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Pretend summer isn’t over at this new pop-up glamping site in New York

Just because it’s the start of fall, it doesn’t mean you have to let go of fun summer activities like camping. Luckily, a new pop-up campground has opened at one of New York City’s beaches, where guests can stay in amazing tents and pretend that winter isn’t on its way.

Rear view of a couple cycling along a beach trail, Fort Tilden, Queens, New York City, New York State, USA
Head to Fort Tilden to a fall glamping site. Image by Panoramic Images/Getty Images

Camp Rockaway is a new pilot project at Ft. Tilden in the Gateway National Recreation Area on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. On offer are large canvas wall tents, basic canvas tents, and more at the site. “The mission of Camp Rockaway is to create an innovative outdoor experience by providing unique accommodations, emphasizing design and quality of service in a comfortable campground setting,” according to the official website.

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The pop-up campground will run as a National Park Service pilot program between 23 September and 5 November. The area offers beaches, biking, surfing, hiking and more for nature-lovers, but is still located in the city – close enough to hit up boutiques, see live music, or go for tapas – in case you want to bring a less-than-outdoorsy friend.

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There’s a variety of accommodation options, as well as a communal fire pit and kitchen, picnic area, hammocks and games. For $195, guests can rent a large canvas wall tent that is perfect for those who don’t want to leave comfort behind. The tents have a queen-size bed, side tables, charging stations and more. Smaller tents are available for $115 and are a bit more rustic with cots to sleep on, and there is a bring-your-own-tent campsite at $65 for seasoned campers. Learn more about Camp Rockaway or reserve a tent on the official website.