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Gateway National Recreation, Sandy Hook

Categories: Beaches, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
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 on your trip to Sandy Hook, use our Sandy Hook vacation route planner.
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  • If you're looking for a NJ beach without a boardwalk and associated attractions give Sandy Hook a shot. Parking is $15 (7.50 for seniors with pass) per car and includes beach access. Fees are charged ...  read more »
  • I have always loved visiting Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area. I love the lighthouse. I enjoy walking the trails and the scenic overlook. What a beautiful view of the Atlantic and NYC. The ...  read more »
  • You need to arrive by 11 on weekends and the earlier the better to get good parking. There are plenty of beaches but the further up you travel the less people on them. It seems like they closed down t...  read more »
  • The beaches are great, sandy beaches for laying out and rock beaches perfect for sea glass hunting. The historical sites are still getting restored after the hurricane but it's coming back!!
  • Great park to visit! Lots to do, much better to visit after Labor day.
  • Wery nice and comfortable place to spend a day with family
  • National park with nice beaches and a decent view of NYC on a clear day. Get there early on peak days or you may find it difficult to park. One of (if not the only) beaches in NJ where you can drink canned bear on the beach.
  • Love this park! It offers a little bit of everything for ages 2 to 92! Also, military can obtain a free entry pass at the gate if you show ID and do some brief paperwork.
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