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. It offers green spaces, beaches, wildlife and outdoor recreation, all alongside historic structures and cultural landscapes. It is the fourth most visited visited unit in the National Park Service system with more than nine million visitors annually.
Whether you are looking for information on where you can get a fishing permit, when Gateway is is open, or directions to any part of Gateway, this is the place to start.
How will COVID-19 affect my visit?
We've made many operational changes due to the pandemic, including closing some areas, and limiting hours of operation. Find all of the changes due to COVID-19 here.
Do I need a mask?
Yes. Consistent with CDC guidance regarding areas of substantial or high transmission, visitors to Gateway National Recreation Area, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask inside all park buildings
Individuals over the age of two years who are not fully vaccinated must also wear masks, except when actively eating or drinking, in the following locations in the following outdoor areas, when others are present, where the superintendent has determined that physical distancing (staying at least six feet apart) cannot reasonably be maintained:
• All outdoor areas adjacent to visitor centers
• All parking lots and common areas in campgrounds
• All crowded trails, viewpoints, and other areas of interest
• All covered structures that attract crowds such a memorials and open-air pavilions.
Masks must cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly around the nose and chin with no large gaps around the sides of the face. Masks not designed to be protective, masks with ventilation valves, and face shields do not meet the requirement.
When is the park open?
The three units of Gateway are generally open daily. .
The Sandy Hook Unit is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Jamaica Bay - all areas except Canarsie Pier and Jacob Riis Park are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Canarsie Pier and Jacob Riis Park are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Staten Island - all areas are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Are there any fees to visit?
We do not have an entrance fee, but we charge a beach parking fee between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day at Jacob Riis Beach (Queens, NY) and Sandy Hook (NJ).
Jacob Riis Park, Queens: For most vehicles, beach parking is $20 per day or $100 per season. For oversized vehicles (more than 20 feet), charge is $50 per day or $200 per season. Hours of collection are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sandy Hook, N.J.: For most vehicles, beach parking is $20 per day or $100 per season. For oversized vehicles (more than 20 feet), charge is $50 per day or $200 per season. Hours of collection are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Are there Beach Parking discounts?
Yes. Access Pass and Senior Passes holders receive a 50% discount.
Can I obtain an "America the Beautiful" Pass?
No. "America the Beautiful" interagency passes are only sold at parks with entrance fees. Gateway does not charge an entrance fee, so this pass is not sold at any unit of Gateway.
How can I get a senior pass or access pass?
Access and senior passes are available online only. Use this link.
How do I get to Gateway?
Some parts of Gateway area accessible by public transportation, both bus and subway, others are accessible by ferry (at least in the summer).
Please visit the following pages to for specific directions to each unit of Gateway.
How do I get a job at Gateway?
Applications for jobs with the National Park Service are accepted via USAJOBS, the federal government's official source for job listings and employment information. Our current jobs are listed here. Work With Us - Gateway National Recreation Area (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)