• Get away to Gateway, where you can camp and stay healthy with heart-smart activities. Photo by Sebastiano Privitera; used by permission.


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    Sand replenishment at Jacob Riis Park Beach has begun. During this project, sections of the beach will be closed to the public for their safety. Replenishment is expected to take up to two weeks.

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Things To Know Before You Come

goats at Fort Wadsworth

The goats you see at Gateway in the summer aren't just cute-- they help us maintain our landscape by eating the weeds. But those weeds include poison ivy, so please don't pet them!


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, you can email us or check out our Facebook page. We thank you for your interest and look forward to seeing you at the park.

Stay fit in America's Great Outdoors. Go biking at Jacob Riis Park, Queens.
Stay fit in America's Great Outdoors! Go biking at Jacob Riis Park, Queens or at one of our Multi-Use Paths throughout Gateway.

Did You Know?

Dimmed and camoflagued Sandy Hook lighthouse at night in World War II.

Did you know that the Sandy Hook Light was dimmed in World War II and painted in camoflague? Homes and businesses within five miles of the ocean were required to use blackout curtains in order to protect ships from attacks by German U-Boats. More...