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 or 718-619-1438) 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 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.
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 or 718-619-1438 for permit information. (Note: Cricket field is currently closed.)
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.
A Boat Launch Ramp parking permit is available at Great Kills Park 718.987.6790.Picnicking
A group picnic area, available by permit, is located at World War Veterans Park at Miller Field. Call 718-351-6992 or 718-619-1438. (Picnic area temporarily closed).
A Community Garden is located at World War Veterans Park at Miller Field. Call 718-351-6992 or 718-619-1438 for information on Garden Permits. (Closed for 2014)
Check the Staten Island Unit Program Guide for listings of ranger-led programs, or call 718-351-6992 or 718-619-1438 for Miller Field or 718-987-6790 for Great Kills 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.