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It’s time to take beach camping to the next level.

From Sept. 23 through Nov. 6, the National Park Service will host Camp Rockaway at historic Fort Tilden in the Rockaways.

New York City-based designer Kent Johnson first conceived the idea of Camp Rockaway in 2014. After raising $50,000 through Kickstarter to explore the viability of the idea, Johnson partnered with the National Parks Service, who granted the camp a six-week pilot.

As a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, Camp Rockaway will bring the comforts of home with the romance of beach camping. Campers can choose to spend the night in a spacious safari-style tent with wooden floors and canvas sides.

The structures will be fully furnished and supplied with solar lights and deck chairs. There will also be two pre-pitched tents with cots as well as three open sites that campers can reserve to pitch their own tents.

On the grounds, guests can find horseshoes and other games, a community kitchen, dining area and a camp store selling additional food and supplies. Nearby the campgrounds are decommissioned military structures and reclaimed natural areas that are waiting to be explored.

The fixed tents will be available to rent from $115 to $195 per night, while the open sites will be priced at $65 per night. To reserve your spot, visit


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