Gateway National Recreation Area

Overview

Gateway National Recreation Area is a 26,000 acre recreation area located in the heart of the New York metropolitan area. The park extends through three New York City boroughs and into northern New Jersey.

Gateway National Recreation Area invites you to step outside. At Jamaica Bay, Sandy Hook and Staten Island you can swim, bike, see historic forts and aircraft or enjoy the tranquility of nature. Park sites offer a variety of recreation opportunities, along with a chance to explore many significant cultural and natural resources.

The three units of Gateway National Recreation Area include the Jamaica Bay Unit, the Sandy Hook Unit, and the Staten Island Unit. Each unit is generally open daily from sunrise to sunset. Specific buildings and areas may be open seasonally or on weekends only. Most sites at Gateway are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

Map

Directions

Driving: 

Traffic in the New Jersey / New York metropolitan area is frequently heavy, regardless of the time of day or weather. If traveling by car to scheduled events in the park, allow extra travel time, or use public transportation.
To Jamaica Bay: From the North, East, and West:
Take the Belt Parkway to Exit 11S (Flatbush Avenue)
Follow Flatbush Avenue south to the fourth traffic light (and last light before the Marine Parkway Bridge toll plaza.)
Turn left at the light, into the park.
From the South (and alternate route from other directions):
Woodhaven Boulevard to Cross Bay Boulevard.
West on Beach Channel Drive to the Marine Parkway Bridge (towards Brooklyn.)
Turn right at the first traffic light after the toll plaza into the park.

To Sandy Hook Unit: Update: A new traffic pattern exists both entering and exiting Sandy Hook. Please drive with caution through the area.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation is replacing the Highlands Bridge located near the entrance to Sandy Hook. Traffic delays in both the summer season and off-season can occur. Visitors can call 511 or 1-866-511-6538 and say "Route 36" to learn about the latest traffic information.From North Jersey and New York: - South on the New Jersey Turnpike - Exit 11 onto the Garden State Parkway (South) - Exit 117 (Keyport/Hazlet) - After toll, bear left and follow Route 36 East - 12 miles to park entrance (after crossing the Highlands Bridge)-Stay right to enter the park.

From South Jersey: - North on Garden State Parkway - Exit 105 (Eatontown), bear left for Route 36 East - Continue on Route 36 East, pass Monmouth Mall and across Route 35 through Eatontown and Long Branch (Route 36 is called Joline Avenue here). - Continue on Route 36, which turns left and follows north along ocean. (Route 36 is called Ocean Blvd. here) - North for six miles through the towns of Long Branch, Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright to park.

From Philadelphia & Camden, New Jersey: - New Jersey Turnpike north to Exit 7A (Shore Points) onto I-195 - East on I-195, to Garden State Parkway north. - GSP north to Exit 105 (Eatontown). - Then follow "From South Jersey" directions above.

Staten Island Unit:
From the east:
Take Verrazano - Narrows Bridge from Brooklyn.
After toll, take the Bay Street exit to the park entrance.
From the west:
Take either the Goethals or Bayonne Bridge from New Jersey to the Staten Island Expressway (Interstate 278)
Staten Island Expressway (Interstate 278) east to the Lily Pond Ave. exit.
Turn left at the light and follow this road to Bay Street and the park entrance.

Miller Field, World War Veterans Park: (718) 351-6970
Verrrazano Narrows Bridge from Brooklyn or the Goethals or Bayonne Bridges from New Jersey to the Staten Island Expressway (Interstate 278).
Take the Hylan Boulevard exit.
Proceed south on Hylan Boulevard.
Turn left on New Dorp Lane for Miller Field.

Great Kills Park (718) 987-6790
Verrrazano Narrows Bridge from Brooklyn or the Goethals or Bayonne Bridges from New Jersey to the Staten Island Expressway (Interstate 278).
Take the Hylan Boulevard exit.
Proceed south on Hylan Boulevard.
Turn left at the entrance to Great Kills Park.

Public Transport: 

Jamaica Bay by Public Transporation:
Floyd Bennett Field: Call 718-338-3799 for information and reservations for special events.
Subway:
Take the #2 (also #5 at rush hours) to Flatbush Avenue. Alternate: Take the A or S to Rockaway Park / Beach 116th St.

Bus: Take Q35 bus from either subway stop to park.

Jacob Riis Park/Fort Tilden: Call 718-318-4300 for information and reservations for special events.

Subway:
Take the #2 (also #5 at rush hours) to Flatbush Avenue.
Alternate: Take the A or S to Rockaway Park / Beach 116th Street.
Bus:
Take Q35 bus from either stop to park, or Q22 from Beach 116th Street.
Connect with the Q35 bus on Flatbush Avenue.
After the bridge, ask driver to let you off at either Ft. Tilden or Riis Park.
Alternate: Q21 or Q53 to Beach 116th Street, then Q22 or Q35 to the park.

Ferry: Ferries run between Riis Landing on Rockaway, the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Bay Ridge and Pier 11 on Wall Street.

Summer weekends and holidays: visit New York Beach Ferry for fares and schedules. Ferries will resume Memorial Day weekend 2011. For more information, including fares, call 718-474-0593.
* Weekdays throughout the year: visit New York Water Taxi for fares and schedules. For general inquiries, email or call 212-742-1969, extension 0.

Canarsie Pier: Call 718-763-2202 for information or reservations for special events.

Subway: Take L subway to Rockaway Parkway, then transfer to the B42 bus to the entrance of the pier.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge: Call 718-318-4340 for information or to make reservations for special events.

Subway:
Take the Rockaway bound A to Broad Channel Station.
Walk along Noel Road to Cross Bay Boulevard.
Turn right and walk about three quarters of a mile to the Refuge Visitor Center.

Bus:
Take the Q21 from Liberty Avenue (Queens) or 116th Street (Rockaway) to the Refuge.
Alternate: take the Q53 bus from 61st Street & Roosevelt Avenue (Queens) to the Refuge.