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Gateway National Recreation Area

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Address: Floyd Bennett Field, Building 69, Brooklyn, NY
Phone Number:
+1 718-338-3338

This 26,000-acre park, on New York's harbor, has outdoor and indoor...

This 26,000-acre park, on New York's harbor, has outdoor and indoor diversions.

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Interesting historical perspective

Aviation history at its best. Being part of the National Park Service (NPS) keeps this area open. The museum is small but informative and the rangers are very helpful. You can... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Aviation history at its best. Being part of the National Park Service (NPS) keeps this area open. The museum is small but informative and the rangers are very helpful. You can also get your NPS passport stamped here. Across the street at the marina is Dead Horse Bay which was the dumping ground for the thousands of people's belongings who... More 

Thank Phyllis K
Wayne, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Went with my son Ho wanted to see the NYC's first airport Small museum and shop, but you have access to the original runway. The hangars are classic Art Deco. We couldn't get in that day to the buildings with some aircraft but would have been interesting Camping is available in the area, would be a good campout for Boy... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

nice place to camp out. BBq grills set up close to water for fishing bathrooms accessible and very reasonably priced.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

It's just great that it's possible to camp so close to Brooklyn and NYC. But! The camping does not fit normal campsite standards; the places are small, the people are very loud and there's no one controlling. The airplanes make sleeping difficult and one you get used to this, there are crazy cars driving by all night long with horrible... More 

1 Thank Tessa E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We are camped in a 38' motorhome right on Jamaica Bay with the bay on one side and woods on the other side. Dry camping only but clean showers and restrooms nearby as well as potable water. We came prepared to dry camp. The camp is located in a small section of a World War II air base. Hiking/biking trails,... More 

2 Thank Kari S
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

This park is located near Flloyd Bennet field on Flatbush avenue. The park offers numerous activities, such as mini airplane flying for the hobbiest, camping area for those in it. Fishing area, Mini car racing for hobbiest as well. Large area, they sometimes have carnivals, fairs. They also have soccer and rugby areas ,and is located near the Aviator Sports... More 

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

We stayed at this National Park in June 2016. Site is an ex WW2 used airfield that has been modified for an RV site; Recreation Area; NYPD helicopter base; Community Gardens and other recreational uses. The RV spaces are beside part of an old runway overlooking the river and the area is huge. Despite how it sounds this is a... More 

4 Thank PaulHobso
Orlando, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

we were only here for one night. it's not a great place for tent camping because of noise from air planes going in / out of nearby La Guardia airport during the day and even in the middle of the night but price is good at just $23 a night. clean showers & toilets by camp store (short walk) but... More 

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CNY, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

I first ventured to this area in hopes of forested hiking. However, there's not much of that available due to much of the wilderness parts being protected. I'm all for that as wildlife has very little opportunity to thrive in or around a large city. That was a little disappointing, but there's still many things to do here. You can... More 

1 Thank Bethany P
Hebron, lsrael
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2016

This reviewer made a long three-day walk in the south-shore regions of Queens and Brooklyn, from Jamaica, Queens, to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn (he had already walked from Manhattan to both Jamaica and Brighton Beach). The walk passed the pleasant seaside neighborhood of Howard Beach (better known as the destination of one of the two lines of the expensive AirTrain from... More 

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