There are no entrance fees for Gateway National Recreation Area. However, there is a charge for beach parking from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day at Jacob Riis Park in Queens, N.Y. and at Sandy Hook, N.J.
Beach Parking at Jacob Riis Park
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 5 p.m.
Beach Parking at Sandy Hook
Sandy Hook, N.J.: 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.
Are there Beach Parking discounts?
Yes. InterAgency (IA) Access Pass and IA Senior Passes holders receive a 50% discount. Please note that the IA Annual pass holders do NOT receive a discount on expanded amenities fees such as beach parking.
Active Military Members who own an IA 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.)
Camping rates and details
Where to obtain passes at Gateway
Visitors may obtain Access or Senior Passes at the following sites throughout the year. Unless otherwise mentioned, sites are open during normal business hours seven days a week. Senior passes are $80.
Please note: the America the Beautiful annual interagency pass (below) is sold only at parks with entrance fees; Gateway does not charge an entrance fee, so this pass is NOT sold at any unit of Gateway. You must instead visit one of national parks charging entrance fees or visit the USGS store online.
Jamaica Bay Unit:
Sandy Hook Unit:
Staten Island Unit:
How do I obtain an Interagency Pass?
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL PASS SERIES: In 2007, the Golden Eagle and Golden Access Passes were replaced with a new series of interagency passes called the America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. All Golden Access and Golden Age Passports will continue to be honored according to the provisions of the pass. Only paper Golden Age and Access Passports may be exchanged free of charge for new plastic passes. The America the Beautiful Pass Series includes the Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass and Volunteer Pass and the free annual pass for active military and their dependent families. Please visit the USGS Store website for more information or to purchase online.
Last updated: July 15, 2019