Camping in Central Park is illegal, unless you know what we know…

camping in central park

Tents are pitched in Central Park.

So, you want to camp in Central Park? We’d advise against it. It’s illegal. Take our tour instead. But, if you happen to be free the evening of Saturday, August 24, there’s a loophole. New York City’s Urban Park Rangers have set the night aside to escort several lucky people into our glorious park to spend an evening under the stars. If you want to be a part of the experience, you’ll need to enter a lottery. If you don’t get a chance to camp in Central Park, don’t worry. There are also opportunities in other city parks including Alley Pond Park, Inwood Hill Park, Prospect Park, and Pelham Bay Park.

Not sure what to expect of city camping trips? Our friends at Downtown Traveler went earlier this year and seemed to have a great time. Apparently there were drum circles, cheesy games, and seedy hiking trips. They recommend bringing snacks, headlamps, and a camera that can take photos at night. Their best tip though is to set your tent up next to a family with kids as they tend to go to bed earlier and stay quiet. Smart!

So, who’s feeling adventurous? Will you be camping in a city park anytime soon?

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