Top Fla. Family Campgrounds Named
Florida has an abundance of family-friendly campgrounds, and the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel picked some of what they called the best for new campers.
• Colt Creek State Park, Lakeland, opened in 2007. Experience old-time camping on this 5,067-acre tract in the Green Swamp Wilderness Area. It offers hiking trails, picnic areas, equestrian trails (bring your own horses), nature watching for fox and deer, and backpack camping. Bring everything with you.
• Flamingo Campground, Everglades National Park, is 38 miles from the main visitor center in Homestead. RV camping is available, and so are walk-in tent sites clustered around the shared bath facility. Although the ‘Glades offer many camping experiences, including canoe camping in the most remote outback, this campground is a good introduction to the mysteries and marvels of this outstanding national park.
• Fort Wilderness in Walt Disney World is the Taj Mahal of camping resorts, a wonderland of recreation facilities, on-site restaurants and markets. From here, free transportation takes you to Disney’s theme parks, nightlife, water parks, restaurants and golf courses. A variety of campsites accommodate tenters and RV-ers.
• Hontoon Island State Park near DeLand is a real island in the St. Johns River. Families can have a Robinson Crusoe adventure on an historic island where pre-Columbian tribes once fished and hunted. Everything must be brought with you on the ferry boat, and that’s part of the fun.
• Sebastian Inlet State Park, Melbourne Beach, is a hot-ticket campground where many people reserve up to a year ahead. Find full-facility camping in the sea breezes for your tent or RV..
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