Eating & Sleeping


There are numous year-round dining options surrounding Gateway National Recreation Area. There are also options in the park itself.

Riis Park Beach Bazaar is located at Jacob Riis Park and is open during the summer season. Visit their website for hours and more.

McFly's on the Hook is a convenience store located on 52 McNair Road in the Sandy Hook Unit. Visit their website for hours and more

There are also food trucks that operate on the Sandy Hook beaches between Memorial Day - September 30.


There are picnic areas in all units of the park. Permits are required for picnics at Miller Field (Staten Island) and Fort Tilden (Jamaica Bay). Permits are not required for picnics at Canarsie Pier, Jacob Riis Park, or Sandy Hook.The picnic areas at Fort Tilden and Sandy Hook are currently closed.


Since Gateway is located in NYC and metropolitan NJ, there are many options of lodging outside of the park to choose from.
There are also some short term rentals at Sandy Hook and campsites at all three units of the park.
Short Term Rentals
Sandy Hook Vacations
Sandy Hook Rentals


Last updated: September 17, 2021

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