristino637
Reviewed August 8, 2018

It was a super hot weekend when we took a ride down to Sandy Hook with our bikes. We really enjoyed the trail but we probably should have gone in the early morning to avoid as much as we could the beating sun. Parts of...More

Thank Teresa S
Reviewed August 8, 2018

The multi-use trail is a great place for a bike ride. 12 miles of meandering pathway. The pathway is not entirely flat so the few little hills are a nice variation. Don't miss stopping at the light house for some photos. Make sure you have...More

1  Thank Toni_McGo
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Great beaches close to NYC. They have done a good job of keeping the beaches clean and the area pristine. There's not much to do here - so bring everything you need for a relaxing beach day.

Thank raverusa
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Cathleen P
September 3, 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
July 20, 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
July 10, 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.