Twin Lights of Navesink

If you can't get enough of Jersey lighthouses, the medieval-like brownstone double towers of Navesink offer an awesome – and free – view of Sandy Hook Bay. Trivia: it's the highest point on the Atlantic seaboard at 260ft, and a lung-busting climb from town.

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