Gateway is a large, diverse urban park with 27,000 acres spanning Sandy Hook in N.J. and Jamaica Bay and Staten Island in N.Y. It offers green spaces, beaches, wildlife and outdoor recreation, all alongside historic structures and cultural landscapes. It is the fourth most visited visited unit in the National Park Service system with more than nine million visitors annually.
Whether you are looking for information on where you can get a fishing permit, when Gateway is is open, or directions to any part of Gateway, this is the place to start.
How will COVID-19 affect my visit?
We've made many operational changes due to the pandemic, including closing some areas, and limiting hours of operation. Find all of the changes due to COVID-19 here.
When is the park open?
The three units of Gateway are generally open daily from sunrise to sunset. Specific buildings and areas may be open seasonally or on weekends only.
Please visit the following pages to find out more.
How do I get to Gateway?
Some parts of Gateway area accessible by public transportation, both bus and subway, others are accessible by ferry (at least in the summer).
Please visit the following pages to for specific directions to each unit of Gateway.
Does Gateway have an entrance fee?
No, but we do charge for beach parking at Jacob Riis Park and Sandy Hook from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. It is $10 per day per car at Jacob Riis Park and $15 per day per car at Sandy Hook. You can learn more on our Fees & Passes page.
What can I do at Gateway?
There are so many things to do at Gateway. You can camp, swim, fish, and learn about our nation's history. But there's also more.
Please visit the following pages to find things to do at each unit.
Jamaica Bay Unit
Sandy Hook Unit
Staten Island Unit
You can also see what is happening on any specific date with our event calendar.
Can I camp at Gateway?
Yes! Camping is available at Floyd Bennett Field (Jamaica Bay), Sandy Hook, and Fort Wadsworth (Staten Island). Most camping is "primitive" tent camping, but different areas offer different amenities.
Camping is $30 a night, ($15 per night with the Senior or Access Pass) and reservations are available at www.recreation.gov under Camp Gateway.