Gateway National Recreation Area

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About Gateway National Recreation Area

Don’t let its location in one of the world’s largest cities fool you. Gateway National Recreation Area’s got bounce to the ounce. It has more than 26,000 acres featuring marshes, wildlife sanctuaries and sandy beaches in Sandy Hook, Jamaica Bay and Staten Island.

Once you get there, you'll feel like you’ve escaped the city grind, and still there’s no shortage of things to do (in the best of ways). Visitors can keep up the NYC hustle with camping, picnicking, recreational athletic facilities, historic sites and the Gateway Research Learning Center, which promotes ecological health through research and education. Cruise down with your tribe and check the scenario.

Campgrounds in Gateway

Floyd Bennett Field
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Nick: Floyd Bennett Field is an old airstrip that has been taken over by the National Parks Service. If...
Fort Wardsworth
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James: Close to the South Beach boardwalk and walking/cycling paths to Fort Wadsworth and the Verrazano...

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Hipcamper Nick

Floyd Bennett Field is an old airstrip that has been taken over by the National Parks Service. If you've ever driven, or ridden your bike to Rockaway Beach— like I have—then you've probably passed it without even realizing it. What's tucked away behind long retired cement runways is a little piece of Brooklyn paradise that might surprise you.

Complete with a well stocked camp store, bathrooms, running water and picnic areas, Floyd Bennett Field hosts a slew of well maintained tent sites. Each site has it's own fire ring and picnic table. The foliage and wooded area surrounding the tent sites will let you forget for a little while that you're still in one of the biggest cities in the world—which is why Camp Getaway is aptly named.

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Hipcamper James

Close to the South Beach boardwalk and walking/cycling paths to Fort Wadsworth and the Verrazano Bridge. Nice area for anyone new to Staten Island or even locals.

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Hipcamper Nate

Not a pretty campsite, but a great place to stay in NYC!

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History of Gateway National Recreation Area

Established in 1972, Gateway National Recreation Area offers more than 26,000 acres of marshes, wildlife sanctuaries and recreational athletic facilities, miles of sandy beaches; indoor and outdoor classrooms; picnicking and camping areas, as well as historic structures and military installations, airfields, a lighthouse, and adjacent waters around New York harbor. The park offers urban residents in two states a wide range of year round recreational opportunities.