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Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Vstr. Cntr. - Gateway National Recreation Area

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Open Now: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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We visited the visitor center and had a guided tour

We saw manhattan far across the bay. Also a lot of birds and animals pointed out by our ranger... read more

Reviewed April 8, 2019
Syracuse, New York

we went here for a short hike and some quiet we enjoyed ourselves a really nice pleasant place... read more

Reviewed January 13, 2019
Far Rockaway, New York
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Apr 8, 2019
“We visited the visitor center and had a guided tour”
Jan 13, 2019
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Cross Bay Boulevard, Broad Channel, Far Rockaway, NY 11693-1336
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Reviewed April 8, 2019

We saw manhattan far across the bay. Also a lot of birds and animals pointed out by our ranger guide, and we saw them thru the binoculars provided by the center.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed January 13, 2019

we went here for a short hike and some quiet we enjoyed ourselves a really nice pleasant place would go back

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank EliS613
Reviewed December 11, 2017 via mobile

I've stopped here a few times. It's never been busy when I stop by. There are a few different trails y ou can take to walk around the area. It was a little cold when I stopped by and the sun was setting so it...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank marks92012
Reviewed August 2, 2017

Jamaica Bay is one of the most important stops on the major east coast bird migration route. Birds stop here to rest and feed. The park is continuously monitored by the Audubon Society, who report interesting sightings and thus the park is heavily visited by...More

Date of experience: August 2017
5  Thank Forest-Hills-Cynic
Reviewed June 10, 2017

Easy to get to by car on and off Belt Parkway. Informative stop with displays and video. Clean bathrooms - men's bathroom has changing table as well as garbage can close by said table! Outside picnic area, easy to get to by mass transit and...More

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank gostartraveler
Reviewed June 10, 2017

An all-season refuge from the great city, a birder's paradise and a great walk. Conservation and teaching at work. Love it! I would love to see more nature films shown there, especially those concerned with conservation. Check out "Chasing Coral" on Netflix.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank PKipke
Reviewed May 20, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I had been looking forward to our visit to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge for several months. Here in the U.K. This Refuge has an excellent reputation. So with our week in New York this would be the perfect time to visit. So...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Highland-Birder
Reviewed October 29, 2016

This hidden nature gem is only a view minutes by train from JFK. The ranger told us they often get visitors who drop off their bags at JFK and then spend an hour or 2 walking the two trails. If you are traveling by rental...More

Date of experience: October 2016
3  Thank beachandsunmonkey
Reviewed September 26, 2016

A Must See for Birders - located on the main East Coast Flyway - an Audubon Hot Spot for Exotic Lifers. A respite with the NYC Skyline in the background.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Forest-Hills-Cynic
Reviewed May 26, 2016

...even in central N.Y.C. you can still manage to see the unique natural setting with the coast, the islands and rivers nearby, out on Jamaica bay it is all much closer. You will find the sandy beaches/ wetland/ tidal basin sort of coast there, and...More

Date of experience: May 2016
2  Thank JensR289
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