Entrance fees? No. Parking fees? Yes, in the summer.
There are no entrance fees for Gateway National Recreation Area.
But fees ARE charged for expanded amenities. That includes beach parking to access beach centers.
From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, an expanded amenity fee for beach parking is charged per vehicle at Jacob Riis Park in Queens, New York and Sandy Hook in New Jersey. Collection hours vary by site; see below.
Beach parking fees at Jacob Riis Park and Sandy Hook Unit
Jacob Riis Park, Queens: For most vehicles, beach parking is $10 per day or $65 per season. For oversized vehicles (more than 20 feet), charge is $20 per day or $135 per season. Hours of collection are 7 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Sandy Hook, New Jersey: For most vehicles, beach parking is $15 per day or $75 per season. For oversized vehicles (more than 20 feet), charge is $30 per day or $150 per season. Hours of collection are 7 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Does Gateway offer any discounts or free beach parking?
Yes. Access Pass (Golden Access) and Senior Pass (Golden Age Passport) holders receive a 50% discount. Please note that the America the Beautiful Pass holders do NOT receive a discount on expanded amenities fees such as beach parking.
As of May 19, 2012, Active Military Members who own an America the Beautiful Annual Pass will receive free beach parking at Gateway where parking fees are charged, including Jacob Riis Park and Sandy Hook. Active duty military photo identification will be required at all times to verify ownership of the Annual Pass. Vehicle Hang Tag is to be displayed at all times. (Hang tag is issued with annual pass.)