Camping at Floyd Bennett Field
Public Camping at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn
Gateway is proud to announce the addition of 38 camp sites at its existing campgrounds in Floyd Bennett Field, including six sites for recreational vehicles. Camping reservations can be made online at www.recreation.gov.
Rates: $20 per day for a maximum of 14 days.
Size limits: Up to six people may camp at a single site. Larger families and groups will need to reserve multiple camp sites. Sites are large enough for one large tent or two small tents.
What to bring: You must bring your own tent and sleeping bags. A pad underneath your sleeping bag may cushion you better for a good night's sleep. You should also bring sunscreen and insect repellant.
Amenities: Camp sites are primitive. Each has a picnic table, a grill and a fire ring. (See Campground Rules and Regulations for pointers on fire safety.) Portable restrooms are nearby.
RVs (Recreational Vehicles): Six camp sites, all located in the Amelia Earhardt section of the campground, are large enough to accommodate recreational vehicles (RVs). They do not have water, sewer or electrical hookups.
Showers: At present, Aviator Sports Center has a shower facility open to campers from 8 AM - 10 AM. Cost is $10 per person, paid at the front desk. From there campers will be escorted to the shower facility. Campers must show their camping reservation confirmation and must provide their own soap and towels.
Access to Public Transportation: The Q35 bus takes you north to the train station for the 2 and 5 trains at Flatbush and Nostrand Avenues, a ride that takes about 15 minutes. From there, riders can transfer to other subways to get to other boroughs, such as Manhattan. The station is near a residential area. Street parking is available; read the signs for meter hours. Campers who return late must present their camping reservation confirmation from www.recreation.gov upon reentering Floyd Bennett Field.
Hiking and biking: Floyd Bennett Field has many paths for hiking and biking. Visitors may bring their own bicycles or rent them from Aviator Sports and Events Center, located within the park. Bikes may be used on paved surfaces only. Unpaved trails are for hiking by foot. See a map of trails at Floyd Bennett Field.
Kayaking: Campers who bring their own kayaks may use them at designated launch areas within the park. Kayaks cannot be rented within the park at this time. Check local businesses for kayak rentals.
Archery: The Floyd Bennett Field Archery Range is an outdoor range with 8-10 targets set at various distances and a covered platform from which to shoot. Use of this range is permitted with your camping reservation. Crossbows and hunting tips are prohibited. The range is accessible to persons with disabilities. Call 718-338-3799 for more information.
Swimming: If you want some time at the beach, Gateway's Jacob Riis Park offers lifeguard-protected beaches a short driving distance from the campsite. Please swim or wade only when and where lifeguards are on duty, from 10 AM to 6 PM. Swimming is not permitted at Floyd Bennett Field.
Did You Know?
At approximately 32 square miles and over 13000 acres, Jamaica Bay is the largest natural open space in New York City.