Free Summer Camping in Central Park Has Lottery For Spots

Published on May 19, 2010

Camping in Central Park.

If you want to experience a night under the stars camping in Central Park, the Urban Park Rangers are giving a select and lucky few the opportunity.  There are three scheduled nights of camping for the summer: Saturdays June 5, July 3 and August 7, each from 6 PM- 7 AM.

With accommodations rates so high in New York City, it might seem like this free camping deal is too good to be true.  Well, there is a catch; unfortunately, there are only 30 spots available for each camp session, so attendees must participate in a lottery beforehand to be selected.

• To camp on Saturday, June 5, 2010, online registration begins on Wednesday, May 26, 2010.

• To camp on Saturday, July 3, 2010, online registration begins on Wednesday, June 23, 2010.

• To camp on Saturday, August 7, 2010, online registration begins on Wednesday, July 28, 2010.

To enroll in the lottery, visit the online registration site or call 212-628-2345 between 10 AM- 4 PM on the dates stated above.  The lottery, which will be selected at random by a computer generated drawing, will be open for 24-hours beginning at midnight.

If you are one of the 30 lucky campers, the Urban Park Rangers will provide you with the tents and food and you bring the sleeping bag!

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