Travel time: 3 hrs from Penn Station. Take the LIRR to Montauk and a short cab—or a hike—to the park.
The camping scene in Montauk is just as alluring as its beaches. Bring the kiddos and take in a waterfront view at Hither Hills State Park, which provides access to bike trails, Napeague Harbor's "walking dunes," night fishing, playing fields and other popular things to do. The campground offers either one five-person tent or two two-person tent or the option to camp in an RV. The camping fees are higher for those traveling from out of state. Note that motor homes, pop-ups and trailers are not allowed in the parking lots on Friday–Sunday. Pets are prohibited in the camping area. Be sure to make a reservation well in advance—Hither Hills always books up.
To learn more about the regulations and to book a trip, visit parks.ny.gov.