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Skyline RV Camp

30 sites 路 RVs, Tents4 acres 路 New York, NY
WE ARE OPEN Stellar Views and Fresh Waters - New York City has never looked better! The campground is located at (around) Skyline Drive In Movie theater, a unique drive-in cinema experience, at 1 Oak Street in trendy yet relaxed Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Our location is situated on the East River and boasts killer views of the Manhattan Skyline any time of day! The space is a massive open concrete surface lot on the East River. The lot is a private property and is monitored by the 24/7 security in the adjacent building. The subway is 4 blocks away (G Train, Greenpoint Ave stop) which will take you to the city in under 30 minutes. Greenpoint Ferry stop is a few blocks away which will take you to midtown Manhattan in no time! Please note, that you might benefit from using a trucker app called "Trucker Path" while getting here since in some areas of Brooklyn you can't drive an RV. ** Site #'s are not official, you are paying for the accommodation of a hookup or non hookup space, the on-site manager will give you an official site when you arrive**
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Paradise Valley Homestead

11 sites 路 RVs, Tents33 acres 路 West Milford, NJ
We have 10 large sites available on our 33 acre property located in Northwest NJ. Sites 1 through 4 are on mowed, fairly level fields and are large enough for campers or RV's up to 30ft, or a couple of tents, and sites 5 and 6 are further back in the woods, available only for a few small tents, sites 7 through 10 are much further into the property and can only be accessible with a high clearance AWD or 4WD SUV or you can park and hike your gear in. Although we are only 2 1/2 miles from a main highway, the last 2 miles are on a dirt road with no houses. We are surrounded by protected land, so no neighbors and lots of wildlife, including the occasional bear, coyote or raccoon. Keep all food items secured. Because we are surrounded by protected land we are not sprayed for insects, so be safe and do tick checks often and bring the bug spray. We are 45 minutes from NYC or the Delaware Water Gap and an hour away from the NJ shore. There are horse farms nearby that offer trail rides. We are also close to the Highland and Appalachian Hiking trails. There are two reservoirs within a 20-minute drive for canoeing or kayaking. There are walking trails through our property, including a ten-minute hike on a marked trail to a small waterfall in a ravine.
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60's Surf Camper

3 sites 路 Lodging1 acre 路 Inwood, NY
Located in the heart of Rockaway Beach NYC, this vintage 1963 Shasta camper is perfect for a small getaway with a few pals to enjoy the sun and the surf! Take a trip back in time! The camper can sleep up to 4, where the second bed is created from the seating area. There is a beautiful city view over the bay that can be seen from the seating area. All linens are provided. A fridge to keep your drinks ice cold, a BBQ, 2 beach chairs with umbrella, a cooler, and a coffee maker with coffee, are all yours to enjoy and are included free in the rental! We also have two surfboards available to rent for an extra fee. Guests have access to a private toilet, and an聽outdoor shower for rinsing off after a long day on the beach or shredding the surf. Fishing, and the most amazing city view sunsets are just a 1 minute walk up the block to the bay park. Quality Wifi is included.The Atlantic ocean, the beach, concession stands,聽and our wonderful new boardwalk are just a few short blocks away, a 4 minute walk. Great neighborhood restaurants and bars are within walking distance. Rent a surf board and hit of the surf beaches or just head to the beach to relax. Perfect for couples or a small family getaway, come and enjoy this vintage camper, and all that this beach town has to offer!
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Beach 67th Street Motel

1 site 路 Lodging1 acre 路 Inwood, NY
Experience coastal charm in our newly renovated 90s Fleetwood camper, conveniently situated just four blocks from the beach. Nestled in a vibrant neighborhood, we are close to essential amenities such as groceries, a surf shop, coffee shops, and dining options. Inside the camper, enjoy a spacious and inviting open floor plan featuring a comfortable double bed with additional room for a pallet. The dining area boasts three chairs and a table, along with a well-equipped kitchenette featuring a fridge, double hot plate, and coffee maker. It comes fully stocked with pots, pans, dishes, and utensils for your cooking convenience. Step outside onto the camper's private porch and yard, complete with a cozy fire pit for evenings spent under the stars. Please note that smoking is not permitted in the camper, ensuring a fresh and inviting atmosphere for your stay. Immerse yourself in the relaxed coastal vibes and make lasting memories just moments away from the beach.
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Pleasant Valley Lavender

3 sites 路 Tents10 acres 路 Morganville, NJ
Pleasant Valley was named by George Washington himself when he travelled through the area and declared, "My, what a pleasant valley!" He was absolutely right, and it continues to be a very pleasant valley enhanced by New Jersey's first lavender farm. Ever since I opened the farm in 2008, people have asked if they could pitch a tent and spend the night. Now you can! We are excited to make our farm available for tent camping. Enjoy the fields, smell the flowers, hang out with our chickens and enjoy all the area offers from the rich history and sightseeing to fabulous beaches just a 30 minute drive away. Visit the hip cities of Red Bank and Asbury Park and quaint towns throughout central New Jersey. Our site is private and quiet. Our driveway has a large flag by the mailbox. Our mailbox is bright blue. Please do not pull into #300. Learn more about this land: We offer a secluded site nestled among the pine trees that surround our lavender farm. At the birth of this nation, George Washington travelled through this area and declared, "What a pleasant valley!" Our farm, nestled in the Pleasant Valley area of Monmouth County is home to NJ's first lavender farm. The stream at the base of the valley babbles through our farm. When the lavender is in bloom you will smell the sweet scent of this amazing herb. Off-season the fragant pines are the dominant scent. Nearby, you will find hiking trails, county and state parks with fishing and boating and hip towns for antiquing and terrific food. A short drive and you can be on the beach enjoying the surf.
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Unique Houseboat Rockaway New York

1 site 路 Lodging1 acre 路 New York, NY
Book the Bauhaus Boat for a unique stay in The Rockaways, NYC. A 35鈥 reconditioned minimalist houseboat that sleeps 2-3 persons, located minutes away from Rockaway Beach in a cozy gated Marina, facing the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Our space has a well-equipped kitchenette, TV, A/C, dry toilet and hot shower, indoor and outdoor dining areas, multiple outdoor decks including picnic tables and sun lounges, queen sized loft bed with 100% organic cotton bedsheets, and a smaller daybed in the lounge (Fits a 5鈥5 person comfortably). High speed wifi on the boat for coastal beach remote work! You can swim in the Marina, rent a Jetski, Kayak, Pontoon, go fishing, and spend the day surfing and chilling at the beach. Only 2.5 blocks away from the Boardwalk and long stretches of amazing beaches along the peninsula. Easily accessible via the A Train Subway, buses, car and the ferry from Wall Street (shuttle bus drops you off by the Marina). Right outside the Q22 bus, direct to Jacob Riis Beach and Fort Tilden. The houseboat is lovely all year round! Puzzles and board games are available on the boat for rainy days, and the Marina itself is surrounded by nature and a perfect spot for boat and bird watching. Cozy up to space heaters in our warm boat during the Fall and Winter (There is no running water on the boat from December - early April, but we provide a water container you can fill up in the nearby marina bathroom). Chill on the outdoor loungers and watch planes fly over the Marina to the nearby JFK Airport. There are plenty of things to do in The Rockaways, including lots of highly rated bars and restaurants, water sports, and other art/cultural happenings throughout the year. Our vintage 1970 Thunderbird Houseboat has no running engines. It鈥檚 a 35' long floating cabin on water :) Follow our adventures at @bauhausboat on Instagram! The listing comes with a houseboat manual with some important check-in info, and recommendations for your stay. No parties and visitors, please. The Rockaways is a hidden gem in New York City's coastal backyard! This vibrant peninsula boasts miles of sandy beaches, eclectic eateries, and a laid-back surf culture. Easily accessible by public transport, the Rockaways offer picturesque views of the sea and the city skyline, with local art, and a rich history. Whether you're looking to catch some waves, indulge in seaside cuisine, or simply unwind by the shore, the Rockaways provide the perfect blend of urban retreat and beach getaway. **Jamaica Bay:** The houseboat is located in the bay. It鈥檚 a a birdwatcher's paradise - Imagine waking up to the gentle sound of waves, with JFK Airport and the city skyline in the distance, having your morning coffee while watching herons take flight. Houseboating in NYC is a very unique experience, both an urban adventure and a nature retreat rolled into one. **Recreational Opportunities**: Apart from houseboating, the waterways are ideal for kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and fishing. **Rockaway Beach**: The city's only surfing beach! Stretching over 5.5 miles, it's also the longest urban beach in the United States.聽 Alongside its waves and sand, the adjacent boardwalk offers entertainment, food, live music, surf schools, and relaxation. **Jacob Riis Park**: Often referred to as "The People's Beach." The park boasts an Art Deco bathhouse built in the 1930s and seasonal consession stands. It鈥檚 less crowded than neighboring Rockaway Beach and offers spacious sandy areas, picnic spots, and sports courts. **Fort Tilden**: Fort Tilden Beach is one of New York City's hidden gems. Once serving as a military defense site, today, remnants of its past subtly blend with the natural surroundings. Nearby dunes and maritime forests provide a refreshing backdrop. **Gateway National Recreation Area**: A short distance away is this incredible National Park, covering over 26,000 acres of marshes, wildlife habitats, beaches, and historic sites.
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Moon Valley Campground

2 sites 路 Lodging27 acres 路 Vernon, NJ
Located 50 miles from midtown Manhattan (approx 1:08 minutes) is our brand new campsite located right off the Appalachian Trail. The camp is at the base of Wawayanda mountain right between the iconic hikes "Stairway to Heaven" and "Pochuck Boardwalk" on the Appalachian Trail. Hike right from camp up to "Pinwheel Vista" (named one of NJ's best viewpoints!) At the entrance to the property is the Valley Farmers Cooperative that sells local grass fed meats and artisanal farm goods. You can walk two minutes to Heaven Hill Farm which has plenty of goods, produce, and fun fall activities like pumpkin picking and haunted hayrides. Drive your car from route 94 directly to your campsite nestled in the woods with a great view of the valley. A perfect getaway from the city with plenty to offer. About 10 minutes down 94 is the beautiful town of Warwick or about 4 minutes in the opposite direction is the town of Vernon. Warwick is a quaint small town with plenty of great restaurants and bars, and famous for its apple picking. Vernon has plenty to offer as well including the popular ski resort/waterpark Mountain Creek and Minerals Spa (Located just under 10 minutes away.) The quiet charm of Wawayanda State Park appeals to hikers, campers, swimmers and boaters. Forested hills surround Lake Wawayanda creating a restful backdrop for canoeists and fisherman, while steep mountains challenge casual as well as serious hikers. A twenty-mile stretch of Appalachian Trail runs through the park, while the top of Wawayanda Mountain offers sensational views. More than sixty miles of trails are marked in the park.
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Serene in Jersey

1 site 路 RV1 acre 路 Lincoln Park, NJ
Space for 45 ft RV, tows/trucks. 50 amp, water. Dump on arrival/departure. Property: 1 acre on lake for fishing/boating. Pool use. Wood $10 per stack. 25 miles to NYC. Public trans nearby. Close to shopping, restaurants, hiking, Newark, Morristown, Hoboken.
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Floating Cabin Houseboat

1 site 路 Lodging1 acre 路 New York City, NY
A unique experience onboard a rustic vintage houseboat in the glorious Jamaica Bay, which is also a bird sanctuary. A one of a kind experience on Jamaica Bay steps from Rockaway Beach!!! Relax on the bay or walk three blocks to the ocean! Rent a skiff or pontoon boat from the marina and explore the bay. Eat delicious food! Take a surf lesson!Go whale watching!!-
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Qute Cozy Backyard camping

1 site 路 Tent1 acre 路 New York, NY
The Ultimate Backyard Camping Experience! Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life without the hassle of traveling. Our backyard campsite rental offers you the perfect opportunity to embark on a memorable outdoor adventure right in the comfort of New York City. Imagine a picturesque setting, complete with a cozy tent, bar ,BBQ grill , and all the amenities you need for a delightful camping experience. Whether you're a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or new to camping, our backyard campsite is designed to cater to your every need. our backyard campsite rental stands out from the rest: No need to spend hours driving to a remote location. Enjoy the tranquility of nature while having easy access to your home comforts. Unlike crowded campgrounds, our backyard campsite provides an exclusive and private space for you and your loved ones. It's an intimate setting where you can truly unwind, create lasting memories, and reconnect! 聽聽Choose from additional amenities like outdoor seating, or even a BBQ setup. We can accommodate families, couples, or even larger groups, our backyard campsite offers a secure environment. You'll have the peace of mind knowing that you're still within the comforts of your neighborhood while enjoying the magic of camping. Create a lifetime of memories with our backyard campsite rental. It's the perfect solution for birthdays, anniversaries, family gatherings, or simply a weekend getaway. Experience the joy of camping without sacrificing the comforts and convenience you love. Book your backyard camping experience today and let us provide you with an unforgettable outdoor retreat right at your doorstep.
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Bare Camping

3 sites 路 Tents1 acre 路 Stony Point, NY
Property was bought just as another project. However, after realizing the beautiful surroundings it only made sense to share it with others.
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Historical Lake Front Barn

1 site 路 RV, Tent10 acres 路 Mendham, NJ
Nestled in the mountainside in Morris County this 10 acre farm estate is home to a plethora of wildlife, small lake, and large brook that runs through the property. The lake is home to native fish and brook is loaded with trout. There are a couple of professionally maintained areas perfect for camping and firepit. It comes with a firepit, charcoal grill and everything you need for an amazing night out in the wilderness. There are beautiful hiking trails on site as well as right across the way adjacent to the property that are highly regarded in the state. The most secluded property you can imagine, it is home to some truly magnificent wildlife. There is no littering, and absolutely no hunting. As a nature lover, the respect I have shown these animals, is the reason why they love it here. Who knows what you may see! Firewood is available for purchase at the top of the driveway.
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The best camping near Ellis Island guide



Catch the ferry from New York or New Jersey and take in the rich history of America's largest and most active immigration station. Over 12 million immigrants were legally and medically inspected at Ellis Island from 1892 to 1954. You can explore the records to see if any of your ancestors were among them.

There's so much to do, see and feel at this beautifully restored historical landmark. Start with the award-winning 30-minute documentary: "Island of Hope, Island of Tears." The film chronicles the immigrants' stories as they journeyed across the ocean to reach the doors of Ellis Island.

Head to the museum, where you'll find three floors of exhibits. There's a mind-blowing collection of over 1 million archival records and about 390,000 individual artifacts. You'll see a touching display of personal items families brought with them as they sought the promise of America.

Park Rangers are on hand to offer various walking tours through the historic walls. If you'd rather explore solo, pick up a floor plan at the Information Desk in the first-floor Baggage Room. The self-guided audio tour is fascinating and will lead you through the museum as well. If you're visiting with kids, there's a family friendly audio tour designed for ages 6-10.

Your ticket also gives you access to the grounds of Liberty Island (but you need a reservation to get to the statue's pedestal and crown). If you plan to hit both islands, take an early morning ferry. Considering that over 40 percent of America's population can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island, this is bound to be a moving and memorable experience.

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