Up your camping game this year and book some outdoors time at these campgrounds with amazing amenities. With your night spent in a tent and your days spent at a water park, on a zip line or rafting down some rapids, this is an adventure you won’t soon forget. Scroll down to see all the amazing spots below!

Cody Wyoming Trout Ranch (Cody, WY)

If you have Yellowstone on your must-visit list, then the Cody Wyoming Trout Ranch is the place to stay. Located five miles from the historic town of Cody and an hour's drive from Yellowstone's east entrance, camping at the Trout Ranch means you get to sleep in a tipi! These tipis are situated on the bank of the picturesque Shoshone River where you can fish for your dinner.


Fernwood Resort (Big Sur, CA)

Big Sur's heavenly mix of forested mountains, rugged coastline and lack of cell service make it the ideal locale for getting away. Fernwood Resort offers all sorts of camping options from tent spots and RV sites to cabins and glamping tent cabins. All have access to the camp store and the Fernwood Bar & Grill (which has Wi-Fi), for when you don't feel like grilling. Spend your days exploring the Big Sur River, and you may never want to go home. 

Online: fernwoodbigsur.com

Canaan Valley Resort (Davis, WV)

Canaan Valley Resort has RV sites and cabins. The state park has a variety of amenities for families: scenic chairlift at the ski area, Tube Park, Resort Board tours, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, climbing wall, Eurobungy, clay trap shooting (for kids 12 and older), naturalist programs, hiking, biking, geocaching and mini golf. The RV Park has 34 sites with rates ranging from $25-32 per night. There are also a variety of cabins and cottages with two to four bedrooms.


Northwest Rafting Company (Hood River, OR)

For a rafting adventure plus camping trip all rolled into one, Oregon-based Northwest Rafting Company offers guided multi-day whitewater rafting trips on Oregon’s Rogue River that are perfect for families, including families with kids who are young or new to rafting. The four-day, 38-mile Rogue River trip includes three nights of camping along the river. Each spot offers access to a variety of backcountry features like historic sites and scenic viewpoints along the nearby Rogue River Trail. There are also great swimming holes, guide-led river games and star-gazing at night. Along the river as well as at the campsites there are great wildlife spotting opportunities. Campers might see river otters, salmon, Great Blue Herons, Mergansers, deer, bald eagles, osprey and even occasionally black bears. Guides cook all the meals. 


Ocean Lakes Family Campground (Myrtle Beach, SC)

A mile of soft sand welcomes you to this campground in Myrtle Beach, SC. Choose from oceanfront, lakeside and shaded campsites. All campsites have access to playgrounds, a family fun center with mini golf, cafes, tube slide, lazy river and more. 


photo: Sand Hollow State Park

Sand Hollow State Park (Hurricane, UT)

If your camping dreams involve spending your days cliff jumping into clear blue waters and riding your ATV over massive sand hills, then this campground is for you. Sand Hollow offers two campgrounds for RV and tent campers. Rent an ATV on site and grab a spot at the Sandpit Campground where you can ride your ATV through the tunnel to access Sand Mountain.


Lazy River Campground (Granville, OH)

This Ohio gem welcomes campers with an in-ground swimming pool, basketball court, game room, outdoor laser tag, playground, horseshoes and sand volleyball pit but the biggest draw is the property's zip line and challenge course. The campground features tent and RV sites, a creek and trails for hiking.



photo: Lake Rudolph

Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort (Santa Claus, IN)

This campground definitely wins for the best theme as campers at Lake Rudolph have access to Santa's SplashDown Water Park, Dasher Splasher splash pad and the Blitzen Bay Pool. It's also super close to the Holiday World Theme Park if you are looking for an off-site activity. Reserve a tent or RV site or glamp it up in one of the cabins, cottages or RV rentals that come with A/C.


The Treehouse Camp at Maple Tree Campground (Rohrersville, MD)

If your tiny explorer has always dreamed of living in a treehouse, head to The Treehouse Camp at Maple Tree Campground. In addition to tent sites, this Maryland campground rents year-round tree cottages and three-season treehouses on twenty wooded acres. Looking for something a little cozier? The adorable Hobbit House sleeps four and has electricity and a wood stove for heating and cooking.

Online: thetreehousecamp.com

Beverly Beach State Park (Newport, OR)

Forest and ocean lovers alike will adore this large family campground in Oregon. Nestled in the woods, but just a short walk to the beach, the park is close to fun coastal attractions like the impressive Devil’s Punch Bowl Natural Area, Otter Rock, the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Yaquina Head lighthouse.

Online: oregonstateparks.org

Paradise Shores (Bridgeport, CA)

When you’re looking for a quiet escape, this charming little spot is just the thing. Tucked away against the backdrop of the Sierras, Paradise Shores offers a place to relax and connect with new friends around the communal campfire. Bring your own tent or RV, or rent one of the super comfy trailers, fully decorated and equipped with everything you’ll need for your stay. Just a short drive from Bodie ghost town, hot springs, fishing and tons of hiking, Paradise Shores is the perfect home base for your adventures.

Online: paradiseshorescamp.com

Enota Mountain Retreat (Hiawassee, GA)

Waterfalls, miles of hiking trails and an organic farm and garden are some of the highlights of this gorgeous mountain campground in Northern Georgia. Reserve a spot by the creek where kids can splash all day, check out the playground, take a hike or visit and feed the animals on the farm. With its lush setting surrounded by forests, this is one place the whole family can truly unplug and enjoy nature’s magic.

Online: enota.com

Smokey Hollow Campground (Lodi, WI)

Countless activities for kids and adults make this Wisconsin campground a family favorite. Along with tent and RV sites, you can rent a gazebo, Conestoga wagon, cabin, yurt, trailer or even a coach bus! Little campers will get a kick out of the giant shopping cart rides, swimming pond, dunk tank, outdoor movies, jumping pillow, climbing wall and so much more.

Online: smokeyhollowcampground.com

City of Rocks State Park (Faywood, NM)

Marvel at the impressive formations in this “city” of rocks made by a volcano eruption 34 million years ago! Kids will love the history when you camp at this scenic and otherworldly park in New Mexico. Hike the trails, check out the desert botanical garden, stop by the Visitor’s Center and don’t forget to show your sweet stargazers the amazing night view.

Online: emnrd.state.nm.us

photo: Inn Town Campground

Inn Town Campground (Nevada City, CA)

You’ll find plenty of options for camping and glamping at Inn Town in Nevada City, where you can bring your own tent set up, or relax inside a cool retro RV rental or deluxe tent. Swim in the pool, curl up in a reading nook or let the kids catch an outdoor movie in front of an Old West façade. Looking for even more to do? The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum is right next door.

Online: inntowncampground.com

Breitenbush Hot Springs (Detroit, OR)

For families looking for a more blissed-out and relaxing experience, Breitenbush’s peaceful environment might be just the place. Hot springs, organic vegetarian meals, daily wellness programs, hiking trails and a labyrinth are just some of the highlights of this off-the-grid sanctuary. Children are always welcome, but families should know that the overall vibe is one of tranquility, meditation and quiet.

Online: breitenbush.com

Mt. Baker Farm (Eastsound, WA)

A train ride through the woods and a petting zoo are total kid-pleasers at this enchanting 80-acre campground on Washington’s Orcas Island. No gear? No problem! They rent everything from tents to bedding to hammocks. Bring your own setup from home, or make your dreams even sweeter by splurging on one of the magical lotus tent rentals.

Online: mountbakerfarm.com

Pinon Flats Campground (Mosca, CO)

Located just one mile from the Visitor’s Center of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Pinon Flats Campground offers excellent views of the biggest dunes in the U.S.  Take the tots sledding and sandboarding on the dunes, enjoy some water play at nearby Medano Creek or hit a hiking trail. The campground is open April through October each year.

Online: nps.gov/pinonflatscampground.htm

Buttonwood Campground (Mifflintown, PA)

This Pennsylvania campground has a pool, mini golf, laser tag, hay rides, gaga pit, water wars, playgrounds, pedal carts, fun on the river, themed weekends and even an on-site winery for the grownups. The nearby Juniata River is the perfect adventure spot for tubing, canoe and kayak rentals or just a good time splashing around.

Online: buttonwoodcamp.com

Tully Lake Campground (Royalston, MA)

This tents-only waterside campground in Massachusetts offers shady private sites, canoe and kayak rentals and kids programs during the season. Try a history walk, attend a nature presentation or enjoy some water fun on the 200-acre lake.

Online: thetrustees.org

Dinosaur Valley State Park (Glen Rose, TX)

Walk in the tracks of dinosaurs! Set up camp at Dinosaur Valley State Park, and get a close-up view of real dino tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River. Plus, you’ll find ranger programs, workshops, a tackle loaner program for fishing, plenty of hiking and the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, just a short drive away.

Online: tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/dinosaur-valley

Turtle Beach Campground (Sarasota, FL)

Catch the unbelievable beach sunrise at this little gem of a campground in Florida. Direct beach access takes you from tent to surf in a matter of seconds, and there’s a free open-air trolley to town so you can check out the sights.

Online: scgov.net

Kamp Dels (Waterville, MN)

It’s over the top fun at Kamp Dels in Minnesota. With a huge outdoor water complex, a petting zoo, a climbing wall, mini golf, tennis, boating, fishing and more, you’ll find no shortage of ways to make some unbeatable family memories.

Online: kampdels.com

Point Mugu State Park (Malibu, CA)

Ocean shoreline, sand dunes, 70 miles of hiking trails and an assortment of available day activities await you at this sweet spot in Malibu. Build an epic sandcastle, hike and look for wildflowers or just relax and soak up the rays.

Online: parks.ca.gov

—Kate Loweth with Anna Doogan


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