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Gateway National Recreation Area


See individual Gateway pages for detailed information on each park site.


Jamaica Bay Bike Map and Kayak Map
Sandy Hook Map
Staten Island Bike Map


Gateway NRA (NPS), 718-354-4606.

National Park Service

Gateway National Recreation Area

A 26,000 acre park spanning areas of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island and Monmouth County, New Jersey

Gateway National Recreation Area was added to the National Park System in 1972, and was heralded as a breakthrough in recreation planning. Located in the heart of urban America, Gateway's 11 park sites bring national park programs closer to people. They encompass more than 27,000 acres of land and water in New York City and New Jersey and welcome almost 10 million visitors annually.

The park offers an array of recreational and educational programming throughout the year—especially during the summer—perfect for lovers of nature, history, and outdoor recreation. Its many unique hands-on programs for individuals, children, school groups, and families bring history and ecology to life. Program offerings include ecology walks, kayak and canoeing trips, history tours, lectures, and urban camping, to name a few. The park caters to all types of visitors, from first-timers to seasoned experts, and is accessible to all—even those looking to simply relax on a beach. Gateway National Recreation Area is a don't-miss destination for residents and visitors alike.

Gateway Park Sites

Visit the pages of the individual Gateway sites for more information:

Canarsie Pier | Floyd Bennett Field | Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Breezy Point | Fort Tilden | Jacob Riis Park

Staten Island
Fort Wadsworth | Great Kills Park | Miller Field

Monmouth County, New Jersey
Fort Hancock | Sandy Hook

Things to Do


Camp in a tiny house at Gateway, a unique summer Getaway at Gateway pop-up experience from Memorial Day to Labor Day, offered by the park with the Harbor Conservancy and Getaway. Tiny houses are set on a secret Gateway beachfront. Reserve now.

Other Activities

Ocean swimming, birding, nature walks, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, jogging, biking, camping, astronomy, fishing, concerts, sporting tournaments, lectures and other special events. For particulars, consult the individual Gateway sites.

PHOTO CREDIT: Tiny house photo, Getaway