By Alli Hill
Though the weather outside might be far from frightful, there’s still nothing like cozy cabin camping in Florida. Sure, a tent will do the job just fine, but the cabin experience will make your adventure feel more like winter (even if it’s 70 degrees and sunny!). Start your winter getaway at one of these nine best winter cabin camping spots in Florida.
There’s no better place to camp in the winter in Florida than Otter Springs. Their indoor heated pool makes every stay feel like summer, no matter how cool outside it gets. The park features a natural spring that hovers around 73 degrees year long. If you’re craving an all-natural environment, Otter Springs is sure to spoil you.
Touted as St. Pete’s hidden jewel, this KOA campground leaves you wanting for nothing. Just minutes from white sandy beaches and nestled along the Pinellas Trail, guests can enjoy games like bocce ball, mini golf, and volleyball. They also feature a pool that’s open year-round.
If you want a high chance of seeing wildlife during your stay, you’ll want to book at a cabin at Lake Louisa State Park. This pristine natural area is a hot spot for animals like bald eagle, wading birds, white-tail deer, bobcat, and other amazing wildlife. Their selection of cabins offer beautiful views of Dixie Lake and feature all the comforts of home to make your stay enjoyable.
Camping on the beach… in winter? Yes, please! This fun, decorative camping resort has color-popping cabins mere steps from the water’s edge. On site, you’ll find a fitness center, laundry station, and camp store, with shopping and restaurants just minutes away. The beach is enjoyable in the winter but usually less crowded, which makes it the best time to visit.
There’s no shortage of things to do within Grayton Beach State Park, even in the winter. This beachfront park offers both freshwater and saltwater fishing, nature trails, hiking and biking trails, and a boat ramp to take your adventures seaward. Their cabins feature gas log fireplaces during the winter to help create the cozy winter camping experience you didn’t think was possible in Florida.
Located on a barrier island, this charming state park is only accessible by boat so you’ll need to pack lightly. On your journey, you may catch signs of wildlife like dolphins, manatees, and birds. Once you arrive on the island, you can relax to the sounds of nature on the trails, on the shoreline, or from inside your rustic cabin.
Tucked against the Suwanee River, fans of Fanning Springs love this crystal-clear spring that sets the backdrop for the beautiful park. Manatees tend to make winter appearances at the park, a must see for any animal lover. With your cabin reservation, you can enjoy the sand volleyball court, picnic area, playground, and trail system that shows you the best sights of the park.
Canoeing and river trips don’t stop in Florida when January comes knocking. If you’re looking for a little adventure with your cabin camping, Ocklawaha has it. You can rent a canoe during your stay at one of their luxury log cabins to make your trip even better. Each cabin features all the amenities you need to make you feel right at home, including cable TV, full bathroom, kitchenette, and heating and air.
The island is only accessible by boat or ferry, but getting there is part of the experience. Once you arrive on the island, you can explore the vestiges of Native American living or learn more at the Visitor’s Center. Your cabin rental includes access to the picnic areas and playground, and you can rent a canoe or boat slip to round out your trip.