How to Pick a Family-Friendly RV Park
Taking the kids on an RVing adventure is an excellent way to get them back to nature to see the value in life beyond the screen. In a world that feels perpetually fast-paced, camping offers an opportunity to slow down and appreciate the majestic beauty that our planet has to offer. That being said, it does take a little bit of forethought to find a campground that the kids will enjoy, as there are a few more factors to consider when you have the younger ones on the road with you.
To make things easier, here are a few tips to help you find an RV park that both the adults and the kids will be happy to set up camp at:
Rules and regulations vary campground by campground, and knowing the dos and don’ts of the park you’re considering staying at can help you decide if it’s right for your family or not. To elaborate, here are some key points to look into:
- Quiet hours. Most RV parks have designated quiet hours to be respectful of the guests who are trying to rest. Check and see if these are realistic for your family to abide by so that you don’t bother any fellow RVers, and similarly, make sure they fit in line with the schedule you’re trying to create for your family.
- Alcohol policy. If you’d prefer to be in an environment free from any intoxicated campers, seek out an RV park that doesn’t allow alcohol on-site.
- People-per-campsite limit. Some parks deploy limitations on how many people can stay on each campsite, so check to make sure your passengers don’t exceed the maximum amount.
Browse through RV Park Reviews
There are many tools online designed to help you search for RV parks, and an excellent way to check the legitimacy of any campgrounds that come up in your quest is to read the RV park reviews of the location-in-question. While you should always take gripes and complaints with a grain of salt, you can pick up on common takeaway points from previous guests to help you get a feel for what you can expect. Look for reviews that mention:
- Whether the maintenance staff were friendly or helpful.
- The space between the campsites–you want your children to have room to run around and have fun outdoors without worrying that they’ll trample into any neighboring campsites.
- The scenery and amenities–does the RV park’s selling points match the visitors’ recounts?
Not all RV parks are created equal, so it’s important to take your time and find one that offers amenities that support both fun and functionality for traveling families.
Kids don’t always have the longest attention spans, so it’s important that the campground you choose has many outlets for fun activities. It shouldn’t be hard to find one that fits your needs, as many RV parks offer various means of entertainment, such as:
- Clubhouses that offer cable, internet access, fitness centers, swimming pools, playgrounds, etc.
- Walking/biking/hiking/horseback-riding trails
- Nature areas
- Boat/canoe rentals
Likewise, it’s also necessary to pick a park that makes it easy for you to handle the practicalities as well, so consider adding these to your list of must-have amenities:
- Laundry room. If you’re traveling with a large family, it can be difficult to keep up with the laundry needs in a RV-sized washer and dryer, so camping at a location that supplies guests with a laundry facility will make things much easier.
- Campground showers/bathrooms. If you are traveling with more than a few passengers, it will be convenient to stay at a park that offers showers and bathrooms, so you’re not all waiting in line for the RV restroom.
- On-site store. Packing up the kids and heading into down for a few basic necessities can be quite a hassle. The bright side is that many RV parks offer on-site stores so that campers don’t have to leave their relaxing spot for a few basic items.
Hopefully, this advice helps clear up what qualities a family-friendly RV park should have so that your search will go a little smoother. If you are willing to put in the effort it takes to find the ideal locations, you’ll more than likely create some happy times that the whole family will look back on with gratitude. Here’s to safe and happy travels!