Florida still remains one of the most popular states for RVers to visit. The weather is amazing and so is the shoreline, where several of the campsites in our roundup are situated. People from all over the country visit Florida’s state parks, so expect crowds during peak season. Because these locations are very popular, you’re best off calling for reservations far in advance, especially if you plan to visit during the spring and summer. If Florida is in fact on your list of places to explore, you’re guaranteed breathtaking scenery and wildlife as well as fun activities for all ages.
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Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine
At Anastasia State Park, you can relax in the park or on the 4-mile beach. If relaxing is the last thing you want to do you can hit the trails, either by foot or with your dirt bike. These trails lead into a maritime forest and also to ancient sand dunes, which are perfect for ATV enthusiasts. If you are into archeology, visit the Coquina Quarry which was used to create the nearby national monument that is marked as a historic site. Bird watchers and people who want to swim or enjoy water sports love this state park, with campgrounds that boast 139 well-maintained campsites with Wi-Fi in the common area where people barbecue. Plus, you can rent bikes, canoes and kayaks at the park!
Fort De Soto Park, St. Petersburg
Fort De Soto is the largest of several parks within the Pinella County Park System and has a rich array of wildlife, birds, sea life, and plant life. You can walk endlessly here along the white-sand beaches, which are more than 7 miles long. You can also take your dog to the beach, where there are 2 pet-friendly areas for large and small dogs. This 238-site camping area even has washers and dryers for guests.
Bahia Honda State Park, Florida Keys
If you’re a boater interested in docking here overnight, keep in mind that due to Hurricane Irma this option is currently unavailable until further notice. However, there are lots of other shoreline activities including kayaking, bicycling, fishing, swimming and hiking. There are 80 campsites for RV camping and tent camping with access to restrooms and showers. Some of the most beautiful beaches in the Florida Keys are here, so go for a dip in the Atlantic Ocean and Florida Bay!
Florida Caverns State Park, Marianna
This is the only state park in Florida with cave tours open to the public but they fill up fast so get ahead by putting your name on the list now! The nearby Chipola River and Blue Hole spring are where visitors go fishing, boating and canoeing. The park is perfect for picnicking, fishing, hiking and even horseback riding. There’s even a 9-hole golf course here that dates back to the New Deal! You’ll find full-facility campsites here for RV camping and they include showers, restrooms, a dump station, water, electricity, and a grill with a picnic table.
Fort Pickens Campground, Pensacola
This campground is in Santa Rosa Island, which is a part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. This area is filled with historic sites and pure-white beaches with sparkling blue water, which is also a protective habitat to local marine life. Visitors enjoy walks along the beach as well as swimming and snorkeling. You can even fish here without a Florida state fishing license. If you’re more interested in a vigorous hike than playing in the water, you can explore this park for hours without getting bored. As for where you’ll rest your head, there are 190 family camping sites here with toilets, showers, fresh water and a dump station.
This historic and popular recreation area is located between two beaches and offers swimming, picnic areas and trails that were constructed in the 1930s! There are hundreds of bubbling springs here within the tropical setting that sets it apart from the surrounding desert. Guests also like canoeing, bird watching, grilling, hiking, kayaking and even snorkeling. The nice part of staying here is that the campsites are situated near the creek and springs which will sing you to sleep. Amenities include showers, toilets and a dump station. Restaurants and stores are only 10 miles from the campgrounds, which makes it easy to replenish supplies.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Santa Rosa Beach
Walk along 3.2 miles of secluded beaches where the dunes measure over 25 feet tall. Avid fishermen (and women) will love the freshwater fishing opportunities here right at the shoreline. You can also enjoy bird watching and hiking or biking. The RV resort here offers fresh water, electricity, a dump station and cable TV at each site.
This barrier island consists of undeveloped beaches, which can easily fill your day with activities that include, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, boating and fishing. For the nature lover, the scenic hiking trails here are hard not to love. If you have a shallow draft boat under 26 feet, bring it and you’ll be accommodated at Apalachicola Bay. There are 60 RV campsites that offer fresh water, electricity, a dump station and two bathhouses.
Lion Country Safari KOA, Loxahatchee
This award-winning campground is adjacent to an animal preserve and theme park. You can drive through this 320-acre area and see all kinds of animals (yes, there are lions here) and even feed the giraffes. You’ll also find a petting zoo as well as nature exhibits, a carousel, paddle boats and more. The campgrounds here are modern and with full hookups and picnic tables. Not only is there a heated swimming pool here, but you can even play volleyball, basketball or shuffle board while doing your laundry at the campsite.
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