Kid-Friendly Camping in Wisconsin
Last Updated: 5/9/2016
Camping with young children may be more relaxing than you think. These kid-friendly Wisconsin campgrounds boast amenities galore that cater to families wanting to experience the best of Wisconsin nature while keeping their children entertained, and without sacrificing a good night’s sleep.
Whether you prefer tent or RV, lakeside or bluff-top, remote or right by the action, camping in Wisconsin has it all. Check out our top picks for family campgrounds!
Imagine sitting at the edge of a shallow, warm kiddie pool full of fun play structures, with central Wisconsin rolling hills, open fields full of wildflowers and wooded areas with mature oak and pine all around you. Your toddler is happily splashing away; your pre-teen is swimming in a deeper pool under the safe watch of a lifeguard, and your teenagers are off skating at the resort skate park, playing volleyball, basketball or mini golf.
At Stoney Creek RV Resort, family-friendly camping activities abound. Campsites consist of lovely soft pea gravel on top of sand, making for cozy sleeping and big rig-friendly conditions makes for easy access for even the biggest RVs. Stoney Creek Campground has been voted best campground in Wisconsin. You'll want to book far in advance.
Fort McCoy’s Pine View Campground has everything you could wish for in a family vacation -- lovely, clean sites for your tent, a pristine river full of trout, a wonderful lake with a swimming beach and endless amenities such as playgrounds, paintball, laser tag, a disc golf course, shuffleboard, miniature golf -- to name a few.
However, this is not necessarily why you come here. Instead, you might choose this unique setting to give your family a small taste of military life. Here, campers will wake to reveille at 6 a.m. and enjoy bugle calls throughout the day. You will rub shoulders with military families and know that your camping fees go toward keeping the premises in top shape for them. More than a 100,000 military men and women are trained at Fort McCoy annually.
The owners of Plymouth Rock Camping Resort, twelve miles from Sheboygan in eastern Wisconsin, decided to take their childhood dreams to the extreme at their themed family-friendly campground on 180 acres of Wisconsin forests, fields and lakefront.
How does ice skating on shaving cream sound? Or Christmas in July with Santa Clause and presents for all the kids? During Olympics week, real and fake events are mixed in a wonderful medley of pure childhood fun and children are awarded medals on real podiums. As if all these activities aren't enough, Plymouth Rock Camping also offers volleyball, basketball, mini golf, paddle boats, arcades, shopping and restaurants in addition to all the regular things that come with a great camping experience such as boating, fishing, biking and hiking.
The lush greenery this area is known for, the joyful presence of the Wisconsin River and the white bluffs framing the river, make Wisconsin Riverside Resort especially attractive for families set on a genuine nature experience. Special kid-friendly campsites for quiet safe camping have been set away from other camping areas.
The artsy and very historic town of Spring Green is only a stone's throw from the campground with offerings such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, the bizarre but interesting House on the Rock and the American Players Theatre.
Canoeing, kayaking and tubing along the river is available for all ages. Swimming pool and splash pads are available for children, and a popular family restaurant for those who need a break from roughing it is a great option!
Have you ever discovered a place so special you want to keep it to yourself? This is it! Those are the words of many returning visitors to Hickory Hills Campground. While Hickory Hills is situated on quiet, spring-fed Rice Lake, it has all the amenities needed for a relaxing vacation such as pool, mini golf, playground and game room.
Themed weekends like Death by Chocolate, Hawaiian Aloha and Easter in the middle of the summer, make for an unforgettable experience. Their nature programming might be what sets them apart. 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.
With its friendly gargantuan Yogi Bear statue that can be seen from Highway 94, Jellystone Campground might be one of the better-known, high-amenity family campgrounds in Wisconsin. Being kid-friendly is indeed the signature of this visually appealing, 200-acre nature spot with rolling hills, sandstone cliffs and fishing ponds stocked with pan fish for eager young fishermen.
They also have a full waterpark with slides, wading pools and lazy rivers, seven swimming pools, golf carts to zip around the campground, children’s crafts and programs, weekend entertainment such as puppet shows, hypnotists, bands and choirs for young and old. Also nearby, the historic Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail offers lovely nature biking for the whole family.
Tranquil Timbers Camping Retreat in Sturgeon Bay is situated close to Lake Michigan, with access to boat landings and the fish-rich channel. With its lovely, shade trees creating a cool, old forest feeling canopy, the campground borders beautiful Potawatomi State Park with miles of hiking trails along the protected shoreline. While Tranquil Timbers prides itself on being on the quiet part of the Door Peninsula, there is plenty of action for young families, such as a playground, swimming pools and kid-friendly entertainment like live bands, magicians and balloon animal artists. Nearby Sturgeon Bay offers numerous exciting summer festivals and interesting museums like the Door County Maritime Museum.
Hayward KOA campground sees many third generation visitors who stayed at the campground as kids and are now returning with their own children and grandchildren back. As if staying in one of Wisconsin’s most beautiful nature areas is not enough, try tubing or canoeing down scenic Namekagon River, or fishing in one of the many Hayward lakes. Hayward KOA offers many fun opportunities for young families like ice cream socials every night (featuring famous West Dairy Ice Cream), mini golf, an enormous jumping pillow, wagon rides, a water slide and award winning pancakes for breakfast. Still looking for more? How about participating in a pirate-themed pirate, a flashlight treasure hunt or a chocolate pudding eating contest? There is never a dull moment!
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