Jacob Riis Park

On the Beach at Riis Park
Jacob Riis Park has been popular with New York beachgoers for over a century.


Jacob Riis Park was designed by New York City as a park in 1912. Its famous bathhouse was built in 1932 and remodeled five years later. Jacob Riis Park became part of the National Park Service when Gateway was established in 1972.
Lifeguards are on duty at this swimming beach daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day from 10 am to 6 pm.
There is also a picnic area and playgrounds.

Operating Hours

Jacob Riis Park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Swimming Beach: Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10 am to 6 pm Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Outdoor Showers:
Outdoor showers are operational in the summer months.
Food Services:
Food is available in Bay 9 and the Riis Beach Bathhouse.
Parking Lot: Beach parking fee of $20 is charged daily between Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. (7 am to 5 pm)

Driving Directions

From the North, East, and West:

  • Take the Belt Parkway to Exit 11S (Flatbush Avenue)
  • Follow Flatbush Avenue south to the Marine Parkway Bridge toll plaza.
  • Cross the bridge, and follow signs to park parking lot.

From the South (and alternate route from other directions):

  • West on Beach Channel Drive.
  • Follow signs to the park.

Public Transportation

Take the #2 train (#5 during rush hour) to Flatbush/Nostrand Avenue. Transfer to the Q35 bus. Select either the Fort Tilden or Jacob Riis stop after the bridge. Please note that during off season both the Q22 and Q35 both stop at Beach 149th Street. Between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day both buses will stop inside Jacob Riis Park.
Alternate: Q21 or Q53 to Beach 116th Street, then Q22 or Q35 to the park.


Find out more about the history of Jacob Riis Park in the links below.

Historic Structure Report, Jacob Riis Park Historic District (1981)
Jacob Riis Park Cultural Landscape Report (1992)
Segregation and Use at Riis Park (no date)

Last updated: September 30, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

210 New York Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305


718 354-4606

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