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Great Kills Park

VISITOR INFORMATION

LOCATION

3270 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island.

GETTING THERE

Get map & directions.

HOURS

Open Friday-Monday, 9am-4:30pm.

ACCESSIBILITY

The Ranger Station, Multi-use Path, Education Field Station, and Nichols Marina Office are all wheelchair accessible. The Beach Center restrooms are accessible and surf chairs are available for visitors in wheelchairs. All parking lots have handicapped spaces, and Lot F has cutouts in the railing along the water that allow for fishing from wheelchairs. Get more information.

PERMITS

Do I need a permit?

PETS

Are pets allowed?

CONTACT

Gateway NRA (NPS), 718-987-6790; Nichols Marina, 718-351-8476.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Fort Wadsworth
Miller Field

National Park Service

Great Kills Park

An ocean beach playground and wildlife haven



Located on a peninsula in Staten Island, Great Kills Park—part of Gateway National Recreation Area—is 580 acres of open space where visitors can enjoy many recreational amenities or explore the wildlife still thriving in New York City. You can relax on the beach, go for a swim in the life-guarded ocean surf or hike, bike and run on the trails or multi-use path.

Great Kills Park is known locally for its ecological resources. It is home to the only osprey nesting site on Staten Island, with special nesting platforms provided for the birds to inhabit. The name Great Kills originates from a Dutch word meaning "many creeks." Today, the waters are popular with boaters and fisherman alike.

In 1860, John J. Crooke, a businessman and pioneering naturalist, purchased the peninsula's point. While living in a log cabin on its sandy shore, he spent time photographing the beautiful natural space and collecting plant and animal specimens. In 1929, the City of New York bought Crooke's Point and the surrounding properties to develop into a park. However, work was delayed due to the Great Depression and it was not until 1949 that Great Kills Park opened to the public. Great Kills Park became a national park site in 1973.

Things to Do

Special Events in October

Greenbelt to Great Kills Hike

10/5, 11am-3pm, Carousel in Willowbrook Park (at end of Eton Place)

Join the Greenbelt Educators and NPS rangers for a hike from forest to field to costal habitat. The White Trail of the Greenbelt connects to Great Kills Park and the hike is about 3 hours long. Please dress for the weather and make arrangements for transportation back to the carousel or arrange to depart from Hylan Blvd. Bring water and a snack.

Stargazing at Great Kills with the Amateur Astronomers Association

10/25, Begins at sunset, ends 11pm

Join the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York for public stargazing, weather permitting. Check the AAANY website for directions and additional dates and locations.

Boating

Kayak lessons and guided tours are offered from June to August.

Other Activities

Swimming, sunning, fishing, birding, biking, jogging, yoga, rollerblading and model airplane flying.

Beach is lifeguarded Memorial Day-Labor Day, 10am-5:45pm, daily. Permits requird for fishing and private boating.

See NPS Staten Island Bike Map.