We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area

#1 of 5 things to do in Sandy Hook Features Animals
Sandy Hook, NJ
+1 732-872-5970
Website
Save
Review Highlights
Day trip to shore

Spent a day at Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation area. A nice quiet clean beach that is only... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
George P
Nice beach for a day trip

I live in Northeastern Pennsylvania, so when I need a day at the beach, I usually go to Sandy Hook... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Nikki A
,
Larksville, Pennsylvania
Read all 362 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
Site of the oldest lighthouse in America.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“off season” (29 reviews)
“entrance fee” (16 reviews)
LOCATION
Sandy Hook, NJ
CONTACT
Website
+1 732-872-5970
Write a Review
Reviews (362)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

1 - 10 of 355 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

Spent a day at Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation area. A nice quiet clean beach that is only 1 hour drive from northern NJ. A decent place to fish also.

Thank George P
Reviewed 3 days ago

I live in Northeastern Pennsylvania, so when I need a day at the beach, I usually go to Sandy Hook. It costs $15 to park for the day and there are outdoor showers and bathroom facilities. The beach is sometimes crowded, depending on the time...More

Thank Nikki A
Reviewed 5 days ago

It's a nice get-away this Summer. just an hour from Central Jersey with a nice view of New York city.

Thank Lester M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my second time going to the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. I liked it the first time, the second time I loved it. Parking is free if you are going to the lighthouse and there is no fee to tour it. The tours begin in...More

Thank JudyV409
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Professionally run and great beaches, bike paths and amenities. Be sure to go to Fort Hancock and tour the lighthouse! Also beaches with lifeguards there also. See New York skyline and with aid the Statue of Liberty. A fantastic area to visit.

1  Thank NewSunrises
Reviewed 1 week ago

Schedule a tour of the lighthouse - oldest continuous operating lighthouse. Tours of the batteries are cool - built by the Army. Mary does a very informative tour and keeps it upbeat and interesting. The beaches are nice too.

Thank Nancy E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

These beaches tend to be pretty crowded like most beaches on the Jersey shore. I always appreciate how clean these are. As a shore native, I actually try to avoid the beach in the summer, but when I do go, I usually come here.

Thank Eiramanna2885
Reviewed 1 week ago

Surf and sand along the entrance to Ne York harbor. Sandy beaches and plenty of parking. Refreshments are easily obtained the beach is well guarder. At the tip of the hook is the historic fort that defended harbor during war. Visit it and tour the...More

Thank jjosinski
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great cycling on totally paved pathways winding in and out of shaded areas as well as open water view stretches that allow views of the ocean.

Thank SharonB3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one beautiful beach, about five mile long and with ample parking. But the real treat are the Summer rock n roll beach concerts on Wednesday evenings. Bring you beach chair or a blanket, some wine or beer (no glass) and your dinner. Arrive...More

Thank John H
Nearby
Nearby Restaurants
Kunya Siam Thai Restaurant
79 reviews
5.98 km away
The Flaky Tart
55 reviews
6.20 km away
Christines Italian
71 reviews
5.79 km away
Zoe's Vintage Kitchen
47 reviews
5.95 km away
Nearby Attractions
First Avenue Playhouse Dessert Theatre
56 reviews
6.10 km away
Hole in One Miniature Golf & Pizza
5 reviews
6.77 km away
Twin Lights Historic Site
146 reviews
7.37 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Moonglow W
22 July 2017|
Answer Show all 3 answers
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
0
Votes
Darin M
16 June 2017|
Answer Show all 5 answers
Response from Bob K | Reviewed this property |
Probably not.
0
Votes
sarauk76
21 May 2017|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from LAD1554 | Reviewed this property |
There is no fee to go to Sandy Hook prior to Memorial Day weekend
1
Vote