This was our 3rd year at Camp Rockaway and we will come back again. We have teenage kids and they had a blast exploring the beach and riding bikes and skateboards along the boardwalk. If you like the idea of camping, but you also like to take a shower and use a super clean bathroom then this is the place to go.
The location is fantastic you can even take the ferry there. That by itself is worth a trip out to the Rockaway’s. The tents are most likely the size of your bedroom (if you are from the city) but probably even nicer.
The people that run Camp Rockaway make this a really special place and great experience.
Such a wonderful experience, I took an Uber to the beach and had food delivered to my tent. Recommend to every tourist but especially New Yorkers. The service was great, the room was great. The beach was perfect,Love it!
As an Oregonian turned New Yorker (13+ years), I have certainly missed the camping and outdoor adventuress I grew up with, however, I am now accustomed to and enjoy boutique hotels with in-room dining when on vacation. Enter Camp Rockaway as an ideal overnight getaway option for not only first time campers, but those of us who don't own a tent because our NYC apartments simply do not offer sufficient storage space for "seasonal frivolities", or like myself (now in my late 30's), are boujee enough that even when camping we appreciate a quality mattress, flushing toliets, and a hot shower at the end of the day. All of these wonderful amenities certainly elevated my girlfriend's and my first Camp Rockaway experience in early August into a romantic beachside getaway complete with Oaxaca Taqueria's tacos and margaritas, sunbathing and body surfing, Fletcher's ribs and tots, exploring the MoMA PS1 pop-up art installation 'Narcissus Garden' by Yayoi Kusama at Fort Tilden, stargazing from atop a lifeguard chair, Whit's End pizza (reheated on the fire pit before roasting s'mores), and learning to play a new domino game with our campground hosts after watching fireworks at sunset.
The price point of Camp Rockaway is also ideal ($149 for a Sunday-Thursday and $249 for a Friday or Saturday evening)--truly a great value for what it is, how easy it is to get to for New Yorkers and the fact that everything you need is right there. It may be helpful for some campers to know that the weather on the peninsula is not necessarily effected by the weather inland (ex. the crazy thunderstorms in Brooklyn did not reach us all weekend). Also there is a single grill above their communal fire pit at Camp Rockaway that is made available for all guests to grill on with any food you may chose to bring with you and s'mores packages are sold on-site for $10. Fresh water is available at all times (they simply ask you to bring your own water bottle to save the environment or you can use the mugs provided in your tents) and ice is available upon request. Note that there is no refrigeration so you will want to bring a cooler if you plan on bringing your own perishable foods and you'll want to bring or ask for ice as needed. Also alcohol is not allowed on the premise, but there is a bar on the boardwalk right next door to the campsite that is open "until sunset". Keep in mind that depending on the weather (or if the local staff feel like leaving early), most boardwalk dining options, food trucks and/or bars at Jacob Riis Beach will only be open until 5 or 6pm Sundays-Thursdays and until about 7 or 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays. However, for later dining there are a couple great restaurants just a short bus ride away (the Q35 stops right out front of Camp Rockaway and the Q22 stops within a 8 minute walk), including Whit's End (really delicious salads and brick oven pizzas with live music on the weekends) and Tacoway Beach (super tasty tacos and a surfer-themed bar).
Just pack a toothbrush and your swimsuit and you're set!
Carmen & Cora
This place is a gem! It's a full on glamping campsite at Jacob Riis Park near Rockaway beach. Took the ferry to get there and a free shuttle- so easy. The tent feels like a little hotel room. There's also a campfire at night and games so you can do s'mores and cook food over the fire. Plus, they have a focus on sustainability! The founder built the showers to reduce water consumption with a timer and the electricity in the tents comes from solar power. They are also steps away from the new boardwalk at Jacob Riis, which has food spots and a bar on the beach. Highly recommend giving it a try :)