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Summer is the perfect time to pack up the family for a trip to the great outdoors, and Wisconsin makes kid-friendly camping easy. With campgrounds that boast amenities galore and specifically cater to families, you can experience the best of Wisconsin nature while keeping the little ones entertained and ensuring a good night’s sleep for all. Here are some top picks for family camping that run the gamut from lakeside to bluff-top and remote to right in the action.
Voted Best Campground in Wisconsin, Stoney Creek offers cozy sleeping and RV-friendly conditions. Better yet, the campground caters to families of all ages, with a kiddie pool for toddlers and a deeper pool with a lifeguard for the bigger kids. There’s even a skate park, volleyball, basketball and mini golf. Your kids will be so entertained that you’ll be able to enjoy the central Wisconsin rolling hills that surround you in complete serenity.
Plymouth Rock Camping Resort – Plymouth
It’s no secret that Wisconsin likes to keep things quirky and fun. The owners of Plymouth Rock Camping Resort, twelve miles from Sheboygan in eastern Wisconsin, have embraced some wacky childhood dreams at their family-friendly campground. Activities include ice skating on shaving cream, celebrating Christmas in July and even a special Olympics week complete with medals. In addition to the themed fun, the resort offers mini golf, paddle boats, arcades, shopping and restaurants, as well as boating, fishing, biking and hiking.
Hickory Hills Campground – Edgerton
Turn a camping trip into an educational adventure to keep your kids’ minds working through the summer. While Hickory Hills Campground offers all the amenities needed for a relaxing vacation, including a pool, mini golf, playground and game room, the site really shines with its nature programming. Hickory Hills offers weekend camping programs like Birds of Prey and Snakes Alive, teaching children about the lifestyles and habitats of birds and reptiles, and Back to Nature, which includes a scavenger hunt and other nature education opportunities.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park – Warrens
Jellystone Campground may be one of the better-known, high-amenity family campgrounds in Wisconsin. The 200-acre nature spot features rolling hills, sandstone cliffs and fishing ponds stocked with panfish for young anglers. They also offer a waterpark with slides, lazy rivers, swimming pools and more, plus kids crafts and weekend entertainment for the young and old.
Tranquil Timbers Camping Retreat – Sturgeon Bay
While Tranquil Timbers prides itself on being on the "quiet part" of the Door Peninsula, there is plenty of action for young families, including a playground, swimming pools and kid-friendly entertainment like live bands, magicians and balloon animal artists. The campground borders Potawatomi State Park, which features miles of hiking trails along protected shoreline.
Hayward KOA Campground – Hayward
Wisconsin brings travelers back year after year, and Hayward KOA is a prime example of this. The campground sees many third generation visitors who stayed at the campground as kids and are now returning with their own children and grandchildren. The site offers fun activities for families, including ice cream socials every night, mini golf, an enormous jumping pillow, and special events like a pirate party, flashlight treasure hunt and chocolate pudding eating contest.
The fun doesn’t end with these campgrounds. Wisconsin offers many other options for family-friendly camping and summer vacations. Learn more at www.travelwisconsin.com.