Summer is coming to an end and before we go back to school and put away our swimsuits, we need to end the season on a high note. There are so many campgrounds across the country on the beach, in the wilderness or off the beaten path that give families the luxury of planning the perfect trip. RV, tent or cabin lodging are some of the ways you can enjoy camping. Some sites extend endless activities to teach, excite and entertain the little ones or provide ways you can go off on your own to explore, trek and roam about. Below is a list of different campgrounds you should check out this Labor Day weekend that allow a variety of options for ending the summer right.
Anastasia State Park [Florida]
If you want the beach, lots of wildlife and activities for the family look no further. Located right across from Matanzas Bay on the peninsula of Anastasia Island, you can grill, rent bicycles, cruise around on a sailboat or paddleboard. Make sure to keep an eye out for laughing gulls, black skimmers and bald eagles.
Barr Lake [Colorado]
This is a go-to for outdoor enthusiasts! Only 30 minutes away from Denver, this is a great place for all ages to enjoy. Boating, fishing and horseback riding are all available in addition to RV camping. This is also the headquarters of the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory. 2,000 acres of calm water accommodate bass, rainbow trout, muskie and channel catfish.
Bend-Sunriver RV Campground [Oregon]
This is a mini vacation perfect for wrapping up the summer. An on-site activities coordinator will have the family busy all day long. Sand-castle-building competitions, scavenger hunts and canoeing are all popular ways to pass the time. If an RV isn’t your thing, rent a cabin or yurt to relax or bring a tent and air mattress.
Fort Yargo State Park [Georgia]
Need to brush up on camping 101? Fort Yago park staff teach kids all the basics around setting up the perfect campsite. 3-day Junior Ranger camps are available along with ranger-led nature walks. Take a dip in the lake, kayak or play a round of disc golf. Fall asleep in your tent under the stars for the perfect night's rest.
Grandfather Mountain State Park [North Carolina]
Just north of Asheville, Grandfather Mountain is well known for its ecological diversity and unmatched hiking trails that span over 2,450 acres. The Mile High Swinging Bridge gives visitors an experience they’ll never forget with 360-degree views as they walk across the bridge that has been hovering over the mountains for more than 50 years. Here you can explore the nature museum, wildlife habitats and guided hikes.
Hither Hills State Park [New York]
Originally set aside to house casinos, hotels and recreational complexes, the Hither Hills State Park in the early 20th century was purchased by the state and preserved. Fall asleep to the waves crashing on the beach and walk the unique migrating sand dunes.
James Island County Park [South Carolina]
Over the weekend you have the luxury of seeing the city, the beach and the park! Take a roundtrip shuttle to the historic district of Charleston for the day or head to Folly Beach which is only ten minutes away. On site you can spend your time at the water park, horseshoe pit, beach volleyball court, saltwater fishing and crabbing.
Jellystone Park [Colorado]
Nestled between Denver and Colorado Springs, Jellystone Park offers a more glamorous camping experience. Book a cottage with en suite bathrooms, teepees or safari tents. Pike National Park is nearby for a quick day trip or stay at the grounds for fossil digging, archery classes and geocaching. Kids love the park on theme weekends, like the Olympic games which hosts lots of friendly competition.
Lake George Escape [New York]
Situated in the Adirondacks, spend the day tubing along the Schroon River or unwind with some evening fishing and a big bonfire. With a full time activities staff, kids will love the different ways to create, imagine and have fun. Luau decorating, Mardi Gras bike parades and limbo contests are just some of the kid-friendly offerings at this campsite.
Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort [Indiana]
The quintessential Christmas getaway, any time of the year! Located in the town of Santa Claus, Indiana this is a family friendly camping resort with RV, tent and cabin accommodations. Fully equipped with a waterpark, pool, mini golf and movie nights, there is tons to do. Campers can utilize the free shuttle to explore Holiday World just down the road.
Don’t expect an ocean at Lone Rock which is strictly a sand beach surrounded by breathtaking dunes. The perks here are you don’t need a reservation at the campsite and open fires are permitted so you can incorporate s’mores and your favorite scary stories when the sun goes down.
Tucked away on the South Shore of Long Island, Montauk Point is the surfcasting capital of the world. Along with nature trails and the beautiful beach, you can find amazing local restaurants, seal watching and surf fishing. Don’t forget to stop by the Montauk Lighthouse, which is the oldest lighthouse in the state.
Mustang Island State Park [Texas]
This five mile long stretch of beach campground accommodates fishing, swimming and mountain hiking. Lay in the sun, surf the waves or paddleboard. Either way there is no limit on activities at Mustang Island. There is drive up camping on the beach with over 300 spots available for the taking.
Stateline Campground [Utah]
Located next to Stateline Reservoir on the northern slope of the Uinta Mountains at an elevation of 9,200 feet, about 21 miles from Mountain View, Wyoming, this is a more suitable option for experienced campers who want to avoid crowds. Visitors enjoy fishing, canoeing and exploring local trails with the site being free of charge.
Over two hundred acres with an assortment of views from the Pacific Ocean, open meadows and coastal forest. There’s a cove you can explore that allows ocean access for small boats and kayaks as well as divers. Call ahead to book a spot at the inland campground with 23 sites available for year round reservations.
The Black Hills [South Dakota]
If you’re in the mood to spot bison, elk, mountain goats and bighorn sheep you should plan a visit to the Black Hills. Between the forests, jaw dropping rock formations, glimmering lakes and shimmering waterfalls you will have no shortage of sights to feast your eyes. Swing by the landmark right next door, Mount Rushmore, to take in some of America’s history.
Wine lovers worldwide flock to Walla Walla for the endless assortment of great wines and vineyard tours. The area is also great if you like to unwind with shopping and fabulous dining. Nearby, you will find golfing and museums as well as evergreen trails.
Wyalusing State Park [Wisconsin]
Check out the spot where the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers merge together or spend the day hiking and biking the lush trails. As one of the state's oldest state parks, you can also venture down the dedicated canoe trail, Native American burial mounds, bird watching and overlook picnic areas. If you don’t feel like packing your tent and sleeping bag, call ahead and reserve a spot in the group dormitory and lodge.