Traveling full time in our RV for the last 3 years has brought us to many amazing RV parks. Some had amazing scenery, some resorts offered fabulous amenities, some had great locations near hiking trails and national parks, some were on the beach, and all of them gave us a feeling of a home away from home.
We’ve made a list of our 12 favorite RV parks from around the United States. These RV campgrounds offer amazing camping experiences, fun things to do, and so much more. Pack up your RV, and get ready to hit the road — these are the best RV parks to visit with the kids!
CAMPING ON THE GULF (FLORIDA)
Camping on the Gulf in Miramar Beach, close to Destin, Florida, became our favorite early on and remains our favorite for the simple reason that it is on a beautiful Florida beach. Like literally…on the beach. If you don’t have pets with you, you can back up so your rig is touching the sand. If you have pets, you have to go one row back but still the beach is right there.
We love this RV park for the obvious reason that you are on the white sand beaches of the beautiful emerald colored waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Yes, lots of sand ends up in your RV — but who cares! (But if you are someone who cares, you can opt for a site that is further pack in the campground and away from the sand.)
The Florida RV park has two pools, a massive waterslide, a park, and a large recreation room, so there is plenty to do when you aren’t beaching it. And if you like to get out to explore the city, you’ll find plenty to do in Destin. You’ll find everything from go-kart racing and dolphin cruises to amazing restaurants and plenty of shopping.
From the RV park you can get to a nice bike trail that takes you around the area, but there are some attractions that will require a car ride or an Uber.
The RV park also holds bonfires on the beach and a variety of other activities. The price can be expensive per night, but you’ll get a better deal if you can stay for a week or a month at a time. We’ve also enjoyed good prices in the off-season — we’ve gone in November and December before. It isn’t hot beach weather, but we had plenty of nice sunny days that we spent on the beach – which we had pretty much to ourselves.
Location: 10005 West Emerald Coast Parkway, Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Hookups: Mostly full-hookups. The 16 spots right on the beach do not have sewer hookups.
GULF STATE PARK (ALABAMA)
Another great RV park that’s near the beach is Gulf State Park, located just west of Destin, FL in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
This large campground with over 490 full hookup sites is a great place to come if you are looking to get into the action. Gulf State Park’s campground can be found packed with families on weekends and in the summertime. It’s a really great place to stay with kids.
We loved that it had a large outdoor pool with a splash pad, tennis courts, swings, a nature center and an amazing biking trail that ran throughout the campground. Plus, they offered a variety of activities throughout our stay. We were there at Easter and they did a 1000+ egg Easter hunt!
This park is not located right on the beach, but the beach is about a 1-mile walk away. You can also drive across the street to the Gulf State Park Beach. You do normally have to pay for this beach, but with your camping pass it is free!
Location: 20115 AL-135, Gulf Shores, AL 36542
Hookups: Full hookup
JELLYSTONE IN CALENDONIA (WISCONSIN)
When we first moved into our RV and were just starting to figure out what it was like living in a camper, we stayed at Jellystone in Calendonia full-time for 5 months! Yes, it was like we were constantly on a camping vacation and we had so much fun. It really was a great park to get our feet wet in RV living.
The sites are full hookup, with a handful of pull-through sites, plus they have tent camping sites and cabins. There are a lot of sites that are great for camping with a group since they back up to each other. We saw lots of great party setups when we were there.
They also have a pool, a large water playground area and water slides, plus a pond for fishing, and activities with Yogi Bear and Cindy Bear. Every night you can sing Yogi to sleep and they have dance parties, crafts, hayrides… the list goes on and on. Each week they do a theme weekend with activities to match.
Our favorite thing about Jellystone was donuts with Cindy every Sunday morning. You could pick your frosting and frost and sprinkle your own donut! Our kids loved it.
Location: 8425 Hwy 38, Caledonia, WI, 53108
Hookups: Full Hookup
SEVEN POINTS CAMPGROUND (TENNESSEE)
This isn’t as much an RV park as it is a campground, but the views are amazing and the sites are gorgeous at Seven Points Campground. You wouldn’t believe that just a short 25-minute drive away gets you into the hustle and bustle of Nashville, Tennessee!
The reason I say it is more a campground is because you only have electric hook ups at your site. There is water at the campground and a dump station. Most RVs nowadays have a nice-sized water tank for holding fresh water and gray tank for holding the used water. Same thing with black tanks for the bathroom stuff.
That being said, don’t let the fact that there are just electric hookups turn you away from this beautiful campground. Our site was located right on the water – as in we could walk right into the lake. Then the beach was right next to us and behind that was a large playground area for the kids.
The sites are also very big with plenty of room to spread out and let the kids run around without bothering the neighbors. Which isn’t always easy to find at RV parks!
Location: 1810 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076
Hook ups: Electric only
GRAYTON BEACH STATE PARK (FLORIDA)
When I think of Grayton Beach State Park, I get such a warm and fuzzy feeling. We LOVE it here. Last time we were here, my husband looked at me and said, “This place just feels right.” I knew exactly what he meant, and you will too after a visit here.
Located just a short drive up the road from Camp Gulf (mentioned above), Grayton Beach State Park feels like you are miles away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby tourist cities of Destin and Panama Beach. The secluded state park has trees at every site, which is a nice barrier from your neighbors. Plus, it is a quick 10 minute walk from your site to the beautiful beach.
Since the beach is a state park, beach visitors have to pay to get in, which helps keep the beach from getting overcrowded. Don’t get me wrong — on a busy weekend it will be busy, but not as busy as the public beaches. There are also some fun restaurants nearby.
There is a bike trail that takes you from the state park to the unique town of Seaside. Seaside is where they filmed the movie The Truman Show. Plus, they have great restaurants and shops and Airstream Row, where you can buy delicious food right out of an Airstream restaurant.
Location:357 Main Park Rd, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Hookups: Some full and some partial (water and electric)
STONE MOUNTAIN PARK (GEORGIA)
Stone Mountain Park is such a fun place to visit in Georgia, and the RV park does not disappoint! The sites are nice and big, plus some of them have deck areas with grills on them. In all of our years of traveling full time in our RV, this was the first time we stayed at a park where the sites had a nice deck area and a grill. We could get used to this!
They also have a nice swimming pool (open seasonally), a great playground area and a sand volleyball court. Our site backed right up to the playground, so it gave our kids plenty of room to run!
They have these nice, well-groomed RV sites, but if that isn’t your thing and you would rather have a more rustic site, they also offer beautiful sites in the woods. Stone Mountain Park also offers yurts, safari tents, and tent camping sites.
Stone Mountain Park also offers Campground Packages, so you can combine your camping trip with all the fun activities the park offers.
Location: 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd Stone Mountain, GA 30083
Hookups: Full and partial hookup sites
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CURRY HAMMOCK STATE PARK (FLORIDA KEYS)
Road Tripping time! If you are looking for the ultimate RV road trip, then head down to the Florida Keys. We have taken the trip three times now, so I know that taking an RV down there is no problem at all. Yes, there are RV parks in the Keys, but we have come to realize that staying at the state parks is the way to go. They tend to be less busy and less crammed in – no one really wants to be right next to their neighbor. Plus, they are great with kids.
We have visited all of the state parks in the Keys, and decided that Curry Hammock State Park is our favorite. It is a less busy park then Pennenkamp or Bahia Honda, and has a really relaxed and low key vibe to it. Plus, the sites felt bigger and more secluded and we loved the hammock stands with hooks. So don’t forget your hammock!
The beach area here is small, but again…it isn’t busy at all. And to be honest, it isn’t really much of a swimming beach area but is perfect for kayaking or just hanging out by the water. There is also a covered pavilion and a nice playground area for kids.
The other nice thing about the state parks in the Keys is they are going to be one of your cheaper options for camping in the Keys! Most of the RV parks run up to and over $100 a night in this area of Florida! The state parks on the other hand, are more in the $40 a night range. However, you do normally need to plan on booking 11 months in advance of your stays. . .the state parks in the Keys fill up fast!
Location: 56200 Overseas Hwy. Marathon, FL 33050
Hookups: Water and electric only, with a dump station
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MIAMI EVERGLADES RV RESORT (FLORIDA)
Welcome to Miami! Miami Everglades RV Resort has sites that are close together, but there is still plenty of room for kids to run and play in the huge open field and playground area. Plus, the pool is huge and they have an awesome mini golf course. We also enjoyed walking on the trail around the property.
If you want to explore Miami and the Everglades, this is a great location to do it. You are far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Miami, yet you can take a quick drive and you are right in the action. Plus, one of our favorite places to explore in the Everglades is close by: Shark Valley. With all the fun things to do in Miami with kids, this is the perfect RV park to use for your home base.
Location: 20675 SW 162nd Ave, Miami, FL 33187
Hookups: Full hookups
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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK (WYOMING)
Camping is the way to go when you visit Yellowstone National Park. The park is HUGE and if you stay outside of the park, you will be spending most of your day driving to get to the places you want to explore inside the park. We recommend Fishing Bridge RV Park in Yellowstone since it isn’t in a super busy area, but you are still in the heart of the park. (You’re not too far from the amazing Canyon Area, known as the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.)
If being in nature yet in the comfort of your RV is what you are looking for, then this is the RV park for you. There are full hookups here, and you are likely to have a few campground visitors like bison, bear, and elk.
We have been to Yellowstone National Park multiple times, so we know it is totally doable with an RV. Yes, you should do your research before you come to make sure you go in the right entrance – the one with the least amount of mountain driving. But once you have that figured out, you are good to go!
Location: Fishing Bridge RV Park, 22 Fishing Bridge RV Park Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK (CALIFORNIA, NEVADA)
Surprised to see Death Valley National Park on the list? We did not to expect to love RV camping here as much as we did. Granted, we went in the off season when it was cool and not 120 degrees out – I definitely would NOT recommend it then! However, in December…it was great.
The campground is basically just a large open field/parking lot which makes it super easy to get into your site. The right across the street is this cute restaurant with an amazing outside firepit area that you can sit at and enjoy a snack or a drink. We even got a small bit of cell service, which we did not expect.
Location: No set address, just put in Death Valley National Park
Hook ups: A few full hookup – mostly not
JEKYLL ISLAND CAMPGROUND (GEORGIA)
When you go onto Jekyll Island, you feel like you are entering a whole other world! We love that about visiting here and were so excited when we could stay at the Jekyll Island Campground on the island. The campground is filled with gorgeous and huge trees, which just helps it feel more like camping.
Even though you feel like you are really away from it all, the campground still has great amenities like WiFi, a washer and dryer, a general store, pickleball court and more! Plus, you are within walking distance to Driftwood Beach, one of our favorite attractions on the island.
Location: 1197 Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA 31527
Hookups: Full Hookups
NEW ORLEANS RV RESORT & MARINA (LOUISIANA)
How about RV spots with a hot tub looking out over the water, an outside kitchen and a firepit? Welcome to New Orleans RV Resort & Marina, formerly Pontchartrain Landing, in New Orleans! This awesome RV park with all of the amenities is located only 15 minutes away from downtown New Orleans.
Besides having the amazing RV sites, there is also a beautiful pool and a nice restaurant onsite. When you are ready to go into New Orleans, you can drive or take the shuttle from the RV park (there is a cost for this). If you are looking for a nice RV park in a cool tourist location — this is the place for you!
Location: 6001 France Rd, New Orleans, LA 70126, USA
Hookups: Full Hookup
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