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 August
Call 718-354-4655 for information and reservations.
Fort Wadsworth Social History
8/3, 2pm-Dusk, Overlook
Enjoy Living History at various stations at the overlook. Stations include Dutch History, free Flamenco and Tango dance lessons, Author Table, Amphibian and Reptile Tanks, Food Court, Goat Talks, Fort Tours, Astronomy, Painting, Art Murals and more!
Lantern Tour of Fort Wadsworth
8/7, 6:45-9pm, Meet in the Visitor Center parking lot
Explore the historic sites of the fort by night. Bring a flashlight or lantern. Tour is limited to 30. Reservations required.
Full Sturgeon Moon Lantern Tour
8/10, 8-10pm, Meet in the Visitor Center parking lot
Tents and trees provided! Enjoy an evening under the stars with friends and family. Fun and adventure for all ages. Make reservations online at www.nps.gov/gate/your-park-your-health.htm.
Overnight Family and Youth Camping at Camp Hudson
8/27, 1pm Wednesday to 10am Thursday
Enjoy kayaking (at Great Kills Park), marine nature study and hiking with NPS rangers. Learn to pitch a tent, build a fire, and make s'mores. This program is free and all equipment will be provided. Bring your own food, ice and insect repellent. Space is limited, call for reservations.
Seine and Search
8/27, 2-3pm, Camp Hudson
Experience the Native American fishing technique known as seining while discovering the animals that live along the shore. Equipment will be provided.
Scenic views, birding, history and exhibits.