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Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area

#1 of 5 things to do in Sandy Hook Features Animals
Sandy Hook, NJ
+1 732-872-5970
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Bad beaches don't exist, and this one is beautiful -- but visitors leave it filthy

May start going to another beach. The location and view are beautiful -- but the beaches at... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Kathy P
A Great Summer Visit

A Fun and adventurist Trip to do... All of this area is great to visit... and also the Beaches... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Lawrenceville, New Jersey
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Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Reviewed 4 days ago

May start going to another beach. The location and view are beautiful -- but the beaches at parking lots B, C, and D are filthy. I actually have started bringing garbage bags and a glove so that I can pick up trash. What I've picked...More

Thank Kathy P
Reviewed 5 days ago

A Fun and adventurist Trip to do... All of this area is great to visit... and also the Beaches around here... Only wish we had more time.. Plan ahead if your visiting...

1  Thank BobZ9
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We are sitting here on the beach at Sandy Hook right now. Lot E. Not too busy but it is a Wednesday. Great weather and water.

Thank Trailblazer07
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice beach,relatively unpopulated on a Monday morning,enough room to be alone with 3 roaming dogs. Beware the rising tide,it comes up quickly and can isolate the tide pools!

Thank PattfromNJ
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a canoe trip here with Ranger Conrad and Ranger Mary. The canoes are virtually free - you just pay a buck or two to register online. The trip itself was great. Canoeing in the bay, viewing old military fortifications, and finally seeing...More

Thank Ken L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful beaches and plenty of parking lots. There's an entrance fee of 15 per vehicle during summers. You get to see the manhattan skyline from the beach and there's a bike trail along the coast which is pretty cool if you are into biking. You...More

2  Thank 966shrutir
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were visiting NYC and decided to take a day trip to Sandy Hook. We booked the Seastreak ferry which is a very convenient option to get from NYC to the beach. We visited the beach on a Friday in late July. Kids ride the...More

2  Thank Alanna W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a week in the area and came back three times. The lighthouse, old gun placements and beaches. They have bike and kayak for rent.

Thank SailSunJay
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visit this park daily and daily - yes, every day- i witness visitors throwing their trash on the ground, driving drunk, getting in loud arguments, and so on and so forth. most recently, i was riding my bicycle and i heard a car rev...More

2  Thank chrispuravida
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I recently visited Sandy Hook. We went during the week, so the beach was not crowded. We brought our bicycles and rode the entire trail. The path is wide, and some of it is shaded so it makes for a pleasant and...More

1  Thank bridey56
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6 August 2017|
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Response from jonkacz | Reviewed this property |
No. It has restrooms & a concession stand but not for what you want. It's a National Park & VERY popular for swimming/fishing and has a nude beach.
Moonglow W
22 July 2017|
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Response from Nikki A | Reviewed this property |
I don't think you can cook on the beach, no. Most people pack up a cooler or 2 and bring things that dont go bad quickly. We bring sandwiches, chips, veggies, water etc. Just make sure you bring a garbage bag and take it... More
Darin M
16 June 2017|
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Response from Bob K | Reviewed this property |
Probably not.

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