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Fort Wadsworth

VISITOR INFORMATION

LOCATION

210 New York Ave., Staten Island.

GETTING THERE

Get map & directions.

ACCESSIBILITY

Fort Tompkins, the parade ground, Overlook, restrooms, and some historic rooms are wheelchair accessible. Gateway Headquarters (Building 210) is also accessible.

PERMITS

Do I need a permit?

PETS

Are pets allowed?

CONTACT

Gateway NRA (NPS), 718-354-4500.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Great Kills Park
Miller Field

National Park Service

Fort Wadsworth

"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.

History Tour

7/1, 11am-12:30pm, at the Overlook

Explore the natural and man-made landscapes and structures at Fort Wadsworth. Inclement weather will cancel this program. Reservations required.

Lantern Tours of Fort Wadsworth

7/10, 7/12 and 7/24 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.

Let's Go Camping, Staten Island!

7/12-13

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.

Seine and Search at Camp Hudson

7/21 and 7/25, 2-3pm

Experience the Native American fishing technique known as seining while discovering the animals that live along the shore. Equipment will be provided.

Overnight Family and Youth Camping at Camp Hudson

7/21-22 and 7/24-25

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.

Other Activities

Scenic views, birding, history and exhibits.

See NPS Staten Island Bike Map.