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"Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (Actually in Queens)" Top 5 Page for this destination Brooklyn Things to Do Tip by PA2AKgirl

Brooklyn Things to Do: 93 reviews and 156 photos

  These invasive spieces are everywhere at JBWR
by PA2AKgirl

Mostly everything I'm going to mention is located in the south part of Bklyn and Queens anyway, so I am going to merge the information into one travel page
So, the JBWR is the only wildlife refuge run by the National Park Service (the others are through Fish and Wildlife) and it's part of Gateway National Recreation Area. If I am considering Bklyn and Queens to be NYC's unlikely destinations, then a National Park in the city sure fits in to this category. The wildlife refuge is pretty much a nice expanse of open land, with trails and 2 ponds. It's located right on the Atlantic Flyway, and the variety of birds that come through there is incredible. It's well over 300 different kinds. There are programs given there, like in every National Park, as well as self guided trails with interpretive signs and brochures. Birders come out here everyday, parents with their children and it's amazing how few people that live in NY know about this place. I definitely recommend visiting, especially during spring migration

Address: Cross Bay Blvd, Queens
Directions: You can either take the A train, there are buses that stop in the area, or drive. To drive, take the belt parkway to exit 17, Cross Bay Blvd. (I am pretty sure this is the exit #) It's pretty well marked "Gateway NRA, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge"
Phone: 718.318.4340

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 17, 2003
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