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My 8 Favorite Family-Friendly Campgrounds on Campspot!

by Jeremy PuglisiJun 23, 2021

Summer is officially here and if you haven’t booked your next great family camping adventure then now is the time to do so! Whether you own an RV, like to tent camp, or prefer renting a cabin or glamping tent, Campspot has so many amazing family-friendly campgrounds for you to choose from. Some of them offer off-the-hook amenities like laser tag and water slides, and some of them offer a more traditional camping experience in a peaceful and naturally beautiful environment. No matter what your personal camping style is – Campspot’s got you covered.

This is a list of eight of my personal favorites for family fun. I hope it inspires you to start creating your own bucket list of Campspot campgrounds to conquer with your kids in the years to come. Amazing camping memories are awaiting your family, and I truly hope that your next great adventure starts right here!

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp-Resort: GardinerNew York

This park is commonly called the “Lazy River Jellystone” for good reason. The Wallkill River rolls along the edge of the park, and the campground has built its own deluxe lazy river as part of its massive pool complex. Of course, kids will instantly be attracted to the colorful splash pad, complete with two 100-foot waterslides. Once the kids dry off, you’ll find tons of activities for all ages. The laser tag here is amazing and the sports courts are country club quality. Outside of the campground, there’s more adventure to be had! The Shawangunk Mountains have lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and, of course, awesome views. The hiking trails at nearby Lake Minnewaska State Park are also world-class. 

Seashore Campsites & RV Resort – New Jersey

waterslide at poll

Get ready for a classic Jersey Shore vacation! Located just minutes from the beach, this campground is a great basecamp for your stay in Cape May. Even though this is a large, bustling resort, my family always feels like we find our own cozy spot within it, thanks to the shaded and private sites. My three boys love the large swimming lake (with a sandy beach), pool, and waterslide. There are also tons of options for recreation at Seashore including basketball, tennis, and fishing–making this a great campground for teens and tweens. Take a stroll on the Cape May Boardwalk while you’re in town and make sure to head down to Sunset Beach at the end of the day to watch the sun sink into the Atlantic Ocean. The colors are almost always magnificent.

Yogi-Bear’s Jellystone Camp-Resort: Luray – Virginia

Yogi Bear Luray with campground and mountains in the back

Take one look at the brightly colored twisting-twirling waterslides, and you’ll know why kids of all ages love this campground. Look beyond those waterslides at the mountain peaks in Shenandoah National Park, and you’ll know why adults love this campground too. A vacation at Jellystone Luray will please every single member of the family. This was the first Jellystone my family visited, and we have been dreaming about going back ever since. The deluxe RV sites at the top of the hill are some of the best RV sites in the country. There are also plenty of awesome cabin options for those that want to spend a vacation with family or friends that don’t own an RV. Don’t forget to visit nearby Luray Caverns for an otherworldly experience that your kids will never forget. 

Lake in Wood RV Resort – Pennsylvania

Lake in Wood campground from above

This is one of those rare campgrounds that manages to provide a full slate of resort activities like laser tag and mini-golf, while still offering a peaceful, relaxing environment. The wooded campsites give you privacy and shade, helping you feel far away from the hustle and bustle of the common areas, but the fun and excitement are right there waiting for you anytime you want it.  My boys can’t get enough of the spacious indoor and outdoor pools, and we often end the day with a scoop or two of hand-dipped ice cream. The park is a perfect base camp for exploring Lancaster’s Dutch Country, which is particularly lovely when the leaves change color in the fall.

Carolina Pines RV Resort – South Carolina

Pool and outdoor play area at Carolina Pines

Myrtle Beach is one of the best family vacation destinations in the country. You’ve got dozens (if not hundreds!) of attractions like zip-lining and water parks, plus the natural beauty of the ocean and miles upon miles of world class beaches. Carolina Pines RV Resort is a short drive away from those sandy beaches, and they even have their own private pool club right on the ocean and a shuttle to get you there and back in comfort.  Everything about Carolina Pines is “next level,” from the large manicured pull-through sites to the gorgeous common area with corn hole, comfortable seating, and fire pits. This resort has a massive pool complex and mini-golf, but you’ll also find unexpectedly cool amenities like a family-friendly bowling alley. Campers of all kinds are raving about Carolina Pines and for good reason. This is one of the best RV resorts in the entire country–and they are just getting started.

Moab Valley RV Resort & Campground – Utah

Cabins at Moab Valley RV Resort

Arches National Park is another one of Mother Nature’s awesome playgrounds. Whether you are hiking the hills or hitting the links, you’ll be surrounded by the region’s iconic red rocks, and this campground is no exception. There’s beauty everywhere! Cool off in the pool, wash your wheels at the bike cleaning station, or take a break under a colorful cabana. Relaxation is the name of the game in this campground. Moab Valley RV Resort even offers a BBQ pavilion that provides the perfect spot for an outdoor dinner with family and friends. Your family’s Utah adventure should begin or end at this delightful campground that is right in the heart of one of the state’s most beautiful regions.

Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort – California

children's playground at Santa Cruz Redwoods RV park

Your kids may think they’ve entered an enchanted forest at this park–which offers a classic family camping experience in a beautiful natural environment. Towering redwoods will dwarf your RV or tent and serve as a great backdrop for Instagram photos. This just might be one of the best campgrounds to enjoy a family campfire and just kick back and relax. Santa Cruz Redwoods RV Resort also offers a cool playground and a rustic clubhouse. If you want to venture out of the campground for a day trip ask a local where to find the best swimming holes in the San Lorenzo River.

Oceanside RV Resort – Oregon

Oceanside RV Resort with picnic tables and tent

You can fully experience the Oregon Coast right in front of this stunning campground. Explore the tidepools, play in the sand, or go crabbing or fishing—they’ll even loan you crab pots and provide a spot to clean your dinner. The waves are also pretty good if you want to give surfing a try.  But bring a wetsuit–the water is chilly, even in the summer. Pick a tent site or glamping tent on the ridge for ocean views or pick a site near the private beach for easy access. The camp store is also adorable and has lots of cute souvenirs to choose from. If the Pacific Northwest is calling your name, then make sure you spend at least a few nights at this coastal campground in an almost unrivaled location in the Beaver State.

Our family has made so many great memories at Campspot campgrounds: from hitting the pool and waterslides all day long to telling ghost stories around the campfire at night. I hope this selection of great family campgrounds helps inspire you to plan your next trip! And remember–there are hundreds of other amazing family campgrounds to choose from on Campspot. The campgrounds listed above are just a small selection of my personal favorites. 

Whether you are looking to take a classic family road trip across the country, or find an amazing campsite close to home–Campspot has got you covered.

I truly hope you find and book your next great camping adventure today!