Best Activities and Things To Do In Gunnison Beach in New Jersey - Photo by geofreyy wall

Gunnison Beach is well known as the famous nude beach in New Jersey.

It is located in Middletown Township, Monmouth County, but is on federal land which is managed by the National Park Service.

Before starting your day, it would be nice to grab some food at Water Witch Coffee.

For another breathtaking view, there is Twin Lights State Historic Site/museum as a historical site. Took only 11 mnt from Gunnison Beach.

To complete your trip, Salt Creek Grille and Angelica's Restaurant are the recommended restaurants to visit. They served a variety of seafood.

Want to know more about Gunnison Beach and the surrounding? Keep reading "Thing To Do In" guide by Tripboba!



For an enjoyable visit, summer weekends are busy at Sandy Hook. When parking areas are filled, the park closes to new traffic until spaces become available. You can avoid traffic and delays by arriving before 10 am or after 2 pm. The park does not close on weekdays as there is always parking available.


First thing first, the beach is always a place which is interesting to visit. Before you plan your day at Gunnison Beach, it's better to visit Water Witch Coffee for a quick breakfast. The cafe is open daily from 7 a.m to 5 p.m. You can directly go to Gunnison Beach with your buddies to enjoy natural areas and shorelines adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean and Sandy Hook Bay.

Water Witch Coffee

Awesome cafe with really cool atmosphere/vibe.

Great pastries, breakfast sandwiches, tea, coffee etc.

This coffee shop/ cafe has delicious baked goods, interesting art (by local artists-for sake).

Make you relax and peaceful anyway.

Address : 67 Waterwitch Ave, Highlands, NJ 07732, USA


It's time for you to spend the whole day at Gunnison Beach, Swimming is one of many activities you might do here. At Gunnison beach, it's free as long as the lifeguard is on duty from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. In addition, you can visit Twin Lights State Historic Site/museum. This historical site gives you breathtaking views of the mouth of New York Harbor & the Jersey Shore. Count Basie Center for the Arts.

Twin Lights State Historic Site/museum

The Twin Lights historic museum which is on an elevated hill is an absolutely fun and highly educative visit especially with kids.

The fees are suggestive and the facilities are top notch.

Both the lighthouse towers are open on normally functioning days and a beautiful to go to the top.

The views of the beach and open seas are also superb on a clear day.

Address : 2 Light House Rd, Highlands, NJ 07732, USA


As a recreation place, Gunnison Beach offers fun activities you might enjoy. Lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Smoking is prohibited on the beach, but it designated smoking areas in all parking lots.


If you are not getting enough by playing on the beach. This might be the right choice to go, Wonder Bar. It is a true classic in Asbury Park, Wonder Bar also well known for great live music while you can try tasty food and the world-famous Yappy Hour- where dogs run the show. Headliner Oasis is such a great place to hang out with your buddies. It offers a wide variety of craft drink menus such as tequila, rum, the mules, vodka, and other signature drinks.

Wonder Bar

If you are looking for a quintessential view of Jersey Shore history, visit Wonder Bar.

Probably one of the best sound systems on the shore and the best technicians.

Attentive bar tenders, decent pricing for Asbury.

Address : 1213 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712, USA

Headliner Oasis

One of the coolest bars with excellent bartender.

Amazing vibe and amazing drink selection.

Always great cocktails and more whiskey than you can imagine.

Good music and the atmosphere is superb.

Address : 1401 NJ-35, Neptune City, NJ 07753, USA


There are several things you might do while visiting Gunnison Beach like biking, boating, and canoe cruises. For biking, there are bike rentals available during peak season as weather permits, you can bring your own bicycle too. Windsurfing and kite-boarding are best on the bay across from Beach Area C. Horseshoe Cove is popular with recreational boaters. Landing on the beach with a motorized boat is prohibited. Canoe Cruises is where you can enjoy a 2-5 hour tour enjoying the bayside waters of Sandy Hook, make reservations first through their official site or by calling by number.


The Oyster Point Hotel is located on the Navesink River in Red Bank. It has around 58 rooms. It took around 23 minutes or 13,0 miles from Gunnison Beach. In addition, you can access free WiFi here including free breakfast, free parking, and so on. Wave Resort offers a restorative, relaxing, and exhilarating place to stay in. The amenities including pool deck, spa, fitness, and laundry. It took around 22 minutes (11,7 mi) through Ocean Blvd and Hartshorne Dr.

The Oyster Point Hotel

One of the most beautiful hotels for staying in the Red Bank area.

The Oyster Point has one of the most beautiful views in all of Monmouth County.

Consistently clean and well-maintained facilities, and a weekend brunch which surpasses many establishments throughout the area.

The catering staff and bartenders are amazing and super attentive.

Address : 146 Bodman Pl, Red Bank, NJ 07701, USA

Wave Resort

One of superb hotel for staying with excellent amenities.

Rooms are spacious with plenty of drawer and storage for clothing.

Restaurant has outstanding food and great bartenders.

Staff is beyond friendly and helpful, everything is so clean and modern.

Address : 110 Ocean Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740, USA


Salt Creek Grille offers a scratch cooking experience with unique mesquite-inspired menu items. The special menu includes seafood which takes great pride in hand-cutting fresh, line-caught seafood, thick center-cut steaks, and so on. Anjelica's Restaurant offers Italian cuisine. It serves with the freshest products which are available in the garden. Try the best of Burrata here, it will make you come back here!

Salt Creek Grille

This place is a 5 star establishment for it's class.

The service is always on point, the steaks are cooked exactly to order.

Try the coffee crusted New York Strip Steak.

Great atmosphere, beer choices are unique and excellent.

Address : 4 Bingham Ave, Rumson, NJ 07760, USA

Anjelica's Restaurant

Do yourself a favor and get down to Anjelica's for a superb dining experience.

Food is well prepared and well presented.

Home made pasta, delicate sauces, fresh local produce.

The staff are incredibly attentive and joyful

Address : 1070 Ocean Ave, Sea Bright, NJ 07760, USA


It's a beautiful ride along with Sandy Hook and just follows the sign marked for Gunnison Beach. You will see the food truck which offers quick bites such as sandwiches, tacos, hamburgers, and etc.