Things To Do

Bald Eagle at Great Kills Park in Staten Island

Bald Eagle at the Great Kills Unit in Staten Island.

National Park Service

Gateway is open all year round. The park will continue to work on areas that are not yet safe for visitors. Go ahead and start to Plan Your Visit now. Join our conversation on our Facebook page.

The National Park Service values your safety above all other concerns. For your safety, please respect the closure of park areas until they are deemed safe to reopen.


Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook is a 2,044 acre barrier beach peninsula at the northern tip of the New Jersey shore. The park includes seven miles of ocean beaches, salt marshes, hiking trails and a maritime holly forest. Historic sites include the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, the oldest surviving lighthouse in the United States.

Birding, hiking, wind surfing, fishing and exploring the park's natural and cultural resources are available year round.


Staten Island

Discover the three sites within Staten Island that offer opportunities to explore historic military fortifications, enjoy the ocean beaches, bike,run or play an organized sport, and discover natural resources. The three areas of Staten Island Unit are:

  • Fort Wadsworth
  • Miller Field
  • Great Kills

Jamaica Bay
Located in Brooklyn and Queens, Jamaica Bay is home to ocean beaches, restored grasslands, aircraft hangars, sports fields, marinas and historic fortifications. Within this unit, the National Park Service manages well-known sites such as:

  • Floyd Bennett Field
  • Jacob Riis Park
  • Canarsie Pier
  • Plumb Beach
  • Frank Charles Park
  • Fort Tilden
  • Breezy Point
  • Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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