Details for World's Fair Marina

World's Fair Marina

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Average rating 2.8 stars from 10 reviews

Address 1 Worlds Fair Marina
Flushing, NY 11368

Phone718-478-0480/718-426-5971 - Fuel Dock

After hours contact


Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

New York City Dept. of Parks and Recreation




Gregory P. Smith

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

The office and fuel dock do accept credit cards and checks of known customers. The office does not accept cash but the fuel dock does.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Some large party boats home port here and operate year round. Power is available year round but water is shut off from Nov. 1 to April 1. The office is staffed year round and so are the maintenance and repair facilities.

Gas dock is open year round but not always staffed. Call on 71 or phone to let them know you are coming in.


Approach from East River down narrow channel into Flushing Bay. Height restriction 50 feet, no stopping, in LaGuardia flight path. Check charts. Do not stray from the channel, very shallow.





Tide & current additional info

Tide can range to more than 8 feet. Some slips have only 3 feet at low tide. Very soft bottom.


Approach: 12
Transient dockage: 9
Fuel dock: 12

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: All slips are floating.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 100
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Slips come in several sizes. Though outside Pier 1 can take almost any size vessel, practically speaking best geared to 70 feet or less.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:


Transient: 0
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No moorings. Vessesl may anchor in bay and dinghy ashore.

AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Not all slips have fifty amp service but all have 30 amp service.

Pricing info: Reasonable. Included in transient pricing.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Fresh water available at all slips from April 1 to November 1.

Dinghy access

Yes - One can dinghy to the fuel dock or any open space. There may be a charge for tying up.

Liveaboard info

No - Liveaboards are officially not permitted, but there are a few.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


No - Propane is not available. Propane filling stations are not permitted within the New York City boundaries.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets are neither welcome nor prohibited. They must be well behaved. Gas dock operator has a very large dog.

Disability access

Yes - No problems. Ramps are negotiable.

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - Free pumpout service at gas dock.


Yes - Limited amount available at gas dock.


Yes - Trash containers everywhere and emptied daily. Your cooperation is expected.


Yes - Showers are available in the office building. Don't count on them. For transients, the showers are a very long walk.


Yes - Toilets are available in the snack bar at the gas dock and in the main office building. Not well maintained.




No - None near by or on site. Call a hire car or taxi.



Yes - Large restaurant that is more a catering hall in the main office building. Snack bar 'Peter's Back Garden' at the fuel dock.


Yes - Full bar in restaurant in main building. Snack bar sells beer.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Many hotels and motels in airport vicinity short distance away and in Flushing. Not walking distance. Call a hire car or taxi.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Excellent but understaffed shop. Really geared to permanents, not transients.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Has both Travelift and cranes for hauling and launching. Will haul in slings for short term work.

Storage facilities

Yes - Limited capacity for winter land storage to 50 feet. First come, first served. Wet stoarge available to all. No bubblers but power available during storage season.

Fishing supplies

No - Many fishermen on public docks but no fishing supplies. No bait.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - WFM is home to several large party boats.

Internet access


Boat ramp availability

No - No boat ramp at the marina itself but the Parks Department has installed one on the esplanade about a half mile east.


Yes - The number 7 subway line is a ten minute walk through the Shea Stadium Parking lot. The subway goes to Times Square in about thirty minutes or to Flushing Main Street in three minutes. Long Island Railroad also in walking distance other side of subway station. City buses on Roosevelt Avenue at subway station. Taxis cruise by entrance to marina. Hire car can also be called.

Other services


Shea Stadium hosts New York Mets baseball games. National Tennis Center hosts US open in late August. Both in walking distance of Marina. There is also a museum and ice-skating rink. Even small sailboats for hire in Flushing Meadows Park, of which the Marina is a part.

Reviews for World's Fair Marina
Citi Field is a Busy Attraction on Game Nights, 2016-10-09
Captain: , Avondale, PA (448)

(Visited 9/23/2016) We stopped here on a Friday night to position ourselves for passing through Hell's Gate at slack water the next morning. The floating docks were in decent shape and tieing up was easy since the transients are put on the dock closest to the marina entrance. The dockmaster did a good job of guiding us to our slip and helping us get settled.

The proximity to the Mets Ball Park (Citi Field) lends an air of excitement to the marina on game nights, of which this was one. There were several boatlads of people who tied up just to go to the game. There was a fair amount of partying and noise both before and after the game. There's also lots of pedestrian traffic near the marina as fans go to the game.

We weren't bothered by noise from landings and takeoffs from LaGuardia.

We didn't make use of the heads and showers since they are a very long walk from the end of the marina we were at. There is no wi-fi service at this marina.

No Reviews since 2012?, 2016-07-18
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

We are seasoned transients from SC. 30,000 miles under our keel and have been thru LI Sound a few times and decided to check this place out since we hear sorted views on it. Well, we are here to tell you, considering price and location, this is a good stop between Atlantic Highlands/Sandy Hook area and LI sound for slow boats. We know most folks want to make Port Washington, etc areas, but for a trawler speed and if you want to see NYC, why not here? Dock master was very good, basin is protected from wakes very good, price is among best for NYC, easy subway/taxi access. Stadiums, etc are here and the walk thru the park is not bad. It's a shame that showers/rest rooms, etc are poor and a long walk - really too far. Docks are in good shape and easy docking - no current either. OK, it is a little dirty with all the commercial activitiy, but it is safe. We had no security issues. It get's four stars for the showers, but upgraded from 3 for NYC prices and dockage. The complaints for airport noise are exaggerated. Yes, the jets are noisy, but with the A/C running at night and the cabin closed, it's not bad.

It's not the Hamptons, so don't be a snob., 2012-08-25
Captain: , Mt Sinai, NY (65)

$57 in fuel, $52 for the slip, $5 for Lemon Ice King of Corona's Italian Ice, $30 at the Shake Shack, free tickets to see the Met's....priceless.

It may not be Bora Bora, or some other exotic blue water destination that's always raved about, but when we made the turn into the Flushing Meadow Bay Channel and saw CitiField dead ahead it made the 44nm trip worth it! Urban cruising can, and is fun around NYC, the "Venice" of the Northeast US.
FWIW, the Worlds Fair Marina is one of the friendliest I ever stayed at. Warren the dock master is one of the nicest and helpful Dockmaster I ever had the pleasure to meet. At $2.00/ft for 24hrs, $7 for Electric, the NYC Parks Dept. sure beats most other Marinas. Easy docking on finger slips's, easy access to the fuel dock where Sergei was just as helpful. BTW, they only take check or credit card. f you use your credit card, they will copy your license for added security. No sign of the dreaded NYC rat, and as far as security is concerned, it's a well lit 5 minute walk from CitiField, and the mounted NYPD hang out all night by the WFM. We saw other boaters coming down (with young children) at 11pm after the game to go home via boat. People were riding bikes and fishing all night long. We slept with hatches open for the cool breeze. Even though we had the bug screens set, there were fewer bugs than we experience at most other!
Granted it was a Wednesday night, so we had NO party boats. Since my vessel is self sufficient, I wasn%u2019t too worried about amenities. However it%u2019s not too bad of a walk to the local stores on 108th Street. We take the time to cut through Flushing Meadows Park past the Uniglobe. Be sure to visit the Lemon Ice King of Corona on the corner of 108th and 52nd, some of the best Italian Ices around%u2026.. fughetaboutit!I will hit this spot anytime I transit through.

Easy into NYC, 2011-09-10
Captain: , Marco Island, FL (1135)

This marina is no frills but if you need to be in NYC it's a short ride on the 7 train. This is the easiest and cheapest marina in NYC. Citifield (Shea Stadium) and the Tennis Center are both a short walk. But there is NOTHING here for provisions.

Like long walks?, 2011-07-20
Captain: , Red Lion, DE (712)

Stayed here for three nights Aug. 2010. Dockhand was very helpful - took care of paperwork and payment at the boat. Water line at the foot of the transient dock was broken and we had no water during our stay, despite promises that it would be repaired. It is a long walk to the parking lot and longer to the office. Lots of seagull crap on the docks. If there is an event at Citi Field (formerly Shea Stadium) be prepared for lots of boats filling the transient slips and lots of noise! There is a snack bar with a limited offering on the main dock. While here we watched the police (on a police boat) pull a body from the water only 40 feet from our boat. That was a bit unsettling!

Not all that bad, not all that good, 2011-01-02
Captain: , New York, NY (470)

I kept my boat here a few years ago, and I have spent the night as a transient a few times since. Here's the scoop:

Good: Tons of space, easy to maneuver, lots of empty transient slips. The subway (7 line) is a 10 minute walk away next to Citi Field. About 45 minute ride to Manhattan. There is a shower and laundry facilities and ice, but they are all in the marina office which is about a 15 minute walk. The dockmasters are usually very helpful when they are around. I think the area is safer than most people realize, but be careful.

Bad: The party boats are horrendously obnoxious when they are running. There are several of them, and thier departures/arrivals are staggered between maybe 10PM and 5AM on the weekendsWhen I say obnoxious, I mean ear-splitting, hard core rap music blaring away. Also, mosquitos can be bad at night. Oh yeah, there's the planes from La Guardia, although that depends on the wind direction. Also the fuel dock is sometimes open, sometimes not. And they sometimes have fuel, sometimes not. The fuel dock workers aren't too swift. Make sure you are putting the correct type of fuel (diesel or gas) in your boat, because they don't really know the difference. Also note that the depth just north east of the fuel dock shallows out quite a bit, so keep it close if you don't want to run aground. Finally, $2 per foot may be a bargain for the north east, but you feel kind of cheated here because your don't get much for it.

Oh yeah, the last time I was there I didn't sleep on the boat, and when I got back to the marina at 10AM to catch the current heading out to the LI Sound, there was no dockmaster to be found and I couldn't get onto the locked finger dock. Make sure you arrange with someone to be around when you need them.

This is a satisfactory place IF:, 2010-09-04
Captain: , Vero Beach, FL (184)

You need refuge from a storm
Have a plane to catch at Laguardia
Want to watch a baseball game at Citi Field or tennis at US Open or get into NYC
Don't mind seagull mess on the docks
Like floating docks
Are able to use the head/shower on your boat
Like to walk your dog(s) on a long promenade (dont know if I'd feel safe doing it at night)
Appreciate a courteous, helpful, accessible (by phone) dockmaster (he even gave us a credit for low voltage power)
Don't mind planes flying over (altho they do change their take off/landing direction from time to time)
Actually, we were quite surprised. It's really not too bad!

World's Fair Marina, 2009-07-06
Captain: , Monches,wi (330)

Let me qualify the rating first and foremost.: Two stars for accomodations, five starts for the dock hands (unlike previous rater).

Not the most impressive place, but a good stop in case of weather, etc. Easy access to The City. Not much in the lines of accomodations near by. Noise from LaGuardia is apparent during the day but departing flights stop at 900p and don't resume until 600a. so sleep is possible.

Some regular tenants and are very friendly and helpful.

Now about the dock attendant. This was the friendliest, most competitent, helpful guy we've encountered. He then refused a tip because he was a "city worker...we're not allowed to accept tips." WOW. Imagine that, particularily for a NYC city worker.!!!!

AKA LaGuardia Airport Marina, 2009-01-02
Captain: , Block Island (1679)

I stayed here once due to impending bad weather. The dock attendant was an idiot. The docks were OK, but there are some real derelict boats around. The price $2/ft in 2008, and I was able to pay over the phone instead of waking to office in pooring rain.
Noise from landing planes was awful until midnight, when airport closes. If you're stuck looking for a protected spot, this place will work, but don't expect a quite night.

Convenience beats all, 2007-02-01
Captain: , New York City (71)

World's Fair Marina (hereinafter referred to as WFM) is about as convenient as you can get if you are passing through or staying in the New York Metropolitan region. Next to Shea Stadium and Flkushing, Queens, and LaGuardia Airport, less than one hour by subway to Times Square, reasnably priced transient accomodxations with power and water, repair facilities. Snack bar and nearby restaurant. But don't look for fancy showers, pools and the like, nor is there a chandler handy. From here one can cruise either Long Island Sound or go down the East River to lower New York Harbor and beyond.

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