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Best places to camp in central Florida

  1. Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort (Orlando, Florida): Located alongside one of the top tourist destinations in the country, Walt Disney World, Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort provides as family friendly of an option as you'll find. The campsites provide opportunities to spend the day fishing, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, or even attempting archery. Then when not in nature, it's an affordable lodging choice if you plan to visit the theme parks and have easy access to the Magic Kingdom as well as the ability to see fireworks right from your camping spot.

    Disney Camping
  2. Camp Venice Retreat (Venice, Florida): Tucked in the Florida wilderness on the coast of the mystic and tropical Myakka River, Camp Venice Retreat lives up to its name providing an authentic retreat experience for campers. Here you'll get great canoeing, kayaking, and both fresh and saltwater fishing in quiet, natural surroundings. Then despite the seclusion, if you want to get back into civilization, the city of Venice is just minutes away with a wide variety of waterfront dining spots, shopping options, and sandy beaches.

    Camp Venice
  3. Wekiwa Springs State Park (Apopka, Florida): Wekiwa Springs is home to one of Florida’s most famous state parks conveniently located just outside of Orlando. It covers 7,000 acres of land and gets its name, Wekiwa, from the springs in the park and the river subdivisions. The spring is the main attraction and feeds into the Wekiwa River. The state park has a nature center featuring the Wekiwa spring with a small cavern as its source. This cavern provides a suitable swimming area for visitors. In addition, the state park also has a series of natural trails for walking and hiking as well as areas to camp, fish, snorkel, bike, and ride horses.

    Wekiwa Springs State Park
  4. Turtle Beach Campground (Sarasota, Florida): When you visit the Turtle Beach Campground, you’ll never go without plenty to do. If you’re into staying active, there are plenty of opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and playing volleyball. Should you be looking to just relax, it’s conveniently located right next to Siesta Key Beach, which is widely considered one of the best beaches in all of Florida. Then if you want a brief escape from camping life, there’s Siesta Village, home to plenty of restaurants and sight seeing options.

    Turtle Beach
  5. Long Point Park (Melbourne Beach, Florida): Long Point Park is an 84.5 acre perseveration located on an island in the Indian River Lagoon. The campground portion of the park is near the marine ecosystems of the inlet area and Atlantic Ocean making a perfect camping area for nature enthusiasts and fishermen featuring a boat ramp, fishing dock, and fish cleaning station. It also features WiFi, horseshoe pits, and volleyball nets. Then across from the camping area, you can cross a bridge to Scout Island for nature tails and potentially even see animals such as dolphins, otters, alligators, shorebirds, and waterfowl.

    Long Point Park
  6. Fort De Soto Park (Tierra Verde, Florida): Located just outside Saint Petersburg, Fort De Soto Park consists of five separate islands full of history and excellent beaches and wildlife creating one of Florida’s best RV camping destinations. There are a wide variety of nature trails for biking and hiking. Then if you prefer the water, you can kayak or canoe through lush mangroves. Among the wildlife you’ll see along the way are herons, pelicans, plovers, egrets, sea turtles, and dolphins. There’s then also a seven mile paved trail for biking, jogging, walking, and skating.

    Fort De Soto Park