On Saturday, Robbin and Joe Everett of The Pet Podcast Channel interviewed us at a park in the Sandy Hook Gateway National Recreation Area. After meeting up at BlogPaws, TPPC.tv wanted to see our tricked out Winnebago and find out more about how and why we travel with Ty and Buster. We’ll let you know when the interview airs!
Sandy Hook is the northernmost beach of what many consider to be “the Jersey Shore” (the southernmost beach is Cape May). Discovered by Sea Captain Henry Hudson in the early 1600’s, Sandy Hook is a 1,665-acre peninsula within view of Staten Island and Brooklyn. Throughout early American shipping history, Sandy Hook was an anchorage for ships entering New York Harbor. Since the Civil War, it has housed a military base of some sort and is still home to an intact Cold War era missile defense installation. Yikes!
Today, most of the peninsula is a National Recreation Area managed by the National Park Service. North Beach, Gunnison Beach, and South Beach dot the Atlantic shoreline. These public beaches – dog friendly between Labor Day and Memorial Day – are popular in the summer when Manhattan ferries bring in weekenders.
What We Did
We tootled around Fort Hancock, a now defunct coastal artillery base. At the entrance is Guardian Park, a plaza dominated by two Nike missiles. The park offers several picnic areas, all of which were being used by families with pets when we were there. Some of the buildings of Fort Hancock are off-limits because their questionable structural integrity; here’s a pic of some homes on “officers’ row” on the inlet side of Sandy Hook. Leashed dogs are allowed on all of the inlet shore beach areas!
A cannon from the post-Civil War era is still on display. As you can see, Ty and Buster were available to fire when ready.
Within the fort grounds is Sandy Hook Lighthouse. Designed and built in 1764, it is the oldest working lighthouse in the US. During summer weekends, free tours are offered every half hour from 12:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Just after you enter the recreation area you will see the Sea Gull’s Nest (now closed), the only restaurant on the peninsula. While it does offer outdoor seating, the restaurant had not yet opened for the summer season so we could not ask if they were pet friendly.
All-in-all, Sandy Hook is a great place to spend some shore time with your dog. There are many open spaces to roam, roads and bicycle paths to walk, rich history to see, coastline and beaches to enjoy, and missiles to avoid.
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