With summer here to stay, you might be thinking of a fun trip you and your family can take in order to have fun together and bond! There are many fun places to go in the US, from theme parks to county fairs, to hotels on the beach. Another great idea? Going for a family camping trip! In fact, data shows 13 percent of campers go because they want to spend more time with their family.
Part of planning a family camping trip is thinking about where you want to take your family. You know you want to go camping, but there are many questions to think about. Do you want to go somewhere near a lake? Do you want to go somewhere a little more woodsy? There might be an area that is geared towards a certain activity (like kayaking) that would make it a better destination for you and your family.
You also have to think about if your family would like to pitch tents, stay in cabins, go to a camping resort, or just look for great campgrounds near where you live. There are several great family camping vacation spots in the US. Here are some things to think about when trying to find the perfect family camping spot for you and your loved ones.
1. Campgrounds or camp resort?
Camp resorts kind of mix in the beauty of camping with the fun of a resort, which means there might be more activities and amenities like a pool and such if you stay at a resort. You won’t find a pool if you’re going to go stay at a campground, but you can also have more access to nature in terms if getting to do bonfires, go on hikes, and go kayaking and enjoying other fun sports. About 70 percent of camping is done in public campgrounds.
2. What kind of activities your family enjoys
The 2014 American Camping Report found that 99 percent of people who went camping said they would be “likely” or “very likely” to camp again in 2015. It’s probably because of all the fun they had! Camping allows for you to be out of nature but part of researching family camping vacation spots is also knowing what kind of activities your family would enjoy. Ar they more into hiking or running? Do they enjoy water sports? Are they actually not very athletic at all?
3. The weather
If you’re heading out to camp during the summer, you might want to think about checking into shady campsites that at least have a little bit more cool shade for older family members who might need to watch sun exposure. The same goes for cold weather, where you might not want to be near the water and instead stay at a campground with lots of room for bonfires to stay warm. Don’t forget the marshmallows!
There are so many great reasons to looking to perfect family camping vacation spots. When are you thinking of going on your next camping trip? Tell us in the comments!