What could be better than a summer camp? Um, maybe a theme park. What could be better than both of those? Combining the two together for the ultimate summer camp, of course! While it isn’t summer camp in the traditional sense, what it is an opportunity for your family to hit America’s favorite theme parks and save some cash by camping out nearby. It really doesn’t get any better than this. So, buckle up and hose down your RV, we’re about to take you on a ride through America’s theme park hot spots.
Wisconsin Dells just happens to be the water park capital of… well, the world. Yes, it really is. It can boast the highest concentration of water parks. You have seven to choose from, with options for outdoor and indoor parks. This means you don’t have to wait for summer to hit Wisconsin Dells, you can go any time of year. When your skin is wrinkled like a prune you can move on to the arcades and adventure parks. There are a bunch of campgrounds in the area. Just remember to pack your cooler so you can save money on food purchases. You can stock up every time you spot a grocery store.
What does Pennsylvania have that no other state does? Hersheypark! The sweetest place on earth offers educational tours of the chocolate factory. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can jump from ride to ride. There are around seventy options to choose from, as well as a water park and a zoo. The bonus is that they have a campground available, which is perfect for families looking to save a bit of money. The campground also offers discounted tickets to the park, so it’s win-win.
How can we talk about America’s top theme parks without heading to Orlando? There is Disney World and Universal Studios, and with so many camping options nearby you might as well do both. It would be a shame to travel all that way and miss out on one. Disney does offer its own campground, so it’s the most obvious choice. They offer internet as well as cable TV, so it’s a pretty decent option. However, if you’re trying to work on a budget there are plenty of options close by.
Sandusky is home to Cedar Point, one of America’s oldest amusement parks. You can choose from eighteen different roller coasters when you visit Cedar Point. So, there is definitely plenty to do. It just happens to be one of the most popular theme parks in the country. In addition to the rides, they brag (life-size) dinosaurs (the animatronics type, of course). It sits on Lake Erie, too, which means there are beach activities available to you as well. They also have Lighthouse Point, their very own campground. It’s a walk away from the park, though shuttles are available.
Dollywood attracts a lot of people to Tennessee each year and it’s no wonder. It isn’t all about roller coasters, though they have them. There are shows, musical acts, festivals, artisan shops, and amazing eateries to choose from. The one drawback is they don’t offer a campground. However, that drawback has a major silver lining. There are plenty of camping options nearby as it just happens to sit near the entrance of a famous national park (Great Smoky Mountains). There is no shortage of options.
- Los Angeles
We saved the best for last. Why is LA the best? Because it has the most to offer. There’s Knotts Berry Farm, Six Flags, Disneyland, and California Adventure. All four of these parks are on a 60-mile stretch so it’s possible to do all of them on a day-trip each. Of course, the camping aspect is the challenge. However, provided you have a car and you’re willing to drive you can find campgrounds around 20 miles away from the major parks. It’s worth the drive.
Camping is a family activity that can make memories to last a lifetime. Before you pack up the car and head off, you would be wise to have your vehicle checked over to ensure it’s in working order. You might have an emergency number to call in case of trouble, but wouldn’t it just be easier if you didn’t break down in the first place? Remember to plan your route ahead of time so you know exactly what path you will be taking. If you plan to spend a long period of time in your camping spot you may want to research what other adventures the area has to offer. There’s only so much time you can spend at a theme park. It’s nice to mix it up with a bit of historical fun and sightseeing.