Travel Guide

Queens, New York City 


Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife refuge and bird sanctuary in New York City. It is one of the largest bird sanctuaries in northeastern United States, covering 9,155 acres (3,705 ha). The refuge is situated in the southwestern corner of Long Island, divided between the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn. Open waters, marshlands, brackish ponds, dunes, woodland, and wooded areas characterize the the refuge. There is a Visitor Center with a parking lot and from here, a walking trail loops through the refuge passing open terrain and marsh areas – walking permit (free) required.
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens (New York City)

Aerial view of Jamaica Bay by Joe Mabel

Several species of wildlife including reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, small mammals, and butterflies inhabit Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. It is also home to more than 300 species of birds including seasonal migratory birds, many making their homes here in spring and summer – a must see for avian enthusiasts. The refuge offers several ranger and partner-led activities including hiking trips, sunset tours, boat trips, family programs, and lecture trips. Be sure to wear long pants and good boots to protect your feet against brushes and crawly creatures.

Jamaica Bay, Queens (New York City)

Jamaica Bay by GK tramrunner229

Location: Cross Bay Boulevard, Queens

Website: New York Harbor Parks

Tel: 718-318-4340 


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