How to Add Entertainment to the Dull Annual Family Camping Trip


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Spring is officially here. Although it may not yet feel like the warm spring weather that we crave, it will be here before we know it. Now is the perfect time to begin planning that perfect family camping trip. Camping is one of the most popular types of family vacations, as it is so cost efficient and versatile. Yet, are your kids and spouse dreading this summer?s trip? Is everyone tired of the same vacation, year after year? If you desire a family vacation that is different than any other camping trip you have taken before, consider these camping changes for the perfect family trip.

Change of location

The best way to change up a dull camping trip is to change locations. You can camp almost anywhere and moving locations will drastically change the feel of the entire vacation. If you normally camp close to home, you may be missing out on interesting and unique attractions. Even travelling a couple of hours in a different direction can provide you and your family with new sights, smells, and colors. You can even make it a point to experience a new camping location every year.

Change of sleeping arrangements

There are all types of campers in the world and each camping arrangement provides you with a different camping experience. Campsites usually give families the option to hook up an RV, pitch a tent, or sleep in cabins. If you normally camp out of cabin rentals, consider a campsite with better tent availabilities. You will enjoy the added views of the sky and you will be able to better hear the night time. Children also often enjoy campgrounds with tent camping availability.

Engage in different activities

If you ask multiple people what they enjoy most about camping, you are likely to end up with multiple answers. That is because people who camp tend to participate in entirely different activities. Also, the location of the campsite may affect the recreational activities. If you and your family normally camp in the middle of the woods, consider choosing a campsite nearby water. Consider choosing a campsite with local hiking trails. In spring 2008, the number of people who went hiking or backpacking within the last 12 months amounted to 29.23 million in the United States. By spring 2014, there were 38.05 million people who had gone hiking or backpacking in the last 12 months. Hiking and backpacking has quickly become a popular camping activity.

Incorporate local attractions into camping

Just because you and your family choose to camp does not mean that you cannot participate in local attractions. Camping can actually be a very affordable way to enjoy some of the country?s best attractions. Choose a campsite nearby a local water park or amusement park. Amusement parks and splash parks are almost as popular as camping and can be a great way to increase the entertainment of a camping trip.

Nearly 30,000 attractions (theme and amusement parks, attractions, water parks, family entertainment centers, zoos, aquariums, science centers, museums, and resorts) produced a total nationwide economic impact of $219 billion in 2011, according to the latest available data from IAAPA. With more than 400 amusement parks and attractions in the United States, you should find it simple to plan a camping trip around visiting a local entertainment attraction.

Spring usually brings an increase in family vacation planning. Although camping is one of the most popular types of family vacations to date, they can become tedious and familiar. If your family is dreading their yearly camping trip, consider changing it up for entertainment purposes. You can change the location of the campsite, participate in different types of camping activities, change out the cabin rentals for tent camping, and plan your camping trip around local attractions. Your family will enjoy the unique camping trip and it will bring the excitement back to family camping.