Top 10 Places to Go Camping in Florida
Florida might not be known for its high altitudes
But when it comes to camping near and at the beaches, there are very few places in the world that can beat it. While the big cities in the state are known for an amazing nightlife, the travelers and campers are often looking for quiet and tranquil places to visit. When you have completed all the preliminaries, prepared your travel trailer or truck camper and made up your mind for some exploration, here are the top 10 places in Florida for you to camp at.
1. Bahia Honda State Park
Every next mile on your trip to 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.
2. Anastasia State Park
Show your love not only to the beach, but the wildlife around it as you visit Anastasia State Park. Visit the dunes from far past walking on tumultuous trails. For up to 4 miles nothing but a serene and tranquil view of the ocean will welcome you anywhere you go. You can go bird watching here or enjoy snorkeling in the beautiful ocean. If you are curious to find some 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.
3. Florida Caverns State Park
Most places you visit for camping in Florida offer water sports and activities, and the magnificence of the ocean. This is one of the most unique camping sites as it offers you the opportunity of discovering the mysteries of the caves. Almost all the caves here are dry caves and there are dozens of tours for you to explore them. Flowstones, limestone stalactites, soda straws, etc. are all minerals and natural components that form the amazing landscape of the region. For more fun you can go fishing, horse riding or trekking. There are over 30 sites here for camping with rates that easily fit in any budget.
4. St. George Island State Park
This might be the best opportunity for you to complete your first boondocking challenge. While most of the campsites here do have electricity hookups and all the needed amenities, you can find places near the sea for boondocking as well. With over 60 sites for camping, you can definitely find a place for your family too. Pets can be brought here, but you will have to keep them leashed and away from the beach.
5. Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
Visit this place if you have been longing to take a step back into the 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 in 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 to do here are bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, bird watching and fishing. There are close to 50 camping sites available here.
6. Fort Clinch State Park
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 amazing wildlife. The shoreline is 3 miles long and serves as a perfect spot for family fun. This is the beach where you can go on hunting with your children for some shark teeth. There are guided nature walks available on Saturdays. With nearly 70 campsites you have a lot of choice. You can also go fishing and swimming on the beach, but boat ramping might not be available here.
7. Hillsborough River State Park
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, there is a lot of fun you can have with your family on the river. Enjoy some kayaking, go fishing or maybe try canoeing for the first time here. There are 4 trails available for you to enjoy the 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.
8. Myakka River State Park
If you think you have enjoyed oceans from all possible angles, this is your time to have some fun in the company of a river and two lakes. You can bring your travel trailer 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 other amenities as well. Get on the largest airboats of the world to enjoy the spectacular views of the lakes.
9. Blue Spring State Park
If you are going on your first camping trip with your family and you don’t want to take any chances, this is the place where you have to go. Covering 2600 acres of land, it gives you the best experience of St. Johns River. Have your kids always gotten excited watching manatees on TV? This is your chance to show them real manatees. If you want to make sure you sight one, visit after November and before April. There are nearly 50 camping sites to choose from.
10. Rainbow Springs State Park
This is the last entry on the list but it offers just as much fun as any other camping spot on the list. There are over 50 camping sites here with most of them having electric and water hookups, and all necessary amenities. The most craved activity for visitors here is tubing but you have to visit the park as soon as summers start to get that experience. Other activities that can be done here include swimming, geo-seeking, kayaking, birding etc. Do not try to convince the staff to let you in after the park has reached its capacity. You will always be asked to return.