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Best U.S. campsites for babies

Molly Cerreta Smith loves writing about all things mommy, parenting, food, health and travel. When she's not staring into the face of her Mac, she loves to hike, read, do messy crafts with her kids and compete in BBQ competitions with he...

Let's camp, baby!

Taking the baby with you on your next camping trip can be an amazing experience for the whole family — especially if you pitch a tent at one of these baby- and kid-friendly campgrounds.
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Jellystone Park Camp Resort

This family-friendly campground in Cave City, Kentucky, has a planned activities program, pool and 300-foot water slide (which the baby won't be ready for… but Dad might be!), “hey-hey-hey” rides with Yogi himself, an outdoor theater and much more. Check out the new jump pillow, too!

Web: jellystonemammothcave.com
Address: 1002 Mammoth Cave Road, Cave City, Kentucky 42127
Phone: 800-523-1854

Merry Mac's Campground

There is so much to do at Merry Mac's Campground in Wisconsin that the facility offers day passes for people not staying there to come and join the fun! Your baby will enjoy the swimming pond and pool, sandy playground, green grass and shady spots, as well as the planned activities and other fun amenities available here.

Web: merrymacscampground.com
Address: E12995 Halweg Road, Merrimac, Wisconsin 53561
Phone: 608-493-2367

Campland on the Bay

Campland on the Bay in San Diego is a popular campground for families — and there are many reasons why! The campground is fully equipped, offers great views of the bay, and features a market, game room, cafe, pools and playgrounds. The campground also features planned family activities. Don't forget sand toys so the baby can splash in the bay and build a sand castle.
Web: campland.com

Address: 2211 Pacific Beach Drive, San Diego, California 92109

Phone: 800-422-9386

Pismo State Beach North Campground

One of the most unusual and fascinating things about the Pismo State Beach North Campgroud is the Pismo State Beach Butterfly Grove on-site. The monarch butterflies migrate there in November and hibernate in the eucalyptus trees until February. Your baby will be in awe of the thousands of napping butterflies! More beauty awaits you at the campground, including gorgeous sunsets — take the baby for a stroll along the beach as the sun goes down. Head into town to let the baby play on the many playgrounds available, or simply enjoy some quiet time on a grassy knoll.

Web: reserveamerica.com
Address: Coast Highway (CA Highway One), Oceano, California

Phone: 805-473-7220

Glacier National Park's Apgar Campground

This breathtaking campground nestled in the dense forest by Lake McDonald in Montana is ideal for taking in the peaceful tranquility of the views. Bird watch with your baby and try to spot some of the park's 270 species of birds that call the area home, or strap the baby into a carrier and take a scenic hike.

Web: recreation.gov/camping

Address: 715 Apgar Loop Road, West Glacier, Montana 59936
Phone: 406-888-7800

Fun with baby

Need more great ideas for spending quality time with your baby? Check out Baby's Day Out City Guide — you'll discover all the top baby-friendly destinations and how to enjoy them with your little one.

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