Best Long Island Camping and RV Sites for Families and Kids

Family-Friendly Campgrounds and Campings for Long Island Kids | Hamptons, North Fork Too!

Families have for generations bonded over camping. On Long Island, where campgrounds offer oceanside views, hiking trails, historic landmarks, and lighthouses, experienced camping families or first-timers can enjoy roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, making shadow animals on tent walls, chasing after fireflies, and otherwise celebrating nature.

We've compiled a list of the best camping destinations in Nassau and Suffolk counties just waiting to host you and your family. Some are located in state or county parks, where residency restrictions might apply. Others are private or corporately run and open to all. Regardless, camping is especially popular on Long Island from May to October, so call ahead for availability and other essential information.

For tips on other LI outdoor activities, see our Guide to Long Island Playgrounds and Parks. For exciting day trip possibilities and some other nature-related activities, see our Long Island Getaway Guide.

Nassau

Battle Row Campground — Old Bethpage
Open year round
This campground is set amid 44 acres of dense woods and features 64 campsites ranging in length from 40 to 45 feet. A comfort station is equipped with restrooms and private showers. The campground also offers swings, a recreational field, a softball field, and rally field for club group camping, along with both tent and overflow campsites.

Nickerson Beach Park Campground — Lido Beach
April 1-September 17
Nickerson Beach Park measures more than 121 acres and offers a campsite surrounded by protected beach property. The campground features 74 RV sites and 13 tent sites. It also offers admission to the swimming pool, picnic area, skateboard park, concession stand, and grills. Sewer and electric hook-ups are available.

Western Suffolk

Blydenburgh County Park — Smithtown
April 1-October 8
Blydenburgh is a 600-plus-acre park of forests and meadows that lies along the headwaters of the Nissequogue River. The park has 50 campsites for tents and trailers with shower and dump facilities. There is fishing and rowing on Stump Pond, a historic homestead and water mill to explore, a playground, and an extensive trail system that links up with trails in neighboring Caleb Smith State Park Preserve. 

Cathedral Pines County Park — Middle Island
Open year round
Cathedral Pines is 320-acre site situated along the headwaters of the Carmans River and adjacent to Prosser Pines Nature Preserve. Facilities include campsites for individuals, youth groups, clubs (10 or more units), and families, including 10 sites with water and electric hookups. Other interests include a playground, hiking, mountain biking, bridle paths, and picnicking.

Southaven County Park — Brookhaven
April 1-October 8
The Carmans River flows through this park. Southaven offers fishing, row boating, horseback riding trails, camping for tent and trailers, and picnic areas for up to 1,000 people. On the second and fourth Sundays of summer months, attend a Long Island Live Steamers open house and ride around 8 acres of tracks on miniature model steam trains. 


Fire Island's Watch Hill offers an opportunity to pitch a tent near the seashore. Photo courtesy of Kevin Farley.

Watch Hill Marina and Campground — Fire Island
Mid-May-September 19
Watch Hill Marina and Campground has 26 tent sites nestled among the dunes right by the beach. Each has water, picnic tables, barbecue grills, and many even have electrical hookups. There is a National Park Service Visitors Center with programs every day for kids and families. There is also a restaurant and tiki bar. Dogs are allowed on leashes.

The North Fork

Cliff & Ed’s Campground — Cutchogue
April 1-October 31
Cliff & Ed’s is small, privately owned facility consisting of 24 sites. It is a full hookup park with water, a sewer system and electric service on all sites. Cable television, satellite dishes and Wi-Fi are available for use by subscription, as well as a bathroom with showers and a laundry room. Pets are allowed.

Eastern Long Island Kampground — Greenport
Open May 5-November 5
Sites are available for tents, trailers, motor homes, and pop-ups. The facilities include a swimming pool, general store, laundry, playground, and a game room. There are planned supervised activities, such as Christmas in July, Easter in August, and Family Olympics.

Indian Island County Park — Riverhead
Open year round
Indian Island County Park is a 275-acre park located at the estuarine mouth of the Peconic River. Restrooms and showers are available for campers. The park offers picnic tables, grills, benches, and views of a glistening Flanders Bay. There are 100 tent and trailer campsites. Recreational options include fishing, playgrounds, hiking trails, and a bike hostel. Dogs must be leashed.

McCann’s Campground — Greenport
Open year round
McCann's is a small, quiet, and secluded campground accommodating tents, trailers, pop-ups, motor homes, and camping vans. The campground also offers water and electricity. The 6 acres of property offer restrooms, showers, a dump station, and Wi-Fi.  Contained fires and house pets are permitted.


Wildwood State Park offers campers a number of family activities from April to October. Photo by Dennis Sitarevich/CC BY-ND 2.0

Wildwood State Park Campground — Wading River
Open April 1-October 10
Wildwood State Park campground has 2 miles of sandy beach for swimming on the Long Island Sound, and features full electric capabilities, showers, restrooms, grills, and water/sewer hookups, as well shaded campsites and picnic areas. Movies are shown in July and August, and there is line or square dancing once a week in the evenings. Recreation options include fishing, hiking, sand volleyball, and a field for playing baseball or softball.

The Hamptons and South Fork

Cedar Point Park — East Hampton
Open April 1-October 8
The 607-acre park, located on a peninsula just outside of historic Sag Harbor, has a shady forest, magnificent views of Gardiners Bay, and almost a mile of sandy beach. It also has a freshwater lake with canoe rentals, a playground, and walking trails. The general store and snack bar on site offer free Saturday-night family movies, and free recreational equipment.

Cupsogue Beach County Park — Westhampton Beach
Open May 27 – September 4
Cupsogue Beach County Park, a barrier beach spanning 296 acres, offers remote camping and outer-beach access. There is a lifeguard on duty, a snack bar, restrooms, first aid center, shower, and changing rooms. Pets are allowed, but dogs must be leashed.

Hither Hills State Park Campground — Montauk
Open April 14-November 21
Hither Hills features 2 miles of ocean beachfront, a 40-acre freshwater lake to fish, and a playground. The campground has showers, restrooms, a dump station, and a general store. Hither Hills has a resort feel with activities such as movie nights, sand castle contests, arts and crafts, and swimming.

Meschutt Beach County Park — Hampton Bays
Open May 27-September 4
With 7 acres of park and 1,000 feet of beach on Peconic Bay, Meschutt Beach offers windsurfing, sailing and snorkeling. It also has a waterside concession stand with grill grub, raw bar, and drinks. Limited self-contained trailers and campers are available, as are showers and restrooms.


Camp on the beach at Montauk County Park. Photo by Jonathan A. Neary.

Montauk County Park — Montauk
Open April 1-October 31
Montauk County Park offers outer-beach access and outer-beach camping (for self-contained trailers with permit). It also offers saltwater and freshwater fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. Nearby, Deep Hollow Ranch provides horseback rides to the beach for park visitors.

Sears Bellows County Park — Hampton Bays
Open April 1-October 8
This 979-acre park offers tent and trailer camping, as well as showers, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding (with permit). Rowboat rentals are offered on freshwater Bellows Pond. The park also has a playground, abundant picnic tables, and barbecue grills.

Shinnecock East County Park — Southampton
Open April 1-October 8
This rugged, undeveloped barrier beach park includes ocean and bay beach recreation areas. Shinnecock is known for striped bass fishing. It offers 100 campsites for outer-beach camping for self-contained vehicles.

Smith Point County Park Campground — Shirley
Open April 1-October 31
Smith Point’s campground offers more than 270 trailer sites, and features a playground, fireplaces, grills, and a camp store. The Beach Hut offers meals, and a protected beach area is featured. Outer-beach camping is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Top photo: Hither Hills State Park Campground offers 2 miles of oceanfront access. Unless noted, photos courtesy of the parks.

Area/Neighborhood: 
location: 
Cliff & Ed's Campground
395 Schoolhouse Road
11935 Cutchogue , NY 41° 0' 46.908" N, 72° 29' 18.348" W
New York
Eastern Long Island Kampground
690 Queen Street
11944 Greenport , NY
Phone: 631-477-0022
41° 6' 17.1072" N, 72° 22' 50.6856" W
New York
Indian Island County Park
Cross River Drive Route 105
11901 Riverhead , NY 40° 56' 10.1148" N, 72° 38' 22.0776" W
New York
Cupsogue Beach County Park
Dune Road
11978 Westhampton , NY
Phone: 631-852-8111
40° 48' 24.0444" N, 72° 36' 11.8908" W
New York
Cedar Point County Park
5 Cedar Point Road
11937 East Hampton , NY
Phone: 631-852-7620
41° 1' 39.774" N, 72° 13' 32.1924" W
New York
Smith Point County Park
1 William Floyd Pkwy.
Shirley , NY
Phone: 631-852-1313
40° 44' 35.106" N, 72° 52' 13.6956" W
New York
Battle Row Campground
1 Claremont Rd.
11804 Old Bethpage , NY
Phone: 516-572-8690
40° 45' 31.4064" N, 73° 27' 0.198" W
New York
NIckerson Beach Park Campground
880 Lido Blvd.
Lido Beach , NY
Phone: 516-571-7700
40° 35' 24.9036" N, 73° 36' 2.5848" W
New York
Shinnecock East County Park
Dune Road
11968 Southampton , NY 40° 54' 16.2612" N, 72° 24' 50.3244" W
New York
Meschutt Beach County Park
39 Old North Hwy.
11946 Hampton Bays , NY 40° 53' 32.7012" N, 72° 29' 44.6424" W
New York
Blydenburgh County Park
100 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Hauppauge, NY 11788
11788 Hauppauge , NY
Phone: 631-854-3713
40° 49' 17.1948" N, 73° 13' 27.9552" W
New York
Cathedral Pines County Park
Yaphank-Middle Island Road
11953 Middle Island , NY
Phone: 631-852-5500
40° 51' 49.2588" N, 72° 56' 20.7276" W
New York
S0uthaven County Park
Victory Ave, Brookhaven, NY 11719
11719 Brookhaven , NY
Phone: 631-854-1414
40° 48' 9.2916" N, 72° 53' 15.4356" W
New York
Watch Hill Campground
Otis Pike High Dunes
Fire Island , NY
Phone: 631-567-6664
40° 42' 42.3576" N, 72° 55' 42.3804" W
New York
McCann's Campground
600 Moore’s Lane
11944 Greenport , NY
Phone: 631-477-0043
41° 6' 45.0396" N, 72° 22' 35.3208" W
New York
Wildwood State Park
790 Hulse Landing Road
11792 Wading River , NY
Phone: 631-929-4314
40° 57' 37.7316" N, 72° 47' 40.74" W
New York
Hither Hills State Park
164 Old Montauk Highway
11954 Montauk , NY
Phone: 631-668-2554
41° 3' 13.644" N, 71° 52' 49.9836" W
New York
Montauk County Park
Montauk Highway
11954 Montauk , NY
Phone: 631-852-7879
41° 1' 52.9932" N, 71° 57' 23.0796" W
New York
Sears Bellows County Park
Bellows Pond Road
11946 Hampton Bays , NY
Phone: 631-852-8290
40° 52' 40.9944" N, 72° 33' 8.136" W
New York