Camp Rockaway at Riis Beach is a seasonal beachfront campground in NYC. Guests stay in furnished safari-style tents and have access to a fire pit, picnic area, hammocks and games. Quiet sunrise beach walks give way to the bustling "people's beach", with dozens of vendors and live entertainment along the boardwalk. Biking, birding, whale watching, fishing, hiking and more are just a short walk from camp. Jacob Riis Park and Fort Tilden are located in Rockaway Beach, within Gateway National Recreation Area, just a short trip from NYC by subway, ferry, bus, car or bike. COVID-19 UPDATE Dear Camper, After much consideration we have decided to remain closed for the 2020 season. This was an incredibly difficult decision. Staying at Camp Rockaway gives friends and families the opportunity to connect with nature and each other and those connections are more important than ever right now. However, the safety and wellbeing of our guests and staff is our number one priority. Choosing to postpone our season ensures the safety of guests and staff even more than any COVID-19 precautions we put into place. We plan to have three locations open in 2021– two in Rockaway and one near Saratoga Springs, NY. We would love to camp with you at one, or all 3, next season. Please sign up for our mailing list here to stay in the loop. We hope that you will still visit Jacob Riis Park and enjoy Rockaway beach this summer. Please use the explore section on our website for activity suggestions that are relevant in these unique times. Thank you so much for supporting Camp Rockaway. We hope you have a great summer and look forward to seeing you next year. Sincerely, The Camp Rockaway Team
Staying at Camp Rockaway
Furnished Safari Tent
Beautiful day enjoying the day with my sweetheart picnic and kayaking and fishing enjoying the breeze off the water watching everybody else fishing off the bay and in their kayaks watching the Jetske’s and the fishing boats go by
With everything going on it’s good to beable to get away for the weekend to camping under the stars to fishing and kayaking Just enjoying the time to ourselves we all need a break every now and then just regroup and this is no better way
Enough room for fishing and kayakingWe were at Floyd Bennett Field for the fishing expo it was there for three days weekend in May 2018 The main sponsor they put the fishing expo there was retiring we were hoping that someone else would take his place and we would continue to have the fishing contest archery contest and kayaking fishing along with The activity for the children it was a full family affair with everyone with their tent set up the grills everybody checking out each other‘s campsite we were just one big happy family everyone came from everywhere Brooklyn upstate Nyack,Philadelphia ,New Jersey got to meet new friends kept in contact with a few of them and we still come back to fishing and kayaking
It is awesome!! I am not a camper, not even glamper, but it was so beautiful clean and wonderful! Sheets towels Pendleton blankets, ocean breezes. Campfire evenings, and exploring days! Bathrooms were immaculate and private. Kent our host was terrific and so competent. Go go GO!!!!
Findly, Claudia A
Who would guess in the middle of New York, you could walk the beach in solitude, ride a bike along the boardwalk for a lobster dinner or just relax in a comfy bed falling asleep to the sound of waves breaking on the shore? You can take a ferry ride past the Statue of Liberty and Coney Island over to the 911 Memorial or go shopping in downtown New York, then head back to a camp- fire with s’mores to watch the sunset over the ocean. And best of all, the sunny days; just hanging around on the warm sand or swinging in a hammock with a cool breeze. (Every Tent has a hammock too). Great fun for us oldsters as well as the youngsters!
Never have I slept so well while camping! Not only are the beds ridiculously comfortable but you fall asleep listening to the ocean. There is a camp fire every night where people gather around to share food, star gaze and make new friends. Staff is super friendly and helpful- they suggested tons of places to eat and local activities..like a lobster boil. I went for 3 nights but could have stayed for a week. I love it and can't wait to return this summer!
When we arrived at Camp Rockaway last August for a 4 day stay, with a 9 yr old and a 12 yr old granddaughters we were so excited to be able to stay on the beach and not leave. Loving the ocean every day and exploring the beach early every morning was such a gift. We were having such great times that we even ventured into the city by ferry one day finishing off by delicious ice cream on the beach with s’mores at the campsite fire pit. What a perfect place to stay and enjoy the out doors with all the emenities of hot showers,comfy beds,and a wonderful staff to help with anything you need. We are so looking forward to another stay this August as well. Thank you Camp Rockaway for this fantastic concept you brought back from the early 1900’s. Bravo….👍🏼❤️😎
My wife and I brought 2 of our granddaughters to Camp Rockaway in August 2018. We came during the week, we had the beach to ourselves and we didn't have to go home at night - we stayed right there in very cool tents with Queen Beds. Our tent was back to back with the girls (ages 9 & 12), close enough but not too close for these "grown up" girls. There was anther family staying with 4 kids and we had a great time cooking out with them and playing board games at night under the common tent. Coffee in the morning was ready early and we walked to everything including restaurants. The water temp was great, especially compared to our New Hampshire beach temps, and the body surfing was awesome. We've already booked for the same week in August 2019; we and our granddaughters can't wait to come back - hard to believe you're in New York City!!!
Camp Rockaway is absolute heaven for the urban/beach glamper!!!! Whether escaping the grind in Brooklyn with your "energetic" twins (as we were), returning to the City for a holiday weekend (as we do now!), or looking for a romantic getaway (one day we'll be those people again!) - everything is perfect!
Tents/beds are super comfortable and well appointed (you feel like you're in a photo shoot); bathrooms/showers are immaculate; the campfire is magical, with endless s'mores and the hush of waves; and you feel like the luckiest people alive with early-morning runs and bike rides before the rest of the "world's greatest city" has arrived to the beach. The hosts are super attentive and helpful - and, well, all around fantastic folks - the kind of people you want to camp with!
As you pack up to schlep the sandy mess home at the end of a perfect beach day, just imagine if you were heading a few steps away to a private shower, and then getting cozy to watch the stars appear next to a crackling fire. My kiddos said they had the "time of their lives" after our first stay. Camp Rockaway delivers.