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SANDY HOOK –
Sandy Hook / Highlands History: Sandy Hook /Highlands History: Originally discovered by the famous Sea Captain Henry Hudson in the early 1600’s, Sandy Hook was a beautiful, 1,665 – acre barrier peninsula within view of the Manhattan skyline.

Now, this picturesque 2,044 acre barrier beach peninsula located on the northern tip of the New Jersey shore offers a variety of environmental, historical, and recreational resources.  Featuring 7 miles of ocean beaches and sand dunes, salt and freshwater marshes, hiking and biking trails and 264 acres of maritime forest, Sandy Hook is rich in ecological diversity

Historic sites include the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, the oldest surviving lighthouse in the United States. Birding, hiking, wind surfing, fishing and exploring the park’s natural and cultural resources are available year round

April 1 – October 31: The park is open from 5 a.m.- 10 p.m. daily, except by permit or as noted below. Through the summer of 2015, there is a $15 charge per day for beach parking from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Parking at Fort Hancock is always free

November 1 – March 31: The park is open from 5 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily, except by permit. All navigable marine waters within the park boundary are open 24 hours.

Visitor centers and contact stations – open every day EXCEPT Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day (Dec. 25) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1).

Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Lighthouse Keepers Quarters / Visitor Center
• Lighthouse Tours: Offered first come, first served, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children must be at least 48 inches tall to climb the tower. A video in the adjacent barn is always open.
• Lighthouse Keepers Quarters/ Visitor Center: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Rangers are available to answer questions, discuss the natural and cultural resources of the park and sell Senior/Access passes. Interpretive exhibits and a gift shop are available. The visitor center phone number is 732- 872-5970

Group Tours of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse: Reservations must be made prior to the group’s visit to the lighthouse. Reservations must be made three weeks in advance of the requested tour date. Maximum group size is 35 participants. Email us to make a reservation. Go to: http://www.nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit/sandy-hook-hours.ht

Can I bring my pet to Sandy Hook? – Pets and their owners may visit bayside beaches throughout the year. Pets can visit oceanside beaches from Labor Day through mid-March only. Pets are not permitted on oceanside beaches during the spring and summer because that is when the threatened piping plover builds nests in those locations. Pets must always be on a leash.
Beach Info:

Fees & Passes: Entrance fees? No. Parking fees? Yes, in the summer. There are no entrance fees for Gateway National Recreation Area. But fees ARE charged for expanded amenities. That includes beach parking to access beach centers. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, an expanded amenity fee for beach parking is charged per vehicle Collection hours vary; Fees posted here are for 2017:

For most vehicles, beach parking is $15 per day or $75 per season. For oversized vehicles (more than 20 feet), charge is $30 per day or $150 per season. Hours of collection are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Does Gateway offer any Discounts or Free Beach Parking? – Yes. Access Pass (Golden Access) and Senior Pass (Golden Age Passport) holders receive a 50% discount. Please note that the America the Beautiful Pass holders do NOT receive a discount on expanded amenities fees such as beach parking. As of May 19, 2012, Active Military Members who own an America the Beautiful Annual Pass will receive free beach parking at Gateway where parking fees are charged. Active duty military photo identification will be required at all times to verify ownership of the Annual Pass. Vehicle Hang Tag is to be displayed at all times. (Hang tag is issued with annual pass.)

Camping Rates and Details:
Effective immediately, rates are as follows for all NEW reservations: $30.00 a night; $210.00 a week; $15.00 a night with the Senior or Access Pass; $105.00 a week with the Senior or Access Pass.

Length of Stay: No day use, you must camp overnight. 14 nights is the maximum number of nights permitted. Size limits: Up to six people may camp at a single site. Larger families and groups will need to reserve multiple camp sites. Sites are large enough for one large tent or two small tents.

What to bring: Your own tents and sleeping bags. A pad underneath your sleeping bag may cushion you better for a better night’s sleep. Bring sunscreen and insect repellent as well.
What NOT to bring: Alcohol, pets, and charcoal grills are NOT allowed at tent camping sites. Glass containers are not allowed anywhere in the park.

Recreational Vehicles (RVs) at Floyd Bennett Field only: There are presently nine RV camp sites with another 11 planned for the near future. Water, sewer and electrical hookups are NOT available. Tents are not permitted in RV sites. Neither Fort Wadsworth nor Sandy Hook can accommodate RVs.
Showers: Showers are not available at Sandy Hook. At Fort Wadsworth, a cold-water shower is available to campers during the camping season.

Locations to obtain passes at Gateway: Visitors may obtain Access or Senior Passes at: You must instead visit one of national parks charging entrance fees or visit the USGS store online.

Please note: the America the Beautiful annual interagency pass is sold only at parks with entrance fees; Gateway does not charge an entrance fee, so this pass is NOT sold at any unit of Gateway. You must instead visit one of national parks charging entrance fees or visit the USGS store online.

Passes are available at: Sandy Hook Unit: Lighthouse Keepers Quarters, 732-872-5970. (Entrance station summers only.) and  Staten Island Unit: Great Kills Visitor Contact Station (Wednesday – Sunday), 718-987-6790; Miller Field Visitor Contact Station (Wednesday – Sunday), 718-351-6992.

How do I obtain an Interagency Pass?: AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL PASS SERIES: As of January 1, 2007 the old Golden Eagle and Golden Access Passes were replaced with a new series of interagency passes called the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. All Golden Access and Golden Age Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass. Only paper Golden Age and Access Passports may be exchanged free of charge for new plastic passes. The America the Beautiful Pass Series includes the Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass and Volunteer Pass and the free annual pass for active military and their dependent families, introduced in 2012. Please visit the USGS Store website for more information or to purchase online.

Swimming – Sandy Hook has lifeguards on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Memorial Day Weekend to Labor day at oceanside beaches. The guarded beaches are South Beach Areas C, D, E, Gunnison and North Beach. Area E and North Beach closed to swimming

Sandy Hook will begin to collect fees & open the following beach areas for swimming: Area C, Area D, and Area G (Gunnison). Area E and North Beach are temporarily closed to public access. NPS reminds all of our visitors to only swim at lifeguarded beaches. The southern portion of Gunnison Beach is clothing optional. For your safety, please only swim at guarded beaches and follow lifeguard instructions. Swimming and alcohol don’t mix. To protect nesting shorebirds, pets are banned from ocean beaches from March 15 through Labor Day. Areas along the beach may be closed to park visitors as well. Open fires and metal detectors are prohibited. Rip currents are powerful currents of water flowing away from shore. Before you go to the beach, learn what you need to do to Break the Grip of the Rip!®

Multi Use Trails – The Multi-Use Pathway (MUP) is a five mile paved trail that starts at the park entrance and ends in Fort Hancock at the ferry dock in front of the Chapel. It is shared by hikers, bicyclists, and in-line skaters. Hikers can also enjoy the Old Dune Trail that begins at the Sandy Hook Visitor Center and South Beach Dune Trail that winds to the north end of the trail and continues to Atlantic Drive. Refer to the park map for more information.

Fishing – Fishing is permitted at all beaches except when lifeguards are on duty. An annual pass for nighttime fishing can be purchased at the Ranger Station or Visitor Center. Surf fishing is permitted at all beaches, except:
at oceanside beaches when lifeguards are on duty, and;when sections of the beach are closed to protect nesting shore birds (typically March to September).When areas of the beach are closed due to safety concerns. Salt water fishing in New Jersey requires a permit from the state of New Jersey. Registration is free. The New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program is part of an improved data program to help protect long-term sustainability of recreational fishing. Annual passes for nighttime fishing can be purchased from the park. Unless otherwise stated below, payment is permitted by cash, credit, check or money order. Your Social Security number is required on all checks. Due to changes in staffing over the seasons, the times and places to buy annual fishing passes vary as well. For more information, please e-mail us. Fish Smart, Eat Smart is a guide for eating fish caught in New Jersey coastal waters from the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish and Wildlife. Please read this before eating what you catch.

Boating – Non-motorized car top boats can be launched from Beach Area C and Horseshoe Cove. Horseshoe Cove is popular with recreational boaters. Landing on beach with a motorized boat is prohibited.

Windsurfing and Kite-boarding – Windsurfing and kite-boarding is best on the bay across from Beach Area C. For safety, please only swim at guarded beaches and wear life jackets when in boats.

Biking: The Miller Field Bike Path and areas surrounding the historic airplane hangar will be closed to all public access beginning Wednesday, May 10. The bike path will reopen in early June. This area is closed while the roof of the hangar is being removed.

Birding – Sandy Hook is a prime spot for birding. Good viewing locations include Plum Island, the Spermaceti Cove boardwalk, the Horseshoe Cove Salt marsh, North Pond or the fields at Fort Hancock. The NJ Audubon Society’s Sandy Hook Bird Observatory has the latest birding information. They are located on Officers’ Row in Building 20.

Camping: Overnight tent camping is available at Sandy Hook. Reservations are available at www.recreation.gov under “Camp Gateway.”

Picnics: The North Beach Observation Deck has tables and a view of New York Harbor. Guardian Park has piicnic tables, shelters and grills. Grilling is only permitted at Guardian Park in Fort Hancock.

Food Trucks: Sandy Hook is embarking on a new path with mobile food trucks this summer. Throughout this year’s beach season different mobile food vendors will be offering an array of food to visitors. Vendors will be located in various parking lots throughout the beach during the summer season.

The Gateway Museum Collection – The Gateway National Recreation Area museum collection contains a great variety of objects ranging from artillery shells to sea shells.  Aircraft to insects, this collection contains something of interest to everyone. The museum holdings relate to the history of the park and include significant archival and historical collections related to the military, aviation and recreational stories and sites throughout the park. These holdings also include an archeological and a natural history collection. Archival holdings include photographs, architectural drawings, manuals, maps, menus, newspapers and more. The history objects in the collection include a wide variety of items such as uniforms, insignia, cups, plaques and jewelry. Through the generosity of the Sandy Hook Foundation, the National Park Service has been able to purchase items and add them to the museum collection. Inquires about the Sandy Hook portion of the Gateway NRA Museum Collection can be made by calling 732-872-5953 or emailing mary_rasa@nps.gov.

Hangar B Closure: Due to ongoing issues with the roof, Hangar B will be closed to the public, and all public programs in the hangar are cancelled, until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Sandy Hook Observation Deck Closure: The Sandy Hook Observation Deck is closed for safety repairs.

Gateway Photo Contest Edition: I found my park! –  Please go to www.nps.gov/gate to get the full contest rules. Tell your story by entering the contest. Contest submissions are during month of July. This summer guide has one of the richest and most varied selection of activities we have offered, A special focus this season is on introductory programs specifically designed for newbies.

History House: The History House at Sandy Hook remains closed due to construction.

Spermaceti Life Saving Station: The Spermecati Life Saving Station is currently closed. You can find the Sandy Hook Visitor Center at the Lighthouse Keepers Quarters, located beside the Sandy Hook Lighthouse

Battery Potter: Open Saturdays and Sundays in the summer; 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Explore and tour Sandy Hook’s oldest disappearing gun battery, and the first concrete disappearing gun battery ever built in America, completed in 1895.

Mortar Battery: Saturdays and Sundays, in the summer; 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. The 1894 Sandy Hook Mortar Battery was Among the first Endicott era (1890 – 1910) concrete gun batteries built on Sandy Hook, as part of New York Harbor defense against enemy attack from the sea.

Nike Missile Radar Site: Horseshoe Cove, Parking Lot L; Tours are conducted on select weekends from April to November. Guided tours of the Integrated Fire Control (IFC) will allow you to see the inner workings of the facility where the supersonic nuclear armed Nike Hercules missiles were controlled and guided using Cold War era computers and radars. While taking a guided tour of this one-time TOP SECRET missile site, you will have the opportunity to meet and talk with some of the veterans who actually worked on the Cold War Era  Nike Air Defense System. FREE.

SPECIAL PARK & COOPERATOR PROGRAMS:
World Oceans Day: 6/8/17 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge “Our Oceans, Our Future” is the theme of World Oceans Day this year. Come learn about our oceans and how they interact with the land at ecologically important areas like salt marshes. FREE

American Littoral Society Horseshoe Crab Walk: 06/09/2017 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sandy Hook – Lot B Beach Plaza. Take an evening walk at Plum Island on Sandy Hook to look for spawning horseshoe crabs.  Learn about an animal that has survived virtually unchanged for 450 years.  Wear proper foot gear.  Call the American Littoral Society at 732-291-0055 to make reservations. FREE.

Full Strawberry Moon Hike: 6/9/17 – 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Experience the park after dark and learn more about the nocturnal residents of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. An indoor presentation will be followed by an outdoor hike. Call 718-318-4340 to reserve a spot. FREE.

Junior Ranger Horseshoe Crab: 6/10/17 – 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Sandy Hook – Parking Lot B. Aid in the survival of the horseshoe crab by hands-on participation in ‘Horseshoe Crab Rehab.”  Horseshoe crabs annually visit Sandy Hook’s shores during the full moon phases in May and June.  Wear shoes that can get wet.  Reservations required.  Please call 732-872-5970.

Fort Hancock Bike Tour: 6/11/17, 7/1/17 – 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Sandy Hook – Post Theater Parking Lot. Call 732-872-5970 to make reservations.  Bring helmet with bike.  ♥ 3 miles. FREE.

Nurture Nature Retreat and Wild Walk: 6/11/17 – 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Learn to live more deeply, more connected, and more in love with nature, including human nature. Through One Earth Conservation’s Nuture Nature Program, which aims to inspire, motivate, educate and support people to take care of themselves, their organizations and the biotic community as a whole. Registration is required: www.oneearthconservation.org

NYC Harbor Tour: Every Sunday Weekly from 5/28/17 to 9/3/17 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fort Wadsworth. Join a ranger and learn about the history of NYC at one of the most scenic and historically significant vantage points of the city; the Fort Wadsworth overlook.

In Search of the Lighthouse Fort & Refugee Town on Sandy Hook: 6/13/17 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sandy Hook – Fort Hancock Post Chapel. Richard Veit, professor of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University, will present a lecture on archaeological research that took place on Sandy Hook.  From 1692 to 1817, Sandy Hook was private property of the Harstshormne family of Middletown.  Since 1764, the historic lighthouse on the Hook has guarded the treacherous approaches to New York Harbor.  During the American Revolution, Continental forces tried unsuccessfully to deny the British control of the lighthouse.  British troops and partisans captured Sandy Hook early in the war and despite repeated raids by Continental forces, retained control of the sandy peninsula until the end of the conflict.  Indeed, the British fortified the lighthouse and Loyalists, many of African descent, constructed a Refugee Town near the light which served as a base of operations for raiding parties along the Jersey shore.  Monmouth University’s 2016 archaeological field school investigated the lighthouse property in an attempt to identify the location of the Lighthouse Fort and Refugee Town.  Learn what was discovered from the study. FREE.

Stars of Sandy Hook: 6/15/17  Sandy Hook – Parking Lot E Beach. The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun.  It will be brighter than any other time of the year.  This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons. Optics will be provided, however, bring telescopes and binoculars if you have them. Dress for the weather. FREE.

Summer Solstice Walk on Sandy Hook: 6/21/17 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Sandy Hook – American Littoral Society Building 18, Fort Hancock Historic Post. American Littoral Society naturalists will identify coastal flora and fauna as well as the history of Sandy hook.  A special tour inside a gun battery may be included.  Call the ALS at 732-291-0055 to make reservations.  ♥ 2 miles. FREE.

Monmouth County Audubon Society Bird Walk: 6/22/17 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Sandy Hook – U.S. Life-Saving Service Station Parking Lot (between Lots D & E). Bring binoculars, insect repellent and wear comfortable shoes.  ♥ 1 mile. FREE.
Family Friendly Campfire on the Beach: 6/23/17, 7/21/17  7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., 8/18/17 – 7: 30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sandy Hook – Lot E Beach. Participants are encouraged to bring beach blankets or chairs, snacks, bug spray, family and friends! NO ALCOHOL allowed during the program.  Parents must supervise their children. Call the Sandy Hook Visitor Center 732-872-5970 for more information. FREE.

Night Hike: 6/24/17 – 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Sandy Hook – Lot C Beach Plaza – Explore various parts of Sandy Hook’s ecosystem and history with this summer’s series of night hikes.  This night’s one mile hike features bayside explorarion during the high season for horseshoe crab sightings.  Don’t forget to wear good sand walking shoes and bring bug repellent.  Call 732-872-5970 to make reservations.  ♥ 1 mile. FREE.

Going Bunkers: Battery Mills: 6/25/17 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Sandy Hook – Spermaceti Cove Life-Saving Service Station (between Lots D & E). Meet park staff at the old Visitor Center Parking Lot between Parking Lot D and Lot E, then car caravan to Battery Mills.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a flashlight and insect repellent.  Call 732-872-5970 to make reservations. FREE.

Going Bunkers: Battery Lewis:7/9/17, 7/23/17, 8/20/17 – 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sandy Hook – Hartshorne Woods Park Rocky Point Entrance. Battery Lewis is the largest gun battery ever built in New Jersey and one of only several built along the east coast to defend against enemy warships during WWII.  Bring flashlights, insect repellent and drinking water; wear comfortable walking shoes.  For information on meeting place call the Sandy Hook Visitor Center at 732-872-5970. FREE.

Fort Hancock Bike Tour: 7/9 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Sandy Hook – Theater Parking Lot Fort Hancock. Bring a bike helmet to wear.  Call 732-872-5970 for reservations.  ♥ 3 miles FREE.

Night Hike – Full Buck Moon: 7/9/17 Sandy Hook – Lot E Beach Plaza. At this time of year is when bucks begin to grow new antlers.  This night hike features night seining which is always an interesting adventure. Bring flashlight, bug repellent and wear shoes you can get wet.  Reservations required, please call 732-872-5970. FREE.

Marine Science Day Camp: Every Monday Weekly & Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly from 7/10/2017 to 8/25/2017 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Sandy Hook – NJ Sea Grant Consortium, Bldg. 22 Fort Hancock Historic Post. The five weekday camp is held at the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Building 22 and led by experienced NJSGC science educators for boys and girls grades 3 through 9.  For details including registration information visit www.njseagrant.org/education/marine-science-day-camp or call 732-972-1300 Ext.19. FEE.

Sunset Seining: 7/12/17, 7/26/17, 8/9/17, 8/23/17 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sandy Hook – American Littoral Society Building 18, Fort Hancock Historic Post. After a short talk on the Society’s front porch, you will drive over to Horseshoe Cove on Sandy Hook for a seining adventure. Participants are invited to help pull our 40-ft. seine net through the bay, and experience the excitement of learning about the fish and othe ctitters caught.  Wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting wet.  Fee: $5 per person, free for member families. Contact the ALS at 732-291-0055 for information and reservations. FEE.

Battery Gunnison/New Peck Preserved: 7/19/17, 07/20/2017, 7/21/17, 7/22/17 12 noon to 6 p.m. Sandy Hook – Battery Gunnison, Fort Hancock Historic Post. Visitors are invited to stop by to chat and learn more about restoration of Battery Gunnison/New Peck and the historic time period of July 1943 at Fort Hancock. FREE.

Monmouth County Audubon Bird Walk: 7/20/17 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sandy Hook – Parking Lot M (North K Lot). Bring binoculars, insect repellent, and wear comfortable shoes. ♥ 2 miles. FREE.

33rd Annual NPS All-Women Lifeguard Tournament: Sandy Hook – Parking Lot E Beach 7/26/17 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Females will be representing beach patrols from the East Coast and elsewhere.  These women are outstanding role models and encourage other women to become surf-lifeguards in the future. Please call 1-800-678-7946 for more information about this event and becoming a lifeguard at Sandy Hook. FREE.

Stars of Sandy Hook: 7/28/17 -8:30 p.m.- 11 p.m. Sandy Hook – Lot E Beach  Join a park ranger and S.T.A.R. Astronomy to view the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower which can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak.  Bring binoculars and/or telescopes. FREE.

Holly Forest Night Prowl: 7/30/17 Sandy Hook – Lot E Beach Center 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Family fun for everyone! ♥ 1 mile.  FREE.

Fort Hancock Bike Tour, North of Officers Row: 8/5/17 Sandy Hook – Theater Parking Lot, Fort Hancock Historic Post. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Bring helmet with bike. Call 732-872-5970 to make reservations. ♥ 3 miles FREE.

Night Hike: 8/7/17 – Sandy Hook – Lot E Beach Plaza 7 p.m. -8 :30 p.m. This night’s hike is the Ranger’s Choice Hike, so the question is: “Are you feeling adventurous?  Bring a flashlight, bug repellent and shoes you can get wt. Call 732-872-5970 to reserve. ♥ 1 mile

Night Hike: 8/17/17 – 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Sandy Hook – Lot E Beach Plaza. This night’s hike is the Ranger’s Choice Hike, and the question is “Are you feeling adventurous?”  Bring a flashlight, bug repellent and shoes you can get wet.  Call 732-872-5970 to reserve. ♥ 1 mile. FREE.

Solar Eclipse Party: 8/21/17 – 1 p.m. -5 p.m. Sandy Hook – History House No. 1, Fort Hancock Historic Post. A solar eclipse happens when the moon completely blocks out the sun’s outer atmosphere called the corona.  This is a rare event – the last solar eclipse visible in the continental United States was 1979 and the next will take place in 2024.  Rangers and astronomers will share with visitors how to safely enjoy the solar eclipse. FREE.

Bird Walk: 8/24/17 – 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Sandy Hook – Parking Lot M (K Lot north). Bring binoculars, insect repellent and wear comfortable shoes.  ♥ 2 miles. FREE.

Founders Day – 101st Birthday of the National Park Service: 8/25/17- 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sandy Hook – Visitor Center/Lighthouse Keeper’s Quarters. Participate in various NPS themed games/activities trivia.  Cake and refreshments will be served in the Visitor Center. FREE.

Shore Birds and Wild Edibles – American Littoral Society: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Sandy Hook – Parking Lot M (North K Lot) Fort Hancock. Along the way we will identify some of the Hook’s edible plants that were an important food source for the early settlers and Native Americans that once inhabited this area.  We will have the chance to observe shore birds feeding along the mud flats.  Bring binoculars, comfortable walking shoes and lots of sunscreen!  Fee:  $5 per person, free for member families. Call  the ALS at 732-291-0055 for more information and to reserve. FEE.

Fort Hancock Bike Tour: 8/20 Sandy Hook – Theater Parking Lot, Fort Hancock Historic Post. – 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Bring a helmet. Call 732-872-5970 to reserve. ♥ 3 miles FREE.

Shore Birds and Wild Edibles – American Littoral Society: 8/26/17 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Sandy Hook – Parking Lot M (North K Lot) Fort Hancock  Along the way we will identify some of the Hook’s edible plants that were an important food source for the early settlers and Native Americans that once inhabited this area.  We will have the chance to observe shore birds feeding along the mud flats.  Bring binoculars, comfortable walking shoes and lots of sunscreen!  Fee:  $5 per person, free for member families. Call  the ALS at 732-291-0055 for more information and to reserve. FEE.

Fort Hancock Bike Tour: 8/27/17 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Sandy Hook – Theater Parking Lot, Fort Hancock Historic Post. Bring helmet with bike. Call 732-872-5970 to make reservations. ♥ 3 miles. FREE.

Sandy Hook Foundation End of Summer Party back at the Beach! – Save The Date! Friday  September 8, 2017 North Beach Pavilion.

NY Beach Ferry – Spend a day relaxing on the beach, swimming, sun tanning, bird watching, fishing (check with local laws), or sightseeing in Sandy Hook and Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. Ferries will depart from Pier 11,  www.newyorkbeachferry.com.

SeaStreak Ferry – SeaStreak America, Inc. is a leader in revitalizing fast high-speed catamaran services in the New York metropolitan area. Visit their website at www.seastreak.com.
Big Mohawk Party Boat – The Big Mohawk NJ Party Boat, located in the Jersey Shore town of Belmar, Services also provided are Private Charters and Burials at Sea. www.njpartyboat.com

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