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Camping season is ramping up! If you’ve got kids, choosing the primo campground could mean the difference between having a memorable trip straight out of a sappy commercial or having a trip that leaves you feeling like the Griswolds.
So how do you pick the perfect campground? Let’s give it a shot…
1. Lots of kid-friendly things to do
Kids need to unplug from the world of Nintendo Wiis, iPods, TV and computers… but don’t expect them to be satisfied with a campground that offers just a place to pitch a tent and a lame hiking trail. Many campgrounds have boat or canoe rentals, fishing, playgrounds, a swimming area, horseshoes, volleyball courts and other amenities. Find a campground that matches your interests.
2. Quiet time enforcement at night
No parent wants Billy Bob and his redneck friends “hootin’ and hollerin'” in the wee hours of the morning when the kids are zonked out. Nor do we want Billy Bob’s A-hole friend chugging Natty Lite all evening then stumbling into your campsite and puking in your hiking boots. So find out if your campground has quiet time (you may have to call if you can’t find out online).
3. Nearby attractions (& necessities)
Find out what fun places are within a few miles of your campground. You may want to take a daytrip to go horseback riding, visit a historical landmark or eat at the local hotspot for breakfast on your way out. As for necessities, know where the closest grocery store, gas station and – God forbid – hospital. You never know when you’ll need it.
Next week, I’ll tell ya what to look for in the actual campsite. That matters too!
Ready to find a place to camp?
Check out these resources:
What tips do you have for choosing the perfect campground? Oh and don’t forget to download my family camping checklist if you’re planning a trip anytime soon!