By Lauren I.
A family camping trip is a great way to unplug and create memories with your kids. New York is full of lush nature and large state parks with campgrounds, making it the ideal state to go camping with younger children. Here are some great family campgrounds in the state!
Camp with the kids right along the beach in Montauk. Hither Hills State Park has 190 camping spots that fill up fast, plus a nature preserve with a lake, playgrounds, walking trails, and ranger programs to keep the family entertained. Shower facilities are available but grills and cooking options are not.
Nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of the East,” and with 66 miles of gorge-side trails, Letchworth State Park makes a stunning family getaway. The park has 257 campsites and also cabins for rent, plus a pool for the kids to splash around in.
Families who visit Cooperstown for the National Baseball Hall of Fame should consider a stay at Glimmerglass State Park. Once there, kids can head to the beach, hike nature trails, go geocaching, and more. Campsites include showers, picnic tables, grills, and fire pits.
Whether camping along the Ausable River or closer to the trails of Whiteface Mountain, families will find plenty to do at this Adirondacks campground. Amenities include two swimming pools, mini-golf, playgrounds, and laundry facilities.
With gorges, cliffs, and waterfalls, Watkins Glen is one of the most popular nature destinations in New York. The park’s KOA campground is a children’s paradise, with mini golf, outdoor movies, an indoor pool, laser tag, and a waterslide. It was previously voted as KOA campground of the year, and kids camp free in some sections.