Beaches at Gateway National Recreation Area

Sandy Beach
On The Beach

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Gateway has three beaches designated for swimming: Jacob Riis Park, Great Kills Park and Sandy Hook.

Lifeguards are on duty at Great Kills Park, Jacob Riis Park and Sandy Hook from 10 am to 6 pm Memorial Day through Labor Day. There will be no lifeguards after Labor Day. Swiming is only allowed at lifeguarded beaches while lifeguards are on duty.

  • Bays 3-5 at Jacob Riis Park are closed to swimming and beach access.

  • Great Kills Park's lifeguards are on duty Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There are no lifeguards Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.

  • Sandy Hook's Lifeguards are on duty at beaches C, D, and G. There are no lifeguards at North Beach or Beach E.

Current Beach Rules Prohibit

  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Tents or shelters (baby tents are allowed)
  • Barbecuing and open fires
  • Group gatherings including group picnics
  • Sports
  • Glass containers
  • Coolers that are more than 24 quarts in size per group
  • Dogs and kites from March 15-September 15
  • Entering areas with symbolic fencing
  • Climbing on rocks/groins
  • Accessing the dunes (except at designated dune crossings)

Great Kills Park is open daily from 6 am to 9 pm
Jacob Riis Park is open daily from 6 am to 10 pm
Sandy Hook is open daily from 6 am to 9 pm

Intersted in fishing at the beach? Find out more on our fishing page.

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    Last updated: June 14, 2022

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