Category: Entertaining Kids at Camp
With a welcoming environment and stellar scenery, Canada beckons families from across the world. The following RV parks provide a family-friendly mix of wholesome amenities and proximity to fabulous attractions. At Glowing Embers RV Park & Travel Centre (pictured), Acheson, Alberta, families can enjoy the largest park in Edmonton, a stellar city that’s home to the West Edmonton Mall and world-class golf courses. Head east to Ontario to escape at Bissell’s Hideaway Resort, Fonthill, for jaw-dropping one-acre swimming pool, giant water slide, kiddie’s splash pool and daily activities. Also in Ontario is Campark Resorts Best Holiday Trav-L-Park, just minutes from the world-famous Niagara Falls. Also in the area is Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, with large wooded sites, big rig pull-thru sites, furnished cabins and rental trailers.
Does your family like sky-high mountains? How about plains that stretch on forever? The RV parks located in America’s frontier west give clans a chance to walk the footsteps of westward pioneers who tamed a continent. Find out what John Denver meant by Rocky Mountain High when you stay at Colorado Springs KOA in Fountain, just a few minutes’ drive from the red-rock spires of Garden of the Gods, the Air Force Academy and shops and restaurants of Manitou Springs. Equally stunning mountain vistas await at Chris’ Camp in Spearfish, South Dakota. This full-service campground has three pools, shaded or open view sites, a petting farm and free tour-planning assistance. Also in the Mount Rushmore State is Rapid City’s Hart Ranch Resort, which boasts a heated pool, hot tubs, mini-golf, frisbee golf, tennis, shuffleboard, clubhouse and restaurant at the foot of the Black Hills. Rafter J Ranch Camping Resort (pictured) in nearby Hill City has a swimming complex, hot tub, alpine meadows... [Read more...]
Boating, fishing and hiking are just a few of the diversions found along the coastlines of the Great Lakes. You’ll also find lots of great times inland in the heartland. Stay at these parks to discover what America’s great north-central states have to offer to traveling families. With more freshwater coastline than any other state, Michigan ranks high among RVing families looking for a variety of water sports. At Covenant Hills Camp, in Otisville, families can relax on the banks of the Grand River or rent bikes to explore the surrounding area. Also in Michigan is Harbortown RV Resort in Monroe, where go-karts, mini-golf, batting cages and large event weekends will keep your family smiling. Myers Lake Campground (pictured) in Byron boasts bountiful Christian hospitality, an alcohol-free setting and a pristine shore on Michigan’s “other great lake.” Silver Creek RV Resort in Mears is nestled near Silver Lake State Park and just minutes from magnificent Lake Michigan,... [Read more...]
Are you one of the many RV families across North America who is hitting the road in a recreational vehicle? We’ve got a list of RV parks and campgrounds that are geared for family-friendly camping. These locations were chosen by the editors and consultants of the 2014 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory, so you know that each one meets high standards of quality. Every park on this list shares some key common denominators: family-friendly amenities like pools and play structures; close proximity to fun travel locations that the whole family will enjoy; and wholesome activities and pleasant environment. In short, these are places where your clan is guaranteed to have a great time. We’ve divided the campgrounds in this list by region, so you can make sure that wherever you travel in North America, it won’t be hard to find a park that helps your family relax and play in the great outdoors. Far West Glowing Embers RV Park & Travel Centre, Acheson, Alberta Bissell’s... [Read more...]
From bone-dry deserts to the sprawling Pacific Coast, America’s far west is the U.S. at its most extreme. Our best-of-the-west campgrounds put families close to the action, whether it’s SoCal’s Disneyland or Nevada’s high desert. Ready to meet Mickey? The Anaheim Resort RV Park in Anaheim offers shuttles to the Magic Kingdom as well as free Wi-Fi and spaces for any size RV. While in the area, motor up to the Los Angeles/Pomona Fairplex KOA, located a short drive from downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena, home to the Rose Parade. Head north along the coast to Pismo Sands RV Park (pictured) in Oceano, California, for a comfortable, family-friendly environment just minutes from the Pacific Ocean. Vacationer RV Park – Sunland in El Cajon, San Diego, also puts RVers in close proximity to the beach, as well as near sophisticated downtown San Diego and world-famous Sea World. For a change, try heading inland. Hi-Desert RV, in Winnemucca, Nevada, combines high desert beauty... [Read more...]
Come to New England for the amazing fall colors and bucolic charm. Stay for the colonial history and cosmopolitan cities. Let these RV parks serve as jumping-off points for trips into Americana. Located in the charming town of East Killingly, Stateline Campresort and Cabins features fun-filled activities, rental units, and spring, summer and fall specials. At Cape Cod Campresort & Cabins, in East Falmouth, Massachusetts, guests can relax on the beach or around one of the pools. A short drive will bring families to ferries to the islands, or take a day trip to Provincetown or Hyannis. Also in Massachusetts, families will feel at home in Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort (pictured) in Foxboro, with a heated pool, lots of activities and lots of nature trails. Friendly Beaver Campground, in New Boston, New Hampshire, features indoor and outdoor Pools, gazebos, new cabins, and theme weekends and activities for children young and old.
America’s Mid-Atlantic region is home to stunning mountains, rolling hills and charming towns where key events from United States history unfolded. Families will find this and more when they stay at campgrounds in this eastern area. Give your kids an education in government by staying at Cherry Hill Park (pictured), College Park, Maryland, just a short drive from Washington, D.C. History is well preserved in Pennsylvania, where family members can visit quintessentially American battlefields and historic sites. Stay at Artillery Ridge Camping Resort, Gettysburg, minutes from the site of the 1863 Civil War battle that turned the tide for the Union. Guests here can ride horses and can gain free admission to the Battlefield Diorama. You can also stay at Gettysburg Campground, a full-facility, family campground along beautiful Marsh Creek. Learn how chocolate is made when staying at Hershey Highmeadow Campground, in Hershey, a short jaunt from the rides and attractions at Hersheypark.... [Read more...]
Growing up mostly beach camping with my immediate and extended family, I can honestly say the beach is my all-time favorite destination for camping. Two of the top reasons I prefer beach camping are the relaxing rhythmic sounds of the waves crashing on the shore that lull you to sleep each night and the countless recreational opportunities, in and out of the ocean, that fill your glorious days while camping at the beach. When camping on the west coast, you also have the added benefit of watching the sunset dip into the ocean, which is always the ideal way to end a fun day at the beach. Many beach camping sites are right on the sand, which is preferable in my opinion (especially if you are tent camping). Other beach camp sites can be on a rocky cliff, with paved spots overlooking the beach below. Either way, you will want the exquisite ocean view from your camp and (hopefully) an easy walk to the shore. Wildlife viewing along the coast is also a fun pastime. From the daily and... [Read more...]
Aesop’s fable, “the Fox and the Cat”, the fox boasts to the cat of its clever devices for escaping its enemies. No matter how technologically advanced a camera is, it still needs a photographer setting its dials, pressing its buttons, and pointing it at something interesting. Photo above is Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved “I have a whole bag of tricks,” he boasts, “which contains a hundred ways of escaping my enemies.” “I have only one,” said the cat. “But I can generally manage with that.” Just at that moment they heard the cry of a pack of hounds coming towards them, and the cat immediately scampered up a tree and hid herself in the boughs. “This is my plan,” said the cat. “What are you going to do?” The fox thought first of one way, then of another, and while he was debating, the hounds came nearer and nearer, and at last the fox in his confusion was caught up by the hounds and soon killed... [Read more...]
Last summer, some family friends shared with us a special treat that has now become one of our favorite ever desserts! We reserve it to ‘camping’, and don’t do it very often so that it stays ‘special’. We had never heard of Mexican S’mores before! They are a slight twist on regular s’mores; I don’t care for s’mores generally… I like a few marshmallows roasted golden brown with the insides all mushy, but I don’t like traditional s’mores. For Mexican S’mores, you need the typical s’more’s chocolate and marshmallows, but instead of graham crackers, you’ll want to have tortillas, butter (we only use the real thing – have you ever read about margarine???? :p), and aluminum foil. . Mexican S’mores are super easy to make, and a favorite of all ages! Spread softened butter thinly on one side of each tortilla, then place marshmallows and chocolate (we usually... [Read more...]