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Camp Rockaway's Fall 'Glamping' Experience is Now Open at Fort Tilden

By Katie Honan | September 21, 2017 1:42pm
The "glamping" camp looks to bring glamorous tents along the peninsula's water.
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Camp Rockaway

QUEENS — Camp Rockaway will open this weekend at Fort Tilden with $195 per night "glamping" tents outfitted with queen-size Casper mattresses, Brooklinen sheets, and cell phone charging stations in hopes of evoking the "nostalgia and romance of beach camping," organizers said.

The campsite, which raised more than $50,000 in an online fundraiser in 2014, will open at the National Park Service beach for a fall pilot program that will run through early November. 

There will be seven tents set up, including the decked-out two-person wall tent for $195 per night that also comes with outdoor blankets perfect for stargazing.

Larger tents that sleep up to four people cost $115 a night and are a little more bare-bones, with two cots and pillows.

Campers less accustomed to "glamping" can pitch their own tent at sites that cost $65 per night, with room for a four-person tent. 

Showers and restrooms are available a few steps from the tents — so the camp site isn't too rustic. 

A map of the camp site. 

Campers looking for a nightcap should be warned: Alcohol and glass containers are prohibited at the National Park site. Guests are also encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottle to fill up on filtered water, as plastic bottles aren't sold on site.

Camp Rockaway founder Kent Johnson told DNAinfo New York in 2014 that he was inspired by photos of "tent cities" set up on the Rockaway peninsula in the early 1900s for people who couldn't afford to rent a summer bungalow or room in hotels.

"[Rockaway] was the playground for New Yorkers, of all socio-economic backgrounds," he said.

The fundraiser helped with permits and designing renderings for the camp site, he said.

Earlier this year, Gateway National Recreation Area, which oversees Fort Tilden, brought in California-based Terra Glamping for a campsite experience that ranged from $200 to $250 a night.

For reservations and more information, visit Camp Rockaway's website. Weekend stays require a two-night minimum.

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