The Jamaica Bay Unit is one of the largest expanses of open space in the region, consisting of over 19,000 acres of land, bay, and ocean waters in Brooklyn and Queens.
Looking for fun this week?
Gateway's calendar include nature walks, fitness activities and historic tours and programs for all of Jamaica Bay.
Archery is available throughout the year at Floyd Bennett Field with a permit. Call (718) 338-3799 for more information and about permits.
Bike along the historic runways of Floyd Bennett Field, or along trails at Fort Tilden. The Rockaway Gateway Greenway, a paved multi-use pathway adjacent to both Floyd Bennett Field and Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, offers a unique way to see the park.
Birding is great at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, as well as the back fort area of Fort Tilden, and the North Forty area of Floyd Bennett Field.
Please remember that in order to provide food for wildlife, the removal of any plant materials, including fruits, berries, nuts and seeds is prohibited from the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
Park programs for small boat sailing, canoeing and kayaking are offered in Spring, Summer, and Autumn. Call (718) 338-3799 or e-mail us for reservations.
Note: In order to protect wildlife and sensitive marsh habitat, entry into salt marshes or onto any islands in Jamaica Bay is not permitted.
Cross Country Skiing
When the snow falls, Floyd Bennett Field's North Forty Natural Area is available for cross country skiing. Park rangers will cut a trail through the snow for visitors to follow.
Ecology Village Summer Camping
Did you know that school and youth groups can camp at Floyd Bennett Field?
Curated art exhibits are shown throughout the year in the gallery space at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Find out more here. Artists interested in having a showing of their work can go to this link for more information: Exhibitors: Gateway Seeks Artists to Exhibit
Floyd Bennett Field, Fort Tilden, and Canarsie Pier offer great fishing opportunities. Call (718) 338-3799 for information about where
Enjoy Brooklyn's largest Community Garden at Floyd Bennett Field. Find out more by visiting the Floyd Bennett Field Garden Association's website.
The Driving Range and Miniature Golf Course is located at 3200 Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn, approximately 1 mile off of Exit 11S on the Belt Parkway. The 18-hole Pitch and Putt course is located just off the boardwalk at Riis Park Beach. It is just minutes from the Marine Park Bridge.
Discover Jamaica Bay's historic sites, including Fort Tilden, a former U.S. Army post and Floyd Bennett Field, a former municipal airport and U.S. Naval Air Station.
Contact the Jamaica Bay Riding Academy at (718) 531-8949. Horseback riding and lessons are available to the general public throughout the year.
Junior Ranger Program
Aspiring Junior Rangers can pick up the Junior Ranger activity booklet, and earn the Junior Ranger badge and patch at Floyd Bennett Field, Jacob Riis Park (summer season), and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
Model Airplane Flying
Call (718) 338-3799 for information on the Radio Controlled Flying Field at Floyd Bennett Field.
Passport to Your National Parks
For the collectors, passport stamps are available at Floyd Bennett Field, Jacob Riis Park, and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Passport to Your National Parks books are sold through the Eastern National bookstores at Floyd Bennett Field and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
Individuals can picnic at Jacob Riis Park and Canarsie Pier; barbeque grills are available. Group picnic facilities are available by permit at Fort Tilden.
Floyd Bennett Field has 32 tent campsites and 12 RV campsites available for a unique urban, yet rustic camping experience. Online reservations can be made by visiting www.recreation.gov. Sites are $30 per night. For more information, click here or call (718) 338-3799.
Public Programs - Free
Check the calendar to see what opportunities there are for Ranger-led and partner-led programs.
Public Recreation and Sports Fitness Facilities
Aviator Sports and Events Center, Gateway's newest and largest sports concessioner, offers indoor ice skating, hockey, a climbing wall, gymnastics, basketball, and outdoor sports fields. Call (718) 758-7500, or click on the link above.
Walking & Hiking
Take a self guided trail at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Try the Upland, East Pond and West Pond trails. Or hike in the back fort area of Fort Tilden.
Pets are not permitted anywhere within the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, in the Back Woods of Fort Tilden, or Floyd Bennett Field campgrounds. Pets are not permitted on ocean beaches at Riis Park, Fort Tilden, Sandy Hook, or Breezy Point Tip from March 15 to September 15, or Great Kills Park swimming beach from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Pets must be kept on leash where permitted and are not permitted in any public building.
Injured Wildlife: What to Do
The National Park Service, or any of its units at Gateway National Recreation Area, including the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, will not and cannot accept injured wildlife, nor will we convey any wildlife to any other agency or rehabilitator. The NPS has no staff or facility for providing veterinary care to any animal, nor do the 22 sister park sites in the NYC area. You may wish to do a Google search of a wildlife rehabilitator in your area. Bringing injured wildlife to our parkland runs the risk of introducing disease and parasites.
Last updated: April 6, 2020