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 July
7/3, 7-10pm, Boardwalk and Beach 169 Street
Kick off your Independence Day weekend with a beach campfire! Take part in a sing along and spy fireworks across the water. Bring a chair, blanket, and fixings for s'mores.
Kayak Skills Session
7/4, 1-3:30pm, Riis Landing
Receive free kayaking instruction then practice your strokes and skills at these weekly sessions. Children over 11 and adults are welcome.
7/15, Boards at 5:30pm, 6-8pm, Riis Landing
Join a ranger on a sunset cruise past bird nesting islands and verdant marshes. Expect water birds along with the beautiful Jamaica Bay sunset. $20.00 for adults, $15.00 children ages 5-15, free for children under age 5. Contact American Princess Cruises at 718-474-0555 to make a reservation.
Rockaway Cove Paddle
7/24, 1-3:30pm, Riis Landing
Paddle the scenic shoreline of Rockaway peninsula on this two-mile trip along the cove toward Rockaway Point. Call 718-338-3799 to make a reservation.
Swimming, sunbathing, picnicking and kite flying. Paddle tennis, baseball, basketball and volleyball courts. Pitch and Putt golf course via the Brooklyn Golf Center.