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Things To Do - Staten Island

View of the NY Harbor and the Verrazano Narrows  Bridge from Fort Wadsworth
Beautiful view of the Verrazano Bridge which can be seen from the Overlook in Fort Wadsworth.
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Looking for something to do? Program information is located on our schedule of events calendar.

Camping

Fort Wadsworth now offers urban camping. Experience our new camp ground site with the luxury of showers and restrooms. To reserve any of our seven sites log on to www.recreation.gov.

Beach Recreation

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!"®

Kayaking

Great Kills Park offers a seasonal kayaking program. Call 718-354-4655 for more information.

Fishing

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)

Goats

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

Biking is allowed at all Staten Island park sites, including the Multi-Use Path at Great Kills Park.

Sports

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.

Birding

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.

Boating

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).

Gardening

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)

Public Programs

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?

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...