Sandy Hook, New Jersey: Nike Missile Base Tours

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Gateway National Recreation Area

Address:
Hartshorne Drive, Sandy Hook, NJ
Directions:
Hwy 36 east to Sandy Hook, then north into the Gateway National Recreation Area. When the road shrinks from four lanes to two, bear right to the old missile base. Parking Lot L at Horseshoe Cove.
Hours:
Scheduled tours - Apr-Oct (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
732-872-5970
Admission:
$15 to park in summer only.
RA Rates:
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Nike Missile Base Tours

When waves of Soviet bombers came to blow up New York City, Sandy Hook's missiles were supposed to knock them down.

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Sandy Hook is a sandy peninsula at the northern end of the New Jersey seashore. It is a National Recreation Area, and the home to the oldest working lighthouse in the U.S. Sandy Hook is also the home of Fort Hancock, which was an active U.S. Army base until 1974. The base, including its arsenal of Nike missiles -- two of them on launchers available for public viewing -- date to the Cold War.

[Richard Stockman, 05/15/2014]

It seems like only yesterday that Sandy Hook's Nike missiles awaited waves of Soviet bombers to shoot down before they could nuke New York City.


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