Best Florida Camping Adventures

Unique and Fun Places to Camp

Primitive camping in Florida
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Some people really enjoy camping for relaxation and quiet time and see it as a chance to wind. Others prefer to be entertained, at least some of the time. I'm happy to say that there are Florida campgrounds that can offer the best of both worlds. These really unique campgrounds cater to campers who enjoy specific activities and even enjoy being entertained, but you can still find a quiet place to unwind when needed.

Florida Caverns State Park

Open yourself up to a "hole" new experience as you join one of the most fascinating tours within Florida's state park system at the only state park to offer cave tours to the public. Hiking and equestrian trails, biking, boating, and fishing are also popular pastimes.

Florida Caverns State Park, 3345 Caverns Road, Marianna. Online reservations at ReserveAmerica.com.

Fort Clinch State Park

Scenic Amelia Island is the location of this state park, and the campground is just over the dunes from the Atlantic Ocean. On the first weekend of each month enjoy the soldier reenactments at Fort Clinch. Also, the park is just a short distance from tourist-friendly, historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, where shopping, restaurants, boat tours, carriage rides, and ghost tours are just some of the interesting adventures to be enjoyed.

Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach.

Reserve campsites online at ReserveAmerica.com.

Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Are you looking for a camping experience with "character?" Camp with all the modern amenities, but enjoy camping as only Disney can do it—dinner shows, character sing-a-longs, movies under the stars, hayrides, carriage rides, horseback riding, fireworks, and a lighted boat parade are just some of the fun activities available.

Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, Disney World. For more information or to make reservations, contact 407-W-DISNEY, a travel agent or online at disneyworld.com.

Lion Country Safari KOA

For those wanting a "wild" adventure, this is the camping experience for you. Sleep to the sounds of nighttime Africa and awake to the sound of lions roaring. During the day, take a safari through the adjacent Lion Country Safari, 320-acre animal preserve; and, spend the afternoon at its amusement park.

Lion Country Safari KOA, 2003 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee (located in Southeast Florida).

Silver River State Park

The silver screen will come alive as you venture through the adjacent Silver Springs, home of the famous glass-bottom boats, where six Tarzan movies and over 100 episodes of Sea Hunt were filmed. Spend a day at the park and the next day at the adjacent water park—Wild Waters. Camp weekends and tour the pioneer cracker village and the Silver River Museum.

Silver River State Park, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, Ocala. Reserve online at ReserveAmerica.com.

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park

You might be singing "I've Got the Music In Me" after a night or two camping here—scheduled events include nights of karaoke, special concerts with nationally-known entertainers and more.

Or, you might just prefer to "horse around" and do some equestrian camping and riding through miles of trails. Also, with nearly one mile of Suwannee River frontage, there are plenty of water activities to enjoy.

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak (located halfway between I-75 and I-10). Daily and weekly rates are available as well as special Suwannee Getaway Packages.

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

"Way Down Upon the Suwannee River" you'll find a little bit of the South and a lot of history at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park. Daily carillon concerts can be heard from your campsite and it along with the museum is open daily. The river is just a short distance from the campground providing numerous water adventures.

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, White Springs.

Online reservations at ReserveAmerica.com.

Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA

Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA is a true "beachfront" resort. Don't own an RV or tent? Rent a retro Airstream trailer! Whether you decide to enjoy an eco-tour, sunset cruise, or make the short drive to Key West, you'll never be idle... unless you want to be.

Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA, 251 County Road 939, Sugarloaf Key. For reservations visit ​online.

Sunsport Gardens Family Nudist Resort

No need to pack a change of clothes for a camping trip to this membership clothing-optional family resort offering plenty of activities—tennis, volleyball, dances and more.

Sunsport Gardens Family Nudist Resort (WARNING: Website contains graphic photos), 14125 North Road, Loxahatchee (located in Southeast Florida). Grounds fee for non-members or membership fee necessary to access facilities.