Where you choose to go camping will certainly have an overall impact on the experience and level of enjoyment that you will have. If you are going with your family, especially with young ones, you would want to minimize on mishaps as much as possible and make sure they have a special experience that will leave them with beautiful memories. Kids do remember those special moments forever! A good camping ground that is family-friendly will also offer the family with plenty of opportunities for bonding without many distractions.

How do I choose a campground?

Here are some important considerations that you can keep in mind when you are looking for a suitable family-friendly camping ground:


  • Safety is the most important thing. Do some legwork about the camping ground and see if it will be ideal for your family. Does it have a “history” or a reputation that is not too positive? Does it attract campers with the rough edges? If it is close to your home, you can even go and have a look first before taking your family there. Check if the camp is patrolled.
  • The best places to go are near national parks or state parks. It is always safe to go to popular that are well secured and where lots of families also go. Other nice spots are known landmarks that are often a magnet for plenty of family-related activities including lots of kids-friendly adventures.
  • You can choose between a park experience that is fun for everyone or a nature-focused camping ground that will be ideal for the kids. There are certain parks that come with plenty of dedicated activities for the entire family such as tubing, canoeing/kayaking and cycling amongst others.

Finding the perfect camping spot to setup


Here are some tips to make sure you find a nice spot for the entire family to have a great experience.


  • Decide on the model of camping ground that you want. Do you want tent/RV camping or would you rather opt for a cabin?
  • If you are going out camping for the first time, it is better to stick to a park or camping ground that is close to home. That way, you can easily rush home when hit with emergencies. More seasoned campers can handle emergencies on site. 0
  • If it is a site that you don’t know very well, make sure to research the area in advance in order to avoid any last-minute surprises.
  • Make sure that you arrive early in the day. It may take a while to set up all your camping gear.
  • Use the innermost spot of your site and work your way out. You don’t want to park your RV or tent feet away from the nearest neighbors.
  • Ask for recommendations. If you know friends or families that have taken their families camping in the recent past, ask them for any good recommendations.


We’re hoping these easy tips will help you make your decision the next time you decide to take the family out camping. And of course, we’d love to have you over at Saco River Camping Area!