210 New York Ave., Staten Island.
Fort Tompkins, the parade ground, Overlook, restrooms, and some historic rooms are wheelchair accessible. Gateway Headquarters (Building 210) is also accessible.
Gateway NRA (NPS), 718-354-4500.
"The Guardian of the Narrows" on Staten Island
Fort Wadsworth—part of Gateway National Recreation Area—has guarded the entrance to New York Harbor for over 200 years. Strategically located on the west shores of the Narrows, it has the distinction of being the fort with the longest continuous military history in the United States. This historic park site now offers some of the best views of the harbor and city.
Watch this video to learn about the strategic positioning of Fort Wadsworth from National Parks of New York Harbor Commissioner, Maria Burks, and Chief of Cultural Resources, Steve Laise. Get an in-depth tour of the fort by a park ranger on your visit.
On guided summer tours, visitors can explore the catacomb-like tunnels in the fort's batteries or climb up to the overlook and imagine scouting for enemy ships on the horizon while enjoying the unrivaled panoramic views of the harbor, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and New York City.
The location of Fort Wadsworth was first fortified by the Dutch in the 17th century. The historic batteries that remain there today were constructed by the British in the early 1800's. Occupied by British forces during the American Revolution, Fort Wadsworth was taken over by the American military after the war. Due to its strategic location, the defenses of Fort Wadsworth were continually upgraded as military technology evolved through the 19th and 20th centuries. In the midst of the Cold War, the military post served as the control center for New York City's Nike missile defense system.
Things to Do
Special Events in July
Call 718-354-4655 for information and reservations.
7/1 & 7/31, 8-10pm, Meet at Visitor Center
Explore historic Fort Tompkins with a ranger by lantern and moonlight. Bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Reservations required.
Independence Day at Fort Wadsworth
7/4, 5:30-8pm, Overlook
Enjoy living history demonstrations, fort tours, scavenger hunts and more. Bring a picnic and stay for the fireworks.
Overnight Family and Youth Camping
7/6, Check-in 2pm, Camp Hudson
Learn to pitch a tent, build a fire, cook and make s'mores over an open pit with park rangers. Includes marine nature study and hiking. Equipment provided. Bring food, insect repellant and ice. Space is limited, reservations required.
Seine and Search
7/6, 2:30-4:30pm, Camp Hudson
Try this Native American fishing technique and discover animals living in the shallows of the Narrows. Equipment provided.
7/19, 12-1:30pm , Overlook
Explore the natural areas and remnants of the fort's former defense systems on this 90-minute hike. Reservations required.
Scenic views, birding, history and exhibits.