If you’re a Harvest Host member who’s traveling through the U.S. Southeast with your kids, you’re in luck! This area of the country is filled with loads of farms, museums, and attractions that will help you entertain your children while you’re on the road.
From alpacas and alligators to piglets and pumpkins, the Hosts listed below in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana — and many others like them — truly roll out the red carpet for families.
River Safaris & Gulf Charters, Homosassa, FL
You may want to plan your next camping trip to the Florida Gulf Coast just to experience River Safaris & Gulf Charters, north of Tampa. Not only can you park your RV by the water, but you can book adventures that run from mild to wild. Take a speedy airboat tour, relax on a pontoon boat, rent your own watercraft, or even swim with the manatees! There’s also a live alligator exhibit, sandwich shop, and gift shop on site.
Another top spot for RVing families in Florida: Proctor’s Goat Farm
Whippoorwill Farms SC, Ridgeland, SC
This is no petting zoo or hobby farm, but a true working farm producing plant and meat products that are sold at local farmers’ markets and restaurants. Families appreciate the authentic, educational experience at Whippoorwill Farms SC that can include visiting with hundreds of chickens, dairy goats, rabbits and little piglets. Harvest Host members can boondock here or choose to pay extra for 30/50 amp hookups.
Another top spot for RVing families in South Carolina: Pumpkintown Mountain Opry
Reed Farm & Ranch, Jakin, GA
If you’re in the southeast part of Georgia in the autumn months, you don’t want to miss a visit to Reed Farm & Ranch, since the fall is when this Host really shines. Not only can you tour the property to pick out just the right pumpkin, you can take a hayride, pose for family photos in front of vast sunflower fields, or check out the majestic Longhorn cattle that graze on the land. The highlight is a massive corn maze! There’s even a mini maze for little explorers.
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum, Calera, AL
Have a toddler who loves choo choos? Arrange your Alabama RV camping trip so you can visit the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum with its amazing array of trains on display, ranging from antique steam engines to cabooses to an unusual domed observation car. Train rides are offered seasonally, most often on Saturdays. Just give the Host a call for details!
Another top spot for RVing families in Alabama: Bill-E’s
A Stroka Gene-us Alpacas, Stringer, MS
Learn all about alpacas on a tour of A Stroka Gene-us Alpacas farm north of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Feed these fuzzy animals whose fiber is turned into luxurious yarn. The farm store is stocked with fun souvenirs to bring home, including alpaca blankets, socks, stuffed animals, crafting supplies, and puppets.
Another top spot for RVing families in Mississippi: Patch of Heaven Farms
Champagne’s Cajun Swamp Tours, Breaux Bridge, LA
Experienced guides at Champagne’s Cajun Swamp Tours will take you out on Lake Martin to spot not only alligators that may be as long as 14 feet, but also the many birds who make their home in the dense vegetation. Choose to tour the wetlands by a typical tour boat or by speedy airboat, or you can get up close and personal (but not too close!) with the wildlife in a kayak.
Are you planning an RV camping trip with your family to the Southeastern states? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
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