10 Best RV Resorts and Campgrounds for Families with Kids

Jun 30, 2021 | Travel & Destinations

10 Best RV Resorts and Campgrounds for Families with Kids

If you’re traveling with kids in tow, consider these RV resorts and campgrounds that cater to those of all ages.

By Amanda Norcross

Photo: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

When you’re traveling with kids, you need a few extra essentials outside of what you might normally look for in a campground. Beyond electric and running water hookups, you’ll need to find a resort with a swimming pool (or better yet, a water park), water sports, lawn games, organized activities, live entertainment, a snack shack—you get the picture. Luckily, all the above (and more) are offered at RV resorts and campgrounds across the U.S. 

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From a Western-themed RV park in Maryland to RV camping at Disney World in Florida, these are the best RV resorts for families, guaranteed to be the highlight of your next vacation. 

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, Florida 

Why it’s great for families: 

When you need a break from the theme parks, retreat to the peace and quiet of The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. The secluded campground offers four types of accommodations, including RV campsites with electric (and in some cases, sewer) hookups. Not only does Fort Wilderness Resort offer a unique theme park experience (Where else can you go horseback riding and meet Mickey Mouse in the same day?), it’s also one of the most affordable lodging options at Disney World. Be sure to catch the nightly fireworks from the resort’s beach.  

Amenities: 

  • Electric hookups
  • Sewer hookups (select sites)
  • Pet-friendly camping (select sites)
  • Picnic tables
  • Charcoal grills
  • Pool with waterslide
  • Golf cart and bike rentals
  • Nature trails 
  • Archery, horseback riding
  • Beach
  • Fishing, canoeing 

Prices: 

Rates start around $104 per night for full-hookup campsites. 

Dates: 

Open year-round. 

You can book sites at Fort Wilderness 499 days in advance by calling Disney Resort Hotel Reservations 407-939-5277.

Frontier Town, Maryland 

Family outside of a campsite with wagon tent
Courtesy of Frontier Town

Why it’s great for families: 

Families can travel back in time for some good old-fashioned fun at Frontier Town. At the on-site Western Theme Park, campers enjoy Wild West shows, a Native American–inspired village, a cowboy store, fun photo ops, and so much more. There’s also an on-site water park and themed events, such as Pirate Weekend, Family Fun Week, and Spooks and Spirits Halloween Weekend. RV sites have full hookups, fire rings, and picnic tables. Frontier Town’s location in West Ocean City, Maryland, puts families close to the beach, boardwalk, and other nearby attractions. 

Amenities: 

  • Full hookups
  • Fire rings
  • Picnic tables 
  • Western theme park
  • Water park 
  • Outdoor pool
  • Camp store 
  • Restaurants
  • Mini golf
  • Golf cart rentals 
  • Arcade
  • Playgrounds
  • Nature trails 
  • Fishing/crabbing pier
  • Dog park 
  • Boat ramp
  • Personal watercraft and pontoon boat rentals

Prices: 

Nightly rates for RVs start as low as $55. 

Dates: 

Open April to November. 

Pigeon Forge Landing RV Resort, Tennessee 

Pool at luxury RV resort
Photo: Bethany Anderson

Why it’s great for families: 

The newly opened Pigeon Forge Landing RV Resort is an ideal home base for families visiting the myriad attractions in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and beyond. Located on 37 scenic acres in the Great Smoky Mountains, the resort offers RV sites with full hookups, concrete pads, fire rings, grills, and picnic tables, plus a plethora of kid-friendly amenities, from tubing on the Little Pigeon River to swimming in the resort’s brand-new pool.  

Amenities:

  • Gym
  • Playground
  • Dog park
  • Golf cart rentals
  • Fishing
  • River walk
  • Tubing
  • Kayaking
  • Picnic pavilion 
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub

Prices: 

RV sites start around $50 per night. 

Dates: 

Open year-round.  

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, California 

RV park overlooking a marina
Photo: Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort

Why it’s great for families: 

Camp on the beach at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina. The resort’s RV sites offer full hookups and picnic tables, just steps from the sand and surf. When the kids aren’t watching movies on the beach or splashing their way around Southern California’s largest inflatable water park, take them to Balboa Village, where you can go on a narrated harbor cruise, ride the Ferris wheel at Balboa Fun Zone, and grab a bite to eat. 

Amenities:

  • Full hookups
  • Picnic tables
  • Beach cruiser and e-bike rentals
  • Water sports, including electric Duffy boats
  • Inflatable water park
  • Pools and cabanas 
  • Movies on the beach, hosted Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer
  • Restaurant 
  • Marina and boat launch 

Prices: 

Rates start at about $73 per night for a 25-foot site with full hookups.

Dates: 

Open year-round. 

Campland on the Bay, California 

Sign for a beachside campground with sailboat in sunny California
Photo: Campland on the Bay

Why it’s great for families: 

Campland on the Bay has been welcoming families to the shores of Mission Bay, California, for more than 50 years. The RV resort offers so much to do with kids—from daily scheduled activities such as flag football to Campland Rocks live music in the summer—that it’s easy to forget you’re a 20-minute drive from the San Diego Zoo and only a half hour from Legoland California Resort. RV sites have full hookups, picnic tables, and fire pits. 

Amenities: 

  • Partial and full hookups
  • Picnic tables
  • Fire pits 
  • Live music Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer
  • Daily activity schedule 
  • Water sports, including a water slide
  • Restaurants
  • Bike rentals
  • Game room
  • Dog park
  • Skate park
  • Basketball court
  • Swimming pools
  • Hot tubs

Prices: 

RV rates start around $95 per night. 

Dates: 

Open year-round. 

Camp Fimfo, Texas

View of creek with people tubing in river
Photo: Camp Fimfo

Why it’s great for families: 

Expected to open just in time for the Fourth of July, Camp Fimfo will bring communal camping to New Braunfels, Texas. Campers wanting to gather with extended family and friends will be able to do so at Heiser Hollow, where they can play lawn games and grab tubes to float down the Guadalupe River; and at Squirrely’s Tavern, which will serve locally inspired dishes, brews, and cocktails. Camp Fimfo is located right next to the Whitewater Amphitheater, a short drive from Schlitterbahn Waterpark. RV campers will enjoy full hookups with charcoal grills, concrete pads, fire rings, and picnic tables. 

Amenities: 

  • Full hookups
  • Charcoal grills
  • Fire rings
  • Picnic tables
  • Lawn games
  • Tube rentals 
  • Restaurant 

Prices: 

RV campsites start at $113 per night. 

Dates: 

Open year-round, starting July 1.

Terry Bison Ranch, Wyoming

Old Western town storefront
Courtesy of Visit Cheyenne

Why it’s great for families: 

Stay at a bison ranch on your next trip in the RV. Terry Bison Ranch offers a unique chance to (safely) see these magnificent animals up close via train tour. You can also take a breakfast train ride, ride ATVs, and go horseback riding. When it’s time for a break, retreat to your full-hookup RV site. Terry Bison Resort is in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where you can get a true taste of the Old West. 

Amenities:

  • Full hookups
  • Train tours
  • ATV tours 
  • Horseback riding
  • Fishing 
  • Restaurants 
  • Self-guided walking tour
  • Camp store 

Prices: 

Rates start at $48 per night for full-hookup RV sites.

Dates: 

Open year-round.

Route 66 RV Resort, New Mexico 

Why it’s great for families: 

Is there anything more American than camping along Route 66? Located about 20 minutes outside of downtown Albuquerque, this campground offers all the traditional amenities you’d expect at an RV resort, including laundry facilities and showers, plus kid-friendly extras such as a swimming pool, horseshoe pits, and the open-air Rally Barn, where you can convene with extended family and friends. RV sites have full hookups, picnic tables, and fire rings. 

Amenities: 

  • Full hookups
  • Picnic tables
  • Fire rings 
  • Putting green
  • Two dog parks
  • Dog washing station (seasonal)
  • Horseshoe pits, pickleball, sand volleyball, billiards table, board games
  • Pool with cabana
  • Clubhouse with living area and fully equipped kitchen

Prices: 

Rates start around $50 a day for RVs.

Dates: 

Open year-round. 

Camp Cedar, Ohio 

Two kids playing in water feature at water park
Photo: Kings Island Camp Cedar

Why it’s great for families: 

Set to open this summer, Camp Cedar is located less than a mile from Kings Island Amusement Park in Mason, Ohio, providing families a home away from home during their visit to the park. The new resort will feature full-hookup RV sites (plus cottages) and a host of amenities and services, both indoors and out. You’ll find everything from food-truck-inspired eateries to pools with food and beverage service. 

Amenities: 

  • Full hookups
  • Fire pits
  • Picnic tables
  • Laundry facility
  • Hornbeam Lodge, with an expansive lobby and fireplace
  • Camp store
  • Dining options
  • Swimming pools with cabanas and poolside service 
  • Shuffleboard, bocce ball
  • Playground
  • Walking trails
  • Fitness center
  • Pond
  • Dog park

Prices: 

RV site rates start at $79 a night. 

Dates: 

Open year-round. 

Small Country Campground, Virginia 

Aerial view of a lush green campground
Courtesy of Small Country Campground

Why it’s great for families: 

Nothing says kid-friendly like this 150-acre campground tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can do as much or as little as you like, from playing on the giant jumping pillow to relaxing in a hammock. Full-hookup campsites have grills and picnic tables for enjoying cookouts with the family. If you want to see the local area, try tubing on the James River, go apple and peach picking, or tour downtown Charlottesville or Richmond, Virginia, both within an hour of the resort. 

Amenities: 

  • Private lake
  • Two beaches
  • 18-hole mini golf course
  • Jumping pillow
  • Planned events and activities
  • Camp store
  • Pool
  • Playgrounds
  • Hiking trail
  • Snack bar
  • Dog park
  • Cornhole, horseshoe pit, basketball, volleyball

Prices: 

Rates start around $40 per night for full hookups.

 
Dates: 

Open year-round. 


What better way to enjoy your summer than over an open fire, gooey s’mores in hand, at a kid-friendly RV resort? Even if you don’t own an RV, you can still get in on the fun and rent one to enjoy at most of these resorts.

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Amanda Norcross

Amanda Norcross is a travel expert and spokesperson, with a focus on a family travel. She regularly writes for FamilyVacationist and Red Tricycle, and her expertise has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, People.com and more.

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