New York City, the Big Apple, the City that Never Sleeps. It’s one of the most famous cities in the world for its endless entertainment, shows, sports, business, fashion, cuisine, and so much more. When most visitors travel to New York City, there are many popular attractions they will visit; the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Broadway and so much more. However, there’s way more to New York City than all of the popular attractions. For example, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Never heard of it before? Not to worry – many people haven’t, but you’ll be glad you did! Read on to learn more…

waters of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Queens New York.

The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is one of the highest regarded bird sanctuaries in the Northeast. Not only that, but it’s also one of the best places in New York City to view a variety of migrating species. The refuge is home to over 330 bird species. If you’re an avian enthusiast, you must visit the refuge. So, where do you start? Begin your journey at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge by heading over to the Visitor Contact Station where guests will obtain complimentary walking permits which are needed to hike the trails. The Visitor Contact Station offers many different exhibits that highlight Jamaica Bay’s extraordinary plant and animal life, history, and the continuing human impact on the nature of the bay.


Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge also consists of an array of native reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, over 60 species of butterflies. Be sure to partake in one of their numerous ranger-led nature hikes, bird watching sessions, and seining activities that allow guests to get up close to these amazing animals and learn about how they are protected.

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The park’s one-of-a-kind scenic grounds are home to a wide variety of unique native habitats such as; a salt marsh, upland field and woods, fresh and brackish water ponds, and an open bay. There is also a wide variety of ranger and partner-led activities offered at the refuge all year-round that include but are not limited to; presentations on seasonal wildlife, tours at sunset, hiking, boating, many programs for families and so much more.


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Don’t miss an opportunity to visit the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Learn more at the visitor’s website here. Have you been to the refuge before? We’d love to hear about your experience. Tell us about it in the comments below!