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Hither Hills State Park Campground

164 Old Montauk Hwy. Montauk, NY 631-668-2554; Reserve: 800-456-2267

Bayville resident Madeline Mullen, 6, munches on strawberries

(Credit: Photo by Emily Anne Epstein)

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Type: Campgrounds Price:

$31 weekday, $35 weekend; out-of-state resident: $62 weekday, $70 weekend and holidays

Description:

The basics: 1,755 acres, rest rooms, showers, general store, playgrounds, dump station, films, swimming, horseshoes, crafts, sand castle contests (summer), fishing, hiking trails, Environmental Programs (summer).

The beach: Open oceanfront beach just over the dunes.

The campground: Hither Hills has 166 tent and trailer sites (no hookups). A general store offers staples and snacks - craft activities and outdoor movies are organized weekly. Kids bring bicycles and zip around the campground.

Perks: Because campers stay for a full week, families get to know one another, creating community.

Drawbacks: Reserving a summer spot in the peak season means planning nine months in advance and getting on the phone at 9 a.m. on the dot.

Season:

April 15-Nov. 20

Campsites:

166 tent and trailer (behind dunes); no hookups

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