The Best Places To Go Camping With Kids


Camping is a very affordable way to take a vacation – something that families with kids really appreciate. If you have to book hotels for a large family, you can end up spending a fortune by the time you’ve paid out for several rooms, food, entertainment. Camping is the obvious alternative. You can get tents which are big enough to accommodate the whole family, and who doesn’t love the excitement of sleeping under canvas? The kids will have an amazing adventure and you can protect your bank balance. What’s not to like?

If you’re thinking of taking a camping vacation with the family in tow this summer, there are some fantastic destinations which are especially good for breaks under canvas. Here are just some of the best.

North Carolina – Outer Banks
There are four different campsites located at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore where you can enjoy 70 miles of beautiful Atlantic coastline. If you’re keen to enjoy an active family vacation, this is the spot for you. There’s plenty of opportunities for fishing, swimming, and surfing, and since there are so few people here, there’s every opportunity to enjoy some quality family time.

Utah – Natural Bridges National Monument
There are no less than 13 campsites at this national park, and it is the ideal spot to enjoy the very best of American nature with the children. There are three stone bridges here which can be explored by even the smallest children. There’s also a Junior Ranger program which will help your little ones to learn even more about this geologically fascinating area. Not only that, but this park is an International Dark-Sky Park so you can enjoy some amazing stargazing once the sun goes down.

North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountain National Park
The Big Creek campsite is the ideal family destination, especially if you want to stay cool in the south during the summer months. Here, you can go on a family hike to Midnight Hole, heading upstream along the creek before taking a dip in a shady and deep swimming hole. The whole family is sure to love this adventure, and as an added bonus, you’ll find some amazing botanical biodiversity here. There are over 6000 different species of plants here with tons of salamanders and butterflies to discover. Nature enthusiasts are going to love it.

California, San Elijo State Beach
If you want to head to the ocean on your camping vacation, there’s no better spot that California’s San Elijo State Beach. Perfect for kids and adults alike, this beachfront location is ideal for scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, and surfing. It’s even possible to spot whales from the comfort of your campsite.

New York, Lake Placid
Head to the ADK Wilderness Campground at New York state’s Lake Placid and enjoy a family vacation at the foothills of the Adirondacks. You can enjoy family swimming in Heart Lake, only a short stroll away from your campsite, and if it starts to rain, there’s always The Wild Center just 1 hour away that lets you discover more about this region without getting wet.

Pennsylvania, Caledonia State Park
Where better to head on vacation than the Appalachian Trail? Head to the Chinquapin Hill Campground to discover no less than ten miles of beautiful trails suitable for all levels of hiker. You’ll be able to discover both history and nature, and since there are children’s programs arranged through the summer, you’ll all be well entertained. For a little extra history, hop in the car and take the 20 minute trip to Gettysburg National Military Park.

California, Mammoth Lakes
Take the kids to the Twin Lakes Campground at California’s Mammoth Lakes to enjoy a vacation on the water. With canoeing, kayaking, and fishing to enjoy as well as plenty of beautiful hikes around the John Muir Wilderness, this is an amazing place to experience the splendor of nature.

Wherever you decide to head on your family camping vacation, make sure that you have all the essentials with you to ensure a perfect trip. From a large family-sized tent to cozy airbeds for comfort, as long as you’re well-equipped, you’re certain to have an amazing time without spending too much money.

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  1. We love camping, we havent been for a few years as mollie is to young but maybe this summer we can take her xx

  2. i have never been camping but id like to and these places sound beautiful

  3. Love camping, its a holiday of freedom and fresh air