The Sandy Hook Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in the country, is located on the magnificent Jersey Shore in Fort Hancock and is a National Historic Landmark. Anyone over 48 inches tall can join a free tour and climb the 103 steps of the seven story high tower. The view from the top is breathtaking. You can see the beach and on a clear day, you can even see the Manhattan Skyline. At the base of the lighthouse is the visitor’s center where you can sign up for a tour and see different exhibits displayed.
We visited the lighthouse on a weekday in the spring. It was a great choice since it was not very hot and the beaches were practically empty. We did not have to pay for parking and we were able to enjoy our own private beach.
Posted: August 3, 2017
Information, prices and hours posted here are current as of the posted or updated date. It is advisable to call ahead or check online to confirm hours and prices.
128 South Hartshorne Drive
Highlands, NJ 07732
April 1 through October 31: The park is open from 5 AM to 9 PM daily.
November 1 through March 31: The park is open from 5 AM through 8 PM daily.
Lighthouse tours: Offered first-come first served, from 1 PM to 4:30 PM. Children MUST be at least 48 inches tall to climb the tower. A video in the adjacent barn is always open
There is a $15 charge per day for beach parking from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Touring the Lighthouse is free.
Approximate Distance from:
Brooklyn Bridge: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Lakewood: 55 minutes
Monsey: 1 hour, 35 minutes