Atlantic Highlands Travel Guide

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Atlantic Highlands Things to Do

  • The Atlantic Ocean

    Summer weekends can be very busy and if the parking lots get full, you will not be allowed to enter the park. Getting there early is best. There are lifeguarded beaches during the summer. 10am until 6pm.Even during our fall visit many of the lots were full. Fall brings out the hikers and artists.

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  • Fort Hancock

    Fort Hancock was a defense post for New York Harbor from 1895 until 1974. Defenses included concrete gun batteries, anti-aircraft positions, and advanced Nike missiles. Today the fort is just a place for visitors to roam around. It is maintained by the park service. Many of the batteries and other buidings are closed to the public because of safety...

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  • Sandy Hook Lighthouse

    The lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in America with continuous operation. It has been in operation since 1764. During the American Revolution it was defended by British Loyalists. Revolting colonists tried (unsuccessfully of course) to blow it up.Next to the lighthouse is a building that shows a continuous video of the lighthouse's history.The...

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  • Where's the monarchs?

    We came for a hike to see migrating monarch butterflies. At this time of year they are traveling south to Mexico and should be stopping here to fuel up on the nectar of the many goldenrod plants located here. How many did we see? ZERO! It has not been a good year for monarch sightings...

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  • Diverse Terrain

    Sandy Hook is a very narrow peninsula. At times you can stand in the middle of the land and look at the Atlantic Ocean to one side and the Bay on the other. You can hike along the ocean, bay, through salt marshes and and even a holly tree forest.

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  • Sandy Hook Visitor Center

    Open daily from 10 am till 5 pm. Exhibits and a book store. Trails begin here. We came to take a ranger guided hike. The visitor center has pamphlets of activities.

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Atlantic Highlands Hotels

  • Blue Bay Inn

    This hotel is one of a kind. Seated in downtown Atlantic Highlands, it is walking distance from the...

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Atlantic Highlands Restaurants

  • Dine at the Waterfront

    Pete's on the bay is located directly at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor . You can eat indoor or eat on the deck where you have a great view over the Marina. And it's opening real early so you can grab a bite when your going on a fishing trip.It opens at 5 am and closes at 8 pm.They serve Egg platters, pancakes, omelettes, sandwiches,...

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  • Nice place for lunch

    There is a restaurant inside the Sandy Hook Park, but we weren't sure it would be open outside of summer. It was. Looked nice too. But not knowing, we decided to have lunch before entering the park and stopped at Ichabod's in Sea Bright, just a stone's throw from the park. Atmosphere, service, and food were all excellent! Several sandwich wraps...

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Atlantic Highlands Warnings and Dangers

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    by Rhondaj Written Sep 26, 2004

    Not a place to go barefoot. Prickly pear cacti grow everywhere in this area. I was surprised to learn that. Also, and even more of a threat to me, was the amount of poison ivy. It is everywhere! Stay on the trails!

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Atlantic Highlands Off The Beaten Path

  • National recreation Area Sandy Hook

    Sandy Hook is a beach peninsula which is 1665 acre large. It's created by sediment which is moved by the longshore current.On the Sandy hook you can find beaches, dunes, salt marsh and a forest which is inhabited with shorebirds.But it also has a lighthouse and a historic fort Hancock.You can get here if you take state road 36 from exit 117 of the...

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  • Ocean Boulevard is a...

    Ocean Boulevard is a meandering road that goes from Atlantic Highlands to Highlands. It reminds me of Carmel, CA. It is heavily wooded with cottages and homes dotted throughout the area and glorious views of the ocean.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Atlantic Highlands Favorites

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    by feline01 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Take a boat ride. You can take a ferry to NYC, a party boat with loads of booze out into the Atlantic at night or the Sandy Hook Lady, a paddlewheeler that rides up the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers, past the multi-million dollar homes.

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