Gateway National Recreation Area

Gateway National Recreation Area

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Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.
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Anonymous855
Trabuco Canyon, California1,570 contributions
Sep. 2022
I did not realize that would be such long, multiple use beaches along the road out to historic Fort Hamilton. This would be a great leisure area if I lived nearby. The active Coast Guard area is small and closed off to the public. Got to say the dock was tiny for the ferry and the schedule seemed sparse. The lighthouse is nice; we parked near the picnic area (we'd brought a lunch) and walked around the historic area (Kind of a long walk) Lots of people were on bikes. We popped into the cafe for a coffee and an ice cream bar across from the lighthouse to rest. There are not many benches to do that. We liked it.
Written October 11, 2022
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slpsomm
Dover, OH435 contributions
Aug. 2022
Very nice lighthouse. It had just closed so we couldn’t go up, but the grounds are clean and there are some historical placards you can read
Written September 8, 2022
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Kelly
15 contributions
Aug. 2022
We have been going to Sandy Hook beach for a few years now. It never disappoints. Beautiful blue water, clean sand, no garbage or trash. The visitors are always friendly. The life guards are attentive. You can see NYC skyline from the beach - how cool is that? It is only $20 to park for the day and they do have season passes if you will be going a few times. Love that there isn't a boardwalk with all the commercial that goes with it. There are bathrooms and outdoor rinsing stations. There are even a few food trucks in the parking lot. What more could you ask for?

If you have had enough sun, there is even a lighthouse a mile or so down the road on the island. Lots of historical stuff.
Written August 26, 2022
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DrDelGrosso
Bellevue, KY71 contributions
Aug. 2022
You can see Newv York City from the beach, family friendly Lot D.
Food trucks also with ice cream. Lots of fisherman to watch also. Lifegueards verty attentive. Be careful in ocean. Lots of hard waves!
Written August 15, 2022
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SailorGrl103
Waldwick, NJ33 contributions
Jul. 2022
This is one of the most beautiful beaches! It’s clean, soft sand, there are walking paths, the bay side, ocean side and ample parking. This is why I have been coming here for years, but there are a few things that can make the beach day unpleasant and has been an issue the last few times I have been there. Some large groups are disrespectful, especially with loud music. Music is okay, but blasting it loud and with profane language is not okay especially with young kids around. Please be courteous of others around you! The second item are these large wind barriers that many people were using. These are fine if you are not blocking the beautiful view of the beach for everyone around you. But some groups set up large barriers right in front of the beach. Please, be respectful as everyone is sharing the same beach. For these reasons. I think I will stick to off season visits as there are lots of other beaches to choose from that don’t have these issues.
Written July 10, 2022
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caseylalonde
27 contributions
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
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
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
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, MD8,444 contributions
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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