Jamaica Bay Places

Natural areas, defense, recreation and high-flying history
Jamaica Bay Unit consists of several areas surrounding Jamaica Bay in New York Harbor. It includes refuge areas for fish and migrating birds, wetlands protecting residents from damage during storms, former defense installations, beaches and playgrounds designed originally as New York City parks and the first municipal airport in the city.

Jamaica Bay Places

  • Fishing rods and light posts at Canarsie pier

    Canarsie Pier

    Brooklyn's Canarsie Pier has been a popular fishing spot for more than 300 years

  • Ryan Visitor Center at Gateway's Floyd Bennett Field

    Floyd Bennett Field

    Floyd Bennett Field was NYC's first municipal airport. Today this area includes over 1,300 acres of grassland and the Ryan Visitor Center.

  • Entrance to Jamaica Bay's Fort Tilden

    Fort Tilden

    Fort Tilden is a former military site with hiking trails, athletic fields, and much more.

  • Frank Charles Park in Howard Beach, Queens

    Frank Charles Park

    Frank Charles Park is located in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens.

  • Wise Clock at Jacob Riis Park at night

    Jacob Riis Park

    Jacob Riis Park is one of the three swimming beaches at Gateway National Recreation Area.

  • Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

    Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

    The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge includes over 12,600 acres. More than 300 different bird species have been spotted here.

  • Hamilton Beach Park

    Hamilton Beach Park

    Hamilton Beach Park provides both open space and outdoor recreation opportunities.

  • Education Program at North Channel Bridge

    North Channel Bridge

    North Channel Bridge is not only a popular fishing spot, but also a spot for educational programs with NPS rangers.

  • View of beach and shoreline at Plumb Beach with bridge in the background

    Plumb Beach

    Plumb Beach is a popular destination for windsurfing and kiteboarding. There is also a kayak launch here.

  • walking path at Spring Creek Park

    Spring Creek

    Spring Creek is a 237 acre site of undeveloped upland forest, wetland and marsh in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens.

Last updated: August 6, 2021

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