The Green Mountains, Lake Champlain, towering maple trees, over 400 lakes and ponds — Vermont is a nature-lover’s playground. And there’s no better way to give your family a break from technology and get them back to nature than a vacation at one of Vermont’s best campgrounds.
Apple Island Resort
Located on the picturesque southern tip of Vermont’s historic Champlain Islands, Apple Island resort offers activities and amenities varied enough to entertain families of all kinds. Children can join in candy bar bingo, tie-dyeing shirts and watching movies under the stars, while parents can unwind at yoga classes or at a local wine tasting event. For your family’s entertainment, you’ll find an onsite nine hole par-3 golf course, a full-service marina, a playground, fishing, walking and bike trails, a fitness room and a heated swimming pool.
Location: 71 Route 2, South Hero, VT 05486
Rates: Vary by season from $46-51 standard water & electric; $50-55 lake view water & electric; $54-59 full-hookup; $70-79 sleeping cabins; $100-135 cottage rentals.
Common Acres Campground and Recreational Park
For the perfect location to explore Vermont’s “Northeast Kingdom,” there’s no campground prettier or more kid-friendly than Common Acres. Situated in the heart of Lamoille County, the recreational park is comprised of 30 pristine acres of forested hills perfect for hiking. For more fun, Common Acres has an on-site go kart track, a large 18-hole miniature golf course, a clubhouse and arcade and a paintball course. Unfortunately for water-loving families, the campground’s pool is currently out of commission.
Location: 1781 VT RT 100 N., Hyde Park, Vermont 05655
Rates: $18 tents; $25 pop-ups; $33 RV. Reduced weekly, monthly and seasonal rates also available.
With an over 1,500-foot sandy beach set against the majestic pines of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, Lakeside Camping certainly lives up to its name. Book your beachfront site early and enjoy boating, fishing and swimming just a few steps from your sleeping quarters. Lakeside’s grounds also feature hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, fireplaces, a game room and more. Plus, keep your camera ready — you may just get lucky enough to snap a photo of a moose wandering across the property!
Location: 1348 Route 105, E. Brighton Road, Island Pond, Vermont 05846
Rates: $35 tent sites; $38 upper crest sites; $45 beach sites.
Camping on the Battenkill
When you’re in need of a little peace and quiet, and you want to avoid the noise of those chain family campgrounds, then it’s time for Camping on the Battenkill. Named after the trout-filled river it’s situated on, the 35-acre park features an open field for family ball games, along with swings and a sand pile. And don’t forget to pack your inner-tubes and canoes to go swimming and boating on the campground’s natural swimming area on the river.
Location: 48 Camping on the Battenkill, Arlington, VT 05250
Family rates: $29 tent sites; $35 water & electric; $36 full-hookup; $34 lean-tos; $116 rental trailers.
10 Acres Campground and RV Park
If you’ve got yourself a family of anglers, then 10 Acres is probably the best place to take your kids camping. 10 Acres delivers on its promise of excellent fishing and canoeing via its 650 feet of shoreline on Vermont’s Lake Champlain. Want to bring a bigger boat? 10 Acres has boat lifts available for rent for a modest fee. To keep the kids entertained, the campground also has an on-site fishing pond, a swimming pool, swings and a horseshoe pit.
Location: 9 Ten Acre Drive, Addison, Vermont 05491
Rates: $25 rustic, no-hookup sites; $27 water & electric sites; $29 lean-to sites; $30 full-hookup sites.