3270 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island.
Open Friday-Monday, 9am-4:30pm.
The Ranger Station, Multi-use Path, Education Field Station, and Nichols Marina Office are all wheelchair accessible. The Beach Center restrooms are accessible and surf chairs are available for visitors in wheelchairs. All parking lots have handicapped spaces, and Lot F has cutouts in the railing along the water that allow for fishing from wheelchairs. Get more information.
Gateway NRA (NPS), 718-987-6790; Nichols Marina, 718-351-8476.
Great Kills Park
An ocean beach playground and wildlife haven
Located on a peninsula in Staten Island, Great Kills Park—part of Gateway National Recreation Area—is 580 acres of open space where visitors can enjoy many recreational amenities or explore the wildlife still thriving in New York City. You can relax on the beach, go for a swim in the life-guarded ocean surf or hike, bike and run on the trails or multi-use path.
Great Kills Park is known locally for its ecological resources. It is home to the only osprey nesting site on Staten Island, with special nesting platforms provided for the birds to inhabit. The name Great Kills originates from a Dutch word meaning "many creeks." Today, the waters are popular with boaters and fisherman alike.
In 1860, John J. Crooke, a businessman and pioneering naturalist, purchased the peninsula's point. While living in a log cabin on its sandy shore, he spent time photographing the beautiful natural space and collecting plant and animal specimens. In 1929, the City of New York bought Crooke's Point and the surrounding properties to develop into a park. However, work was delayed due to the Great Depression and it was not until 1949 that Great Kills Park opened to the public. Great Kills Park became a national park site in 1973.
Things to Do
Stargazing at Great Kills
4/25, 8-11pm, Parking Lot A
Gaze at the wonders of the night sky with the Amateur Astronomers Association. Weather permitting. Telescopes provided.
Kayak lessons and guided tours are offered from June to August.
Swimming, sunning, fishing, birding, biking, jogging, yoga, rollerblading and model airplane flying.
Beach is lifeguarded Memorial Day-Labor Day, 10am-5:45pm, daily. Permits requird for fishing and private boating.