Gateway National Recreation Area / Sandy Hook Unit
Sandy Hook is a six-mile-long barrier peninsula, extending off of Monmouth County to the north of Sea Bright and to the east of Highlands. To the west is Sandy Hook Bay and to the right is the Atlantic Ocean. Sandy Hook encloses the lower entrance to the Lower New York Bay. The land is owned by the federal government and is maintained by the National Park Service as one of the three Gateway National Recreation Areas. The entrance to Sandy Hook is only accessible by Route 36.
Sandy Hook has a very rich history. Fort Hancock, a former U.S. Army Fort from the Civil War and World War II era, is located at the northern end of the peninsula, and its preserved buildings are open to the public. Also, Sandy Hook's Lighthouse is the oldest operating lighthouse in the United States.
There are many recreational activities to be enjoyed on Sandy Hook. There are plenty of beaches, boating and fishing available. Bicycle trails and hiking trails weave along the peninsula and this is a prime spot for bird watching. Visitors can dine on Sandy Hook at the Sea Gull's Nest restaurant, which has a deck overlooking the water.
Sandy Hook is open year-round. Hours vary by season: November 1 - March 31, hours are 5am - 8pm; April 1 - October 31, hours are 5am - 10pm. There are no entrance fees, however, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, there is a $10 parking fee. The fee is charged from 7am - 4pm during the summer.
- Hours: Daily, Nov 1 - March 31, 5am - 8pm; April 1 - Oct 31, 5am - 10pm
- Parking: Free lot
- Public/Private: Public
- Type: Ocean
- Common activities: Cycling, Fishing, Jet skiing, Kayaking/canoeing, Motor boating, Picnicking, Sailing, Surfing, Water skiing
- Facilities: Boat access, Food/drink, Lockers, Restrooms, Showers
- Cars allowed: Yes