Americans are fortunate when it comes to camping in that there are so many different sites that are perfect for traveling. From hiking in the Adirondacks to horseback riding on the Great Plains, there are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. As it turns out, camping in Michigan is no different. Michigan campgrounds feature plenty of space for all campers, and they also have attractions made for hiking, fishing, swimming, and other outdoor fun whether you stay up by the Great Lakes or go deep into the state’s forests.
Are you thinking about visiting Michigan campgrounds with your family? Keep these three factors in mind before you book your next camping trip:
Consider the type of camping you want to do.
When most people think about camping, tent camping is typically what comes to mind. This is the preferred way of camping for around 86% of all campers surveyed. However, there are other ways to go camping, and some of these accommodations are far more luxurious than others. One-third of campers stayed in cabins, 26% chose drive-up campsites, and 24% traveled and stayed in RVs. However, there are other ways to camp. Three out of ten campers like going backpacking and staying in the wilderness, and 2% preferred more unique accommodations, like sleeping in a yurt.
Choose the right time of year.
Because Michigan is so far north, the entire state is fortunate enough to see all four seasons. If winter camping is a bit too frigid for you, it may be best to wait until the thaw of spring or choose a cabin rental or other accommodations for the summer. Keep in mind, though, that this is peak season for camping, so book your cabin early! With the fall camping season already here, autumn at some campgrounds can feature a number of outdoor activities, from corn mazes to fall foliage tours.
Find the best campground locations for your trip.
The type of camping you prefer — from tent camping to RV or cabin camping — will depend largely upon your personal preferences. As such, it’s important to find Michigan campgrounds that offer the appropriate spaces for you and your family. The way you choose to camp may also influence how long you stay on your camping trip. Almost 70% of tent campers stay out for just one or two nights. RV campers, on the other hand, tend to have longer outings; of those surveyed, 28% stayed five or more nights on their camping trips. Cabin rentals can also extend your stay by giving you and your family the right amount of comfort and shelter in between spending time outdoors.
The key to going camping anywhere is to plan well in advance. Make sure you do your research before you go camping, so you know exactly what to expect — no matter which campgrounds you choose.
Camping in Michigan just got better with the addition of South Haven Family Campground to the Jellystone Park family. Located in South Haven, just a few miles from the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan, this campground is a perfect home base for exploring the area’s many attractions. From swimming and sunning on the lake’s sandy shores to taking a catamaran or dinner cruise (or bring your own boat – there are plenty of launches just minutes from the campground.) If it’s not lake season, check out the area’s scenic hiking trails, U-pick farms, wineries and cider mills.
But perhaps the best part of the new South Haven Jellystone Park is that you never have to leave the park at all. Full of features you expect and love, this campground offers a beach-entry pool, gem mining, a jumping pillow, playgrounds and of course our famous themed weekend activities. If you’re in the area this month, check out their Halloween Spooktacular.
Family Camping in Michigan – Choose from tent campsites, RV campsites or Vacation Rentals
While the campground offers tent and RV sites for camping in Michigan, they also have plenty of vacation rentals available. From a one-room cabin to cottages with private baths and even a hot tub, you can enjoy all the fun without a tent or a rig. Or check out their poolside campsites, where the pool is just a few feet from your camper.The South Haven Jellystone Park Camp-Resort is at 03403 64th Street in South Haven, MI. To check it out or make a reservation, visit www.southhavenjellystone.com or call 269-637-6153. We’re looking forward to seeing your family there!
Ahh…Spring is finally here after a long and snowy winter. And the first big holiday weekend of the camping season is right around the corner. Here’s a sampling of the Easter activities at several Jellystone Park™ Campgrounds. Check the calendar at your favorite locations to see what they have planned.
Head to Memphis for a weekend of traditional Easter activities like an egg hunt and egg dyeing. There will also be a spoon race (can you keep your egg on the spoon?!) and a coloring contest.
Jellystone Park in Fremont, Indiana is hosting an Easter Egg-stravaganza complete with an egg hunt and egg decorating. Kids will love to see live baby chicks and bunnies, and the whole family can fill up on free pancakes! And don’t forget your swimsuit because the indoor pool will be open.
For a fun twist, the Jellystone Park in Hagerstown, Maryland is hosting an egg hunt for adults only. The eggs contain valuable prizes like store coupons and game room tickets. The hunt takes place once the sun goes down, which makes it extra competitive!
In the south, Canyon Lake, Texas has a special flashlight hunt for older kids, plus crafts and pancakes. While you’re there, check out the progress on the new swimming pool (set to open this summer) and take a warm dip in the heated indoor pool.
Experience a German Easter Celebration in Frankenmuth, MI , dubbed “Michigan’s Little Bavaria.” Once a year in the area of Franconia Germany one will find many wells, trees, buildings and fountains richly decorated with colored Easter eggs, pine-branch garland and spring flowers. This tradition of decorating Easter Fountains in Germany is over 200 years old and many cities and villages in Franconia Germany still follow this tradition. Since Franconia is the area from which Frankenmuth’s early settlers originated, they mirror the Osterbrunnen tradition.
So clean out the RV, dust off your tent or book a cabin and head to Jellystone Park to celebrate Easter and welcome the warm weather!
Short, cold, snowy winter days make it tough to keep the family active and healthy! Add school closings to the mix, and cooped-up kids (and parents) start to long for the outside weather of the rest of the year. With spring still a long way off, it’s easy to resign yourself to being sluggish – but don’t despair! There are plenty of ways to burn off extra energy, keep the whole family active and even have a great time between now and Daylight Savings Time!
Lace up your skates! Ice skating is a perfect wintertime activity to get the family moving – and have lots of fun doing it. If no one knows how to ice skate, sign up for group lessons and learn something new together. Then there’s roller skating; what better way to revisit your youth than to take the kids to the roller rink? And they even have those awesome disco balls.
Let Rover lead the way. Your dog just may miss the outdoors more than anyone. And he doesn’t care if he gets snow in his coat. Romping with him outside in the snow will warm the kids up in no time and give them a great workout.
Just too dang cold to go outside? Plug into the Wii (or PlayStation, or Xbox.) There are plenty of games out there that will get you moving, but a family favorite is the Let’s Dance series. Great music, groovy moves and perfect for family night.
Don’t forget the old standbys! Sledding, skiing and snowshoeing are wonderful exercise and perfect for making great memories. Our new Jellystone Park in Madison, Maine , with its heated cabins, is a great home base to explore the area rich in winter activities including snowmobiling.
Get your swim on! Find an indoor water park at your YMCA or community center, or just swim laps. Jellystone Park Campgrounds in Frankenmuth, MI and Canyon Lake, TX have indoor swimming pools that create a wonderful wintertime destination.