Looking for a way to get back to nature with the family without leaving civilization totally behind? “Glamping”, or camping-lite, is a great way to experience the great outdoors while also enjoying some of the comforts of home. We found shelters of all kinds, sizes and locales. Click through to find your match! (If you do want to camp, check out these ready-to-go, family-friendly sites.)  

In A Kids’ Play Wonderland

If you’re all about the family fun times (too much quiet gets boring!) this campground is located right on the property of the Lake Compounce theme and water park. With everything from basic tent sites to tipis and two-bedroom cabins available, you can choose your level of roughing it vs. hotel-style amenities. There’s also a playground, basketball court, and themed activity weekends like Christmas in July and Carnival Weekend.    

Where: Bristol, Ct

Distance from City: 2 hours, 10 minutes

photo: Bear Creek Campground at Lake Compounce on Facebook

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— Gretchen Kunz & Ilyssa Smith