Camping on Long Island

tentsSummer is the best time of year to enjoy the great outdoors; and what better way to do it than taking the whole family camping.

Long Island offers families some great camping locations, from beaches to wooded parks. Many of the campgrounds also have amenities, including grills and showers. Activities for families at the campgrounds are also plentiful with options such as hiking, boat rentals, fishing, and even horseback riding.  So why not check out these Long Island campgrounds.

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Campgrounds Near or On the Beach How nice would it be to fall asleep listening to the waves in the distance? It’s possible at the following campgrounds, which are located near or on the amazing beaches of Long Island:  Cedar Point County Park (East Hampton) offers fishing, hiking, picnicking, playground, rowboat rentals, bicycling, surfcasting for bass and bluefish, scuba diving, hunting (waterfowl), and outer beach access. Also has a general store and snack bar.

Hither Hills State Park (Montauk) offers fishing, boating, horseback riding paths, hiking trails, picnic area, playground, playing fields, and courts for horseshoes, basketball, volleyball, and tetherball. Also offers family movies, folk and line dancing, children’s summer theatre, and magic shows. A camp store is also on the premises.

Smith Point County Park (Fire Island) offers swimming, surfing, fishing, and playground. Also has a seafood restaurant.

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Campgrounds in Wooded Areas  Enjoy the night under the stars surrounded by tress. Experience camping out in the woods at these Long Island campgrounds: Battle Row Campground (Old Bethpage) offers swings, recreational field, and softball field.

Blydenburgh County Park(Smithtown) offers hiking, picnicking, camping, freshwater fishing, rowboat rentals, horseback riding paths, playgrounds, and a dog run.

Southaven County Park (Brookhaven) offers hiking, camping, picnicking, freshwater fishing, rowboat rentals, canoeing, hunting, bridle paths, and Long Island Steamers.

 

Campfire Snacks  A family night out camping would not be complete without some tasty snacks! Here are a few twists of the classic “smores” camping snack to consider:

Campfire-ConesCampfire Cones: (picture and recipe from kids activities blog)

Ingredients: Chopped fruit (ex: strawberries, bananas, etc.), Mini-marshmallows, Chocolate chips, Waffle ice-cream cone, Tin foil (to wrap your cone once you have it stuffed).

Directions: Chop the fruit into smaller, more manageable bits. Then, mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Wrap the cones in foil and let the kids have fun stuffing the waffle cones. Fold the foil over the top and lay them over the fire, once the coals had turned gray. Rotate a couple of times. In about 5-7min they are ready to eat!

 

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Campfire Banana Boat (picture and recipe from Camping Kiddos)

Ingredients: 8 bananas, 1 bag chocolate chips, 1 bag mini marshmallows

Optional Ingredients: Nuts of your choice, M&M’s, Coconut, Chocolate sauce, Caramel Sauce, Caramel bits or caramels cut into bits, Graham crackers, crushed into crumbs, & Peanut butter cups.

Directions: Split the bananas lengthwise, but don’t cut all the way through. The goal is to create a boat to hold the ingredients.  Don’t take the peel all the way off. Load the bananas with chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and whatever optional ingredients take your fancy. The Graham cracker works best if you crumble 1 whole graham cracker onto each loaded banana. Wrap individually in couple layers of 12 inch squares of heavy-duty foil and then place near the campfire, on hot coals or on the grill of your campfire for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until the chocolate and marshmallows are melted. Avoid placing in the fire, or they will burn! Once cooked, remove from fire coals or grill (be careful as they will be hot – wear oven mitts), grab a spoon, have a seat and enjoy your treat!

So why not spend some quality time camping outdoors? Make some unforgettable family memories at Long Island campgrounds this summer!

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By:  Janet Brandsema

Photo credit: Jodi Abramowitz, Janet Brandsema, Camping Kiddos and Kids Activities Blog

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