The 10 Best Places for Camping with Kids

As a parent I have to say that camping with kids is one of the highlights of parenting. Getting your little ones to experience the beauty of nature is something that parents should do, especially during the nice and warm summer season. Even as adults, there’s just something about the stars at night, the nice warm breeze, and the gentle rustling of leaves that is just so enchanting and captivating, and this is something that your kids truly deserve to enjoy just as much as you do.

Not all parks out there are safe for kids and families as a whole though. With that said, below are 10 of the best camping sites especially for families with kids. And here’s a good camping checklist to get you started on your plan.

 

The Best Places to Go Camping with Kids

Natural Bridges National Monument

Located in Utah, this is one of the 12 grounds for camping in the said park. What makes it a great place for camping with kids and families as a whole is simply because it gives you the opportunity to see nature at work with the natural stone bridges in the site. Apart from the breathtaking view, this place is perfect for those who love to know more about geology and history.

Douthat State Park

This park located in Virginia is made for the ultimate outdoor experience, where people even have the option to get either a cabin or a lodge if staying in tents isn’t your thing.  

It’s got a trail that runs 40 miles for all levels, and this allows your kids not just to view Lake Douthat, but to try and fish in it as well! The place also has educational programs to make the stay more worthwhile, and once they’re through with the course, they get a Junior Ranger badge!

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

If you live near or in Gatlinburg, Tennessee then you are in luck! This is hands down, the best place to be in if you want to expose you and your kids to a wide array of plant and animal species. 

If you want to make the most of the experience, then make sure to bring with you a set of binoculars or a magnifying glass. 

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

It would take a while from Sawbill Campground to reach this area. If you want to do loons and lakeside camping every night of your camp, then this is the perfect one for you. It offers a great way to enjoy simple pleasures for the family to enjoy, with your kids snuggling or you having your drinks under the bright stars. Lake-hopping is the perfect activity to do when you’re here.

Point Mugu State Park

This park in California is the best for those who love to camp by the sea. With that said, it boasts of about 4 miles of ocean shoreline found right at the foot of the Santa Monica Mountains. Not only are you able to experience the beauty of the beach, mountains, and the shoreline, but you can have a good time watching the whales and dolphins as well!

Jellystone Park

This park is perfect for those who have kids who are fans of Yogi Bear, for this whole park has the character’s theme. It’s found between the springs of Colorado and Denver. Apart from letting you do tent pitching, it also has cottages and tents of all sorts.

Great places to explore near the part is Pike National Forest, and the campground is just teeming with so many things to do, from geocaching to archery classes to keep your kid occupied and entertained.

Bend-Sunriver RV Campground

To keep kids entertained is a challenge for a lot of parents who like to go out and camp. With that said, taking them with you to these campgrounds allow you and your kids to have fun for the whole day, whether it be through contests or trails club programs where you kids earn rewards and badges.

Aside from kid activities, there also are a lot of things you can do, from biking to hiking, and so much more. If you find pitching a tent to be tiring, then you can go ahead and rent a yurt or a cabin!

Fort Yargo State Park

If you are just as new to your kids to camping, then the best place to be in this state park in Georgia. This is because it’s one of those who participate in the First-Time Camper Program, which guides families through all the things they need to have and do whenever they camp.

The camp is the perfect place for sleeping under the stars, and kids also can be offered camping lessons as well while the grownups could go and swim, do kayaking, and get in disc golf.

Ventura Ranch KOA

Just an hour’s drive away from Los Angeles, the Ventura Ranch sits at the foot of Mount Topa Topa. Its amenities include swimming pools, as well as alleys for a nature walk, zip lines, and towers for rock-climbing.

You have the option of renting a cabin or pitching your tent in the area. If you want to get the Indian feels, then you can have a Sioux tepee rented, apart from safari tents with beds. Popular wildlife in this place are the peacocks that you may see now and then.  

Lake George Escape

Situated along the Schroon River, this campsite is one of the most fun, most activity-filled there are. In this Adirondacks-located site, your kids can fish, kayak, hike, or go tubing by the Schroon River. If tents aren’t your thing, then there are comfortable cabins you can rend for your stay.

At night you can also have a bonfire pit where you and your kids could roast smores, sing songs, and tell stories. There is staff dedicated to planning and conducting activities throughout the summer, making every experience the most fun one for you and your kids.

Conclusion

Camping with your kids is surely one of the best things every family should do. Not only does this help you bond even better with your kids, but this also teaches them the life lessons of survival and self-confidence. Go to these places, and you’ll surely make the most out of your camping getaway.


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day.

“It’s never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams.” -Christa Thompson

2 Comments on this post

  1. I’ve been to Natural Bridges, Point Mugu and Lake George- all fascinating places to camp. Natural Bridges is one of the top 5 places I’ve visited and camped, anywhere.

    righteousbruin9 / Reply
  2. Every parent should give there kids the gift of camping. No excuses…

    Russ Lovell / Reply

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