Touch the warm bricks of a Civil War-era fort; watch scores of migrating hawks soar overhead on their way to Central America; examine a rare, delicate orchid; help volunteers restore vintage aircraft; or build a sandcastle, enjoy a picnic with family, and surf along a sandy beach. All of these opportunities—and more—are possible at Gateway National Recreation Area, in the shadow of Manhattan.
Created in 1972, Gateway is located in the outer New York-New Jersey Harbor, protecting more than 26,000 acres of land, and offering an array of recreational, cultural, and natural experiences. More than 330 species of birds and 71 species of butterflies live within the park or stopover at Gateway during their arduous seasonal migrations along the Atlantic coast. Gateway's buildings, landscapes, and archaeological sites offer great samples of America's coastal defenses from the Revolutionary War through the Cold War.
Gateway National Recreation Area is captured in a quagmire of unrealized potential. Read more about efforts to improve Gateway > >