Did you know you can camp out right in the middle of New York City? The Parks Department runs family/friend camping programs except when it’s too cold, and if you go to Family Camping NYC Parks you can put yourself in the lotteries that are run to determine who gets spots on each program. Camping out will cost you $30 a night, pretty cheap for an amazing experience.
There are varying numbers of campsites at each park: for isntance Floyd Bennet Field Brooklyn has 32 camp sites and Fort Wadsworth Park Staten Island has 7. Each site fits up to 6 people and tents are provided so a family or a roup of friends can go and enjoy an overnight camput in nature, something you would normally you would have to go upstate to enjoy.
And there is something very special about camping out in the wild while really close to the city. Some of it is really wild. In Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan the only remaining native forest in Manhattan stille xists and there are also prehistoric caves used by the Native Americans who originally lived here.
To keep on top of what is on offer, why don’t you sign up for regular issues of ‘Outdoor in New York City’ put out by the Urban Rangers with news of hikes, campouts and canoe outings etc, see
Urban Rangers Programs NYC. If you’re a visitor to NYC imagine being able to say when you get home ‘I camped out overnight in Central Park” or whatever park you choose to spend a night in.