Camping is more fun when spent with the people you love. If the people you love are tiny humans who have a knack for adventure and are easily distracted, finding a kid-friendly campground is a must. If you're on the search for campgrounds that are a little less rustic and come with "accessories" like playground equipment, check out this round-up from our friends at The Dyrt.
The Dyrt makes the hunt for the ideal campground easy by offering camper reviews of campsites across the country. Check out their mobile app to preview photos of a campground before packing up and heading out. So if your kiddo wants to ride bikes in circles around the campground loops, or catch her first trout, or clamber over the monkey bars, you can browse online to find a campground that will meet your and your little camper's needs.
For an idea of what you can expect from The Dyrt, they've rounded up these 6 family campgrounds for a weekend of family fun. Download the app and start browsing for your next camping getaway!
Pinegrove is a family-favorite for five reasons: Upper and Lower Lake Mary, Ashurst Lake, Marshall Lake, and Kinniknick Lake. All five of these lakes are stocked with loads of fish, so little anglers won’t have to wait hours for a bite. The sites are spacious and are circled with bike-friendly pathways, so you can ride and fish and fish and ride from sun up to sun down!
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Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Estes hosts activities all summer long for young campers and their families. Enjoy Bingo or crafts, or keep an eye peeled for Yogi Bear sightings! Kids will have to work pretty hard to be bored at this family-focused campground. Don’t forget to keep your eyes on your pic-a-nic basket!
Ever hope to find a diamond in the rough? You can at theHerkimer Diamond Mine KOA in upstate New York. The quartz crystals, found in the nearby mine, were formed half a billion years ago, and are waiting to be discovered! Cabins, RVs and tent sites, are all available at this KOA, and some of the cabins are themed: solar-powered, astronomy, and robotics. Nearby attractions include West Canada Creek for fishing, or the locks at the Erie Canal.
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Take your kids on an upscale “glamping” adventure at theLakedale Resort. Nearby Neva Lake offers canoeing, fishing, boating, swimming, and more. There are also many accommodation options: log cabins, canvas cabins, and even a 10-room mini hotel. Lakedale Resort is located on San Juan Island off the coast of Washington, so the experience getting there is as rich as the time you get to stay and play!
Built in 1792,Fort Yargo now serves as a campground with activities for people of all skill levels and abilities. Campers can choose between cottages, cabins, tent spaces, and yurts along the water. The Fort also offers pedal boat, canoe, kayak, SUP, and Jon Boat rentals for touring around the 280-acre lake.
Chances are if you’re staying atDisney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, you’ll be spending more time at nearby Disneyland than the campground. Regardless, if you need a day off from the Disney madness, I mean magic, the Fort Wilderness campground will continue to keep the kids entertained with the Chip ‘N’ Dale campfire sing-a-long, movies under the stars, fishing, and Davy Crockett’s Wilderness Arcade.