Turn your beach day
into a beach stay.
Camp Rockaway at the Riis Park Beach Bazaar offers Safari-style canvas tents set in the courtyard of the historic bathhouse, just steps from the ocean.
$189 weekdays and Sunday
$289 Fridays and Saturdays
maximum 2 persons per tent
Accommodations at Camp Rockaway include furnished safari tents. Just steps from the ocean, the property offers a communal fire pit, a picnic area, camp store, hammocks and games.
Our 10’ x 12’ canvas Wall Tents are designed for those who love being on the sand and in the surf during the day, but want the comforts of home at night. Each tent is set on a raised wood platform with a deck and two canvas lounge chairs.
All you need to bring is your overnight bag. Wall Tents are furnished with a queen size bed featuring a memory foam mattress, side tables, lights, pillows, linens, extra blankets, towels and a cell phone charging station.
* Camp Rockaway is closed most Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please check the availability calendar in the booking window to confirm.
*Unfortunately the Jacob Riis bathhouse location does not offer BYOT (Bring Your Own Tent) sites or Herder Tents. We hope to bring these options back to Fort Tilden. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook, and sign up for our mailing list for news and announcements about our upcoming season.
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.
Camp Rockaway endeavors to be your basecamp and launching point for exploring the Rockaway peninsula. While Jacob Riis beach is right outside your door, adventures beyond the campground beckon.
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
Gallery shows, printmaking and painting workshops at the Rockaway Artist’s Alliance
Theater and performing-arts at the Rockaway Theater Company
Boutique fashion at The Swell Life, Off Season and Zingara Vintage
Jewelery, gifts, and clothing at Lola Star
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
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.
things to know:
Dates. After much consideration we have decided to remain closed for the 2020 season. 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.
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).arm
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. 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.