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Gateway National Recreation, Sandy Hook

4.5
#2 of 10 in Nature in Jersey Shore
Must see · State Park · Wildlife Area
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Explore coastal landscapes and lush wilderness at Gateway National Recreation, a conglomeration of several different protected regions full of opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors. Visit the park, spanning 10,767 hectares (26,607 acres), and delve into its range of landscapes, from sand dunes and marshland to historical military forts. You can hit the network of trails for cyclists, roller-bladers, skaters, and hikers to traverse the area efficiently and move from point to point. Keep your eyes open for the abundant wildlife in the area, including a wide array of bird species that call the region home. Be sure to check the Park Service's website for information about special talks, programs, events, and activities held on park grounds. To visit Gateway National Recreation and other attractions in Sandy Hook, use our Sandy Hook attractions planner.
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  • 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 
    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  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
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  • An absolutely phenomenal National Park Service property, it is free between Labour Day and Memorial Day, and is far less busy than the summer. It is loaded with history, nature, and great views of mainland Jersey, the Atlantic, Long Island, and best of all, New York City/Manhattan in the distance. It is popular with fishermen and day trippers from the NYC area, but also with locals since it is very accessible by both car and alternative transport. There is a ferry from NYC in the summer. There is a clothing-optional beach (it must be quite something to bare-all in sight of the world’s best city, legally, that is), America’s oldest lighthouse, several abandoned military installations, and many trails and other things. Cheers to the Coast Guard as well!
  • First time at Sandy Hook national Park. I mainly wanted to check out the beaches but there is plenty of history to see there as well. The temperature was in the mid 90s so I didn’t feel super motivated to walk around but I did check out the lighthouse and the observation deck. The beaches are very nice and clean and some of them have lifeguards on duty. I thought $20 per car was a bit excessive, especially since I was there by myself.

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