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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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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!
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...more
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.