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Do you love taking your kids camping, yet unsure of the best places to go?  My daughter loves to camp and the older she gets, the more places we try to find that are not going to be too far of a drive.  Here is where to go camping with kids in Orlando and around the Central Florida area. These campgrounds are sure to please not just the kids, but the whole family.

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Camping Locations In Orlando

Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake

Stay alongside one of the top 5 fishing lakes in Florida at Bill Frederick Park.  Enjoy the playground, fishing pier, children’s petting zoo farm, swimming pool and nature paths.  It is located in Metro West so you are still super close to stores should you have forgotten any necessities.

Check in: 1 pm
Check out: 11 am
Rates: $25
Location: 3401 South Hiawassee Rd, Orlando, FL 32835

Disney’s Fort Wilderness

For a family favorite that you must try at least once, camp at Disney’s Fort Wilderness.   One of my favorite things about camping here is that you can see the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the Fort Wilderness Beach.  Plus, the music is piped in from Magic Kingdom to give you an even better experience.   Another magical bonus that is held nightly is the Chip and Dale Campfire Sing Along.  Here kids can roast marshmallows while enjoying a fun interactive meet and greet with these classic characters.  Though you are paying a bit more for the campsite than most campgrounds, you get some pretty great perks for the price.

Check in: 3 pm
Check out: 11 am
Rates: Starting at $60, varies based on dates
Location: 4510 North Fort Wilderness Trail, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Kelly Park at Rock Springs

A close drive from Orlando, Kelly Park at Rock Springs in Apopka makes for an awesome camping adventure.  It is the perfect place for water loving families as tubing down the springs is an absolute must.  Bring your own tubes or rent from the station and enjoy the lazy river or swim in the natural springs.  With a consistent temperature of 68 degrees and crystal-clear water, your family is sure to enjoy a day in the water in one of the prettiest areas in Central Florida.   A hidden gem!

Check in: 2 pm to 5 pm
Check out: 12 pm
Rates: $23
Location: 400 East Kelly Park Road Apopka, FL 32712

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Lake Louisa State Park

Only 30 minutes from Orlando, Lake Louisa makes a great place to escape to with the family in Clermont.  Boasting themselves as a natural theme park with 3 natural lakes, campers can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boarding.   There is also 7 miles of paved trails great for biking or you can try exploring part of the 20 miles of unpaved trails.  Make sure your kids keep an eye out for deer, bald eagles and other animals as the park is a wildlife haven!

Check in: 3 pm
Check out: 1 pm
Rates: $24 a night
Location: 7305 US Hwy 27, Clermont, FL 34714

Moss Park

With large sites to set up camp, and plenty of space between your “neighbors,” you are sure to enjoy the camping experience at Moss Park.  From lots of deer and sandhill cranes roaming about, to shaded playgrounds, to the boat dock and lakes for fishing, there is something for everyone.  There is also a small beach on the lake that is perfect for kids that love to play in the sand.   You will definitely feel like you’re away from home, though only 5 minutes from restaurants and civilization.

Check in: 2 pm
Check out: 12 pm
Rates: $18 county resident/ $23 non county resident
Address: 12901 Moss Park Rd, Orlando, FL 32832

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Camping Locations Outside of Orlando

Blue Springs State Park

Camp under the stars by night and watch the manatees swim by day at the Blue Springs State Park.  Camp here and you will be able to go tubing, hiking, swimming, fishing, or let the kids burn off energy at the playground.  An extra special thing about this park is not only the natural springs that are a constant 72 degrees, but depending on the time of year you visit you will be able to watch all the manatees swim around in the crystal-clear waters.  Be sure to check out the Bedtime Story Camper Lending Library filled with picture books, suited for kids age four to nine.  The library helps to enhance and teach your kids about all the sounds and sights they are seeing and hearing while staying at Blue Springs.

Check in: 3 pm
Check out: 1 pm
Rates: $24
Location: 2100 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763

Hillsborough River State Park

As one of Florida’s oldest state parks, camp in a part of history at Hillsborough River State Park.  Here you will find a reconstructed fort, definitely worth exploring from the 1830s, along with kayaks, canoes, and a swimming pool and 7 miles of trails.  You also are only a short way away from Tampa should you want to check out the city or visit the Glazers Children’s Museum.

Check in: 3 pm
Check out: 1 pm
Rates: $24
Location: 15402 US HWY 301 North, Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Juniper Springs State Park

Just over an hour drive from Winter Park, is the beautiful Juniper Springs.  Camp in one of most popular campgrounds within the Ocala Forest.  With lots of shade, and activities such as swimming, hiking, canoeing, as well as lots of wildlife viewing, there is something sure to please everyone in your family.  It was also named one of the top 100 family campgrounds in the United States, so definitely one to add to your list of places to camp.

Check in: 3 pm
Check out: 1 pm
Rates: $22
Location: 26701 FL-40, Silver Springs, FL 34488

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Westgate River Ranch

If you are looking for an experience, I totally recommend visiting the Westgate River Ranch.  It is unlike any camping adventure you have probably been to.  They have so many activities offered here such as pony rides, a petting zoo, mini golf, marina, airboat rides, horseback riding and my personal favorite is the Saturday night Rodeo.  We took my daughter here last year and she absolutely loved it.  Afterwards, enjoy the street party where kids can roast marshmallows and dance the night away before heading to bed.  There is even an onsite restaurant for breakfast.  For those families who want to go “glamping,” I highly suggest checking out their Luxe Teepees or Glamping spots if you want a bit of change from your usual tent.

Check in: 4 pm
Check out: 10 am
Rates: Starting at $42, varies based on dates
Location: 3200 River Ranch Rd, River Ranch, FL 33867

Woodbury Farms

For a much more rustic camping experience filled with lots of loving animals, check out Woodbury Farms.  Set up your camp on one of 5 lots allocated for camping and enjoy the farm life and all the animals living there such as pigs, goats, horses, chickens, duck, cats, dogs, and miniature pony, which kids can ride for a small fee.  Clean the kids off in the outdoor shower and you may even be joined by some chickens.  It’s not your usual campground but definitely a fun adventure, especially with kids!

Check in: 11 am
Check out: 1 pm
Rates: $20
Location: 1200 Cattle Drive Trail, Geneva, FL 32732

Where would you like to go camping with kids in Orlando or the Central Florida area?

Written by Megan Daniels

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