• 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

    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.

  • The Floyd Bennett Field Archery Range will be closed on October 22

    Sections of the archery range parking lot will be excavated by the Army Corps of Engineers, to remove defunct fuel lines. The archery range will reopen October 23.

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.

Looking for something to do? Program information is located on our schedule of events calendar.


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!"®


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

Kayak for Fun

Kayak for fun public program in Great Kills has been extended to the following dates: September 06, 07, 13, 14, & 20, 2014 from 10:30 am - 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm weather permitting. Please contact 718.987.6790 for cancellations.


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.


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)

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?

Jacob Riis

Journalist Jacob Riis was called "New York's most useful citizen," by Theodore Roosevelt. Riis often accompanied Police Commissioner Roosevelt in raids exposing the hardship of life for New York City's poor and immigrant populations and published his photos in newspapers. More...