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Sandy Hook, Line and Sinker

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, 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!

Robbin and Joe Everett of The Pet Podcast Channel

Sniffing Around

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!

Sandy Hook, NJ

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.

Buster and Ty with Cannon

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.

Sandy Hook, NJ

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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  • Perhaps they’ll change the policy and allow leashed dogs back on the beach, Glenn.

  • Glenn Stumpp says:

    There’s something bogus here.Ostensibly about no dogs allowed to “protect” the endangered birds. These birds, like the wolves of the midwest are not endangered any longer and leashed dogs are not a threat.

  • Topics Discussed on Dog & Pet Blogs – Week Ending 05.01.2010 says:

    […] GoPetFreindly clan has been busy this week with a stop in Sandy Hook, hosting the 4th annual Trenton Thunder Bark in the Park and touring “pet friendly” […]

  • I love the trip shot pics of Ty and Buster posing patiently like good little boys. Buster always seems like his head is somewhere else though. LOL

  • Mary Haight says:

    That's interesting–I'd heard the name Sandy Hook but never knew the history with the intact defense missiles there! Yeah, yikes indeed! That's great that the beaches are open to the dogs. Did you notice if doggy bag dispensers were up? Just curious, given the broken budgets everywhere.

  • I look forward to hearing your interview!

  • I love Sandy Hook, and many of the outdoor restaurants are dog friendly. My only caution is that we wait a week or two before dining at a newly opened restaurant on the shore. Since the restaurants have been closed for a while and open for the summer season, give them a bit of time to work the kinks out.

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