Our Favorite Places to Sleep Under the Stars Around New York, NY

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New York City. The Big Apple. This global hub speaks for itself, needing no introduction in virtually every possible area, the action never stops in the city that never sleeps. Visitors might seek a break from all that’s going on here in New York, so we’ll dive right in; here are some of our favorite places to sleep under the stars here in the city. 

Gateway National Recreation Area

For those travelers who want to get lost in a green world and habitat spanning a number of diverse islands, trails and campsites, look no further than Gateway National Recreation Area, right here in New York’s backyard. With a number of beaches, educational areas, campsites and access to the Belt Parkway and John F. Kennedy International Airport, this is an easy addition to any itinerary.

Central Park

Indeed, neighboring Central Park also has plenty to boast in the way of picturesque backdrops, including the Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy reservoir and the Great Lawn among some of the spots visitors can tour. These are but a fifteen minute walk from many exciting neighborhoods on this end of Manhattan, and are a great setting for long-exposure photography, impromptu nights under the stars, and nighttime meet-ups. Make the most of New York City’s green heart and bring the party to Central Park!

Rockefeller State Park Reserve

For those visitors that can travel out of the city proper, Rockefeller State Park Reserve is well worth the trip, a setting just as rich in wildlife as in scenery. Here at Rockefeller State Park Reserve, visitors will enjoy rustic crushed stone roads, the Pocantico Riverside, Swan Lake, bridges, colonial walls, thick forest, wetlands, streams, fields, and mansions. Also accompanied by a nearby historic park and a number of curated gardens, this is a great option for travelers of all ages and interests, a one-stop destination for animal watching, long-exposure photography and camping. 

Nyack Beach State Park

A trip north of Manhattan and visitors will arrive at Nyack Beach State Park, some sixty-one acres of riverfront available for picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, skiing, and nature photography. This is a great destination for those visitors who want to pursue a number of outdoors activities, weather permitting, all in a beautiful and diverse setting. Aside from the sports and stargazing sites, there is also a number of endemic hawks, raptors, and ancient fossils that are regularly viewed by visitors.

Ringwood State Park

Another option for those travelers who are looking for a more complete camping experience is the Ringwood State Park, complete with plenty of space in the area for all the outdoors activities including fishing, picnicking, sledding, canoeing, hiking, watersports, and camping. For those travelers who want to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities over a number of days and are not needing to return to the city on a tight itinerary, Ringwood State Park is a great option.

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