Staying at Camp Rockaway was magical. The owners and caretakers were so friendly and helpful and without their recommendations we wouldn’t have discovered how incredible the Rockaways are… Can’t wait to go back!.

My stay at Camp Rockaway was INCREDIBLE. We rented out the whole campground for a friends and family beach weekend and I am so glad we did. The tents are amazing and so comfortable. The staff is incredibly helpful…

My wife and I had a fantastic experience at Camp Rockaway! The atmosphere is fun and relaxing, we were welcomed like family. Sophie gave us all the best tips and local secrets. Tents were clean and comfortable.

We spent a night here over Memorial Day weekend. The owners were very nice. We cooked burgers on the community grill. The bathrooms were clean and the showers were nice and hot. There is a playground for children a two minute walk away.

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Come glamping or camping in Rockaway, just steps from the ocean! Camp Rockaway at Fort Tilden offers safari-style canvas tents and bring-your-own-tent sites located within the historic post, just steps from the beach.

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wall tents

$149 per night weekdays and Sunday (June and after Labor Day)
$189 per night Fridays and Saturdays (June and after Labor Day)

$189 per night weekdays and Sunday (July 1st through Labor Day)
$289 per night Fridays and Saturdays* (July 1st through Labor Day)

*2 night minimum

pup tents

$99 per night
*maximum 2 persons per pup tent. pup tents are intended for families with children and must be rented with wall tents

BYOT (bring your own tent)

$30 per night weekdays and Sunday (June and after Labor Day)
$50 per night Fridays and Saturdays (June and after Labor Day)

$50 per night weekdays and Sunday (July 1st through Labor Day)
$65 per night Fridays and Saturdays (July 1st through Labor Day)
*maximum 4 persons per site

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Explore by day (or chill at the beach), glamping all night! Your stay at Camp Rockaway includes a thoughtfully designed, furnished safari tent. Get together at our communal fire pit and picnic area. Play games, visit the camp store or simply laze around in a hammock.

Love being by the ocean all day but crave the comforts of home at night? We’ve got you covered! Your beach glamping experience includes a 10 x 12 wall tent on a raised wood platform, a front deck with lounge chairs, and a shaded back porch with a hammock.

At the only seaside getaway in New York, all you need is your overnight bag. We’ll take care of everything else! That’s because your tent includes-

  • a queen size bed featuring a memory foam mattress
  • side tables with fans
  • lights
  • pillows
  • linens
  • extra blankets
  • towels
Please read our “but first” page and learn about our policies and other important information prior to your stay at Camp Rockaway.


Camp Rockaway endeavors to be your basecamp and launching point for exploring the entire Rockaway peninsula. While Fort Tilden and Riis Beach are right outside your door (flap), adventures beyond the campground beckon.

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nearby activities:

Pristine beach walks, hiking through maritime forest, and decommissioned military installations at Fort Tilden

Tee off for 18 holes of par-3 golf at Riis Park golf course

Surfing lessons with Locals Surf School

Stand Up Paddleboarding, kayaking and jetskiing with Rockaway Jet Ski

Sailing excursions and lessons in Jamaica Bay with Sail Rockaway

Whale watching tours with American Princess Cruises

Jet Ski, Stand Up Paddle board and kayak rentals and tours with Rockaway Jet Ski

Bike rentals from Paul’s Bicycle Shop

Surfboard and wetsuit rentals from Boarder’s Surf Shop and Breakwater Surf Shop

Nature walks, bird watching and visitor center exhibits and programs in Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

cultural attractions:

Gallery shows, printmaking and painting workshops at the Rockaway Artist’s Alliance

Theater and performing-arts at the Rockaway Theater Company

shopping and provisions:

Boutique fashion at The Swell Life, Off Season and Zingara Vintage

Jewelery, gifts, and clothing at Lola Star

Nearby bodega style shopping at Belle Harbor Foods

Full size grocery store at Stop and Shop


Hot Yoga at Hot Yoga Rockaway Beach

Meditation at Rockaway Summer House

food and drink:

Seafood, barbecue and ice cream at the Bay 9 Pavilion – a 5 minute walk! (*limited offerings post Labor Day)

A casual, health-conscious cafe and provisions store, Cuisine By Claudette offers an ever-changing menu, plus espresso drinks & juice blends

Central Asian plates, cocktails & live music at Uma’s

Wood-fired pizza and seafood at Whit’s End

Pastries, breads, and other treats baked daily at Rockaway Beach Bakery

Gourmet coffee shop and organic juice bar at Rockaway Roasters

Dining and live music on the bay at Thai Rock

Tacos, music and beer at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club

Tapas and wine at Sayra’s Wine Bar

Beer and vinyl at the Rockaway Brewing Company

Organic garden, farm stand, and farm dinners at Edgemere Farm

Seafood, barbecue, cocktails, beer and ice cream at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar’s Bay 9 pavilion, the bathhouse, and along the boardwalk – a 5 minute walk! (*limited offerings post Labor Day)

Soups, sandwiches, empanadas, coffee and pastries at Thank You Cafe

but first!

Below is a list of things to know and to bring in order to maximize your enjoyment at Camp Rockaway. If you have questions, please call us at (347) 916-6199

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things to know:

Dates. May 14th – October 10th (with a possible extension through early November. Please sign up for our mailing list here to stay in the loop.)

Check In. Check in starts at 3pm and check out is by 11am. If you are not able to check in during these hours it is important that you call the front desk at (347) 916-6199 so we can greet you upon arrival and check you in.

Cancellation Policy. Camping is rain or shine – we embrace the elements. We offer a partial refund of 50% for bookings cancelled up to 7 days prior to arrival. If cancelled later or in case of a no-show, 100% of the booking fee will be charged.

Children. We welcome families and look forward to having you and your children camp with us.

If you have a baby/toddler/young child who will sleep with you in bed, please DO NOT include them in the number of guests below.

If your child will sleep in the tent with you and requires a cot (the camping version of a roll-away), they can be rented for an additional $75. Cots come with a sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, pillow and a free s’mores pack. Please include a note in your reservation that you would like to rent a cot as there is not a specific add on for this in the reservation window.

Each glamping site includes two furnished tents with one queen bed each – see layout and a campground map here.

Please note that quiet hours for everyone are from 10pm until 8am.

Transportation. Depending on where you’re coming from, there are a number of ways to get to Camp Rockaway. We are located in the southeast corner of the athletic fields located between Davis Road and Murray Road. See detailed directions.

Parking. Parking is located behind the Rockaway Theater Company.

Bicycles. If you are bringing your bicycle, please be sure to bring a lock as well.

Water/Sustainability. In an effort to keep Camp Rockaway’s environmental impact to a minimum, we do not sell bottled water. Filtered water is available. We encourage you to bring your own water bottle. If you do not have a bottle (or if you forget to bring one), we have bottles available for purchase at the camp store.

Shhh. Quiet hours are from 10pm to 8am.

Campfires. Camp Rockaway staff will keep our communal fire pit blazing throughout the evening.

Bugs. Camp Rockaway has insect repellent and bite relief products available for purchase.

Weather. Because of our proximity to the ocean, the weather is often cooler than you might expect, especially at night and in the morning. We recommend packing a pair of pants and a sweatshirt.

Bathrooms. Restrooms and showers are conveniently located within the campground. The facilities have hot and cold water. Water conservation is a key component of Camp Rockaway’s commitment to the environment – we encourage campers to keep showers brief.

Alcohol. As per the National Park Service, glass containers and alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the campground. The bar located in the bathhouse is open until sunset.

Food. Feel free to bring your own food. Our fire pit has a grill and may be used in the evenings. We recommend bringing food that is fully prepared and does not require water. There is no refrigeration. Guests must store all food in their car or in their tent, in a cooler that closes tightly. Please keep in mind there are no facilities for washing dishes.

Friends and visitors. If you’re staying with us overnight and would like to show your friends the campground, please do – we’d love to meet them. However, visits from outside parties must be brief (5 min), and we can’t extend the use of our hammocks, bathrooms and showers. The good news is the beach is close, as are the concessions at Jacob Riis Park.

Power/Connectivity. A charging station located in the common area is capable of charging multiple devices. WiFi is available throughout the campground.

Safety/Security. The campground is staffed 24/7, and the United States Park Police patrol all of Gateway National Recreation Area 24 hours a day.

Pets. Please refer to the National Park Service website and note that, “Emotional support animals, comfort animals and therapy dogs are not considered service animals under Title II and Title III of the ADA.”

Photos. Thumbnail images on homepage courtesy of Alan Shoening and Blessing Marie (Camping, Reserve a Tent, Activities), Gigi NYC (Important Info), Erica Reade (Transportation and About)

things to bring:

Water Bottles. As just one small way we try to keep our environmental impact to a minimum, we do not sell bottled water — so be sure to bring your own bottles. Water is available on site.

Hat, Sunscreen and Bug Spray. Encouraged for all campers.

Beach Towel. Camp Rockaway provides towels for use in the shower facilities only. Please bring a beach towel with you.

Layers. A long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, long pants, socks, and a hat should keep you comfortable. (It can be chilly near the water, especially at night.)

Shoes. Closed-toed, hard-soled shoes in addition to sandals.