THESE THEME PARKS ARE THE MOST THRILLING VACATION DESTINATION FOR KIDS AND KIDS-AT-HEART!

Nothing gets the kids more excited than a trip to the amusement park, and America’s got some great ones. But that kind of vacation can get very expensive, really fast. The good news is that an easy way to save money is to skip the hotels and restaurants and stay in your RV instead. Even more good news is that many theme parks actually have their own campgrounds, or are at least located near one. This is a list of some of our greatest campground-friendly amusement parks.

 

Wisconsin Dells Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park & Noah’s Ark

 

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Wisconsin Dells isn’t the name of a park; it’s a city. And it’s on this list because it has the highest concentration of water parks anywhere on the planet, making it the self-entitled “Waterpark Capital of the World.” There are seven water parks in the city, both indoor and outdoor, which makes this a viable option for any time of year. And in case you get tired of playing in the water, there’s adventure parks, mega-arcade centers, lots of outdoor attractions and a vibrant downtown. There are plenty of campgrounds in the area, including many RV parks. We love Bonanza Campground, with its secluded forest campsites and awesome deals on passes to parks with 2-night stays, and Holiday Shores, which is almost a waterpark in and of itself, with its lake complete with jet skis and a floating playground.

 

Dollywood

 

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THE REVERSE SNOWBIRD – RVING TO FLORIDA IN THE SUMMER

Snowbirds is a term for people who leave colder climates to migrate south in the winter to areas like Florida, California, Arizona and Texas. I grew up in Minnesota and went to college in a small town way up north. It was so cold that the college built underground tunnels connecting each building because they knew college kids wouldn’t head out into -20 degree weather to sit in a lecture. After so many cold winters, I understand why people head south when the weather starts to turn cold.

As an entrepreneur I often ask myself, “what if I did the opposite of what everybody else is doing?” Some of the biggest rewards in my life have come from doing the unconventional. Our RV trip to Florida was one of these rewards of going against the grain.

The idea of being reverse snowbirds came after we unknowingly took a trip in the off season to southern Utah. In the winter it felt like we had everything to ourselves! I hiked Angels Landing and watched the sunrise as I reached the summit. I spent over an hour at the top with just myself and my thoughts. It was beautiful!

 

 

A few days later I did a huge loop trail in Bryce Canyon and didn’t see anyone the entire hike. It felt like I had the entire national park to myself that day.

 

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THE BIG SPRING TRIP – LOUISIANA AND TEXAS

The big spring trip. It’s become a family tradition we all look forward to after our long Midwestern winter.

This year’s route took us more than 2000 miles in 10 days – from Florida, through southern Louisiana, into the heart of Texas, and back home to Iowa.

After collecting R’Velle from the consignment company that cared for her over the winter, we restocked with groceries and our belongings and hit the road, our excitement for the trip ahead overriding the exhaustion of the late night flight the evening before.

That first day our drive from Orlando to I-10 and through the Florida panhandle was long. And, other than a rainbow following a quick afternoon downpour, the view really didn’t change much.

 

 

An overnight stop at a campground near Tallahassee allowed me to start unpacking our supplies that had been stored during the winter. Bedding, towels, bins, and blankets had been haphazardly stacked and strewn around the RV and it was making me crazy! I sent Doug and the girls outside – and out of my way so I could work!

 

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ROAD TRIPPIN’ FROM OTTAWA TO ORLANDO

Editor’s note: Candace Derickx has been RVing now for 11 years with her outdoorsman husband and their three children. Candace’s life now revolves around when and where she can escape to next with her family. 

When I tell people my husband and I often drive our RV from Ottawa to Florida, we get a lot blank stares. We know what they’re thinking.  Yes, we understand that a plane could have us there in three hours but still we choose to take three days to get there. But those who stare and wonder if we’re crazy? They don’t know what they’re missing.

Many Canadians move their RVs south in the winter, and we’re no exception. Snow squalls and sub-zero temperatures aren’t favorable RVing conditions and can take a toll on your RV if you don’t have proper storage facilities. And you’d also miss out on the chance for one last drive south – something not to be missed when the opportunity arises. After eleven years making this journey south we continue to be amazed by the beauty of America and the boundless hospitality its people possess.

Every time we leave the house in our RV we set out with a general idea of where we’d like to end up. From there on, it’s a connect-the-dots adventure to our final destination. We are free to roam for as long as we’d like on the trip to Florida. Adopting this nomadic lifestyle on our journey is easy because we know no matter what route we choose, we’ll feel safe and welcome in America. We are not bound by a schedule, nor are we hostage to hotel reservations. Airline cancellations have no effect on us, and our vacation starts as soon as we leave the house – not after standing in countless boarding lines and custom booths.

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GO RVING AT FORT WILDERNESS IN WALT DISNEY WORLD

Editor’s note: Candace Derickx has been RVing now for 11 years with her outdoorsman husband and their three children. Candace’s life now revolves around when and where she can escape to next with her family. 

Our family has visited Walt Disney World in Orlando fifteen times, so it is possible to say we may have a slight addiction to the place. When you’ve been somewhere like Disney as often as we have, people consider you an expert, and, since being referred to as an expert is good for my ego, I happily share tips with friends and family planning their first visit. And time and time again – no matter who’s going or how long they’re staying – my number one recommendation is always a visit to Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

Fort Wilderness sits on 750 acres of in the heart of Walt Disney World and offers what no other Disney resort can— serenity. Yes, it is possible to find some calm and quiet while visiting a Disney park. It’s the reason I recommend it time and time again. While resort hotels are all quite lovely, they are still hotels. That means children running up and down halls, blaring television sets, and long line-ups for morning coffee at the continental breakfast in the lobby. After a full day maneuvering through crowded parks, I want peace, not more chaos.

Fort Wilderness gives it to me.

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