Fees & Passes
Entrance fees? No. Parking fees? Yes, in the summer.
There are no entrance fees for Gateway National Recreation Area.
But fees ARE charged for expanded amenities. That includes beach parking to access beach centers.
From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, an expanded amenity fee for beach parking is charged per vehicle at Jacob Riis Park in Queens, New York and Sandy Hook in New Jersey. Collection hours vary by site; see below.
Beach parking fees at Jacob Riis Park and Sandy Hook Unit
Fees posted here are for the summers of 2015 and 2016. They will change in 2017.
Jacob Riis Park, Queens: For most vehicles, beach parking is $10 per day or $65 per season. For oversized vehicles (more than 20 feet), charge is $20 per day or $135 per season. Hours of collection are 7 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Sandy Hook, New Jersey: For most vehicles, beach parking is $15 per day or $75 per season. For oversized vehicles (more than 20 feet), charge is $30 per day or $150 per season. Hours of collection are 7 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Does Gateway offer any discounts or free beach parking?
Yes. Access Pass (Golden Access) and Senior Pass (Golden Age Passport) holders receive a 50% discount. Please note that the America the Beautiful Pass holders do NOT receive a discount on expanded amenities fees such as beach parking.
As of May 19, 2012, Active Military Members who own an America the Beautiful Annual Pass will receive free beach parking at Gateway where parking fees are charged, including Jacob Riis Park and Sandy Hook. Active duty military photo identification will be required at all times to verify ownership of the Annual Pass. Vehicle Hang Tag is to be displayed at all times. (Hang tag is issued with annual pass.)
Locations to obtain passes at Gateway
Visitors may obtain Access or Senior Passes at the following sites throughout the year. Unless otherwise mentioned, sites are open during normal business hours seven days a week.
Please note: the America the Beautiful annual interagency pass (below) is sold only at parks with entrance fees; Gateway does not charge an entrance fee, so this pass is NOT sold at any unit of Gateway. You must instead visit one of national parks charging entrance fees or visit the USGS store online.
Jamaica Bay Unit: Floyd Bennett Field Visitor Contact Station (Brooklyn), 718-338-3799; Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center (Queens), 718-318-4340.
Sandy Hook Unit: Lighthouse Keepers Quarters, 732-872-5970. (Entrance station summers only.)
Staten Island Unit: Great Kills Visitor Contact Station (Wednesday - Sunday), 718-987-6790; Miller Field Visitor Contact Station (Wednesday - Sunday), 718-351-6992.
How do I obtain an Interagency Pass?
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL PASS SERIES: As of January 1, 2007 the old Golden Eagle and Golden Access Passes were replaced with a new series of interagency passes called the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. All Golden Access and Golden Age Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass. Only paper Golden Age and Access Passports may be exchanged free of charge for new plastic passes. The America the Beautiful Pass Series includes the Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass and Volunteer Pass and the free annual pass for active military and their dependent families, introduced in 2012. Please visit the USGS Store website for more information or to purchase online.