• 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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Things To Know Before You Come

goats at Fort Wadsworth

Our goats aren't just cute- they help us maintain our landscape by eating the weeds.


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.

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.

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?

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...