Check Out Brooklyn Camping
New York State is well-known for its postcard-quality scenery and breath-taking public parks. Nature is almost synonymous with this part of the country, in fact. However, living in New York City, you might not think there are too many nearby places to escape city life and sleep under the stars. One of Brooklyn’s best-kept secrets is the Floyd Bennet Field’s campsite, with 32 tent sites and 9 RV parking sites available. From mid-May through late October, you can actually go camping near Brooklyn! Go for a night, or escape into the wilderness for a week or more. Just $30 will get you access to the campsite for one night, which translates to $210 for 7 nights. An Access or Senior Pass cuts those prices in half.
A single site can fit up to six people, so larger groups would require reservations for more than one site. Sites can accommodate one large tent or two smaller ones. Tents are not provided, and are therefore required at check-in, along with sleeping bags. Glass containers, alcoholic drinks, and charcoal grills (one is already provided on site) are not allowed in, but music, books, and great conversation are welcomed with open arms. Pets are not allowed in tents, but Fido is welcome if you come in your RV! Sit by the fire and play cards at the picnic table, or stay up quietly enjoying the still of the night. Restrooms and showers are close-by, as are places to replenish your water, coffee, snacks, and firewood. There is plenty of access to public transportation, so feel free to come and go, as long as you’re able to show your reservation upon arriving back on the grounds.
If you have a permit and some fishing gear, there are multiple places to cast your line. Bring along your bicycle (or rent one right at the park) and admire some of the beautiful scenery on any one of the paved trails. Or take it a little slower and hike any of the many unpaved trails. After a long hike, there’s nothing quite like a trip to the beach. A short driving distance from your campsite is Jacob Riis Park, which offers swimming and beach lounging. Lifeguards are on duty from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Think you’re already excited about camping near Brooklyn? Floyd Bennet Field has designated launch areas, so bring along your kayak, or rent one locally and experience nature from water-level! Lucky for you, your camping reservation will also include access to the outdoor Archery Range. There, you’ll find 8-10 targets at various distances and a platform from which you can test your skills.
There you have it! Camping near Brooklyn! Bring your family, bring your friends, or just bring yourself for some much-needed R&R. New York really does have it all, doesn’t it?