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Sandy Hook Lighthouse

Gateway National Recreation Area, Middletown, NJ 07732
+1 732-872-5970
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Under reconstruction

Great history of the area in the light keeper's house but the lighthouse itself is under... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2017
Patricia B
Glastonbury, Connecticut
Lots of history, but height requirement for tower

Easy to get to, no entrance fee after Labor Day. Lots of history here and with interesting and... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2017
Forked River, New Jersey
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Gateway National Recreation Area, Middletown, NJ 07732
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

Great history of the area in the light keeper's house but the lighthouse itself is under reconstruction and will be closed until next spring.

Thank Patricia B
Reviewed 22 October 2017

Easy to get to, no entrance fee after Labor Day. Lots of history here and with interesting and informative displays - and Fort Hancock is right next door. Easy parking, too. Kid was disappointed as one has to be 4-feet (48 inches) tall to climb...More

Thank gostartraveler
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Had a short visit at the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. We knew the lighthouse itself was closed for renovation, but the small house was a nice look-see and the rangers were knowledgeable about the Middletown area. Drove around the now-defunct Fort Hancock and Proving Grounds near...More

Thank JustaHoosier
Reviewed 4 July 2017

We went to this area for biking and saw the light-house from the outside. It is beautiful and well maintained. If one is following the Multi-use Path, you will not miss it. There are benches and we sat there and took a few pictures. Beautiful...More

Thank Asad I
Reviewed 15 June 2017

I love visiting Sandy Hook and the lighthouse is no exception. Being more local, and how crowded it is during the late spring/summer, my favorite time to visit is in the fall and early spring.

Thank Christine C
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The lighthouse is simple and basic - there are a few spots for a picnic and a really great bird sanctuary in walking distance. There are remains of the WW2 defenses - large cement batteries and pill boxes that were constructed during the war.... and...More

Thank David P
Reviewed 23 March 2017

The lighthouse has a lot of history to it.The view of the town and ocean is breathtaking.The only drawback is the narrow steps going up to the top.

Thank anthonymA4478AU
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Drove up to Sandy Hook from the Asbury Park area after an overnight get-away. Wanted to see the historic lighthouse and the decommissioned military installation right there. Lots to see along the five-mile drive to the lighthouse from the entrance to the preserve -- beach...More

Thank Beth P
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Nice place to go, enjoy walking around the Sandy Hook light house. Nice view from the top. Historic place, I always enjoy my ride there.

Thank Flaca-Schiele
Reviewed 9 December 2016

It's 95' tall and the oldest operating lighthouse in the United States. Having begun operations in 1764 when the lighthouse was situated only 500' from the northern coast of the peninsula, Sandy Hook lighthouse today is 1 1/2 from the northern coastline due to natural...More

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