Things To Do - Staten Island
Looking for something to do? Program information is located on our schedule of events calendar.
Great Kills Park offers a seasonal swimming beach, with a Beach Center and Lifeguards on duty from 10 AM to 6 PM daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Rip currents are powerful currents of water flowing away from shore. Before you go to the beach, learn what you need to do to "Break the Grip of the Rip!"®
Great Kills Park offers a seasonal kayaking program. Call 718-354-4655 for more information.
Surf and shore fishing is available at Great Kills Park (718-987-6790) Miller Field (718-351-6992) and Fort Wadsworth (718-354-4574). A $50 annual Parking Permit for fishing is required for overnight fishing and for parking at Crooke's Point. These permits are available at Miller Field and at Great Kills. Health Advice on Eating Fish You Catch: New York City Area (from the State of New York)
The goats were brought here to Fort Wadsworth to manage our invasive weeds. These unconventional workers can be seen during the summer and early fall. Join us for our Goat Talks and Feeding schedule on Sundays and Thursdays at 11:00 AM.
Biking is allowed at all Staten Island park sites, including the Multi-Use Path at Great Kills Park.
World War Veterans Park at Miller Field has numerous sports fields available by permit for soccer, football, baseball, softball, and cricket. Call 718-351-6992 for permit information. (Note: Ball fields at Great Kills Park are closed due to environmental concerns until further notice.)
Walking & Hiking
A paved and wheelchair-accessible Multi-Use Path begins at the entrance to Great Kills Park and extends 1.5 miles to the Beach Center, and is an excellent choice for walking, jogging and rollerblading.
Excellent birding is available along the bluffs and fields of Fort Wadsworth, in the Swamp White Oak Forest at Miller Field and at Crooke's Point and along the shoreline at Great Kills Park.
Nichols Marina at Great Kills Park serves boaters visiting Great Kills Harbor. Their number is 718-351-8476. Please note that Nichols Marina is currently closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy.
A Boat Launch Ramp parking permit is available at Great Kills Park 718.987.6790 & Miller Field 718.351.6992.Picnicking
A group picnic area, available by permit, is located at World War Veterans Park at Miller Field. Call 718-351-6992. (Picnic area temporarily closed).
A Community Garden is located at World War Veterans Park at Miller Field. Call 718-351-6992 for information on Garden Permits. (Closed for 2013)
Check the Staten Island Unit Program Guide for listings of ranger-led programs, or call 718-351-6992 for Miller Field or 718-987-6790 for Great Kills Park.
Did You Know?
Did you know that many celebrities visited Fort Hancock in World War II? Judy Garland performed for the soldiers at Fort Hancock in 1943. Lana Turner also visited the fort during the war. More...