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Old 02-28-2011, 07:51 AM
 
Location: S. Florida
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Default Best place to camp with kids?

I posted this in the "travel" section, but got no response. So I am re-posting it here. I have a 12 year old son and a 6 year old daughter. My son is a boyscout, and my husband is one of the leaders. They camp as a troop, once a month in different spots in S. Florida. But it's not necessarily a "family" camp out. Please recommend some great places to camp throughout the country where there are lots of things to do with both kids. Thank you!
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:17 AM
 
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Any of the national and state parks with camping should be great for kids. The Grand Canyon for example has great camping and hiking but many state parks with campgrounds have lakes, forest trails and even playgrounds for kids.
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:43 PM
 
Location: tampa bay
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My husband sells rvs in florida. The company he works for keeps an rv onsite at Camp Wilderness in Disney World that the employees can use!! It's a great place for families and I think your kids are the perfect age for it!!
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Mid-Town
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There is also a "resort" in South Dakota everyone raves about. Blackwood I believe? Folks say they can stay for weeks and never leave the campground there is so much to do?

+2 on the Disney World Camp Wilderness experience. At least it was great when mom and dad took us there in the 1980s. My brother was there a year or so ago and said it was still pretty great. They even have cabins and RVs to rent...
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:21 AM
 
Location: on the road again
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They are everywhere it just depends on what you like to do as a family. Most any rv resort will offer multiple opportunities based on where it is located. Have stayed at campgrounds that have offered horseback rides, atv rentals, even jetski and surfing classes. The kids will find something fun to do no matter where you stay. Just get out there are start doing it
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:58 PM
 
Location: S. Florida
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There is also a "resort" in South Dakota everyone raves about. Blackwood I believe? Folks say they can stay for weeks and never leave the campground there is so much to do?

+2 on the Disney World Camp Wilderness experience. At least it was great when mom and dad took us there in the 1980s. My brother was there a year or so ago and said it was still pretty great. They even have cabins and RVs to rent...
Oh wow very interesting!!
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:50 AM
 
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I will second the National Parks, they also have Junior Ranger Programs for kids giving them tasks to accomplish to earn a Ranger Patch. Great way for them to learn about the parks.
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Old 05-31-2011, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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Any of the national and state parks with camping should be great for kids. The Grand Canyon for example has great camping and hiking but many state parks with campgrounds have lakes, forest trails and even playgrounds for kids.
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I will second the National Parks, they also have Junior Ranger Programs for kids giving them tasks to accomplish to earn a Ranger Patch. Great way for them to learn about the parks.
Malamute and Fripper pretty much summed up what I was going to say about the national and state parks. That was the first thing that came to mind for me when I read the OP. The only thing I will add to what they said is that national parks often have programs for kids (and adults) put on by the park rangers. Some of these are talks given around the campfire in some of the more popular campgrounds.

Something else to keep in mind are the KOA "Kampgrounds." Most offer recreational activities in addition to a place to camp, so if you want a pool, rec room, and other activities on site, you might want to check them out. Many of the other private campgrounds around the country also offer similar activities.

Many of the places I like to camp have fun things to do like fishing and hiking. When I went camping as a kid, I enjoyed those activities as much as anything else. These days, I have found that just enjoying the outdoors is what makes camping special for me.
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tn
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Florida has some great state parks. I grew up in Tampa and as a boy scout, i camped with my troop for over 20 years, as a boy and a leader. It is a bit different going from camping on scout property being secluded from the public to tent camping in state parks. I ttok my wife camping the first month we were dating for her birthday (her idea, she loves to camp as well) took her to Weikiva Springs SP in Orlando. Had a great time..
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