Until further notice, hours at Sandy Hook are 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, except by permit. More updates on operations can be found here.
Listed are some of the many activities that are available at Sandy Hook. Please note that some of these activities may have been impacted by COVID 19. To find out more, please visit this page.
Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day at ocean side beaches. Advisory signs noting which beaches are lifeguarded will be at the entrance and updated daily.
For a great way to see Sandy Hook, the seven-mile long multi-use pathway (MUP) starts at the park entrance and loops around Fort Hancock. It is shared by walkers, bicyclists and in-line skaters. Bring your own bicycle or you can rent a bike during your visit. Bike rentals are available during peaks season as weather permits. Always call ahead for the best service.
Sandy Hook is a prime spot for birding. Try Plum Island, the Spermaceti Cove boardwalk, the Horseshoe Cove salt marsh, North Pond or the fields at the main post area. Birding is not permitted in the campground for the duration of the camping season. In summertime you can join a park ranger on Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Lot M Observation Deck from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to learn more about birds in the area. A scope will be set up to view raptors, marsh birds, and migrating song birds.
Non-motorized car top boats can be launched from Beach Area C and Horseshoe Cove. Windsurfing and kite-boarding is best on the bay across from Beach Area C. Horseshoe Cove is popular with recreational boaters. Landing on the beach with a motorized boat is prohibited.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, camping is not available until further notice.
Trails begin at the Spermaceti Cove Lifesaving Station and at Area M near Nine Gun Battery. Walking along the ocean beaches is permitted. Some areas are closed during the spring and summer due to shorebird nesting.
Visitors can launch kayaks from the bayside of Sandy Hook, except in Spermacetti Cove, the ferry dock, or anywhere a rocky sea wallk exists.
Junior Ranger Program
Aspiring Junior Rangers can explore Gateway from home. Become Virtual Junior Rangers by visiting our Virtual Junior Ranger Page.
Due to COVID 19 precautions, all designated picnic-barbecuing areas, including Guardian Park, are temporarily closed to the public until further notice.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, there will be no tours of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Lighthouse Keepers Quarters/Visitor Center until further notice.
Pets are not permitted on ocean side beaches from March 15 to September 15. Pets are allowed on bay side beaches year-round, but always must be leashed.
Last updated: June 16, 2020