If you want to sleep in the great outdoors, but not necessarily on the ground, consider glamping. This elevated form of camping provides hotel-style perks, plus the kitsch appeal of camping.
Think of glamping as an upgraded version of traditional camping, typically with a larger, canvas tent already set up, often with beds, mattresses, and other creature comforts like picnic tables and grills built into your campsite. Most of these destinations for glamping near New York City are open between May and October and can include everything from bathrooms with running water to hotel-quality linens, kitchens, electricity, and even air conditioning.
These glamping spots in New Jersey, upstate New York, and the Poconos are also packed with family-friendly extras, including pools, playgrounds, hayrides, mini golf, and we even found one glamping site that's home to a ropes course, on top of nature activities, like biking and fishing. Some even offer hotel-level features, like on-site restaurants. Read on for our full list of destinations to go glamping near New York City, and find more ideas for a family-friendly getaway in our Guide to Day Trips and Weekend Getaways.
Want to stay in a converted covered wagon? Or how about a tipi? If you’re looking for an off-the-grid family adventure in a cool wildflower meadow meets maple tree forest setting, Bellfire, located about three hours north of NYC, might just be it. Open from May to October, its covered wagon and tipi setups can accommodate up to four people and include a fire pit, grill, and more, as well as access to other amenities, like a sauna. Bonus: Before you visit, show the kids how the couple who owns the property built the sustainable structures—there are lots of photos on the website.
This chain of glamping destinations has locations in France, Canada, the Netherlands, and multiple outposts in the US, including this site near Lake George. The accommodations are great for families, with each two-bedroom canvas-and-wood glamping tent able to fit up to five people and featuring electricity, a small kitchen, and firepit. Its Trappeur tents even have private bathrooms, while other tents share a communal bathroom. There’s a restaurant on-site, a Kids' Club, a playground, and soon, a swimming pool, as well all the nature-focused activities you could want.
This Catskills campsite offers cabins as well as spots for tent and RV camping, but for a true glamping experience, consider booking its Luxury Lodge Tents, which include their own bathrooms—complete with clawfoot bathtubs—a kitchenette, AC, and more. Enjoy a long list of outdoor activities—from fishing to tubing to hiking, as well as particularly kid-friendly fun like a farm, scavenger hunt, and hayrides. Oh and the best part? Kids under 10 stay FREE! Its sister site, Catskill Conestoga Wagon Outpost is a few miles away and offers its namesake accommodations, plus access to all the fun at Roscoe.
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Once opened, AutoCamp Catskills will bring glamping in AirStream Trailers to New York state.
File this in the "coming soon" pile: At the brand's second East Coast location, accommodations range from luxuriously appointed Airstream Trailers to luxury tents, and private cabin suites. Luxury linens, towels, and robes are de rigeur. Most accommodations come with cooking basics, and all sites have fire pits and grills. A central Clubhouse, designed to evoke a modern Hudson Valley barn, is promised to be a beacon of activity, with indoor fireplaces, a general store, breakfast and coffee service, and programming meant to make AutoCamp the destination, instead of a home base while you explore nearby. AutoCamp Catskills is aiming for a late spring opening.
If you’re looking to head further upstate, consider this "elevated camping" site in Ithaca, which offers glamping tents that can accommodate up to four people, some of which have electricity and heating. Enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities in the area, from hiking and biking to checking out local waterfalls and water sports. At the site itself, which is open from May to October, hang around the communal campfire, play some lawn games, and enjoy a local breakfast, which is included in your stay.
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Blue Mountain Resort's glamping tents can be quite remote: Some require an off-road vehicle to transport guests!
Where to Go Glamping in the Poconos
With 25 glamping tents available at this Poconos resort, these canvas tents come with two full-size bunk beds and camping essentials like picnic tables, fire rings, and drinking water. You can also opt for its “deluxe glamping sites,” which have larger beds and a few more amenities, like chargers—but note that these are only accessible via a UTV ride. Outside of your tent, enjoy the amazing views and lots of on-site activities, including the Summit Adventure Park, with its ropes course, laser tag, and more.
There is tons of kid-focused fun to be had at this Poconos glamping resort, including a pool, multiple playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, a game room, and activities like a garden and outdoor movie nights. Tents, some of which are right on the lake, are “safari-style” and include up to three beds, plus grills and other camping amenities, like a fire pit.
Can’t decide between a stay at a hotel or a campsite? The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort on the Delaware River offers the perfect combo with its Riverside and North Lawn glamping tents. Here, guests have access to all the hotel’s amenities (Think: indoor pool, restaurants, playground, arcade, golf, etc.) in a cool, rustic tent. Glamping tents are ideal for smaller families, since they sleep up to three people, and include beds, a deck, electricity, and more.
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Kymer’s Camping Resort's Luxury Tents have beds for up to four guest, plus a fridge, deck, grill, and more.
Where to Go Glamping in New Jersey
At this 200-acre resort, visitors can go glamping in its Luxury Tents, which sleep up to four in two queen beds. Inside there’s a refrigerator, fan, and table, while outside you’ll find a grill, fire ring, and more. The resort has a heated pool and a new splash pad, a playground, and mini golf, plus courts to play basketball, tennis, and volleyball. Activities include everything from arts and crafts to scavenger hunts.
If you’re headed down to the Jersey Shore this summer, consider opting for a different kind of stay—at one of this resort’s “Safari Glamping Tents.” Great for up to four people, the tents include everything from a microwave and half bath to a fridge, picnic table, and grill. Throughout the summer, the resort also has a variety of activities on-site, like outdoor movies, bonfires, pool games, and even weekend-long events, like “Christmas in July.”
Another option for finding glamping spots? Hipcamp.com—like an Airbnb for camping, where you can filter by location as well as by amenities (pets, wifi, for example) and activities (hiking, fishing, biking, etc.)
Photos courtesy of the resorts/campgrounds