Did You Know There Are 12 National Park Sites That Surround The Port of New York City?

These 12 sites preserve more than 400 years of American history! We invite you to explore the past and investigate its relevance in our lives today. From the birth of American democracy to the evolution of commerce, harbor defense, ecology and immigration, the breadth of themes commemorated through the National Parks of New York Harbor reflect the richness and diversity of our heritage.

Lifelike Figures Inside the African Burial Ground
African Burial Ground National Monument

African Burial Ground is the oldest and largest known excavated burial ground in North America for both free and enslaved Africans.

Federal Hall National Memorial
Federal Hall National Memorial

Home to the first Congress, Supreme Court, & the Executive Branch, Washington took the oath of office as our first President here.

Gateway offers green spaces, beaches, wildlife & outdoor recreation, alongside historic structures.
Gateway National Recreation Area

Gateway is a large, diverse urban park with 27,000 acres spanning Sandy Hook in N.J. and Jamaica Bay and Staten Island in N.Y.

Visitors walk out of the main entrance to Castle Clinton
Castle Clinton National Monument

Located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island, Castle Clinton stands where New York City began, and represents the growth of the city.

Fort Jay, one of two historic forts on the island, has a dry moat.
Governors Island National Monument

From 1794 to 1966, the U.S. Army on Governors Island was part of the social, political, and economic tapestry of New York City.

St. Paul's Church and cemetery against a stormy background.
Saint Paul's National Historic Site

Since 1665 St. Paul's Church has been a pillar of the local community, serving many purposes in its lengthy history.

An aerial view of a crowd gathering for a tour around a park ranger
Ellis Island National Immigration Museum

Over 12 million immigrants passed through the halls of Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954.

Statue of Liberty Homepage
Statue of Liberty National Monument

A gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.

Stonewall National Monument

The Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969 is a milestone in the quest for LGBTQ civil rights and provided momentum for a movement.

Women in traditional African dress dance on green grass
Hamilton Grange National Memorial

Merchant’s clerk, Revolutionary War soldier, first Secretary Treasury of the United States: Alexander Hamilton’s life is memorialized here.

A marble mausoleum with a large dome stands tall against a bright blue sky
General Grant National Memorial

The final resting place of President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia, is the largest mausoleum in North America.

Theodore Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to be born in New York City.
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, lived at this site from his birth on October 27, 1858 until he was 14 years old

The outside of the museum gift shop and visitor center showing a glass wall of windows
Lower East Side Tenement Museum

The Tenement Museum is an affiliated site, which preserves the history and personal experiences of immigrant communities in New York City.

Trails & Rails volunteers stand posing and smiling in outside next to an Amtrak train
Trails & Rails

Trails & Rails an educational program sponsored in partnership between Amtrak and NPS. NPNH is an active participant of Trails & Rails.

Last updated: April 26, 2024

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