Indoor Activities

Indoor areas offer a great way to escape the outdoor weather and to learn more about the park areas. There are vistitor centers in all three units of Gateway that feature hands-on exhibits, bookstores, and rangers or volunteers available to answer questions. Click on each location below to learn about the facilities in each area.
The Fort Wadsworth Visitor Center and are open Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center is open Friday- Tuesday from 10 am to 4 pm.
The Sandy Hook Visitor Center is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
The Sandy Hook History House is open daily from 1 pm to 5 pm and the Fort Hancock Post Museum is open on weekends from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Hangar B (Floyd Bennett Field) is open Sundays from 10 am to 1 pm.

The Ryan Visitor Center, Miller Field Ranger Station, and Great Kills Ranger Station all remain closed at this time.

Masks are currently required in all federal buildings throughout Gateway.

  • 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.

  • Battery Weed from the water

    Fort Wadsworth

    Fort Wadsworth was one of the oldest military installations in the country before becoming part of 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.

  • Sandy Hook Lighthouse

    Sandy Hook

    Sandy Hook includes the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in the U.S, a Nike missile site, and many historic buildings.

Last updated: July 28, 2022

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