Top 10 Family Friendly Campgrounds in Florida for 2020
Used with permission from Florida State Parks
It’s the perfect time to start planning a Florida camping trip with the family. If you are looking for the best kid-friendly campground in Florida, we’ve got the complete list. From family-friendly tent campsites to Florida State Parks with RV hook-ups – we’ve organized the list North to South Florida so you can quickly find a family-friendly RV or tent campground for your next holiday.
Florida is a state full of amazing campgrounds and off-the-grid campsites. If you want to plan a family camping trip in 2020 – we’ve got the best list of the top family campgrounds –whether in your RV or tent! We’ve researched and sifted through the hundreds of campgrounds, RV parks, State Parks, and tent sites to come up with a no-fail list of the Top 10 Family Friendly Campgrounds throughout the state of Florida. Camping in Florida does not HAVE to mean roughing it! The campgrounds we’ve profiled are chock full of family-friendly features and activities to keep even the tween & teens happy and involved. Whether you are a seasoned camping pro or going on your FIRST camping trip — we promise – you’ll enjoy these campgrounds.
As parents ourselves, we know what’s important for a successful family camping trip.
CLEAN BATHROOMS – so important for tent campers who rely on clean, well-maintained bathrooms and showers! Even if you have a bathroom with your RV, its essential to have nice bathrooms when you are out and about exploring the parks.
KIDS’ AREAS & ACTIVITIES. While it isn’t essential to have organized activities for children, they are nice to have as an option. In addition – playgrounds and kid-friendly hiking trails are a must. (Click here for tips on camping with toddlers)
CAMPSITE PRIVACY. No one wants to drive a couple hours from home with all their camping gear to just be crammed into a campsite practically on top of their neighbors! We know we’re back-packing into the wilderness, but bonus points for those campsites who have a measure of privacy so you can at least pretend you are miles away from society.
With these criteria in mind, here is our suggested list of best campgrounds for families – SORTED GEOGRAPHICALLY NORTH TO SOUTH FLORIDA.
St Augustine Beach KOA – St. Augustine, FL
Hontoon Island State Park – DeLand, FL
The Great Outdoors RV Nature & Golf Resort — Titusville, FL
Disney Fort Wilderness – Orlando, FL
Colt Creek State Park – Lakeland, FL
Sebastian Inlet State Park – Vero Beach, FL
Periwinkle Campground, Sanibel Island – Sanibel, FL
C.B. Smith Park – Pembroke Pines, FL
Larry and Penny Thompson Memorial Park – Miami, FL
The St. Augustine Beach KOA is located on Anastasia Island walking distance to the beach. The camp has a full variety of sites for tents, pop-ups, trailers, and large RVs. They also have 27 cabins (either deluxe or basic) if you don’t want to bring your own shelter!
Wi-Fi gets top ratings and they also offer TV cable. Kids will enjoy the year-round pool, game room, and playground. There is even a dedicated dog park for Fido to enjoy!
If you want to visit the historic district of St. Augustine (where there are numerous restaurants, gifts shops, and historical sites) – you can purchase bus tour tickets at the camp office for both the Old Town tour as well as the Ghosts & Gravestones tour. Both tours have pick up spots at the KOA.
The camp is in the process of building a new bath house.
Firewood (for purchase)
Tour Shuttle (fee)
Full Hookup Back-In Sites for RVs
Premium Pull-thru Sites
Cable – limited channels, full hook-ups
Wifi, water/electric, cable hook up if you bring a TV
Deluxe Cabins include: Queen bed & kids room w/1 set of twin bunks, TV, Micro., Fridge, Bathroom. Linens, pillows & towels are provided. Picnic table & BBQ Grill outside. NO PETS/SMOKING
Basic Cabins: bring your own linens, wifi included
Hontoon Island campground is located on a real island in the St. Johns River which is accessible only by private boat or park ferry. Once you are on the island, the park vans will shuttle you and your camping gear to your tent site or rustic rental cabin. There is also a concession stand which sells ice, firewood, snacks, and souvenirs. Children will enjoy ranger-led programs, nature walks, fishing, and campfires. Throughout the island there is evidence of the native Americans who inhabited this location. There is also boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing for young adventurers.
If you are a family who enjoys hiking, there are miles of hiking trails to explore. Top reviews go to the three-mil round-trip, self-guided trail that begins at the Ranger Station and follows the Hontoon Dead River to the large Indian mound in the SW corner of the island. In addition the park has 42 accessible boat slips available, with their largest berth being able to accommodate a 60′ yacht (in case you are the sort of camper/hiker who travels by yacht!). No advance reservations for boats.
ADA Accessible restroom Fishing Picnic Areas Bike Trails Canoe Rental (fee) Gift Shop Hiking trails Playground
Up to 2 tents per campsite allowed. Maximum number of people per campsite: 8. Pets allowed. Tent sites have a grill/fire ring and picnic table.
Cabins are rustic. Cabins have ceiling fans, lighting, 1 electrical outlet, bunk beds, screened porch, table & chairs. Linens are NOT provided. Outside the cabins – there is a picnic table, water faucet, and campfire circle. All cabins are <30 yards to the restrooms. Pets are not allowed in any Florida state park cabins or cabin areas.
The Great Outdoors RV Campground is truly a resort! There are swimming pools, a golf course, tennis courts, 2 restaurants, dog park (complete with doggy wading pool), pickleball courts, catch-and-release fishing lake with dock, recreation fields, exchange library, fitness center, hiking trails, nature center/museum, and more!
Once you’ve had your fill of activities on the campground, head over to Kennedy Space Center and plan to spend an entire day learning about the USA’s Space Program!
Big Rig Access
All RV sites have level concrete pads with 30/50 amp electric hookups, water, and sewer.
Whether you are planning a trip to Disney or just want to experience the Orlando area – you cannot beat the experience of camping at Fort Wilderness. Like all other Disney resorts and attractions – the cost of entry is higher than competitors, but the amenities, the service, the staff, and the entire experience is worth every penny. This campsite gets consistent high reviews by visitors – you will not be disappointed (and if you are, just contact Disney customer support and they can probably make it right!)
There is transportation throughout the camp provided as well as to and from Disney parks and other resorts. Children of all ages will enjoy the community campfires, appearances of Chip N Dale, the pools, horseback riding, playgrounds, café, biking, boating, recreation room, café, and more.
Restrooms and showers get top marks for cleanliness and space. As far as camping goes – this is like dipping your big toe into a lake – it’s a long ways off from a lean-to in the Artic wilderness. But if that’s your (or your family’s) thing – you can’t go wrong.
750 acres of pine & cypress forest Pool with water-slide Golf carts (fee) Pet-Friendly Archery Horseback riding Canoe & Kayak Rentals Bike Rentals Chip ‘N’ Dale Campfire Sing-A-Long Wagon Rides Pony Rides Holiday Sleigh Rides Jogging Trails Playgrounds Basketball Courts Childcare Services (fee) Free Wi-Fi Laundry & Dry Cleaning & more
Tent, Trailer, RV campsites
Lush wilderness provides site privacy. Water, electricity, wifi, cable TV hookups, charcoal grill & picnic tables.
Air Conditioned, 504 sqft. Full bathroom & kitchen
Colt Creek is a newer state park and campground that has both primitive campsites and RV pads. The park itself is home to many species of plans and animal including: Bald Eagles, white-tailed deer, American alligators, otters, and all types of birds and butterflies. Families can enjoy over 15 miles of hiking/equestrian/biking trails as well as abundant wildlife sightings! The park lakes offer sightings of wading birds and alligators, as well as a 75 foot accessible dock for fishing.
Restrooms are rated high marks by almost all visitors. There are also a large variety of educational interpretive progams including ranger-guided hikes, tram tours, and other special events.
5000 acres native Central Florida habitat Accessible campsites Bath Houses Dump Stations 3 large pavilions (one screened in) Walking Trails
Primitive Sites for Groups (up to 10)
Primitive Site for Organized Youth Groups
RV and/or Tents
Sites for RV or Tent
Electric hook-ups, Pets OK
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
If you want to camp at Sebastian Inlet State Park, you need to make reservations – now! The campground is located next to the inlet and a short walk from the beach. Your family can keep occupied for hours and hours at the beach – fishing, swimming, body-surfing, snorkeling, boating, and making sand castles.
For history buffs there is a museum on the site of the 1715 Spanish Treasures Fleets salvors’ camp and the Sebastian Fishing Museum chronicles history of the are’s fishing industry.
Camp facilities are reported as clean and well maintained.
Premier saltwater fishing location on FL’s east coast
Restrooms w/hot showers
Boat marina with boat rentals
Periwinkle Campground is located centrally on Sanibel island and is full of wildlife and also parrots in cages to visit. A couple times a week there is an informative bird-show put on by volunteers that guests love. It’s a 10-minute walk to the white, sandy beaches where families can enjoy all the water activities.
Bring your bikes because the campground is close to shops and restaurants in town.
Pavilions for private & public functions
Beach, Golf, Shops & Dining within walking distance
Note: Dogs not allowed
Note: Campfires not permitted
Note: Payment by CASH/CHECK only
Water, 30/50 Electric, Sewer
C.B. Smith Park
Photo courtesy of Broward Country Parks and Recreation Division
C.B. Smith Park is located in Pembroke Pines, FL and features 83 campsites with full hookups. There is so much for children and families to do you won’t want to leave the campground! Playgrounds, tennis center, volleyball courts, golfing and even a water park! The water park (open seasonally) is a big draw for this campground as it features two water playgrounds, a lazy river, and water slides. The campground is close to restaurants, shops, and the interstate. Cellular service is great and WiFi is available.
Water park w/4 50-ft water slides
Larry and Penny Thompson Memorial Park Campground is adjacent to the Miami Zoo and has 270 acres of natural South Florida woodland. The campground is large and divided into 11 pods of 15-20 sites. Each pod shares bathroom/laundry/shower facilities. In addition there are 20 primitive tent camping sites. Bathrooms are clean – nothing too fancy – but quite adequate.
There are numerous hiking/jogging trails, picnic shelters, and a large freshwater lake with its own beach and water slides (seasonally open). Close to the campground is the Miami Zoo, city parks, restaurants, and shopping.
4 Restrooms/laundry facilities
Note: Pets OK in RV sites, Not allowed in Tent Sites
Tent, Trailer, & RV campsites
RV/Trailer/Tent Regular Sites 200
photo used with permission from Flamingo Campground
If you are a ‘winter’ camper Flamingo Campground is a treat! Its located in Everglades National Park. There are both RV and tent sites available and there are community bath houses with solar heated showers. Your family will have plenty to do – hiking, fishing, and boating. Ranger programs are held seasonally (in the cooler months) and include guided canoe trips, birding adventures, and a discovery walk.
Word of caution: in the summer months — the bugs are intense!
Some sites have electrical hook-up