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National Parks of New York Harbor

Many people are surprised when they discover that there are 10 National Parks with 23 unique destinations in and around New York City and northern New Jersey. These are places to enjoy a beautiful day at the beach, become involved in the stewardship of an urban ecosystem, or better understand today's world by making a visit to the past.

The National Parks of New York Harbor include Gateway National Recreation Area, Governors Island and the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island. In addition, there are six cultural and historic destinations in Manhattan, including the African Burial Ground, and one in Westchester County. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, an affiliated site, is also a part of this network.

The National Parks of New York Harbor comprise approximately 27,000 acres and are visited more than 12 million times each year. Year-round, there are a variety of tours, exhibits, special events, educational programs and recreational opportunities.

Parks by location

The African Burial Ground

Statue of Liberty National Monument

Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Governors Island National Monument

Castle Williams

Fort Jay

Manhattan Sites

Castle Clinton National Monument

Federal Hall National Memorial

Federal Hall is closed for construction until Fall 2006.

General Grant National Memorial

Hamilton Grange National Memorial

Saint Pauls Church National Historic Site

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

Lower East Side Tenement Museum National Historic Site

an affiliated National Park Service area

Gateway National Recreation Area

Sites of particular note are listed under each unit

Sandy Hook Unit

Sandy Hook Beaches

Fort Hancock

Sandy Hook Lighthouse

Holly Forest

Staten Island Unit

Great Kills

Fort Wadsworth

World War Veterans Park at Miller Field

Swinburne and Hoffman Islands

Jamaica Bay Unit

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Breezy Point

Canarsie Pier

Frank Charles Memorial Park

Jacob Riis Park

Fort Tilden

Floyd Bennett Field

Plumb Beach

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