Operating Hours & Things to Do

Sandy Hook (732) 872-5970

Map of Sandy Hook

Operating Hours

For up to date information visit nps.gov/gate

History House

Sandy Hook Lighthouse

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.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse Keepers Quarters

Acting as the Visitor Center

Battery Potter

Tour Sandy Hook’s oldest gun battery.

Mortar Battery

Click to see NPS program guide

Sandy Hook Historic Chapel

The Chapel is available for special events year round. Visit the NPS website for more information and to download an application.

Things To Do:


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 Center.


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 Rentals.

View a map of the Multi-Use Pathway (MUP)
(Updated map coming soon)


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 Hancock.


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.

Public Programs

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.