Fort Totten Park
Totten Avenue and 15th Road, Bayside
A pristine stretch surrounding a preserved Civil War fortress, Fort Totten Park provides not only recreation and relaxation, but also a fascinating glimpse into New York’s past.
Year-round, New Yorkers flock to Fort Totten Park to enjoy its special events, natural wonders and historic buildings. During summertime, swimmers can take a dip in the pool and sunbathe around its grassy edges. Visitors can also take canoes out and paddle along the Long Island Sound.
Around Halloween, borough residents are spooked by its enormous haunted house, which is located in the old water battery. During the winter, bird enthusiasts congregate to watch migrating waterfowl rest before their long journey south. And exploring the fortress and its surrounding buildings remains a unique adventure during any season.
Urban Park Rangers lead regular tours of the fortress and the wildlife surrounding it for those who enjoy guided treks, and a visitors’ center inside the park provides information on the park’s past for those who prefer to scout alone. And the Bayside Historical Society, which holds exhibits throughout the year, is housed in the fort’s castle.