Top 10 Family-Friendly Campsites in 2024: Perfect for Kids and Parents

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An RV Site at Wytheville KOA Holiday campsite.
RV Site at Wytheville KOA Holiday. Photo credit: Visit Wytheville

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Spending time together in the great outdoors adds value to your family vacation. As an avid hiker and lover of all things outdoors, camping found a way into my heart – minus the tents. Whether I’m going it alone, traveling with my husband or bringing the grandkids along for some time in the great outdoors, adding a camping trip to the experience makes the most of our time outside. 

While some hardcore campers might enjoy sleeping in a tent with no amenities, I’m not that type of camper! Plus, if you’re taking the kids along it helps to have a campground with plenty of options to keep them busy – because we all know they have far more energy than we do!

We’re taking a look at ten of the top campgrounds for families across the USA. From east to west, each of these campgrounds offers enough amenities to appeal to children of all ages.

To make the most of your camping experience, consider renting an RV from RVshare. It’s as simple as booking a vacation rental through Airbnb, but your rental comes with wheels! Let’s start planning, shall we?

1. St. Augustine Beach KOA Holiday Campground

 525 W Pope Rd, St. Augustine, FL 32080

  • Easy access to Anastasia State Park and the Matanzas River for hiking, fishing and kayaking.
  • Campground includes a playground and swimming pool to extend playtime.
  • Located just 4 miles from historic downtown St. Augustine.

This KOA-brand campground sits on Anastasia Island and is one of the most popular campgrounds in the St. Augustine area. The campground features 119 campsites with asphalt or dirt pads. With pull-through and back-in sites, the campsites accommodate RVs up to 70 feet long. Campsites include full hookups, grills, tables and chairs, Wi-Fi and cable. Laundry facilities are also available.

 Nearby, Anastasia State Park and the Matanzas River beckon adventure seekers with hiking trails, fishing and kayaking options. For downtime at the campground, a playground and a swimming pool keep the kids entertained.

Six Things to Do in Townsend, Tennessee - Little Arrow Resort
Little Arrow Resort has something for everyone. Photo credit: Kathleen Walls

2. Little Arrow Outdoor Resort

 118 Stables Dr, Townsend, TN 37882

  • Lounge with movies, book exchange, games and a kid’s playroom for rainy-day entertainment.
  • Located just outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park where 522,427 acres of outdoor paradise awaits.
  • Zero-entry pool and a hot tub for soaking those sore hiking muscles.

Ideally situated close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Little Arrow Outdoor Resort adds a touch of luxury to any camping experience. Luxury RV sites include a private covered pavilion, comfortable seating, outdoor sinks with a counter and beautiful landscaping. Each site includes a firepit with a grill grate, picnic table, covered cabana, full hookup, cable and Wi-Fi.

 Quiet hiking trails lead to beautiful views overlooking Townsend. Additional trails border the national park for more tranquil views. You’ll have no problem keeping the kids entertained with an abundance of sports courts including a basketball court, gaga ball pit and a pickleball court. There’s also a playground, a zero-entry pool, a splash pad and a hot tub.

Other unique amenities include the 24/7 Point & Feather Coffee Lounge serving local coffee. The lounge also includes a movie and book exchange, family-friendly games and a kid’s playroom.

3. Wytheville KOA Holiday

 231 KOA Rd, Wytheville, VA 24382

  • Family Fun Center with a six-lane bowling alley, arcade games, batting cage, skee ball, pool table and more.
  • 11 miles from New River Trail State Park with biking, horseback riding and hiking.
  • Special weekend activities for kids in summer months.

Situated in southwest Virginia nestled between enticing views of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, the Wytheville KOA Holiday Campground provides an ideal home base for area explorations. Of course, with all the amenities onsite, you may not convince the kids to leave the campsite.

There’s a pool with a double water slide, gaga ball, mini golf, corn hole, court games and a catch-and-release fishing pond. For indoor fun, the campground’s Bowling and Family Fun Center features a six-lane bowling alley complete with automatic scoring. Here you’ll also find arcade games, a batting cage, skee ball, pool tables and the AOK Café serving made-to-order pizza, wings and doughnuts. Just outside the center, mini golf adds even more fun. If your furry family members are tagging along for your camping vacation, they’ll enjoy the pet playground.

In summer months, weekend activities include a ride on the KOA Express train – an authentic 1924 fire truck, tie-dye/crafts and wagon rides. For kids 12 and under, there’s also a candy hunt.

4. Hersheypark Camping Resort

 1200 Sweet St, Hummelstown, PA 17036

  • Packages with discounted tickets to Hersheypark.
  • Fun country store onsite with yummy slushies.
  • Less than two miles from downtown Hershey’s attractions, restaurants and shopping.

Located in the sweetest place on earth, the Hersheypark Camping Resort offers sweet deals with special packages that include discounted tickets and free front gate shuttle service at nearby Hersheypark.

After a day filled with roller coasters, you’ll return to your campsite where all RV sites include a fire ring for s’mores-making because this is Chocolate Town! RV sites also feature electric, water and cable hookups. Full hookup sites also include sewer hookups.

You’ll find multiple playgrounds along with basketball, volleyball and shuffleboard for campsite recreation. Open seasonally, an outdoor pool is ideal for cooling off after a busy day in Hersheypark.

 Restrooms and showers are available in the Historic Landis Barn. And the campground’s country store is the place to go for s’mores supplies and delicious slushies.

5. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort: Lazy River

 50 Bevier Rd, Gardiner, NY 12525

  • Located 8 miles from Minnewaska State Park with lakeside beaches, hiking trails, waterfalls and rock climbing.
  • Huge water park keeps everyone cool in the summer months.
  • Onsite Tiki Snack Bar serves pizzas, wraps and burgers along with adult beverages for the grown-ups.

Big fun awaits at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort in Gardiner, New York. Here the kids (and parents) will love the massive water park, swimming pools, jumping pillows, a mini golf course and sports courts for basketball, tennis, pickleball and shuffleboard. There’s also an arcade, video games, air hockey, sand volleyball, a soccer field and horseshoe pits.

When hunger strikes, check out the pizzas, wraps and burgers at the Tiki Snack Bar. Mom and Dad can also enjoy a libation or two here.  For ice cream, popcorn, hot pretzels and chips, head to the Bear Outpost.

For RVs there are back-in, pull-thru or buddy sites. Choose from locations close to all the action or quieter private sites along the river. All sites include electric, water and sewer hook-ups, a picnic table and a fire ring. Wi-Fi is available and pets are welcome.

Nearby, bike along the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail or check out the many hiking trails of Minnewaska State Park.

6. Indian River RV Resort

 561 N Straits Hwy, Indian River, MI 49749

  • Located just 25 miles from Mackinac Island Ferry for access to Mackinac Island.
  • Separate playgrounds for small and older children.
  • Easy access to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula via the Mackinac Bridge for hiking, biking and chasing waterfalls.

Selected as the #1 Best Campground in America for 2023 by Campspot, the Indian River RV Resort provides an ideal campsite for making memories with your family. The campground features playgrounds for both small and older children, a heated swimming pool, a large dog park, a volleyball area and horseshoes for entertainment.

Camping conveniences include a campground store, laundromat, clean restrooms, firewood with free delivery to your campsite and full propane service.

Adventures await in the surrounding area including boating or fishing on Mullett or Burt Lake, cruising the scenic inland waterways and a day trip to Tahquamenon Falls. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the historic and enchanting Mackinac Island.

Double slide at water park at Camp Fimfo New Braunfels.
The water park is one of the biggest, most family-friendly perks. Photo credit: Camp Fimfo

7. Camp Fimfo Texas Hill Country

520 Whitewater Way, New Braunfels, TX 78132

  • Resort pool with private cabanas, waterslides, spa tubs and interactive water playground.
  • Home to Cliff Carver – Texas’ first and only alpine coaster.
  • Onsite family-friendly tavern, Squirrely’s featuring locally inspired cuisines, craft cocktails, beer and wine.

Camp Fimfo in the Texas Hill Country delivers a Texas-sized adventure at the horseshoe bend of the Guadalupe River. The campground rolls out the red carpet with back-in and pull-thru RV campsites featuring full water/electric/sewer hook-ups with 20/30/50 Amp electric. Concrete pads make pulling in and setting up a breeze. Campsites also include a charcoal grill, fire ring and picnic table. Complimentary wi-fi and cable are also available.

The list of amenities is extensive and includes a resort pool with private cabanas, and in-water basketball hoops and volleyball nets. There’s also an interactive water playground, water slides and spa tubs. Out of the water, the whole family can enjoy 18-hole mini golf, yard games, pickleball and sand volleyball. Camp Fimfo is also home to the Cliff Carver – Texas’ first and only alpine coaster. The coaster features three up tracks as it bobs and weaves for over a mile downhill showcasing epic views of the Texas Hill Country along the way.

Camp Fimfo also features several dining options. The family-friendly tavern, Squirrely’s serves locally inspired cuisine, specialty craft cocktails and local beers. It also features retro board games to keep everyone entertained. For wood-fired pizza and house-made ice cream head to The Filling Station. And when you’re craving your morning coffee, the Bandit Coffee food truck is there for you.

8. Canyon View RV Resort

746 23 1/2 Rd, Grand Junction, CO 81505

  • Large dog park for furry family members
  • Stunning views from every campsite
  • Resort pool and waterpark, hot tub and sauna

Surrounded by the beauty of the western slope of the Rocky Mountains, Canyon View RV Resorts boasts 160 beautifully landscaped RV sites. The adventure options are endless with hiking, biking and rafting in the nearby high desert canyons. The adventures continue at the campsite with a resort pool, waterpark, playground, sports field, volleyball, hot tub, sauna and more. This pet-friendly campground also features a sizable dog park.

On the practical side, you’ll find bathrooms, a clubhouse, a general store, laundry facilities, showers and internet access. Every site offers a stunning vista, concrete patio, private lawn, fire ring and a picnic table.

9. Paradise by the Sea Beach RV Resort

1537 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054

  • Beach access for surfing, swimming and sandcastle building
  • On-site bike rentals, pool, hot tub and a sauna
  • Located just six miles fro LEGOLAND California and only 30 miles from the San Diego Zoo & Safari Park

Prefer to do your camping at the beach? Paradise by the Sea Beach RV Resort in southern California is the place for you. Adjacent to Buccaneer Park and Beach, you and your family can surf the waves, dine in a beach cafe and compete in a game of basketball. There’s also a playground and picnic areas in the park. Other campground amenities available include bike rentals, canoeing/kayaking, a pool, a hot tub and a sauna.  The resort also boasts a dog park, full hookups, a general store, showers, wi-fi, laundry and cable TV. 

The coastal towns of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas and Camp Pendleton are nearby. Other family-friendly area attractions include the San Diego Zoo & Safari Park and LEGOLAND California

Photo of an RV site at Dark Sky RV Park and Campground.
One of the RV sites at Dark Sky. Photo courtesy of Dark Sky RV Park and Campground.

10. Dark Sky RV Park & Campground

2270 E Mountainview Drive, Kanab, UT 84741

  • Luxury bathhouse with indoor & outdoor private showers – nothing like a shower under the stars!
  • A “dinosaur dig” pit with bones and buried treasures and a kid-sized zipline for the little ones
  • Located just 33 scenic miles from Zion National Park and only 80 miles from Bryce Canyon National Park

Located in Kanab, Utah just seven miles above the Arizona border, Dark Sky RV Resort and Campground sits on 40 acres of untouched sagebrush. Campers enjoy unobstructed views of the ever-changing vista across the Red Cliffs, Vermillion Cliffs, and the Kaibab Plateau. In this stunning location, you’ll awake to epic sunrises and end the evening with brilliant sunsets. And if you sit outside after dark, you’ll be treated to a canopy of the brightest stars in Southern Utah.  

For this campground, the adventures take place outdoors with an abundance of hiking trails, off-roading trails, slot canyons, hidden lakes, sand caves and more. E-bikes and off-road vehicles are available for rent to enhance your explorations across the stunning landscapes. 

At the campsite, kids will enjoy a dig pit with bones and buried treasures and a kid-sized zipline. An enclosed dog park gives the pups a space to run free. On Thursdays, guests are invited to join fellow campers on the terrace for a social hour with food and drinks. 

The campsites have modern bathhouses for you and your family members to freshen up from.
Modern Bathhouse at Dark Sky RV Resort & Campground. Photo credit: Terri Marshall

Luxury amenities include a modern bathhouse with private bath suites featuring heated floors and indoor/outdoor showers, an open-air laundry facility, furniture and firepits and an outdoor kitchen with grill and Ooni pizza oven. Full hook-ups and excellent wi-fi are also included.

Enhancing the Camping Experience

More families are adding camping to their must-experience vacation list. Having the convenience of an RV with a kitchen, bathroom and beds makes the family camping experience more comfortable and convenient. Unless you plan to do numerous camping trips throughout the year, renting an RV makes more sense economically.

RVshare provides the ideal platform for renting an RV that suits your family’s camping needs. It’s simple, secure and convenient. And, if you’re not comfortable towing an RV with your vehicle, RVshare will deliver the RV directly to the campground of your choice and set everything up for you. What could be more convenient than that?  

Learn more about RVshare in our SheBuysTravel review here.

Based in New York City, Terri Marshall is an award-winning writer covering cultural travel, multi-generational travel, road trips, soft-adventure, camping, cars and characters. From hanging out with penguins in Antarctica to fishing for piranhas in Peru to road-tripping through the jungles of Belize, Terri’s always up for an adventure. Drop her into a landscape filled with mountains, towering evergreens, waterfalls and a glacier or two and she’ll be in heaven. But what thrills her most of all is traveling with her teenage grandkids. Terri serves on the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Committee for the North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA). She also serves as the First Vice-Chair of the Eastern Chapter for the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). In addition to writing for SheBuysTravel, Terri’s publication credits include AARP, Island Soul, Girl Camper Magazine, A Girls Guide to Cars, CHILLED, World Footprints, North Hills Monthly, Alaska Business Monthly, Alaska Contractor and more. Follow her on Instagram at TrippingWithTerri.
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