Summers spent camping with our families as children are fond memories for most of us, but just because we’re grown up now doesn’t mean the traditions can’t continue. There are hundreds of campgrounds across the U.S. where adults and children can enjoy hiking, swimming, or relaxing by a campfire. The great outdoors is one of our favorite things to do in the summer. Here are a few of our favorites.
One of our favorite places for family camping is the Allison Campground in Illinois. Three pools, a playground, and a nearby water park provide ample opportunities for kids to have fun while their parents can relax by the lake. Other great campsites in the Midwest include: Bullard Park (Iowa), Red Wing Park (Wisconsin), and Ridgeport State Park (Indiana).
The best in the west
For a family-friendly camping experience, check out Toketee Lake in Oregon. The lake has waterfalls, swimming holes, and absolutely stunning views. Arrive early to ensure a good spot at the campsite since space is first-come, first-serve.
For more secluded camping, head to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. This is one of America’s most visited national parks, so it tends to get crowded quickly during peak summer months, but since camping reservations are required, you can make sure to get a spot that isn’t too near any other campers and will give you plenty of privacy while you enjoy your trip away from home!
It’s the best in the East
The Rip Van Winkle Campground is a great family-friendly camping spot in New York’s Catskill Mountains. In addition to playgrounds and swimming pools, campers can rent cabins or bring their own tents. Families who don’t want to rough it can book air-conditioned cottages on site. There are also horseback riding trails and rental kayaks nearby. If you’re looking for more of an adventure, head west to Montana’s Big Sky Ranch where families can stay in teepees with fire pits, watch wildlife from their porch chairs or take horseback rides up into the surrounding mountains.