For those of us who live in cold-weather climates, pulling the RV out of winter storage and setting out on a spring road trip for some RV camping is always exciting. (And for those of you who live in southern states where you can easily road trip year round, we’re envious!)
We’ve rounded up four family-friendly destinations for you to consider for your first RV camping trip in the new year. With the unprecedented spike in RV popularity we saw in 2020, it goes without saying that 2021 will likely be another banner year for busy campgrounds. Plan now and book early to secure your perfect spots!
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
It may not be ideal swimming weather on the South Carolina coast in March (with the average high temperature 68 degrees Fahrenheit), but if your kiddos are anything like mine, they’ll find a way to at least dip their toes in the ocean along Myrtle Beach’s 60 miles of shore.
Though the waterparks and water-based activities, like jet skiing, may not be available, there’s still lots for families to do in Myrtle Beach in the spring, such as mini-golf, go-karts, ziplines, a Ferris wheel, giant arcades — and of course simply hanging out on the beach, where you can collect shells, fly kites, and build sandcastles!
Where to camp: Families rave about Pirateland, with its oceanfront spaces. Myrtle Beach KOA has spots that are nestled in an old pine forest, and it offers a complimentary shuttle to the beach, a few blocks away. Ocean Lakes Family Campground is huge — 859 campsites! — and regular visitors recommend renting (or bringing) a golf cart to get around. Myrtle Beach Travel Park is known for its plethora of scheduled activities and a freshwater fishing lake kids love.
Nearby Harvest Host: At the time of this writing, the nearest Host is Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, about 36 miles northeast of Myrtle Beach.
From Jacksonville in the north all the way down to the southernmost point in the Keys, Florida makes an amazing spring destination for families. It’s truly difficult to choose a single favorite spot in this sunny state filled with amusement parks, beaches, and natural attractions, like Everglades National Park.
But one location that appeals to many families is Destin, on Florida’s “Emerald Coast” — a 100-mile stretch of coastline on the Gulf that’s known for its clear, emerald-green water as well as its sugar-white sand.
Again, it may not be warm enough to swim in March (average high temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit), unless you happen to visit during an unusual hot spell. However, if your family’s into fishing, this is the place to book a charter boat trip: This area of the Gulf of Mexico is known for its vast population of sport fish, like grouper, amberjack, and king mackerel.
Where to camp: Henderson State Beach Park is a family favorite, with its large and level sites, easy access, and short stroll to the beach — but with only 60 spots, it does fill up fast!
Nearby Harvest Hosts: At the time of this writing, Southern Grace Lavender Farm in Southport and Beulah Food Forest in Pensacola are the closest Hosts to Destin. If you’re a Golf member, consider Pensacola’s Marcus Pointe Golf Club.
San Antonio, Texas
Introduce your kids to a bit of Texas history with a visit to the Alamo, a key site in the state’s battle for independence from Mexico. Stroll the River Walk or take a cruise along the Rio Grande. Or consider any number of kid-friendly attractions, from the San Antonio Zoo and San Antonio Aquarium to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center and the Natural Bridge Caverns.
Where to camp: Traveler’s World RV Resort and the San Antonio KOA are the closest campgrounds to the city’s downtown attractions, and both are chock full of amenities. (We especially dig the bike rentals and 8-mile bike trail at the KOA.)
Nearest Harvest Host: Check out the super-cool Texas Air Museum, with its displays of vintage aircraft.
If you have children who appreciate the great outdoors, and you’d like to escape the crowds and explore nature, consider Sedona, Arizona, known for its gorgeous red-rock landscapes in the Southwest.
Book a private Pink Jeep Tour, where your experienced driver will take you off road on rugged cliffs to incredibly scenic desert views; kids ages 2 and up can have fun on these 4×4 tours (car seats are provided). Alas, it’ll likely be too cold for swimming in Oak Creek at Slide Rock State Park in March (don’t miss this nifty natural waterslide if you visit in July!), but the state park is known for its short nature trails.
Also consider the variety of hiking trails at Red Rock State Park, and if you have older kids in tow, be sure to trek along Devil’s Bridge Trail. This moderate hike brings you to a sandstone arch that you can walk across — if you’re feeling brave high above the ground!
Where to camp: Consider Rancho Sedona RV Park, with its shady spots under mature cottonwood and sycamore trees set adjacent to a scenic creek. This RV park doesn’t have a ton of bells and whistles specifically for children, but it’s quite close to town, if you want to eat at (or take out from) Sedona’s many yummy restaurants for a break from RV camping cooking!
Nearby Harvest Hosts: If you’re a golf club member, check out Sedona’s Oakcreek Country Club or Agave Highlands Golf in Cornville. Otherwise, at the time of this writing, Newell Farm in Chino Valley is the closest Host location.
Where are you planning on RV camping this spring? Let us know in the comments below!
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