Camping provides an affordable and unstructured family vacation where kids can be kids while experiencing the wonders of natural surroundings. Explore Texas' many faces with a campout in the Pineywoods, next to a lake or along the Gulf Coast in the summer, or head to the southern part of the state for a sun-drenched winter campout with child-friendly amenities.
Park it in a State Park
Let kids have fun and get as dirty as they want to on a campout at a Texas State Park, with conveniences like showers, laundry and full hookups.Texas' 90 state parks are centered around family-friendly natural attractions such as lakes, rivers and forested areas. Dinosaur Valley State Park is one kid-friendly favorite where little ones can visit dinosaur tracks in the river, take a summer inner tubing trip and see life-size models of dinosaurs. Possum Kingdom State Park is a water-lover's dream, with on-site rentals for tubing on the river, wakeboarding, canoeing or skiing on the lake.
Theme Park Thrills
The Splashway theme park in Sheridan, Texas includes an on-site campground offering easy access for days of fun at the park. The RV park has hookups and trails for biking and hiking when you're not enjoying the 5-acre water park. Pecan Park in San Marcos provides kids hours of tubing fun on the San Marcos River as it runs next to the campground. Swim in a heated indoor pool, play disc or ladder golf or set out on a nature trail. The campground lies less than 5 miles from Wonder World Park, a cave-themed park with 190-foot observation tower, anti-gravity house, petting park and earthquake-formed cave.
Camping With Characters
Camp Jellystone brings Yogi Bear and his friends to five themed campgrounds in Texas featuring upscale amenities appealing to both kids and adults. RV and tent campsites lie beside kid-friendly amenities such as water slides, miniature golf, laser tag, inner tubing, sport courts, jumping pillows, hot tubs and swimming areas. You'll find Camp Jellystone in Tyler, Fredricksburg, Fort Worth, Canyon Lake and Waller.
Fun in the Sun
Public camping beaches along the Gulf of Mexico enable you to set up your camp in an area where kids can splash, play and have fun at the top of their lungs without disturbing other campers. Crystal Cove Cove Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula, Bryan Beach near Freeport and the Port Aransas city beach all offer free camping anywhere on the beach, although you may need to purchase a parking permit at a nominal charge. All three beaches have gently sloping sand and gentle waves that allow even the littlest members of the family to wade and swim without worry of strong currents sweeping them out to sea or abrupt drop-offs where non-swimmers could fall into water above their heads.
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