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10 of the Best Places to Camp in Florida

Best Places to Camp in Florida
April 5, 2024

Where to Camp in Florida

Escape the hustle and bustle of Florida’s big cities and discover the top 10 camping spots in the Sunshine State. Find tranquility and natural beauty as you explore these quiet and serene destinations. Whether you’re traveling in a camper, travel trailer, RV, or truck camper, prepare for an unforgettable outdoor adventure. From pristine beaches to lush forests, these campgrounds provide the perfect setting for exploration and relaxation. Plan your trip now and experience the best of camping in Florida.

Florida might not be known for its high altitudes, but when it comes to camping near and at the beaches, very few places in the world can beat it. 

Bahia Honda State Park

Bahia Honda State Park
Bahia Honda State Park boasts beautiful beaches, camping, and an abundance of emerald-hued waters.

Every next mile on your trip to the Florida Keys will be filled with joy and breathtaking scenic views of the ocean. Whether you are coming on a travel trailer or ready to erect your tent in front of the ocean, this place allows it all. The best activities you can do here with your family include snorkeling and bathing under the sun as the sea breeze cools you down. Enthusiast anglers can rent boats or go fishing right at the shore. Reef trips are also available in addition to kayaking. Most of the camping sites here have water and electricity hookups. To make it even better, you can take your animals with you too.

Plan your adventure: Bahia Honda State Park

Anastasia State Park

Anastasia State Park
Pristine beaches, native Florida hammocks, tons of wildlife, and a full range of facilities make Anastasia State Park ideal for campers and beachgoers.

As you visit Anastasia State Park, show your love for the beach and the wildlife around it. Visit the dunes from far past, walking on tumultuous trails. For up to 4 miles, nothing but a serene ocean view will welcome you anywhere you go. You can go bird-watching here or enjoy snorkeling in the beautiful ocean. If you want to find valuable stuff, spend some time beachcombing. There are nearly 140 sites for camping. Some are only a walking distance from the beach, but others will require you to take a ride.

Plan your adventure: Anastasia State Park

Florida Caverns State Park

Florida Caverns State Park
This is one of the few state parks with dry (air-filled) caves and is the only state park in Florida to offer cave tours to the public.

Most places you visit for camping in Florida offer water sports, activities, and the ocean’s magnificence. This is one of the most unique camping sites, as it allows you to discover the mysteries of the caves. Almost all the caves here are dry, and you can take dozens of tours. Flowstones, limestone stalactites, soda straws, etc., are all minerals and natural components that form the fantastic landscape of the region. You can go fishing, horse riding, or trekking for more fun. There are over 30 sites here for camping with rates that easily fit any budget.

Plan your adventure: Florida Caverns State Park

St. George Island State Park

St. George Island State Park
On a barrier island fronting historic Apalachicola Bay, this park offers visitors a little strip of paradise.

This might be the best opportunity to complete your first boondocking challenge. While most of the campsites here have electricity hookups and all the needed amenities, you can also find places near the sea for boondocking. With over 60 sites for camping, you can find a spot for your family, too. Pets can be brought here, but you must keep them away from the beach.

Plan your adventure: St. George Island State Park

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Paynes Prairie is unique in many ways. Nowhere else in Florida can visitors experience wild-roaming bison and horses. Nearly 300 species of birds also frequent the park along with alligators, deer and many other animals.

Visit this place if you have a long way to go before returning to history. This is also your chance to dive into the pleasures of experiencing wildlife around you. If you have always cherished the calmness of nature and the innocence of animals and birds, this is the place to find plenty of it. Nearly 270 bird species live here. In addition to the birds, you can view some of its true wildlife stars, such as bison, alligators, etc. The best activities here are bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, bird watching, and fishing. There are close to 50 camping sites available here.

Plan your adventure: Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Fort Clinch State Park

Fort Clinch State Park
The historic fort is only one aspect of this diverse 1,400-acre park. Maritime hammocks with massive arching live oaks provide a striking backdrop for hiking and biking on the park’s many trails.

Come to the northern islands of Florida to explore this gem. In addition to enjoying the beautiful sunsets on the beach, you get to take pictures of some unique wildlife. The shoreline is 3 miles long and serves as a perfect spot for family fun. This is the beach where you can hunt with your children for shark teeth. There are guided nature walks available on Saturdays. With nearly 70 campsites, you have a lot of choices. You can also go fishing and swimming on the beach, but boat ramping might be available elsewhere.

Plan your adventure: Fort Clinch State Park

Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park
Besides a living history lesson, visitors can kayak or canoe class II river rapids, rare in Florida, hike seven miles of nature trails and swim in an ADA accessible swimming pool.

Indulge in the quietness of Hillsborough River and recall the past with Fort Foster, a replica fort. If you like exploring forts, reserve your spot for the tour on weekends in advance. Of course, you can have a lot of fun with your family on the river. Enjoy kayaking, fishing, or canoeing for the first time here. There are 4 trails available for you to enjoy nature as you walk these 7-mile-long paths. You can get your travel trailers ready to visit this park because it offers a great camping experience for families.

Plan your adventure: Hillsborough River State Park

Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park
In a scene reminiscent of what early Native Americans and Spanish explorers witnessed, arching palm trees and live oaks reflect on a winding tea-colored stream.

If you think you have enjoyed oceans from all possible angles, this is your time to have fun in the company of a river and two lakes. Get on the largest airboats in the world to enjoy the spectacular views of the lakes. You can bring your camper or truck camper here and pick a camping site from nearly 90 available. Every site you pick will be equipped not only with electricity and water lines but also with other amenities.

Plan your adventure: Myakka River State Park

Blue Spring State Park

Blue Spring State Park
To see the park’s wonders, visitors can hike along the spring run or on the 4.5-mile Pine Island Trail.

Blue Spring State Park is a beautiful natural oasis in Orange City, Florida. This 2,600-acre park is best known for its crystal-clear blue waters, which stay 72 degrees year-round. Visitors can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and even scuba diving in the springs, home to various freshwater fish and manatees. The park also features hiking trails, picnic areas, and a campground for those looking to immerse themselves in nature for a more extended period. Blue Spring State Park offers a peaceful and serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Plan your adventure: Blue Spring State Park

Rainbow Springs State Park

Rainbow Springs State Park
Take a walk through lush, mossy hammocks and then cool off in the springs—it’s a time-honored tradition.

This is the last entry on the list, but it offers just as much fun as any other camping spot. There are over 50 camping sites, with electric and water hookups and all the necessary amenities. The most craved activity for visitors here is tubing, but you have to visit the park as soon as summer starts to get that experience. Other activities that can be done here include swimming, geo-seeking, kayaking, birding, etc. Refrain from convincing the staff to let you in after the park has reached capacity. You will always be asked to return.

Plan your adventure: Rainbow Springs State Park

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