If you are looking for a campground that is kid-friendly this summer, there’s a lot of good campgrounds all over America that you can spend your weekends with the kid’s and they both offer different activities to choose from and also different types of accommodation for you to select from. We are sharing 8 of Travel Channel’s choice in USA’s best family campgrounds.
1. Jellystone Park Larkspur in Colorado
Families can’t help but love this Yogi Bear-themed campground, which is located midway between Denver and Colorado Springs and offers much more than sites to pitch a tent. Look for cottages with en suite bathrooms, as well as yurts, tepees and safari tents. Explore nearby Pike National Forest, or spend the day at the campground for goat walks, fossil digging, archery classes and geocaching. Snap pics with Yogi and Boo Boo at the flag-raising and lowering ceremonies that start and end each day.
Address: 650 Sky View Ln Larkspur, CO 80118 US
2. Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes in Washington
Situated on San Juan Island in Washington, Lakedale Resort was designed for the modern-day camper, with log cabins, canvas tent cabins, and even an Airstream trailer rental right on the lake. Of course, it has classic campsites with fire pits and picnic tables, but there’s also a lodge with deluxe rooms and whirlpool tubs. Surrounded by 3 lakes, the resort offers many water activities, including trout fishing, canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding. Organized activities such as making tie-dyed shirts and learning to cook on a campfire keep the kids entertained, too.
Address: 4313 Roche Harbor Rd Friday Harbor, WA 98250 US
3. Fort Yargo State Park in Georgia
Fort Yargo State Park is one of 13 state parks participating in Georgia’s 3-year-old First-Time Camper Program, which enables families to experience sleeping under the stars in a tent before investing in their own camping equipment. Kids will love taking a Camping 101 lesson and working with park staff to set up their campsite before going off to swim in the lake, paddle a kayak or get in a round of disc golf. The state park also offers ranger-led nature hikes and 3-day Junior Ranger camps.
Address: 210 S Broad St Winder, GA 30680 US
4. Blue Bell Campground in South Dakota
For old-fashioned hayrides and classic chuckwagon cookouts, spend a few days at Blue Bell Campground in South Dakota’s Custer State Park. Whether you want to sleep in a tent or stay in a cabin that sleeps up to 5 people, the whole family will love the variety of wilderness activities, including horseback riding and fishing. As a bonus, Buffalo Safari Jeep Rides picks up at the nearby State Game Lodge Resort, enabling visitors to tour the park with an expert guide and get up close with wildlife such as buffalo and elk.
Address: State Route 87S Custer, SD 57730 US
5. Ventura Ranch KOA in California
Give kids the joy of splashing in the pool at Ventura Ranch KOA, which sits just over an hour outside Los Angeles at the foot of one of Ventura County’s tallest mountains, Topa Topa. Then, take a nature walk, fly down a zip line or race up the rock-climbing tower. In the evening, settle in to your tent or cabin. Even better, reserve one of several Sioux Indian-style tepees. The campground also has safari tents with comfy beds and private porches; keep your eyes open for the occasional peacock wandering by as you relax.
Address: 7400 Pine Grove Rd Santa Paula, CA 93060 US
6. Bend-Sunriver RV Campground in Oregon
At Bend-Sunriver RV Campground, an on-site activities coordinator ensures that kids and families have fun all day long, whether by participating in sand-castle-building competitions, hunting for clues in scavenger hunts or earning badges as part of the Thousand Trails Club Blazer program for young campers. It’s minutes from central Oregon’s Mount Bachelor, where there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, biking, canoeing and fishing. In the evening, relax in your tent, RV or even one of the on-site cabins or yurts.
Address: 17480 S Century Dr Bend, OR 97707 US
7. Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Indiana
In a town called Santa Claus, IN, you have to spend time at ir, which is located on the grounds of Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort. Nearly every road and section of the campground is Christmas-themed (e.g., Blitzen Bay Pool and Frosty Lane). From playgrounds and mini golf to family movie nights and even visits with Rudolph himself, there’s plenty to do at the campground. Campers can also hop the free shuttle to Holiday World, which is just a few minutes down the road.
Address: 78 N Holiday Blvd Santa Claus, IN 47579 US
8. Lake George Escape in New York
At this campground situated in the Adirondacks, kids will love hiking, fishing, kayaking and tubing along the Schroon River while staying in a log cabin. There’s also a bonfire pit at Lake George Escape that’s ideal for roasting s’mores when the sun goes down. A full-time activities staff ensures that children have plenty to occupy them every week of the summer, from doing the limbo at a luau to decorating bikes and joining a Mardi Gras-themed bike parade.
Address: 175 E Schroon River Rd Diamond Point, NY 12845 US