GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted October 2nd, 2016
Camp Near a Theme Park!
Happy Camper Blog
Theme parks offer plenty of fun for all ages, and it’s easy to include a visit to one in your next camping trip. Here are some top picks around the country that have RV parks and campgrounds nearby:
LEGOLAND | Carlsbad, California
Conveniently located one hour north of downtown San Diego and one hour south of Anaheim, LEGOLAND is a brick builders dream. Targeted toward families with kids ages 2-12, the 128-acre park offers more than 60 interactive rides, shows and attractions. A highlight of the park are the more than 30,000 LEGO models created from over 62 million LEGO bricks. The park also includes the Imagination Zone, an area that emphasizes exploring and creation where guests can play LEGO games and build their own masterpieces.
Schlitterbahn Water Parks | Texas (4 locations)
Schlitterbahn (a made-up word that combines the German words for “slippery” and “road”) is a collection of water parks primarily located in Texas that offer a wide variety of attractions. New Braunfels is home to the Boogie Bahn, a ride where boogie boarders test their surfing skills against water moving 50,000 gallons of water a minute. The beachfront Padre Island location features the Schlitterbahn’s innovative Transportainment River system which is designed to maximize guests’ time in the water and eliminate lines. It’s a river system that connects eight different water attractions. The Galveston Island location has been voted as the “World’s Best Indoor Water Park” for eight straight years. One feature of the Corpus Christi location is the Aqua Veyer conveyer that eliminates the need for guests to carry their tubes back up to the highest point of the river so they can come back down again. Schlitterbahn operates a fifth location in Kansas City, Kansas.
Dollywood | Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Set on 150 acres in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood offers more than 40 rides and attractions, including the Lightning Rod, the world’s fastest wood coaster. Among the park’s other top attractions are the Thunderhead wood coaster, the steel thriller Mystery Mine and the forward and backward launch FireChaser Express. There are also two shows titled for the parks’ namesake, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction, billed as “the most fun place to eat in the Smokies,” and Dolly Parton’s Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show. In the summer months, Dollywood’s Splash Landing Water Park is also open.
Busch Gardens | Tampa, Florida
This family-friendly attraction offers 300 acres of fun activities including thrilling rides like the new Cobra’s Curse spin coaster and Falcon’s Fury, North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower. Busch Gardens is also home to one of the country’s premier zoos with more than 12,000 animals housed in attractions such as Serengeti Plain, Myombe Reserve and Edge of Africa. Other attractions include the Sesame Street Safari of Fun, a climbing maze called Tree Top Trails, a cable car named Skyride and the Serengeti Railway.
It’s easy to see why Orlando is known as the “Theme Park Capital of the World.” It would be virtually impossible to run out of things to do here. Among the choices are Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot; Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter; LEGOLAND Florida; SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove and the Aquatica Orlando water park. Visit Orlando maintains a listing of ticket discounts available at Orlando attractions.
When planning your camping trip, be sure to check the websites of the park(s) you are interested in, as operating days/hours may vary based on the season.