Gateway National Recreation Area

Gateway National Recreation Area

Green Ways to Visit Sandy Hook

August 18, 2010, 11:27 am

Riding a bicycle along Sandy Hook's seven-mile Multi-Use Path is a great, and green, way to see the park up close. (NPS)Visiting Gateway National Recreation Area’s Sandy Hook Unit has never been easier—or greener. Two ferry services, bus shuttles and a new bicycle rental offer ways to see Sandy Hook’s beaches and byways without a car.

Ferry service reduces the number of cars driving to Sandy Hook, where parking lots often fill by 10 a.m. on weekends. Seastreak provides year-round service to Sandy Hook, which runs seven days a week during the summer. This season, the American Princess II began bringing visitors from Rockaway in Brooklyn and Pier 11 in Manhattan to Sandy Hook and back on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day. Both ferry services now dock at Sandy Hook near the Post Theater. Gateway provides shuttle bus transportation from the Fort Hancock ferry landing to North Beach, Gunnison Beach and Beach Area E.

“One of the things many people look forward to in the summer is a relaxing day at the beach,” said Sandy Hook Unit Coordinator Pete McCarthy. “However, there are days when it seems everyone has the same idea and traffic jams are not unusual. Ferries are a great alternative to driving individually—plus, you get to see the harbor side of Sandy Hook and New York City, which is a real treat.”

No matter how visitors get to Sandy Hook, there’s also a Multi-Use Path to enjoy once you get there. Visitors can take the scenic route by biking, rollerblading or walking.

Starting this summer, visitors can rent bicycles at the park. Ray’s Bike Rentals, located at Sandy Hook at Building 60 near the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, offers both adult and children’s size bicycles. This service is available Wednesday through Sunday through Labor Day and on weekends through September. Reservations can be made by calling (732) 754-5731.

Gateway National Recreation Area offers natural areas that hold surprises every season of the year. To find out about things to do and special events at the park’s many locations, including Sandy Hook, visit

Photo: Riding a bicycle along Sandy Hook's seven-mile Multi-Use Path is a great, and green, way to see the park up close. (NPS)