Operating Hours & Things to
Sandy Hook (732)
Map of Sandy Hook
Building Hours of Operation
Closed due to Super Storm Sandy
The former post guardhouse
contains exhibits on Fort Hancock.
Closed for renovations.
Check the program guide for specific dates.
Map of Fort Hancock
Open weekends 1-5, open
daily June 17, 1-5pm
From April to October, weekday tours are given by National Park
Service Rangers from 1 PM to 4:30 PM.
Sandy Hook Lighthouse Tours are first-come, first-served.
Visitors must be at least 48 inches tall to climb the tower. Groups
need reservations in advance for a Lighthouse tour.
Contact the park Visitor Center at 732-872-5970.
Lighthouse Keepers Quarters
The Lighthouse Keepers Quarters has exhibits on New Jersey
Acting as the Visitor
Center, open daily 9-5pm
Tour Sandy Hook's oldest gun
June 20 - August 30, Saturdays and Sundays 1-4:30pm
Sundays June 20 - August 30 1:30-4:30pm
Click to see NPS program guide
Chapel is open on Sundays
from 9:00am to 12:00pm for viewing by a Park Ranger. This is subject
to change as events are booked.
The Chapel is available for
special events year round. Visit the NPS
website for more information and to download an application.
Surf 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
For a great way to see Sandy
Hook, the 5-mile long Multi-Use Pathway (MUP) starts at the park
entrance and ends in Fort Hancock. It is shared by walkers,
bicyclists and in-line skaters.
Rent a bicycle on Sandy Hook
at Ray's Bike
map of the Multi-Use Pathway (MUP)
Trails begin at the Sandy
Hook Visitor Center and at Area M near Nine Gun Battery. Walking
ocean beaches is permitted but in spring and summer shorebird
nesting season some areas are closed.
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 Fort Hancock.
The NJ Audubon Society's Sandy Hook Bird Observatory has the
latest birding information.
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
beach with a motorized boat is prohibited.
Enjoy a blanket picnics on
the beach. The North Beach Observation Deck has tables and a view of
New York Harbor. Grilling is permitted only at Guardian Park in Fort
Take a stroll around Fort
Hancock, a National Historic Landmark.
Visit the Fort Hancock Museum, Battery Potter, and History House, a
restored home on Officer' Row. The Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Keepers'
Quarters and Barn tell the story of the lonely life of a sentinel of
the sea. Most sites are open weekends with extended summer hours.
Concessions provides food, drinks and beach supplies at
Beach Area B, C, D, E, Gunnison and North Beach. The Sea Gull's Nest
Restaurant is at Beach Area D. Concessions are open daily from
Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, with limited services in spring
and fall. Phone 732-872-0025.
Check the schedule of events to see what
opportunities there are for Ranger-led and partner-led programs.
From history to birding, Sandy Hook has variety of offerings.