Things To Know Before You Come
Before you come to see us....
Most of the park is now open to the public, including all lifeguarded beaches. There are still a couple of places that are closed to the public due to Hurricane Sandy. As we open up these areas we will post the information on the Plan Your Visit page or the home page of this website. We also would like you to join the conversation about Gateway on the park's 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.
Welcome to Gateway National Recreation Area!
There are a variety of cultural and recreational opportunities available at the park, such as history tours, living history demonstrations, hiking, birding, kayaking, camping, swimming, and biking. With any of these activities, planning is critical. Explore these pages to discover the essential things you need to know before you leave home. If you have a question about the park or its resources or planning a visit, we hope our website will provide you with the necessary information. We thank you for your interest and look forward to seeing you at the park.
Did You Know?
The first transatlantic flight departed from the Rockaway Naval Air Station on Jamaica Bay in 1919. Today, it is the site of Gateway NRA's Jacob Riis Park.