New York Beach Ferry provides summer service Fri-Sun from Pier 11 at Wall St. in Manhattan to Rockaway.
Open daily, 9am-5pm.
The boardwalk is wheelchair accessible. Beach wheelchairs are available at the First Aid Station during the summer. Handicapped parking is available.
Gateway NRA (NPS), 718-318-4300.
Jacob Riis Park
A historic ocean beach and Art Deco bathhouse in the Rockaways
Dubbed "The People's Beach," Jacob Riis Park—part of Gateway National Recreation Area—is a popular summer destination steeped in history. Today its sand, surf, seaside recreation areas and famous Art Deco bathhouse is a popular destination for all New York City.
Opened in 1932, the restored bathhouse an architectural landmark is home to a variety of ranger-led programs and history exhibits. Facilities available in season include the Riis Park Pitch and Putt Golf Course, ball courts and food concessions.
The park is named in honor of Jacob Riis, the famed New York City journalist and photographer who documented the plight of the poor and working class in the city's tenements. Today, the park's ocean beach and landscaped walkways, boardwalks and courtyards still provide city dwellers, many of them new immigrants, an opportunity to spread out and enjoy the open air.
Constructed on the site of one of the first US naval air stations, the park was designed in 1936 by innovative Park Commissioner Robert Moses, who had also created Jones Beach on Long Island in 1929. Moses envisioned Riis Park as a Jones Beach for poor immigrants, a destination accessible by public transportation and closer to the city. Jacob Riis Park was transferred to the control of the National Park Service in 1972.
Things to Do
Special Events in May
2nd Annual Rockaway Bike Parade
5/18, 11am-2pm, Ferry Landing, Beach Channel Dr. and Beach 108th St.
Celebrate people-powered transportation! Watch the parade of vehicles and costumed participants or join in the fun. Look for Gateway rangers along the way and enter the "Best in Show" competition. The parade will travel along Shorefront Parkway from Beach 108th St. to Beach 73rd St. Register and get event details at Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.
Healthy Heart Beach Walk
5/26, 8-10am, Riis Park Parking Lot Entrance
Travel with a Park Ranger for a 3 mile morning walk on the beach, heading east to 109th Street. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water and sunscreen. No reservation required.
Swimming, sunbathing, picnicking and kite flying. Paddle tennis, baseball, basketball and volleyball courts. Pitch and Putt golf course via the Brooklyn Golf Center.