It’s time to up the summertime ante. Trade in your traditional family vacay for an anything-but-ordinary time at an overnight camp. After all, kiddos aren’t the only ones who dig canoeing on tranquil lakes, horseback riding through the mountains, and singing campfire songs after the sun’s gone down—parents want in on that action too! Flip through to find our favorite spots for families to get their camp on.

Camp Wandawega — Elkhorn, Wi

Travel back in time at Camp Wandawega with the crew this summer. Staying on the 25-acre lakefront property offers a different kind of camp experience for families, one that’s 100% DIY. Gather fishing poles and a cup of worms before heading to the lake to catch your dinner. Or shoot hoops outside the Treehouse with your aspiring athlete and finish the day with a hike out to the teepees. Be sure to take a look at Wandewaga’s Manifesto of Low Expectations (they boast mattresses as lumpy as grandma’s oatmeal and guest rooms that haven’t been updated since the Hoover administration) before you book a rustic cabin online.

Write home about: The kitsch flea market finds and vintage décor in each rentable cottage. Trust us, rustic never looked this good!


photo: Nostalgia Memoir on Camp Wandawega’s website

Do you have a favorite family camp we missed? Let us know about it in a comment.

—Allison Sutcliffe