Florida is not my native home. We moved here about 5 years ago and there is sooo much to see and do here in this sunny state! I have a bucket list for so many things such as restaurants, theme parks, beaches, touristy spots, backroad drives, and yes Campgrounds!
Here are my top 5 picks on my Florida Campground Bucketlist!
#1 – Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort – Orlando
I was an annual pass holder for several years, but never managed to get into the campground before our passes expired. It’s on my list now that I know you don’t need passes because the campground offers to much to do there you don’t need to leave. In addition, you always have Disney Springs to visit and no passes are required there too. This place offers horseback riding, canoeing, a pool with water slide. I know a person who works there that says the nighttime camp fire with s’mores is absolutely amazing! Good for all ages and it doesn’t disappoint.
Additionally, you can take a hot air balloon ride (it stays tethered to the ground so no worries about floating away!) at Disney Springs. If you’re not into hot air balloons, you can take a bus tour of Orlando or a Helicopter ride!
No matter what, I have to check out the campground at least! I bet it’s neat to see the nighttime water parade from the campground.
Also, if you don’t have transportation they offer bus rides every 15 minutes. Golf cart, scooter, and stroller rentals are all available too. I’m sure it’s a Magical experience!
#2 – Anastasia State Park Campground – St. Augustine
This beautiful nature filled campground is a short bike ride or walk away from pristine beaches! We love staying at state parks. They are usually well maintained with good clientele. I lost St. Augustine, but have only been for school field trips. I would love the opportunity to go camping and take my family downtown to historic St. Augustine and do things maybe I didn’t get to do during our field trips. There are lots of cute little shops and museums that I know we would enjoy.
If we can be so lucky and time it when the El Galeon Tall Ship is in port, that would be even better! I found this really neat book that has 99 Epic Things to do in St. Augustine so that should give us a start!
Other things to do include, the historic lighthouse, visit the Cathedral, enjoy the river front, tour the Abbey, go on a pirate adventure. visit the dolphins at Marineland, and picture take at the Lions Bridge.
#3 –Jetty Park Campground – Port Canaveral
I’ve been to Cape Canaveral National Seashore several times and have always enjoyed the pristine white beaches. They are very nice secluded, not crowded, beaches that can be enjoyed all day! I did research when we first moved to Florida on where shark bites happened and there never any mention of this beach so that is why we started visiting there in particular.
The reason it’s on my campground bucket list is that we have failed to see an actual launch in person. We’ve been twice to Jetty Park to watch, but both times, the launch was cancelled. I figure maybe if we plan on camping during a scheduled launch, we will have a chance of seeing it even if it’s rescheduled since we’ll be there for more than a few hours.
My family enjoys fishing and this is also a great place to do lots of fishing. They have a city page you can view what events are coming up if you don’t think the beach, water, and fishing are enough. Cape Canaveral Events
#4 – Camp Gulf – Destin
Moving on to another beachy area is Camp Gulf right on the Golf of Mexico. Yes, you are camping right on the gorgeous white sand beaches with turquoise waters and you don’t have to leave the country to do it! This campground has made several lists including Top Family Campground and Top RV Parks by TravelChannel.com.
Not only are the pictures breathtaking but they have a new water slide, heated swimming pools, variety of on-site activities for families, pancake breakfasts, kayaking, water melon parties, ice cream socials and magic shows. Almost sounds like a time share, but without the hassle!
Sounds like a nice relaxing beach vacation for Mom and Dad, but a never ending social hour for the kids!
#5 – Sunshine Key RV Resort & Marina – Big Pine Key / Key West
We camped in Key West back in July. We stayed at Bahia Honda, which was absolutely fantastic! I really loved it and wrote several other blog posts about that experience. I would like the opportunity to stay at a different RV resort just to see which one we prefer. I do like the fact that Sunshine Key RV resort has a private pool, store, activities, and a marina. We could still fish and snorkel! If you are lucky enough to get a campsite that is water front (Gulf Side), you can expect to snorkel right from your campsite.
There are TONS of activities, restaurants, stores, and places to visit in all of Key West (all the Florida Keys). There is no way you can do it on one trip, so we need to go back and finish our Florida Keys Bucket List! (Another upcoming post!)
So whatever you choose, there are plenty of options in the Sunny State of Florida to enjoy the RVLife!