Highlands, New Jersey

Top Spots in and near Highlands

  • Sea Bright, New Jersey

    Bike the Sandy Hook Pathway

    8.7 mi
    A beautiful paved pathway that travels 8.7 miles along beaches and historical monuments located on the Sandy Hook peninsula. The path begins at the Gateway National Recreation Area and loops around Fort Hancock, a former U.S. base that housed 12,000 soldiers at its peak during WWII. Along the way...
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  • Highlands, New Jersey

    Kayaking the Shrewsbury River

    You start at Tocci Ave in Monmouth Beach. (There is a park with a baseball field so often times on weekends there are baseball games. Depending on the time of day it can be difficult to get parking.) You use the launching ramp to put your kayak into the water and then you are off. You don't techn...
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  • Brooklyn, New York

    Camp at Floyd Bennett Field

    Brooklyn isn't just for the urban and trendy, its also for the people who love getting outside! Located just past the hustle and bustle of Brooklyn, Floyd Bennett Field is a National Recreation Area that features an Aviator Sports & Event Center (this was formerly an important NYC airport), t...
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  • Staten Island, New York

    Hike the Staten Island Greenbelt

    4.0
    7.6 mi
    The white trail offers one of the two more ambitious hikes, passing through Egbertville Ravine, Heyerdahl Hill and Buck’s Hollow parks on Staten Island, offering an up-close view of the forest and marshland that once covered the island. About midway, the trail also passes the Greenbelt Nature Cen...
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  • Matawan, New Jersey

    Cheesequake Yellow and Blue Loop Trail

    4.0
    3.43 mi / 328 ft gain
    Cheesequake Yellow and Blue Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Old Bridge, New Jersey.
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  • Staten Island, New York

    Sunrise and Sunset from the Staten Island Ferry

    5.0
    The Staten Island Ferry is a passenger ferry that runs between the boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island. From the deck of the ferry, you will have a perfect view of The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You'll see the skyscrapers and bridges of Lower Manhattan receding as you pull away and c...
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  • Brooklyn, New York

    Prospect Park Lake Loop

    1.95 mi / 118 ft gain
    Prospect Park Lake Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near New York City, New York.
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  • Brooklyn, New York

    Prospect Park Loop

    4.0
    3.65 mi / 223 ft gain
    There are multiple places to enter Prospect Park. If you're looking for the main entrance to Prospect Park, it faces the stunning Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch in Grand Army Plaza. It is adjacent to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, the flagship Brooklyn Public Library, and the Brooklyn Museum. As you...
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  • Brooklyn, New York

    Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

    5.0
    1.34 mi / 75 ft gain
    Brooklyn Botanical Gardens is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near New York City, New York.
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  • Queens, New York

    Ridgewood Reservoir

    2.23 mi / 194 ft gain
    Ridgewood Reservoir is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near New York City, New York.
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  • Brooklyn, New York

    Brooklyn Bridge Walk via Brooklyn

    4.7
    1.12 mi / 0 ft gain
    Brooklyn Bridge Walk via Brooklyn is a point-to-point trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near New York City, New York.
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  • Brooklyn, New York

    Photograph Manhattan Bridge from Washington Street NYC

    4.7
    Located in DUMBO this is seen as one of of the prime photography spots in NYC for good reason. Off the intersection of Washington Street and Water Street is a perfect view of the Manhattan Bridge sandwiched between two buildings. If you want to take it one step further you are able to get a close...
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  • Brooklyn, New York

    Photograph the Brooklyn Bridge

    4.8
    Escaping the hustle and bustle of the city doesn't always require actually leaving the city. Hanging out next to the East River and focusing on photographing the Brooklyn Bridge can be just what you need to clear your head and get your fix for some outdoors time. This is a great spot to practice ...
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  • Brooklyn, New York

    Brooklyn Bridge Park Piers

    5.0
    1.5 mi
    Starting at the Brooklyn Main Street Park, you are on the right side of the Manhattan Bridge. Here you can check out the new outdoor climbing gym. Keep walking along the water and you'll soon come upon Pebble Beach. Now this beach is not exactly a "let's bring our beach chairs and spend the da...
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  • Brooklyn, New York

    Climb Outdoors at DUMBO Boulders

    5.0
    Enter at the corner of Adams St. and John St. and see the Manhattan Bridge above you. To your left is the new DUMBO Boulders, the largest outdoor rock gym in North America: at least for now.At only $9 for a day pass, includes the price of rental shoes, it's a steal compared to any gym in the cit...
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  • New York, New York

    Explore the South Street Seaport

    5.0
    Get a feel for what New York was like in the 19th century at the Seaport! The Seaport boasts some of the oldest buildings and architecture in Manhattan, and the area continues to bustle today. The Seaport borders the Financial District and the East River - so there are lots of wonderful sights to...
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Camping and Lodging in Highlands

Camp Gateway   Sandy Hook
Highlands, New Jersey

Camp Gateway Sandy Hook

Camp Gateway   Staten Island
Staten Island, New York

Camp Gateway Staten Island

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Brooklyn, New York

Camp Gateway Brooklyn Ny

Guides, Insights and Stories from Highlands

A Family Trip to Surf the Rockaways in January

A Family Trip to Surf the Rockaways in January

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