Holiday Fun – A Florida RV Adventure

Don’t suffer with freezing temps and snow and ice this holiday season. Take a tropical jaunt (ok, semi-tropical) through Florida and enjoy lots of Holiday events and attractions in the Sunshine State.

To help you plan some holiday activities in Florida this year, here are some of our favorites.

Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando

It takes more work for some to get into the spirit of the season, and you can seethe heartwarming process in action with a live show of Grinchmas, as the Grinch tries to ruin the holiday for the Whos before finding the true meaning of Christmas. You can also see Macy’s Holiday Parade nightly,with balloons and floats straight from New York’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, along with music, entertainment, and a spectacular tree lighting display. Winter is also when The Wizarding World of Harry Potter comes alive,with sights, sounds, and even tastes straight from the books and movies! Learn more here. 

ICE! at Gaylord Palms, Orlando

For the most frigid attraction in Florida, look no further than ICE!, the award-winning display of millions of pounds of ice hand-carved into amazing sculptures by artisans from China. This year, the journey tells the story of how the beloved characters from DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar saved Christmas after Santa and his reindeer crashed onto the island of Madagascar.There are also two-story-tall ice slides to take a ride on, truly a unique holiday experience in Florida! With the entire exhibit kept at a downright freezing 9 degrees, this is definitely the coolest event of the year. Click here to learn more.

The Holy Land Experience, Orlando

Fora more traditional take on the Christmas season, The Holy Land Experience provides a living museum and park that makes some of the most well-known stories of the Bible come to life. From the Garden of Eden to the birth of Jesus, experience the sights and sounds of the biblical world in a way you can’t find anywhere else. 

Walt Disney World Resort, Kissimmee

For the holidays, on select nights at the Magic Kingdom, the Walt Disney World Resort brings an extra holiday cheer with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Amid the spectacular decorations, enjoy a parade featuring several favorite Disney Characters, along with a special appearance by Santa Claus himself! There’s also a new fireworks show,complimentary cookies and hot chocolate, and even a wintry snowfall. Enjoy the magic of Disney at this enchanting time of year. 

Town of Christmas

What better place to explore than the town where it’s Christmas year-round? Just outside of Orlando, the quaint town of Christmas sees visitors flock to their post office yearly to have their cards and letters postmarked from “Christmas, FL” for a unique touch to their holiday mail. The town also features a historical park with a museum showing what life was like in the original settlement from the 1800s.  Let everyone else dream a white Christmas while you experience the real thing!  Find out more at their website. 

Mount Dora Events and The Polar Express

From early November through December 30th, you can ride on the officially licensed THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train ride from Tavares Union Train Station, bound for the North Pole. For tickets and more information on this and all their holiday events, see the Mount Dora website.

Busch Gardens, Tampa

Not to be confused with the Town of Christmas, Busch Gardens is being transformed into Christmas Town.  The theme park will have special holiday shows, Santa’s house, and an entire snow-filled playground! From snowmen to penguins to the Christmas Town Village,there’s an entire wintry wonderland just waiting to be explored. 

Gingerbread House Extravaganza, Jacksonville

You won’t believe your eyes or nose when you see what amazing creations people are able to make with gingerbread, icing, and imagination. For the 11th consecutive year, the Jacksonville Historical Society is hosting the Gingerbread House Extravaganza to raise money for children’s programs, but this is no ordinary bake sale. The artistry and detail of the edible creations are a real treat, providing enough awe to keep your sweet tooth in check. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can submit your own masterpiece to be part of the fun.

Nights of Lights, St. Augustine

If you enjoy going to local houses to see their Christmas light displays, then St.Augustine has just what you’re looking for. Every year, literally millions of holiday lights decorate the nation’s oldest city, transforming it into a twinkling spectacle. With so much to see, you may be better off taking one of the several tour buses than trying to take it all in on your own. There are also a multitude of events coinciding with the brilliant display. See their website here to find out more details.

Santa’s Enchanted Forest, Miami

Though we all know that Santa makes his home in the North Pole, South Floridians know he also maintains a warmer wonderland. Santa’s Enchanted Forest at Miami’s Tropical Park lays claim to the title of world’s largest Christmas theme park, with more than 100 rides, shows, games, and attractions.

El Monte RV Holiday Special:

Whatever you do for the holidays, this is a special time to enjoy visiting with family and friends. To make the season even more fun, take advantage of this Holiday Special from El Monte RV.

This month we’re offering a free Monty Christmas night to help you with your holiday travel plans or accommodations! Whether you’re traveling to see relatives, needing extra beds for those visiting you or just getting away from the Christmas rush, get a free extra day!

Rent any Class C or Class A model motor home, pick up any day in December and rent for a minimum of 6 nights and get 1 extra night FREE! Plus you get 50 free miles per night! Get 7 nights for the price of 6!  
Use Coupon Code: HOLIDAY

You can easily rent one of our RV’s at either of our Florida El Monte RV locations, in Miami or Orlando. Check out both of them and some more suggested Florida vacation ideas on our Florida RV rentals page.

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RV Vacation Time – December Music Festivals

Music abounds in the month of December and what a great way to see and hear the best of the best in rock and hip-hop than to go to music festivals. We feature one on the west coast – the Rolling Loud Music Festival in Los Angeles on December 14-15th and two in Florida – Riptide 2018 in Fort Lauderdale from November 30 – December 2nd and Next Big Thing in Tampa – Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd. So take your pick: if you are on the west coast, check out Rolling Loud and if Florida is your destination (or home), you have two excellent choices.

Rolling Loud – Los Angeles 

Discerning hip-hop lovers will be treated to a panoply of performers at this two day long festival at the Banc of California Stadium Grounds and Expo Park in Los Angeles. Performances by Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Cardi B and Lil Uzi Vert headline while the rest of the lineup is filled with Wiz Khalifa, 21 Savage, Shoreline Mafia, Bali Baby, Young Thug and many, many more. Check out the full schedule here. The festival starts on Friday the 14th and goes through Saturday the 15th of December.

Riptide Music Festival – Ft. Lauderdale Beach, Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Starting on Friday, the 30th, this Alternative Rock music festival kicks off with four performers on Friday night- followed by a huge array of bands on Saturday and Sunday. These include Young the Giant and Dirty Heads, as well as Panic!  At the Disco and Alice Merton all performing on Saturday. On Sunday, the likes of Third Eye Blind, Everclear and Gin Blossoms will headline the entertainment. If you want to see the full lineup, check out their website.

Next Big Thing – Tampa, Dec. 1 – 2

If you prefer the west coast of Florida, check out Next Big Thing – which has some of the same Alt Rock performers as the Ft. Lauderdale Riptide Fest but they have an even larger lineup of 50 bands playing for 2 days. On the lineup for this year’s Next Big Thing, held at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre: Bastille, Foster the People, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Young the Giant, AJR, Chvrches, Elle King, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, LANY and more. Click here to see the full lineup and schedule.

Music Festival

Places to camp nearby:

There are lots of options for nearby camping in Southern California and close to either Ft. Lauderdale or Tampa in Florida.

Los Angeles RV Camping:

You can camp at Hollywood RV Park, the Dockweiler RV Park or Walnut RV Park, all of which have 4 or more stars. Check out the best rated RV Parks on Yelp or Google and you may be tempted to stay in Marina Del Rey at the Marina Boat and RV Storage location.

Ft. Lauderdale area Camping:

In the Ft. Lauderdale area, you can find an abundance of potential camping spots including: Aztec RV Resort, the Kozy Kampers RV Park, Yacht Haven Park and Marina and Easterlin Park in Oakland Park.

Tampa RV Camping:

Many campgrounds exist in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties – close to this Tampa venue. You can choose to park your RV in Bay Bayou RV Resort, or Tampa RV Park Camp Nebraska, in Tampa (Hillsborough County). Or go west to Pinellas County and you’ll find a variety of other choices, some near the Gulf of Mexico such as St. Petersburg/ Madeira Beach KOA, Clearwater Travel Resort of Vacation Village RV Resort in Largo.

Again check out the ratings on Yelp or Google and decide for yourself what the best fit is for you and your family.

Rent an RV for your trip:

For the Los Angeles event, you can rent an RV from one of our 4 nearby El Monte RV California locations. Click here to see all of the California locations and perhaps get some other ideas for your California RV Vacation.

For Florida shows, you can take your choice to rent an RV from El Monte rental locations in Miami or Orlando. Our Miami location is a one hour drive from Ft. Lauderdale while the Orlando Rentals and Sales location is about a one hour drive from Tampa’s Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre.

Whatever you decide for your December RV trip, we hope you enjoy some great music while creating memories with your friends or family.

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NASCAR Playoffs & RV Tailgating: A November to Remember

NASCAR racing culminates in November with racing locations in the west as well as three championships in one weekend in Florida. Check out these upcoming NASCAR weekends: the AAA Texas 500 NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2nd-4th.  The next weekend, on the 9th-11th, the Can-Am 500 NASCAR Race will be happening at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. The following weekend, in Homestead, Florida, the Homestead-Miami Speedway is host to the championship weekend including the Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR race on the 18th of November and the championship races of the NASCAR Camping World Truck series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

NASCAR racing

NASCAR racing

Texas Motor Speedway and the AAA Texas 500:

The green flag flies on a triple-header NASCAR Playoff weekend with Camping World Truck Series Practice on Thursday, November 1st, followed up on Friday, November 2nd by Salute to Veterans Qualifying Fueled by Texas Lottery for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the Camping World Truck Series, leading up to the JAG Metals 350. Saturday, November 3rd includes Salute to Veterans Qualifying Fueled by Texas Lottery for the XFINITY Series plus the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 XFINITY race. Sunday, November 4th features the weekend’s main event the AAA Texas 500, the eighth race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Don’t miss this exciting weekend of NASCAR fun.

Camping at Texas Motor Speedway:

There are many options for camping at the Texas Motor Speedway. Check out their website for more details on the seven campground options they offer. You can even rent an RV from our nearby El Monte RV location in McKinney, Texas.

Phoenix International/ISM Raceway for the Can-Am 500 NASCAR Race:

First of all, to avoid confusion, the Phoenix International Raceway is known as ISM Raceway due to a first-ever naming-rights sponsorship by Ingenuity Sun Media. ISM’s Connect network will provide digital display screens, interactive fan experiences, a mobile app and social-media integrations throughout the facility, including in the new pedestrian tunnel connecting the infield and grandstands.

So, don’t miss this exciting venue for the weekend of November 9th-11th. Here’s the lineup of NASCAR races coming up. On Friday, start your weekend with the Lucas Oil 150, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Semi-Final Playoff Race under the lights. Prior to the Lucas Oil 150, don’t miss practice sessions for both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series before the starting line-up is set for the Can-Am 500 during Gatorade Qualifying. Then, watch the future stars of NASCAR battle during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Semi-Final Playoff Race on Saturday, November 10. The crowning event on Sunday is the Can-Am 500, where eight drivers will compete for a Championship 4 spot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Camping at ISM Raceway:

There are nine options for camping at ISM Raceway’s Zoomtown, U.S.A.® Check out all of their options and camping reservations at this link. To rent an RV nearby, visit our El Monte RV location in Peoria, Arizona.

Homestead-Miami Speedway – Ford EcoBoost 400: Three Championship Races

On Friday, November 16th, the Ford Championship Weekend will begin with the Ford EcoBoost 200 race – which tops off the playoffs for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series title, as four drivers will battle for the division crown.

The NASCAR XFINITY Series race on November 17th will decide the champ of the top up-and-coming driver in the Ford EcoBoost 300.

Last year, the sold-out crowd on hand for the Ford EcoBoost 400 saw Martin Truex, Jr. cap his historic 2017 season by winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. With the championship being decided at Homestead-Miami Speedway once again in 2018, can Truex, Jr. defend his title? Or will someone dethrone the champ? That question will be answered on November 18.

Camping at Homestead-Miami Speedway:

There are three campgrounds to park your RV at this Speedway, as well as a number of camping options nearby. To rent an RV, you can get one from our El Monte RV Miami location which is only 30 minutes away.

With all these races, it will certainly be a NASCAR November to remember!  Get your final fix now, as it’s a long time until next year’s season begins!

And remember our November special: For rentals with pickup dates between November 1 and November 30, rent for 4 nights or more and get double the miles free! That’s 100 free miles per night!

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RV Camping and NASCAR Racing – Destination Daytona

A fun and fast way to spend your holiday: come to Daytona for the Daytona Coke Zero Sugar 400 NASCAR race, July 5th-7th at the Daytona International Speedway. One of NASCAR’s most anticipated events, the Coke Zero Sugar 400, brings together NASCAR racing under the lights with pageantry and patriotism to make for an Independence Day weekend celebration unlike any other.

This fan-favorite event includes some of the most exciting racing of the season as drivers battle three-wide for a coveted DAYTONA victory. Pack up your cooler, swimming pool and RV, and be sure to bring your family and friends as the holiday weekend and friendly prices truly make this a family event.

You could build a week-long vacation around this exciting event to take time to enjoy some of the sights in addition to the race at the Space Coast.

First, here are a few of the highlights of this exciting three day racing event:

On July 5th, you can enjoy NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice as well as the NASCAR Racing Experience Ride-Along Program at Daytona. All this week the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) offers its Fanzone hands-on racing experience.

On Friday the 6th, there is more Ride-Along time as well as the Midway and the UNOH Fanzone. Then the NASCAR XFINITY Qualifying race, followed by Monster Energy Cup Series Qualifying race and then in the evening is the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250 race.

And finally on the 7th, (the Big race day), you can enjoy a concert by Josh Turner, multi-platinum, Nashville-based singer before the race. The big race starts at 7 pm: the 60th Annual Coke Zero Sugar 400, followed by evening fireworks after the race is complete.

For more details about the race schedules, the entertainment and the venue of Daytona International Speedway, see their website.

Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway

 Camping Spots Nearby:

1) You can camp right in the middle of the track if you book early enough: Any DAYTONA veteran will tell you that you haven’t truly experienced the “World Center of Racing” until you’ve loaded up the RV, called up your closest friends and set up camp somewhere in the 180-acre infield. You can camp from the 4th of July to the 8th right in the track.

Surrounded by DAYTONA’s famous 31-degree banked turns, you’ll find that there’s far more happening at DAYTONA than just three-wide racing. Devoted race fans from all over the world descend upon every inch of the infield, creating a rich communal atmosphere from campsite-to-campsite.

Whether you’re in a decked out motor coach or a tent is more your style, DAYTONA offers a camping option that puts you right next to all the history and heritage that’s made this place world-famous. For more details, see their website.

If Daytona Speedway is all booked, you can still park your RV nearby at a number of campgrounds in the Daytona area or just a bit south at New Smyrna Beach.

You can also check these out:

2) Daytona Racetrack RV- closest campground to the Speedway – located just across the street.

3) Finishline Park

4) International RV Park and Campground of Daytona Beach

5) Daytona Speedway RV

Other Sights to See Around Volusia County

While here, take time to enjoy some of the other sights and natural beauty of Florida’s Space Coast.

1) Lighthouse Point Park

Lighthouse Point Park is at the southern tip of Ponce Inlet. The natural beauty of the undisturbed land has been preserved for all to enjoy. Dolphins frequent the shoreline, gopher tortoises can be found in sandy areas, and other wildlife (including raccoons, possums, skunks, armadillos, shore birds and birds of prey) can be observed. Lighthouse Point Park is one of the few County parks where man’s best friend may enjoy the amenities. However, pets must be leashed at all times.

2) Smyrna Dunes Park

Visitors to Smyrna Dunes Park may arrive by land or by sea. Perched on 73 acres of pristine land at the northern tip of the New Smyrna Beach peninsula, the area is surrounded by water on three sides. Waters from the Indian River flow through Ponce Inlet and into the Atlantic Ocean providing a variety of fishing or swimming venues for park goers.

The park also provides a unique opportunity to see a wide variety of animals, birds, reptiles, marine life and vegetation in their natural habitat. The surrounding waters provide excellent fishing, boating and swimming opportunities.

3) Cape Canaveral National Seashore

Located about 30 miles south of Daytona is this unique national treasure. You can even enjoy backcountry camping here if you like, just in view of the launching pad of Kennedy Space Center. Check out their website for more details.

4) Daytona Beach

Don’t forget the beach! Daytona is one of the prettiest beaches on Florida’s east coast and one of the only ones that still allows motorists to drive right on the sand. Sunbathers and swimmers can park their vehicles within 30 yards of the surf, enjoying the convenience of having their car parked nearby.

Need an RV?

To rent an RV for your trip, check our Orlando RV Rentals location.

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Summer Everglades National Park RV Vacation

Though this may sound like an inopportune time to visit the Everglades, there are several advantages to exploring this vast wetlands National Park in summer.

Everglades Wet Season – June – November

With plenty of room to explore without crowds, the Everglades are the perfect adventure during the wet season, when frequent rains and heat scare many people off. If you come prepared with sunscreen and a hat, you’re likely to see scores of alligators going about their business, making the Everglades thrilling for nature enthusiasts and wildlife photographers looking for the perfect picture. Transition periods – like late April to early May are always a busy time. Tours are popular on Memorial Day weekend. Plus, alligators experience an active mating period in the spring, and with summer months just ahead, the wetland is preparing to create new habitat for wildlife to thrive. In late August, you can actually hear the cries of new baby alligators getting ready to roam. In the Everglades, water levels change dramatically from month to month, creating unique differences between the wet and dry seasons.

Alligator in the Everglades

Alligator in the Everglades

Facts about the Everglades:

The Everglades is a natural environment that is truly unique to South Florida. Here are some interesting facts about it:

  • The Everglades is located on more than eight million acres in Florida, originating near Orlando and following the Kissimmee River down to Florida Bay at the southern end of the state.
  • The Everglades is the single-largest subtropical wetland ecosystem on the continent and is home to 36 threatened or protected species including the Florida panther, the American crocodile, and the West Indian manatee, and supports 350 species of birds, 300 species of fresh and saltwater fish, 40 species of mammals, and 50 species of reptiles.(Wikipedia).
  • Often thought of as a large swamp, the Everglades is actually a complex mix of landscapes including rivers, marshes, forests and marine environments.
  • More than seven million people – or one-third of the state – depend on the Everglades for their water supply.
  • The park is the most significant breeding ground for tropical wading birds in North America and contains the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere.

Park Entrances

Everglades National Park has three entrances in Homestead, Miami, and Everglades City. Please note, these entrances do NOT interconnect.

Homestead Entrances

  • Main Entrance: This entrance connects visitors to the Royal Palm and Flamingo areas of the park. It is open 24 hours a day. There is an entrance fee collected. If you are interested in taking a boat tour or renting a canoe, kayak or other boat at Flamingo, a separate fee applies.

Miami Entrance

  • Shark Valley Area: Open daily from 8:30AM to 6:00PM. There is an entrance fee collected at the gate. Separate fees apply for tram tours and bike rentals. The park remains open 24 hours, but vehicles do not have access after 6:00PM.

Everglades City / Naples Entrance

  • Gulf Coast Area: Open 24 hours a day. There is no entrance fee collected at this entrance; however there are fees for boat tours and canoe rentals.

The above are all National Park locations. In addition, there is another attraction west of Ft. Lauderdale at Griffin Rd and US 27. Everglades Holiday Park features gator shows, airboat rides and fantastic bird watching. In this park, you also see creatures in their natural habitat. The park is a working rescue operation and an educational park that is raising awareness of the importance of conserving natural wetlands.

Places to Camp in the Everglades:

Long Pine Key Campground, near Florida City near the Homestead entrance to the Everglades. It features 108 individual drive-up sites for tents and RVs available first-come, first-serve for $20/night. Reservations are not accepted for individual sites. However, they are closed during the wet season so save this one for November through April.

Flamingo Campground: Camping on the edge of Florida Bay offers spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Camping is available year-round!  No reservations are needed during off-season months between April 16 – Nov.19. During the summer wet season, portions of the campgrounds may be closed due to flooding.

RV Sites: Camping fees at the 41 sites in T-Loop in Flamingo with electrical hookup are $30.00 a night per site or $15.00 per site for Senior and Access pass holders. (This fee applies to anyone using these sites, regardless of whether they use electric or not.)

Amenities and Activities:
Flamingo campground is in a big open field with few trees and strong breezes can be felt from winds coming from Florida Bay. The campground features solar-heated showers, two dump stations, picnic tables, grills, and an amphitheater for winter programs.

Flamingo has several hiking trails and canoe trails, and opportunities for saltwater fishing are plentiful. More than 300 species of birds spend the winter in Everglades National Park, and there is ample opportunity to see crocodiles and manatees in the marina area where you can find services, boat rentals, tour boats and the Buttonwood Café.

Bring your kayak or canoe to explore backcountry trails, and small motorboats (5 HP and under) are allowed in many areas.

Flamingo Campground is located 38 miles south after entering the main park entrance in Homestead.

If you prefer to camp outside the park grounds, there are several other RV campgrounds nearby in Homestead and Florida City.

Check out Miami while you’re here:

Driving north from the Everglades, you are only about an hour away from Miami where you will want to take advantage of some extensive sightseeing. Visit Monkey Jungle, where humans are caged and monkeys run wild. Or if you are in the humor for more culture, tour Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (an Italian palace said to have been constructed using real, imported Italian marble) take a walking tour to plenty of art museums. Dine along South Bayshore Drive in Coconut Grove and spend the day where Crockett and Tubbs made Miami famous.

And, El Monte RV’s Miami location is right nearby, about 10 miles south of Coral Gables, if you need to rent an RV for your Everglades adventure!

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Your Guide to RV Campgrounds for Adults Over 21

From glamping weekends for ladies only to summer camp for adults, the adults only camping craze is catching on. RV campgrounds have led this trend, with over-21 and over-50 campgrounds located across the country. If you long to find an RV camping destination where the kiddies can’t come along, our guide to adults only RV campgrounds is a good place to start.

Camping for adults only comes in a variety of styles. Let’s look at the most common options available for adults who prefer to camp without kids around.

Over-21 RV Resorts

The first type of adults only campground is the over-21 RV resort, where activities and amenities cater to adult campers. A quick check of the what’s offered at Edge-O-Dells Resort in Wisconsin will give you a good idea of what’s out there. Guests there enjoy an on-site restaurant and bar with live music, a large pool with hot tub and quick access to the local casino. Special events like weekly Bike Nights keep the party atmosphere humming, a common theme for campgrounds that cater to the over-21 crowd.

Over 21 rv camping

Over 21 rv camping

If you’re hoping to find a more peaceful adults only setting,  Wild Duck Campground and RV Park in Maine’s Scarborough Marsh is a good example of an over-21 campground for nature lovers. This type of campground tends to be situated in pristine natural settings where outdoor recreation is easy to access.

No matter which style camper you are, you should be able to easily locate a no-kids-allowed campground to suit your fancy.

Over-50 RV Resorts

With so many seniors choosing full-time RV living, there’s been an explosion of over-50 campgrounds to meet their needs. From long-term campsites for snowbirds in states with mild winter weather to overnight camping for older campers on the move, RV resorts for seniors understand the needs of the over-50 set.

One of the ways these campgrounds attract a steady stream of RVers is by offering a range of amenities to appeal to active seniors or older campers who prefer to stay close to the campground, as well as retired campers who’ve chosen to pursue an ‘encore career’ while on the road. Cable television and wireless internet, exercise classes or facilities and venues for outdoor recreation such as golf, fishing and hiking nearby top the list of features seniors look for in an RV resort.

Need an example of what might be available if you’re one of the flood of older campers hitting the road?  Winterset RV Resort on Florida’s Gulf Coast keeps campers happy with an on-site wood shop, fitness center, business center and a full schedule of planned activities. They welcome both long-term ‘snowbirds’ and overnight campers fifty-five and over.

Where to Find Adults Only RV Campgrounds

Where can you find a campground that doesn’t allow kids? An easy way to start your search is by checking the online directories of RV clubs. Passport America and Good Sam members, for example, can search for adults only RV resorts and then add additional search filters to find the amenities they prefer.

A simple internet search for “RV campgrounds for adults only” or a similar search phrase will also yield many pages of options to explore. You can narrow down your search online by adding the state or city you’d like to visit.

Once you’ve found the place that sounds perfect for your next RV camping vacation, be sure to read their Rules and Regulations page so you’ll know if there are restrictions on things like pets and under-age visitors. Check their schedule of activities and outdoor recreation options. You may find you can enjoy a well-rounded vacation taking advantage of what’s available free for RV park visitors.

Camping without kids can be a nice break for parents or an RV-lifestyle choice. Whatever your reason for choosing a child-free campground (or seniors-only resort), we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what’s available near your chosen destination.

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Six Awesome Swimming Holes to Visit By RV

When experiencing the sweltering heat of summer, it’s natural to daydream about shady pools where the cool, clear water is waiting to offer relief. If swimming holes are in short supply near you, no worries! We’re going to share six swimming holes RV travelers love to visit.

South Yuba River State Park – Bridgeport, CA

The dog days of summer are the perfect time to hike down this scenic waterway to one of the many swimming holes within the state park. Spring flows can be treacherous, but by late summer the river has calmed down and offers sweet relief in its cool, granite-lined waters. Be prepared to hike in the river, as no ‘drive-up’ access to these pools is available.  RV campgrounds in Camptonville and Browns Valley are a short drive from the state park.

Slide Rock State Park – Sedona, AZ

Slide Rock State Park, AZ

Slide Rock State Park, AZ

The cold, clear waters of Oak Creek slip along an eighty-foot groove over smooth sandstone boulders. Swimmers can travel down this natural water slide and beat the heat while enjoying the beauty of Sedona’s famed red rocks. Three tips for enjoying this swimming hole that’s consistently chosen as one of America’s favorites—wear water shoes to avoid falling on slippery rock, wear old shorts over your swimwear to avoid friction related malfunctions and call ahead to make sure the swimming hole is open in late summer (low water flows may close the attraction). Numerous private campgrounds between Flagstaff and Sedona are waiting to welcome RV campers.

Inks Lake State Park – Burnet, TX

The rocky terrain and cool blue waters of this Hill Country lake keep swimmers (and campers) coming back for more. Devil’s Waterhole is a sweet spot for adventurous souls brave enough to dive from the cliffs above. The large, on-site RV campground makes it easy to stay awhile and experience the rugged beauty of the area.

Kings River Falls – Witter, AR

Located in the northwest corner of Ozark National Forest, the Kings River Falls Natural Area is a sight to behold. Ozark Mountain beauty frames the Kings River as it flows over large slabs of rock to create the Falls that swimming hole fans rave about. The water is cold and pristine and so worth the two-mile round-trip hike from the parking area to reach the Falls. More than a dozen developed campgrounds within the national forest present plenty of possibilities for RVers.

Southside Quarry – Louisville, KY

This Louisville entertainment staple is an old-fashioned, quarry-turned-swimming-hole where the music is playing, the sun is shining and there’s a laid-back adults only atmosphere. The quarry is quite deep, so most folks bring along something to keep them afloat. Rocky cliffs along one side create visual interest (and a place to dive from, if you’re brave). The entrance fee goes to charity, so you can do something good while cooling off from Southern summer sizzle.

Madison Blue Spring State Park – Lee, FL

The turquoise waters of North Florida’s natural springs make for some of the best swimming imaginable. Madison Blue Spring on the Withlacoochee River flows up into a hardwood forest, creating an idyllic spot for a lazy, summer afternoon. Both swimmers and cave divers take advantage of the limestone ledges surrounding the pool to make their launch into the spring. Nearby campgrounds include Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Madison, just ten minutes away.

Pack the RV and grab your swim gear. There’s no better way to beat the summer heat than an RV camping trip to find awesome swimming holes.

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Why You Should Take an RV on your Next Road Trip to Disney

Whether coming to America for a road trip to a Disney theme park, or heading out from your home base in the States, traveling there by RV makes sense. For lodging and travel, you can’t beat the comfort of a recreational vehicle. Traveling to your Disney destination by RV can also be a special time of family bonding, close enough to connect and roomy enough to prevent sibling squabbles.

Add that to the savings of renting a campsite versus staying in hotels and being able to cook some meals to stay on budget, and you’ll wonder why you’ve ever traveled any other way. Hold on as we share the details you’ll need to plan your next RV road trip to Disney. 

RV Camping to Disney World

One of the many reasons RVers love Disney World in Orlando, Florida is Fort Wilderness, Disney’s beautiful on-site resort and campground. Park among the trees in one of four levels of campsites, depending on your preferred camping style. You’ll be saving plenty to spend on Disney souvenirs, with campsite rental rates below $100 for the most premium amenities.

When you return from a thrilling day at Disney World, the kids won’t want to retire to the camper. Fort Wilderness offers more than seven-hundred wooded acres filled with hiking trails, swimming pools, a lake with boat, canoe and kayak rentals as well as fishing excursions, arcades, outdoor sports courts and many more ways to play back at the campground. This is one place the kids will beg to return to, thanks to the care Disney takes to make your camping experience memorable.

RV Camping Trip to Disneyland

The original Disney theme park, located in Anaheim, is a beloved destination for families traveling to California by RV. The Disneyland park doesn’t have on-site camping, but there’s no reason not to travel there by RV, thanks to several RV parks within a short drive.

Disneyland Castle

Disneyland Castle

Anaheim RV Park is directly across I-5 from Disneyland, offering camping within a shuttle ride or short walk to the park. Anaheim Harbor RV Park is just north of Disneyland, two blocks from I-5. Orangeland RV Park is about fifteen minutes east of the theme park, close to shopping and entertainment districts. One more choice for visitors who hope to enjoy the great outdoors while camping is Canyon RV Park, a thirty-minute drive from Disneyland via CA-91.

These RV parks close to Disneyland offer different levels of amenities, so be sure to check their websites for more information before making reservations. A quick check of hotels within the same proximity to Disneyland will let you know the rates can be hundreds of dollars per night, compared to an average rate of $75 per night for these campgrounds. By the way, if you’re arriving in a motorhome without a towed vehicle, there’s parking available in the ‘oversized vehicle’ lot right on the Disney property.

No matter which Anaheim campground you choose, the convenience and camaraderie of traveling together, having the option of preparing some of your meals and saving money while enjoying the legendary thrills of Disneyland make RV camping your best travel and lodging choice.

Ready to head for Orlando or Anaheim on your next RV camping vacation? We’re here to help with RV rentals! RV camping and Disney…it’s going to be one of your best vacation memories.

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Cave Diving and RV Camping in North Central Florida

The rivers and springs north of Gainesville, Florida are world famous for their clean, clear water, an amazing variety of marine life and epic underwater cave systems. The good news for divers who like to travel by RV is that North Central Florida RV parks are also famous for their laid back hospitality and scenic beauty.

If you’ve dived underwater caves elsewhere and hope to visit Florida’s caverns soon, here’s a quick guide to finding the best cave diving and RV campsites in North Central Florida.

Three North Central FL Cave Diving Venues

Ginnie Springs Outdoors, a private recreation complex on the Santa Fe River, is just north of Gainesville, or two hours north of Orlando, via I-75. Not only do they offer RV camping plus swimming, tubing and paddling in a beautifully-wooded natural setting, they also offer scuba divers the chance to explore caves in seven freshwater springs. If you’re new to the sport, the on-site staff can provide PADI certification instruction. Certified cave divers can explore more than thirty-thousand-feet of underwater caves in the Devil’s Eye Cave System—it’s on the bucket list of most well-experienced divers!

Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park, two miles east of Luraville, FL, is also cave diving heaven for veteran divers. If you’ve received certification in cave diving, you’ll be able to explore the longest underwater cave system in the US. Not quite ready to try this extensive cave system in two large springs and six sinkholes? You can still immerse yourself in outdoor recreation by swimming, paddling or hiking throughout the park. RV camping isn’t available on-site, but there are a number of private campgrounds just up the road in Live Oak.

While RV camping in Live Oak, FL, you’re also going to want to explore

Madison Blue Spring State Park

Madison Blue Spring State Park

the extensive, mapped cave system at Madison Blue Spring State Park.

A pretty place on the banks of the Withlacoochee River, this small spring delivers a big treat for certified cave divers. It’s also a popular swimming hole and kayakers will enjoy paddling the river for a scenic taste of North Central Florida.

These are just three of the most famous cave diving venues in North Central Florida—the area’s more remote, less-documented springs and sinkholes also promise adventure for highly-experienced cave divers. We do need to mention that cave diving isn’t for everyone—it requires extensive training for certification. But those who’ve spent the time underwater to learn what cave diving takes will no doubt find Florida’s freshwater springs a first-rate experience.

The campgrounds you’ll find throughout historic North Florida are well-equipped to meet the needs of divers, paddlers and hikers in search of adventure. So why not come RV camping to Florida’s spring-rich northern paradise? As always, we’re ready to help with a Florida RV rental.

The rivers, springs and sinkholes, combined with ‘old-time Florida’s’ relaxed and friendly campgrounds, will soon have you planning your return trip to discover even more underwater caves in North Central Florida.

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Celebrate National Parks Week with an RV Camping Trip!

With America’s National Parks Week just around the corner, it’s time for RV camping fans to start planning for national park camping. For one hundred years, the National Park Service has managed our country’s most beautiful destinations. In honor of their centennial, from April 16-24, 2016 they’re waiving entrance fees for all national park visitors.

With more than four hundred destinations to choose from, finding the perfect national park for your April camping adventure might seem difficult. Never fear! We’ve gathered tools to help our readers locate national park campsites and attractions from Acadia NP in coastal Maine to California’s Joshua Tree National Park. Ready to plan?

How to Pick Your Next National Park Camping Destination

One of the things we like best about America’s National Park Service is their visitor-friendly attitude. Since 1916, they’ve been refining their outreach to national park visitors to make it easy for anyone to access information on NPS-managed locations.

Finding a park that suits your interests, travel schedule and camping style is simple, with several ways to search and access national park information. The first is through the FindYourPark.com website, a community-engagement resource where national park fans can share information, search for national park locations and learn about ways the NPS connects with communities.

National Park Service

National Park Service

Another excellent resource for national park RV campers is the National Park Service  website itself. You can search for NPS-managed locations, including national parks, heritage areas, historic sites and monuments, state by state, by using their easy-to-understand search tools. Once you’ve located one or more possible National Parks Week camping destinations, click on each park’s link to access information such as driving directions, things to do, places to see and campground amenities.

What to Expect RV Camping at a National Park

Never camped at a national park campground and wondering what to expect? National Park Service campgrounds run the gamut from no-hookups ‘dispersed camping’ to full-hookups, amenity-rich developed campsites. One note for those who plan to camp during National Parks Week—entrance fees are waived, but campground fees will still apply.

Here are some examples of national park campgrounds, to give you an idea of the range of amenities.

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area, that water sports wonderland on the Arizona/Nevada border, offers both developed campgrounds run by concessionaires and NPS-run campgrounds with water and dump stations but no hook-ups.
  • The campgrounds at Everglades National Park also offer a range of possibilities, from sites with electric hook-ups only on Florida Bay to ‘dry camping’ sites in a pine forest.
  • Yosemite National Park’s ten campgrounds are located amidst magnificent scenery, but plan ahead because hook-ups aren’t part of the camping amenities.
  • Maine’s vast and scenic Acadia National Park gives RV campers the choice of primitive campsites, electric sites and electric/water sites.
  • The large campground at Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park is a beautiful spot without RV hookups but with easy access to the cave’s entrance and miles of above-ground hiking trails.

Ready to Go National Park Camping?

Keep in mind, no matter where you camp in America’s national parks, you can expect scenic wonders, outdoor adventures and interesting people you might never have met otherwise. Don’t those all sound like fantastic reasons to go RV camping during National Parks Week?

One more tool  for planning to camp in your RV at a national park—Recreation.gov offers a wealth of ideas and information on national park vacations, and for those campgrounds that allow reservations, this is the place to reserve your campsites before you go.

Let’s celebrate our country’s National Park Centennial by doing what we love best—camping in a motorhome or trailer.  And be sure to let us know about your national park camping experience in the Comments Section below!

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