Share |
Print Article
Family Travel Files Ezine Family Vacations Resource
Coolest Campgrounds Offer Unique Family Vacation Experiences and Extra Fun - No Tents Needed. Snow Mansion Teepees and Sunflowers Family Camping near Taos, New Mexico Gone are the days when family camping meant a cozy tent, a collection of slightly damp sleeping bags, and a lantern. New age family camping includes extra cool sleeping spots and plenty of unique vacation activities including fun stuff you don't get to do at home.
  
Here’s the scoop. Campgrounds offer contact with Mother Nature but no longer require tents ensure the camping experience is real. From teepees and treehouses to rail cars and bunkhouses the coolest campgrounds offer families extra amenities, unique sleeping spaces, and extra ways to have fun with kids. While our Camp Out folder features oodles of great camping vacations, our readers and staff have taken time to TELL MOM about a few new places “too cool” to be overlooked.Hobbit House at Maryland Treehouse Camp
 
Maryland: Maple Tree Campground Sleep in a Hobbit House – Really! Maple Tree offers a clever mix of family camping options in a serene, earth-friendly spot in the forest near a river just minutes off the Appalachian Trail. The camping spot is just a few minutes from Harpers Ferry, WV, Antietam Battlefield, and Brunswick Railroad Museum. Guests may choose in a treehouse, tree cottage or bring a tent if desired and enjoy a “Leave No Trace” atmosphere with fire circles, picnic tables and charcoal grills provided. Extra cool: In addiiton to the cozy treehouses, a new hobbit house is now available onsite. Details: The Treehouse Camp Maple Tree Campground 20716 Townsend Road Rohrersville, Maryland 21779. (301) 432-5585 or The Treehouse Camp

Nebraska: Two Rivers SRA, Sleep in a Caboose. Located southwest of Venice, Nebraska, the 622-acre recreation and camping area has miles of paved trails, playground, hiking trails, along with seven sandy bottom ponds adjacent to the Platter River. In addition to fishing, and boating, and swimming there’s plenty of stargazing to be enjoyed. Coolest thing: Forget your tent, pass on the cabins and select an authentic (except for the air conditioning) Union Pacific retired caboose. Permanently side-tracked on actual rails, each of the 10 fully outfitted cabooses offer a unique lodging opportunity from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Details: Two Rivers SRA 27702 F ST Waterloo NE 68069-7012. (402)359-5165 or Two Rivers Campgrounds.Summer Teepees at Snow Mansion near Taos, New Mexico.

New Mexico: Abomminable SnowMansion Summer Teepee Camping near Taos. Located about nine the Rio Grande River at the John Dunn Recreation Area the Snowmansion offers a western-style atmosphere easy to share with kids. Swim in a river, soak in hot springs, play lawn games, and practice stargazing. Try llama trekking with Stewart at Wild Earth Adventures and learn about the geology, botany and history of this area.  Guests have full use of the restaurant-style kitchen. Coolest thing: Sleep in an authentic high plains teepee and enjoy all the benefits of the complex. Details: Abominable SnowMansion 476 State Rd. 150 - Taos Ski Valley Rd. Box 429 Arroyo Seco de Taos New Mexico 87514. (575) 776-8298 or www.snowmansion.com

Arkansas: Diamond John's Riverside Teepees and Cool Cabins.  Perhaps the most fun part of this location is the chance to sleep in a woodland teepee just a stone’s throw from the Little Missouri River. Guests have free use of kayaks, canoes, and boats, picnic benches, and barbecues. Go on a night time gem hunt; swim in the Little Missouri River or borrow a fishing pole and try your luck. In addition to a playground area kids will enjoy the resident animals which include peacocks, chickens, rabbits, horses, geese, ducks, and goats. Coolest thing: Guests have free use of diamond mining equipment for excursions to nearby Crater of Diamonds State Park. Details: Diamond John's 81 Roy Rd, Murfreesboro, AR 71958. (870) 285-4027 or www.diamondjohns.comSanta Fe Rail Car Cabin in Rose Texas

Texas: Country Woods Inn Reserve Your Own Rail Car near Glen Rose.  While this 40-acre location on the banks of the Paluxy River is not technically a campground (it is an earth-friendly B&B)it is too good not to mention. It offers plenty of thoughtful amenities for families seeking to combine quiet time and family fun - firefly jars, fire pits, picnic baskets, and red wagons. Onsite you will find several play areas, tether ball, tire swings, and farm animals to feed. It’s adjacent to Big Rocks Park which is ideal for climbing rocks, swimming, fishing, and wading in the river where dinosaurs once roamed.  Extra cool: While there are several lovely cjoices, choose to stay in a renovated Santa Fe Railroad Car nestled under the trees. Details: Country Woods Inn Glen Rose, Texas 420 Grand Ave, Glen Rose, TX 76043. (817) 279-3002 or www.countrywoodsinn.com

California: Rancho Oso Resort Sleep in a Covered Wagon. Escape to the Santa Ynez Mountains in the mountains near Santa Barbara and create a camping experience with a distinctly western theme – horses, pony rides, hay wagon rides, campfires, and trail rides on the 310-acre property plus volleyball, badminton, mini golf, an ice cream social and candy bingo. The complex includes RV & tent sites as well as western themed cabins. Extra cool: Reserve a covered wagon complete with cots, fire pit, electricity, and access to campfire activities or if you would rather “go native” select a teepee. Either way, you had best pack your sleeping bags. Details: 3750 Paradise Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105. (805) 683-5686 or www.rancho-oso.com

Idaho: Bruneau Dunes State Park and Observatory Sleep in a Frontier Log Cabin. Perhaps the best park of camping is the chance to observe the endless wonders of the night sky. At Bruneau Dunes families have the chance to join astronomers on Friday and Saturday nights and share time on professional caliber telescope gazing at the heavens. Daytime activities include fishing, boating, swimming, horseback riding, and kite flying. Extra cool: As the name indicates this is the place to practice sand dune skiing or sledding. Luckily sand boards are available at the Visitor Center. Details: Bruneau Dunes State Park 27608 Sand Dunes Rd Mountain Home, ID 83647. (208) 366-7919 or Bruneau Dunes State Park.

Oregon: Tree House Paradise Sleep in the Trees. While this location may not technically be a family camping spot because gourmet breakfast is included, it is a place for a tree-friendly family vacation in Southern Oregon, near the Redwoods and Oregon Caves.  Guest amenities include bathrooms, a BBQ / gas grill, food prep area, disc golf course, volleyball, horseshoes, fishing, disc golf and recreational technical tree climbing – including night climbs.   Super cool: Each of the three treehouses comes with its own theme such as living like the Swiss Family Robinson, and includes breakfast. Details: Vertical Horizons Treehouse Paradise Cave Junction, OR 97523. (541) 592-4751 or www.treehouseparadise.comYMCA of the Rockies Family Fun Summer Camping

Colorado: Snow Mountain Ranch Stay in a Yurt Village. Summer family vacations should be about doing things you don’t do at home so unless you live in a yurt, staying in Snow Mountain Ranch yurt village is a pretty cool idea. Sleeping in the round can be an adventure – 12 yurts and so many possibilities. Families have access to many activities offered on the 5,100-acre property including mountain biking, walking trails, guided hikes, canoeing, archery range competitions, disc golf course, great stargazing. Extra cool: Snow Mountain Ranch’s new Summer Tubing Hill will be open in July and best of all free to guests. Details: Snow Mountain Ranch 1101 County Road 53 Granby, CO 80446. Toll-free 888-613-9622, (970) 887-2152 or Snow Mountain Ranch

New York: Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort in the Finger Lakes. Hickory Hill has perhaps one of the best vacation locations in Upstate New York. The complex offers full service camping and offers family camping options from tents and RV spots to lodges, cozy cabins and super cool woodland cabins.  The complex has    free Wi-Fi, game room/arcade, geocaching, laser tag, wagon rides, disc golf, mini golf, pedal carts, swimming pool and a new “spray” ground water feature. Extra cool for mom: This is a campground with homespun style. In addition to all of the family fun activities offered, it is also possible to take advantage of spa services – yup, a massage, facial, manicure or a pedicure. Details: Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort 7531 County Road 13, Bath, NY 14810. Toll-free 1-800-760-0947 or www.hickoryhillcampresort.com

Coolest Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Campgrounds also offer unique family vacation possibilities including stays in yurts, bunkhouses, and extra water features. 

Content verified and compiled by Nancy Nelson-Duac, Curator of the Good Stuff for TheFamilyTravelFiles.com. Hobbit House image by Steve Fulks. Copyright 2014.


Share |
RELATED ARTICLES
Farm Stay Family Vacations - Free Range Family Fun with Mother Nature and Her Support Team.
Looking for an easy way to slowdown, disconnect and unplug? Consider a family farmstay holiday. Escape to rural America with your kids and enjoy your own free range family fun.
Northwest Family Vacation Camps - Affordable Summer Fun.
Ever been a tad jealous when reading about the fun planned for you kids at summer sleepover camp? You are not alone. The good news is there are family camps to fit all family types and some of the best are in the west.
Best Ever Summer Camping Experiences in National Forests or Grasslands.
Camping is a terrific way for families to reconnect, strengthen family bonds, and counter the stressful effects of busy lifestyles.
Best Beach Boardwalks in the US for Summer Vacation Family Fun.
A family vacation at the beach is always better when it includes time at the boardwalk where suns, sand, and surf align with entertainment, lively activities and classic often funky eateries. Boardwalk options anchor both coasts providing family vacation choices from Virginia and South Carolina to California.
California: Monterey, Monterey Bay Aquarium – Family Vacation WOW! Factor - Explore the Deep Blue Sea.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the United States and is ranked third best family attraction in the United States by the Zagat Survey U.S. Family Travel Guide. It definitely deserves a place on any family’s “to-do” list.

Read More Articles

FAMILY VACATION IDEAS
Vertical Horizons Treehouse Paradise - Cave Junction, OR

Sleep in a Tree Top with Your Kids. Remember Swiss Family Robinson. [Read More]

Related Article Related Article

Country Woods Inn - Glen Rose, TX

Sleep in a Caboose. Skip stones, climb boulders and enjoy nature with your kids. [Read More]

Related Article Related Article

Diamond John's Riverside Teepees - Murfreesboro, AR

Camp out and hunt for diamonds with your kids. [Read More]

Related Article Related Article

Dunes State Park and Observatory - Bruneau, ID

Sleep in a Frontier Log Cabin. Stargazing programs Friday & Saturday night. [Read More]

Related Article Related Article

Maple Tree Campground - Rohrersville, MD

Sleep in a Tree Cottage. Family camping with a bird’s eye view [Read More]

Related Article Related Article

Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort - Finger Lakes, New York

Defining family fun each day. [Read More]

Related Article Related Article

Two Rivers Campgrounds - Waterloo, NE

Sleep in a Caboose. Coolest family camping idea ever. [Read More]

Related Article Related Article

The Abominable Snow Mansion - Taos, New Mexico

Summer Camping in a Teepee. The perfect western-style family adventure. [Read More]

Related Article Related Article

Santa Maria Inn - Santa Maria, CA

Relax in the style of an English country inn. [Read More]

Americas Best Value Inn - Eugene, OR

Discover the Dynamic City of Eugene with the Family! [Read More]

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Salinas - Salinas, CA

Our convenient location in the wine country is just half an hour from Monterey, Pebble Beach, Carmel and Gilroy. [Read More]

Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Canyonville, OR

Stay with us visit Crater Lake. An unbelievable experience awaits. [Read More]

Quality Inn & Suites Coos Bay - North Bend, OR

Enjoy the beauty surrounding our Coos Bay hotel. [Read More]

Hampton Inn - Portland/Clackamas, OR

Our modern hotel is near Portland’s airport. [Read More]

Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Bay - Fairfield Bay, AR

Wyndham Resort at Fairfield Bay features spacious one and two bedroom timeshare accommodations. [Read More]

Hotel Paradox - Santa Cruz, CA

A modern hotel in downtown Santa Cruz provides a coastal oasis. [Read More]

Holiday Inn Fresno Airport - Fresno, CA

Near the Fresno Yosemite International Airport with complimentary airport shuttle [Read More]

Holiday Inn Express Monterey / Cannery Row Hotel - Monterey, CA

Conveniently located in the Monterey Bay. [Read More]

Hotel Abrego - Monterey, CA

Our hotel offers an ideal location near downtown Monterey. [Read More]

La Quinta Inn - Monterey, CA

Hotel Near the Bay located right on the bike trail. [Read More]

Related Article Related Article

Holiday Inn Portland-Gresham- Portland, OR

Located close to downtown and near the Columbia River Gorge, the Lewis and Clark Trail. [Read More]

Related Article Related Article

University Inn - Eugene, OR

Comfortable and convenient family-friendly Hotel. [Read More]

Best Western Premier The Burgundy Hotel - Little Rock, AR

Enjoy a stay at the best hotels in west Little Rock, AR. Enjoy affordable luxury, with great rooms at low rates. [Read More]

FarmStays in Oregon

Bring the kids, enjoy life on a real farm, ranch or vineyard! [Read More]

Related Article Related Article

Best Western Plus Inn - Scotts Valley, California

A comfortable, affordable Scotts Valley, California hotel. [Read More]

Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel - Little Rock, AR

Delight in well-appointed accommodations and the height of southern hospitality at the Comfort Inn & Suites Little Rock Airport. [Read More]

Days Inn and Suites Little Rock Airport - Arkansas

Enjoy a comfortable, contemporary lodging experience while staying with us. [Read More]

Best Western Ocean View Resort - Seaside, OR

Come see what beautiful Seaside has to offer when you stay at Best Western Ocean View Resort. [Read More]

See More Family Vacation Ideas


Use of Travel Communications, Inc., websites constitutes acceptance of the Terms of Use.
Site designed and hosted by Tempest Technologies, LLC