son campingJune is winding down and with it comes the final days of school, the crazy schedules and plenty of family time. My list of family fun adventures is growing by the day! I showed my four year old the list I had started this week and asked him what he’d like to add. Not surprisingly he rattled off a few names of friend’s homes he’d like to visit, a few of his favorite local indoor play spots and then mentioned camping. My husband and I spent a lot of time camping before kids came along but I have shyed away from the idea in the last few years. We attempted it two years ago and although everyone did have a great time, the extra work for this mom just didn’t seem worth it. My son still brings it up now and then and I regret not making it there last year. So camping was scribbled onto the bottom of the list and I spent the next few hours hunting down some of the best family campgrounds nearby (that way we can make a mad dash home if things go terribly wrong).

Do you enjoy family camping? Do you have a favorite campsite we should try this year? Leave a comment or e-mail me at and let me know!

1. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Gardiner

Escape the busy everyday life with a trip to Jellystone Park. One of the most family friendly in our area, they just finished installing a brand new and exciting water park for kids of all ages! You can swim all day, relax or play at the many on- site amentities. Some of my favorite include mini- golf, playground, mini theater, jumping pillow and gem mining, plus they have a lot more. A true summer vacation in our own back yards!

2. Sylvan lake Beach, Hopewell Junction

A bit of a quieter option would be Sylvan Lake in Dutchess County. Campsites are along the sandy beach of the beautiful Sylvan Lake with many onsite activities to keep the entire family entertained during your stay. Choose from boating, fishing, horseshoes, volleyball, playground, basketball hoop and more.

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3. Wilcox Memorial Park, Milan

A little hidden gem that (well I guess until now) not many know about! You can visit for the day or spend some time tent or RV camping too. There is plenty to do to spend your days at the park. We enjoyed the paddle boats, the lake, you can fish and the large playground provided plenty of entertainment! Plus everything is relativly close together making it easy to keep an eye on kids running in different directions. Keep in mind the lake is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when you plan your trip!

4. Rip Van Winkle, Saugerties

When I asked around a few years ago for a great local campground many suggested Rip Van Winkle. A staple in the community, many have worked there as teens and are now raising their kids spending summers here. I trecked my two littles up, not sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. A nice and quiet little campground in the Catskills with plenty to do. There are 9 fun zones, fish in the pond to feed, a pool to swim in, a rc track for a race and more fun for the whole family.

5. Skyway Camping Resort, Greenfield Park

Another beautiful campground in the Catskills though the catch here is it is RV camping only. Though if you don’t have one of your own there are RVs on site availible to rent. At skyway camping there is no shortage of amentities. A toddler romping room, clubhouse, fitness center, dog run, game room, spa, pool, fishing and paddle boats amongst many others gives you the resort feeling with a camping experience.

6. Newburgh KOA, Plattekill

If you ejoy camping, chances are you have been to a KOA. Popular through the country, they provide a safe and fun camping experience for the whole family. I particularly like the Newburgh KOA, it’s nearby and full of family fun. Not much further, the Copake KOA is another great option!

7. Rondout Valley Campground, Accord

Tents, RV, cabins, Rondout Valley is another one that has it all. From an adult lounge to 95ft. swimming pool with cabanas it feels like you are vacationing at a top resort! A few of the other amentities include mini golf, fitness center, sports courts and fishking pond.

8. Brookside Campground, Catskill, NY

Family owned and operated, Brookside is a relaxing, family- friendly campground set on the edge of the beautiful Catskill Mountains. They have a tiny tots playground filled with outdoor toys, a pirate ship to play on and explore, a swimming pool, fishing and more.

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9. Lake Taghkanic State Park, Ancram

A Hudson Valley favorite, families love to spend their summer days sitting by the lake here. Camping here is an excitement in its self. Lake Taghkanic has two beaches, boating, picnic area, playing fields, swimming, fishing, hiking and even a snack shack!

10. Brook N Wood Family Campground, Elizaville

A true camping adventure! They offer an enourmous amount of fun for the whole family. Brook n wood offers a variety of camping sites, fun in nature such as forest and brook, swimming pool, sports courts and fields, gaming pavilion, and a full schedule of weekly themes activities!