Though we love the city for all of its hustle and bustle, there’s no denying a break from it all is necessary every once in awhile. How might you spend a break from the city? We recommend a quick train ride to D.C., upstate getaways, or most favorably, camping!
You might think the urban jungle is barren of nearby campsites, but you’d be highly mistaken. NYC is actually near tons of incredible campgrounds that will be sure to provide some well deserved R&R.
Here are the best places to go camping around New York City.
1. Collective Retreats, Governors Island
Forget about sleeping bags and having to start your own fire, at Collective Retreats you’re GLAMPING baby! Yes, we’re talking l-u-x-u-r-y. Choose between accommodations including: Journey + Tent, Summit Tent, Outlook Shelter. Wake up to jaw-dropping views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty and start your day with a yoga class or quick jaunt to the nearby QC NY Spa. Mingle with the other campers on the sunset terrace or with lawn games on the property. Interest piqued? Read more about Collective Retreats here.
Where: Governors Island
2. Watch Hill Family Campground, Fire Island
Sure trees are great, but what about waking up to a view of sunbreak over the ocean? Then you’ll want to set up camp at Watch Hill Campground on Fire Island. In total, the campsite offers 20 sand sites for tents, 6 glamping sites and 1 group site. Campers must take a ferry to get to the property, which can be booked via LoveFins.com. Additional camping options include backcountry camping which can be reserved online.
Where: Fire Island National Seashore, Burma Rd, Patchogue, NY
3. Beaver Pond Campgrounds, Harriman State Park
About an hour drive from the city, Beaver Pond in Harriman State Park is a perfect weekend getaway from the city. Each campsite offers a picnic table, fire ring (with flip top grill), access to communal bathrooms, and fits up to 6 people. Near Lake Welch, campers are welcome to jump into their bathing suits and make a splash at the beaches. You can book your site online here.
Where: 700 Kanawaukee Road, Stony Point, NY
4. Hither Hills State Park, Montauk
At Hither Hills State Park you can camp along 20 miles of beach complete with fire pits, picnic tables and a playground for children. The entire campsite has a total of 190 sites. Just 122 miles from Manhattan, once you arrive get ready to embrace the outdoors with recreational access to horseback riding, fishing, boating, biking, hunting and more. Reservations can be made nine months in advance.
Where: 164 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY
5. Round Pond, West Point
The options are endless at Round Pond Campsite with 28 RV camping spaces, 20 Tent sites, 4 Pop-Up sites, 8 Mini Log Cabins, 2 ADA Mini Log Cabins, 1 Rental Cottage, and 5 Party Pavilions on the property. Prices vary for each option. Pick up some bait at the Equipment Rental Center and catch a big fish from the lake or cool off with some ice cream as you pick up a canoe. Find out more information on their website here.
Where: 1348 Round Pond Rd, West Point, NY
6. Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds, Saugerties
Rip Van Winkle Campgrounds is an 160-acre campground located in the Hudson Valley region of upstate New York. Named after the legendary folk hero Rip Van Winkle, the campground is in the exact area where the Washington Irving character allegedly fell asleep for 20 years! The park features campsites, cabin rentals, playgrounds, cliffs, streams, hiking trails, and much more. It’s located about 2 hours from NYC by car, and it’s the perfect place for a weekend trip or quick vacation. Learn more here.
Where: 149 Blue Mountain Rd, Saugerties, NY 12477