Saturday, May 15, 2010

Free camping in NYC's Central Park this summer

By Leslie Koch
Originally published in the NY Destinations column on, May 12, 2010 

You can camp out in Central Park this summer for free - and you won't even have to bring supplies!

The Urban Park Rangers have scheduled three nights of free camping in Central Park this summer: June 5, July 3, and August 7.

Photo Caption: Be an urban camper in Central Park this summer. Free camping (with free supplies) is available in public parks across New York City. Photo: Ed Yourdon/Wikimedia Commons

This is an amazing deal, given the high price of lodging in New York City.

The Urban Park Rangers will provide the tents and food.  The only thing you'll have to bring is a sleeping bag and a sense of adventure!

You'll also earn bragging rights among your family and friends.  How many people can say they spent the night in a New York City park, unscathed?

How to register

Only 30 spots are available per night, and demand will be high.

The Parks Department will assign camping spaces through a lottery.  Winners will be "randomly generated by computer."

Visit the Urban Park Rangers' registration page to enter the lottery. Registration begins at midnight on the dates specified below, and is open for 24 hours.

For Central Park, the schedule is:



Saturday, June 5, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Camping in other parks

Supervised camping is also available in Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx.

In Manhattan, campers can register for a night at the Inwood Hill Nature Center on W 218 St. and Indian Rd.

Visit the Urban Park Ranger's website for a complete list of participating parks and registration dates.

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