What Makes a Good Family Campground or RV Park?



What does camping mean to you? Are you a minimalist camper? An outdoor survivalist who’s good to go with a knife, a sleeping bag, and a Bandaid? Or are you a glamper, who prefers a luxury mattress, a place to plug in an electric blanket, big screen TV, & washer/dryer? For most, camping lies somewhere in the middle of the spectrum. But, no matter what type of camper you are, camping knows no age limit and is good for the soul. The choice is yours! Decide what type of camping you and your family would like to do; tenting, RVing, or cabin rental, and then find the best family campground to suit your desires.

The first priority in campground choice is location, location, location! Be sure to look for a campground that’s set back away from any highway street noise. Camping is for enjoying the pleasures of the outdoors, so choose a location in a natural setting such as near mountains, a river, lake, ocean beach, or natural forest. It’s also a good idea to find a campground located near attractions of your family’s interest, such as theme parks, historical sites or popular local entertainment and events.

A good RV park or campground will have ample site spacing and aesthetic landscaping to provide a sense of privacy and ambiance. Nothing crushes the camping mood more than a campground that presents as a glorified parking lot!

Campground amenities, or lack thereof, can make or break your camping experience, so always check out what’s provided, in advance. Staff at a reputable campground will provide friendly, concierge service to explain the lay of the land, facilities, and amenities offered. Do you need only the basics, like, showers and electrical/water hookups for a onenight stay? Or do you want to feel more like you’re on vacation? Look for a campground that provides family friendly activities and areas for enjoying the outdoors such as: a lake for boating or fishing, hiking trails, playgrounds, swimming pools, sports courts or fields, a recreation/game room, picnic tables and covered outdoor pavillions. Cabins feel more like home if they’ve got appliances like a stove, fridge, microwave, coffee pot & toaster and are stocked with cookware, utensils, and a grill. It’s also a bonus to find comforts on the property such as a general store, free showers, laundry facilities, firewood & fire circles, and a quality WiFi signal. Amen for those amenities!

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