KOA Campgrounds and Encore Resorts are Top Famliy Spots

The Top 100 Family Campgrounds were selected based on criteria requested by family campers, including park amenities, beautiful outdoor scenery and educational facilities. The criteria included parks that offer hot showers, laundry facilities, hiking trails, family beaches, radio-free zones, visitor centers, educational programs, children's events and locations within 100 miles of a major metropolitan area. Encore Resorts and KOA Campgrounds deliver.

ENCORE RESORTS

Tropical Palms Resort, Orlando, Florida
Surrounded by world-famous shopping, dining and entertainment, Tropical Palms is within walking distance of Old Town, with over 70 unique shops, restaurants and rides for the whole family. In addition, two championship golf courses and Pirate's Cove adventure golf are all nearby.

ViewPoint RV and Golf Resort, Mesa, Arizona
ViewPoint RV Resort is a spectacular community with a complete social program designed to entertain, stimulate and educate. ViewPoint boasts 27 holes of golf. To the east, the majestic Superstition Mountains with scenic Saguaro Canyon, Rosevelt and Apache Lakes tucked away, rises from the desert floor. The options during your stay are endless.

KAMPGROUNDS OF AMERICA (KOA)

Bristol/Kingsport KOA, Blountville, Tennessee
Settle into the Bristol/Kingsport KOA in the foothills of the Appalachians. History buffs love nearby Jonesborough, Tennessee's oldest town, and Davy Crockett's birthplace along the Nolichucky River. Discover nearby trails, lakes and the vineyard over the hill. The KOA offers two restaurants (Pizzeria and B-Back Bar-B-Q), the Coffee Corral (a full-service coffeehouse), a Wi-Fi Café and Kamp K9 (a doggie playground). Enjoy theme weekends (spring through fall) with ceramics, crafts and wagon rides. The campground's newsletter lists all events and entertainment. Patio sites include furnishings and fireplaces. Enjoy new tent sites and a pavilion with a big-screen TV and fireplace. On-site, you'll find horseback riding, walking trails and Jumping Pillow, a pool with slide and three playgrounds. KOA's souvenir shop carries one-of-a-kind Tennessee products and other specialty items.

Hot Springs National Park KOA, Hot Springs, Arkansas
Rejuvenate in the thermal waters of Bathhouse Row, explore Hot Springs National Park, browse galleries, and experience the fun of Magic Springs and Crystal Falls and the hoof-pounding exhilaration at the Oaklawn racetrack, or marvel at the wonders of Garvan Gardens and Mid-America Science Museum. Hunt for crystals and real diamonds nearby. Your campground hosts offer shuttles to downtown (fee) and free rides to Magic Spring and Oaklawn (seasonal). Historic tours of the city and national park are conducted. Located in a wooded area in the scenic rolling foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, KOA offers the best breakfast (February to November) in the area, summer weekend activities, heated pool and an 18-hole mini golf course with snack bar.

Petoskey KOA, Petoskey, Michigan
The motto at this KOA: "A place you will always remember, and a vacation you will never forget." This staff offers service as spectacular as the campground setting, just a mile from Lake Michigan. Little touches-from a helpful escort to your campsite to complimentary delivery of ice and wood to your door-signal their aim to please. Kids enjoy scavenger hunts, games and crafts. Every RV site comes with a big concrete patio. From Kamping Kabins and Kottages tucked away among lush cedars and pines to the luxuriously appointed Meadowview Cottages, this KOA has something for everyone. Beautiful northern Michigan offers a bounty of activities, from beachcombing and boating to golfing, hiking and lighthouse tours. Regional attractions include Mackinac Island and Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Shelby/Mansfield KOA, Shelby, Ohio
Sink a putt at KOA's new 18-hole mini golf course with a stream and pond. Try the hot tub or settle into a rocking chair at the fishing lake's gazebo. Find luxury patio sites and long, spacious pull-through sites. Cart races, pie-eating contests and other fun activities create fond memories at this wooded, rural campground. Kids get crafty on Saturday mornings and enjoy movies in the evening. The banquet hall and conference center with a full kitchen can host your gathering and cater any function. Spend a day at the world-famous Cedar Point amusement park, 39 miles north. 2004-2005, 2007 ARVC Medium Park of the Year. 2007 KOA Franchisee of the Year.

St. Augustine Beach KOA, St. Augustine, Florida
You're well-situated to explore the historic city of St. Augustine from this campground on Anastasia Island. Visit the Fountain of Youth park (known as the site where Ponce de Leon landed in 1513), the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum and the Lightner Museum-filled with artifacts from America's "Gilded Age." Anglers can cast for snapper, grouper, amberjack and other tasty fish on a deep-sea charter or from the pier that's just a mile away. From your Kamping Kabin, RV site or tent site, take a 3/4-mile walk to the ocean or enjoy on-site amenities, including a pool, fishing pond and paddleboats.

Wisconsin Dells KOA, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Pack your bathing suit and head to one of the Midwest's best family destinations. This quiet, rural KOA is a mile from downtown and the famous water parks that delight kids. The Dells has thrilling go-cart tracks, mini golf and countless other attractions, including a scenic boat tour along the Wisconsin River. For adults, Hochunk Casino provides a free shuttle.

At the campground, park your big rig on a long, level pull-through with patio and cable TV or reserve an air-conditioned/heated Kamping Kabin. Tenters love the trees and new shower house with a tenters' hospitality area. Enjoy the new heated pool and the splash pad, bike rentals, free Wi-Fi, game room and family movies at the outdoor theater (nightly in summer).

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