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.
Dates. Camp Rockaway at the Jacob Riis Bathhouse will run from Memorial Day weekend thru October, 2019.
Check In. Check in starts at 3pm and check out is by 11am. Please check in by entering the campground from the promenade / boardwalk. 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. 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 note in your reservation that you would like to rent a cot.
If you require a separate tent for older children, please DO include them in the number of guests below and choose an additional tent.
Each site includes two 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 east courtyard of the Jacob Riis Bathhouse. See detailed directions.
Parking. Parking is located in the main parking lot at Jacob Riis Park. Guests must pay the National Park parking fee - Camp Rockaway is not permitted to waive the charge. Please remember to put both your National Park parking pass AND your Camp Rockaway parking pass on the dashboard of your car after you check in. We recommend parking in the eastern section of the parking lot - make a right after the guard booth - and using the tunnel to get to the beach. Look for the huge "To Beach" sign.
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 firepit 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 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 is the bar, beer garden, boardwalk food concessions, arcade and more.
Power/Connectivity. A 300 watt solar-powered battery (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 https://www.nps.gov/gate/planyourvisit/pets.htm 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 home page courtesy of Alan Shoening and Blessing Marie (Camping, Reserve a Tent, Activities), Gigi NYC (Important Info), Erica Reade (Transportation and About).
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. Encouraged for all campers.
Beach Towel. Camp Rockaway provides towels for use in the campground. Please bring a beach towel for your excursions to the beach.
Layers. A long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, long pants, socks, and a hat should keep you comfortable. (It can be chilly near the ocean, especially at night.)
Shoes. Closed-toed, hard-soled shoes in addition to sandals.