Camping Destinations

The 12 Best Family Reunion Vacation Rentals

by Joe ColemanMay 20, 2022

Whether family lives down the street or across the country, it’s always good to have some intentional time spent with those you love. If you’re looking to spend some quality time with loved ones, family reunion vacation rentals are a great way to do that! To help your planning, I’ve rounded up 12 great campgrounds spread throughout the country.  

Here’s a pro tip before we get started. Wherever you book your trip for your family vacation, be sure to ask about buddy sites. If you aren’t familiar, buddy sites are campsites that face each other and share a common area. Many campgrounds, including several on this list, offer the opportunity to reserve buddy sites, which can be a more convenient way to ensure time well-spent together. Let’s dig in!

1. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort: Quarryville – Quarryville, PA

Two young boys sit at a picnic table and eat s'mores.

Nearest Airport: Harrisburg International Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

Family-related Amenities: Arcade, basketball, hiking, horseshoes, mini golf, outdoor theater, pavilion, pool, volleyball, waterpark, arts & crafts, laser tag

Nearby Attractions: Dutch Wonderland, North Museum of Nature and Science, Cherry Crest Adventure Farm

Let’s start this list off with a Campspot Award winner! Coming in at number four on the list of  Top Campground for Families, this is as good a choice as any on this list when looking for family reunion vacation rentals. Escape to the dense foliage near  famous Lancaster, Pennsylvania. If you’re looking for family reunion camping locations with large usable spaces, you can rent out the entire top floor of this location’s pavilion for the day.

Book this Amish Country Reunion Spot

2. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort: Natural Bridge – Natural Bridge Station, VA

An aerial shot of the view at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort: Natural Bridge.

Nearest Airport: Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, Lynchburg Regional Airport

Family-related Amenities: Arcade, arts & crafts basketball, beach hiking, fishing, horseshoes, mini golf, outdoor theater, pavilion, pool, waterpark, waterfront

Nearby Attractions: Dinosaur Kingdom II, Natural Bridge State Park, Virginia Safari Park

Located on the banks of the James River, you’ll be treated to some of the best offerings of the Shenandoah Valley here. You’ll have easy access to the outdoors, especially at nearby Natural Bridge State Park. If you’re looking to stay close, there are more than enough outdoor amenities with fishing, mini golf, a full waterpark, and more on-site!

Book this Blue Ridge Mountain Moment

3. Launch Pointe – Lake Elsinore, CA

A fire pit with Adirondack chairs and a yurt in the background.

Nearest Airport: John Wayne Airport, Ontario International Airport

Family-related Amenities: Beach, boat launch, fishing, hot tub, playground, pool, waterfront, waterpark

Nearby Attractions: Apple boulders, Castle Park, Disneyland

If you’re looking for a family reunion camping location in Southern California, this is as good as it gets. With proximity to the beach, LA, and Disneyland, there’s something for every family and interest. If your family prioritizes getting outside and being active, then Launch Pointe will suit your interests  perfectly. With tons of cool stays, including vintage RVs and comfortable yurts, this is a place you’ll surely remember.

Book this Active Beachfront Rental

4. Dream Lake Campground – Warsaw, NY

A cabin in the trees at Dream Lake Campground, a perfect family reunion  vacation rental.

Nearest Airport: Greater Rochester International Airport, Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Family-related Amenities: Arts and Crafts, basketball, beach, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, horseshoes, paddle boat, pedal cart, playground, waterfront

Nearby Attractions: Letchworth State Park, Cave of the Winds, Mount Morris Dam and Recreation Area

For families looking to head northeast for their reunion, look no further than the hills of Warsaw, New York. If you want to get outdoors, Dream Lake has all the water activities you could ask for and plenty of spaces to put a tent or RV when it’s time to settle down at night. If you reserve early, you can get a waterfront site.

Book this Dream Vacation

5. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort: Williamsport – Williamsport, MD

A family of five plays mini golf atYogi Bear's Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort: Williamsport, a campground perfect for family reunion vacation rentals.

Nearest Airport:  Hagerstown Regional Airport, Dulles International Airport

Family-related Amenities: Arcade, arts and crafts, basketball, hiking, horseshoes, hot tub, jumping pillow, laser tag, mini golf, outdoor theater, pavilion, playground, pool, waterpark,

Nearby Attractions:  Crystal Grottoes Caverns, Discovery Station at Hagerstown Inc., Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

For Washington D.C.-based families looking to get out of The District and enjoy some fresh air, Williamsport is less than two hours away! If you’re looking for family reunion vacation rentals that have everything you need at your fingertips, Jellystone locations are a perfect fit. With an immeasurable number of games and activities, young children will never be bored, and adults can appreciate the fresh air and maybe even a round of mini golf.

Book this Foothill Funfest

6. Sun Outdoors Lake Travis – Austin, TX

Three cabins under a clear blue sky at Sun Outdoors Lake Travis.

Nearest Airport: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport,

Family-related Amenities: Arcade, fishing, horseshoes, hot tub, mini golf, pavilion, playground, pool, clubhouse

Nearby Attractions: Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve, Austin Aquarium, Lake Travis Zipline Adventures 

If your family reunion takes you to the Live Music Capital of the World, Sun Outdoors Lake Travis is a natural stop. If you’re looking for unbridled relaxation, then this luxury resort is the way to go. You’ll get to enjoy peace and quiet by the well-loved Lake Travis while being just half an hour from downtown if you want to head into the city.

Book this Lone Star Luxury Stay

7. Cajun Palms RV Resort – Henderson, LA

An aerial shot of the pool and lawn chairs at Cajun Palms RV Resort.

Nearest Airport: Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, New Orleans International Airport

Family-related Amenities: Arcade, arts and crafts, clubhouse, fishing, hot tub, playground, pool, waterpark

Nearby Attractions: Prehistoric Park, Lafayette Science Museum, Champagne’s Cajun Swamp Tours

Cajun Palms prides itself on offering up-to-date and high-tech amenities for all its guests to enjoy. If the idea of tech-friendly bungalows doesn’t excite you, you have plenty of places here to pitch a tent or park your RV and be as off the grid as you like while relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. Not only does Cajun Palms offer buddy sites,  they even have five buddy trios that you can reserve for larger groups.

Book this Breathtaking Bayou Resort

8. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort: Barton Lake – Fremont, IN

A child holds a chocolate ice cream sundae in their hands.

Nearest Airport: Fort Wayne International Airport, Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport

Family-related Amenities: Arts and crafts, basketball, boat launch, jumping pillow, laser tag, mini golf, outdoor theater, pedal cart, playground, pool, volleyball, waterpark

Nearby Attractions: Wild Winds Buffalo Preserves, Mid-America Windmill Museum, Pokagon State Park

Location is the name of the game at this Jellystone location. Between Detroit, Chicago, and Indianapolis, families in the Midwest will have any number of hubs to choose to fly into when visiting this Barton Lake location. If your search for family reunion camping locations errs more on the side of glamping, then this Jellystone location is just what you need. Don’t forget to look for the available buddy sites.

Book this Tri-City Destination

9. Lonestar 23 RV & Storage – Weatherford, TX

The covered pavilion at Lonestar 23 RV & Storage, a perfect campground for family reunion vacation rentals.

Nearest Airport: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas Love Field

Family-related Amenities: Arts and crafts, mini golf, pavilion, volleyball

Nearby Attractions: Chandor Gardens, Log Cabin Village, Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge

If your family values unplugging and being present when getting together, you’ll love this RV destination. While you’ll have all the creature comforts you could want and then some, you’ll be able to quickly get away from it all at Lonestar 23. If you think of Texas as pure desert with no greenery, prepare to have your mind changed.

Book this Rustic Texas RV Spot

10. Moonshine Acres RV Park – Fort White, FL

A glamping tent with string lights at Moonshine Acres RV Park.

Nearest Airport: Gainesville Regional Airport, Jacksonville International Airport

Family-related Amenities: Bike rental, canoeing/kayaking, clubhouse, pavilion, playground

Nearby Attractions: Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Mystic Jungle Educational Facility

You’ll be transported to a different era when you visit Moonshine Acres RV Park. As you might guess from the name, this place was originally owned by a moonshiner decades ago and still retains that spirit. [EB2] With buddy RV sites and glamping tents, you’ll be able to revel in the vibes of old Florida in comfort.

Book this Bootlegger’s Abode

11. The Views RV Park & Campground – Dolores, CO

An aerial shot of The Views RV Park & Campground with water and mountains in the distance.

Nearest Airport: Montrose Regional Airport, Durango-La Plata County Airport

Family-related Amenities: Canoeing/kayaking, hiking, pavilion

Nearby Attractions: Canyon of the Ancients National Monuments, Mesa Verde National Park, Durango Zipline Tours

This spot in Southeast Colorado is sure to please the family that loves the outdoors. Located near a slew of under-appreciated national and state parks, you’ll have plenty of hiking opportunities nearby. Not to mention, this took home fourth place in this year’s Campspot Awards for Top Campgrounds in the USA, so families of all interests can relax and enjoy The Views!

Book this Four Corners Basecamp

12. Barnes Park Campground – Eastport, MI

A scenic overlook at a body of water visible through the trees at Barnes Park Campground.

Nearest Airport: Pellston Regional Airport, Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Family-related Amenities: Basketball, beach, hiking, pavilion, playground, waterfront

Nearby Attractions: Music House Museum, Grand Traverse Lighthouse, Mushroom House Tours

Nestled in the northwestern section of the Lower Peninsula, Barnes Park is a treat year-round. Though you’re on the waterfront, you can easily escape into the woods and get the best of both worlds at this campsite. Your amenities will be simple, but if you’re looking for a rustic tent camping experience, this is hard to beat.

Book this Waterfront Retreat

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No matter how long it’s been since you’ve seen the family, camping is always a meaningful way to get together and connect. Spend time with loved ones and make lifelong memories at any of these 12 family reunion vacation rentals.

Joe Coleman is a freelance travel and outdoor writer based in East Texas. His love for the outdoors started when living near Olympic National Park and has stayed with him ever since. Taking a respite from social media, you can reach him exclusively at joecolemanfreelance@gmail.com.