CBS News New York posted a story today (May 21) identifying the nine best campgrounds in the metro New York City area. The story was prepared by Michael Browne, a freelance writer and editor based in New York City, specializing in travel and the hospitality industry. Browne is the former managing editor of Travel Agent magazine. His work can be found on Examiner.com.
Croton Point Park
1A Croton Point Ave.
Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. 10520
Prices: $30 per night tent sites with park pass/$50 without/$55 to $90 cabins per night with park pass/$75 to $120 without
For city slickers, Croton Point Park might be the most convenient camping option. Hop on Metro-North at Grand Central and take the train less than an hour to Croton-Harmon, which is about a half mile away from the park. Once there, enjoy swimming, hiking, picnicking and tours of the local wineries. Located on a peninsula in the Hudson River, Croton Point Park offers cabin and tent camping and plenty of activities for the whole family.
Black Bear Campground
197 Wheeler Rd.
Florida, N.Y. 10921
Prices: $280 weekly from September through June/$350 in July and August
Skip pitching a tent and rent a cabin. Black Bear Campground in Orange County is the city’s nearest full-service campground, located just one hour away. There are 11 units for rent, each with private toilets and showers, kitchenettes, TV, air conditioning and WiFi as well as a front porch, fire ring and picnic table. The campground offers mini-golf, swimming pool, playground, pool table, horseshoes, hiking trails, a fishing pond and an arcade.
Hither Hills State Park
164 Old Montauk Highway
Montauk, NY 11954
Price: $28 per night weekdays/$32 per night weekends
Out on the eastern tip of Long Island in Montauk, visitors to Hither Hills may combine a beach vacation with a traditional camping experience. There are 168 campsites right on the beach, as well as walking dunes and woodlands. Sport fishing is available day and night with permits that can be obtained on site. Biking, horseback riding, horseshoes, volleyball and a playground are also available.
Barryville Base & Adventure Center
3854 Route 97
Barryville, N.Y. 12719
Price: $11 per campsite/$7 additional per prime site/$14 per person/$7.95 children 6 through 11/$8 visitors/free children younger than 6
Two hours outside of New York City, Kittatinny Campgrounds is the perfect getaway for those who enjoy canoeing, rafting, fishing and other water activities. The campground is located on 250 acres along the upper Delaware River with 350 campsites, in wooded and open, grassy areas. Fish in the stocked trout stream winding through the forest, where anglers may set up camp. Other amenities include a swimming pool, volleyball and badminton, horseshoes and an arcade.
880 Lido Blvd
Lido Beach, N.Y.
What could be better than staying at the campground at Long Island’s Nickerson Beach, where you can—at least temporarily—have the beach as your backyard? In addition to the 3,500 feet of shoreline, the site has space for up to eight tents and 74 RVs.
Eastern Long Island Kampground
P.O. Box 89
If you want to feel like you’re at home when camping, look into Eastern Long Island Kampground, Long Island’s oldest and largest family-owned campground. They also like to “pamper the camper” by offering daily children’s activities, like sports, crafts, games and a pool. Parents will be happy, too, because you’ll be saving money with their great deals.
Buena Vista Camping Grounds
775 Harding Highway
Located close to Atlantic City, use the money you saved on not staying at a hotel at the casinos. Buena Vista is also pet-friendly and has two pools, a beach, waterslide, mini golf, movie theater, two arcades and plenty of athletic activities fun for the entire family.
Seaport RV Resort
45 Campground Road
Old Mystic, Conn.
Enjoy the beautiful Connecticut Coast from the comfort of your own RV and stop at the Seaport RV Resort in Old Mystic. There are special events planned for every weekend, in addition to the local attractions like the Mystic Aquarium for kids and Foxwoods for adults. Don’t feel like traveling too far? There are also plenty of amenities and activities on ground.
Lake Laurie RV Resort
669 Route 9
Cape May, N.J.
Enjoy the Jersey Shore for all its natural beauty at Lake Laurie RV Resort. In addition to the special weekend events, there are a ton of attractions to do on the grounds. Not to mention, all the attractions at the Jersey Shore. Try bird watching—in the past, Cape May has hosted the World Series of Birdwatching.