10 Best RV Resort Features

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10 Best RV Resort Features

10 Best RV Resort Features for Those Who Love to Camp in Comfort

When you hear the word ‘campground’, do you picture a rustic setting in the forest, far away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, where you can relax and commune with nature? If so, there are certainly hundreds of campgrounds like that throughout the United States.

But there’s another kind of campground that is winning the hearts of many RVers: the resort campground.

Resort campgrounds are becoming more prevalent and more popular with each camping season. These campgrounds offer the opportunity for RV owners to experience the benefits of all-inclusive vacations while also enjoying the comfort of their own RVs.

Not sure if this kind of camping is right for you? Take a look at some of the most popular amenities available at the elite resort campgrounds…

1. Pools.

Outdoor, indoor, heated, adults-only…the best resort campgrounds out there offer multiple pools with options for all their guests. Many include water volleyball and basketball games, hot tubs, swim up bars for the grown ups, and slushy stations for the kids.

2. Water parks.

The latest trend in resort camping is multi-million dollar water park features that include huge water slides and spray grounds. Think this is just for the kids? Guess again. We see adults race each other down the slides screaming with delight.

3. Spas.

Some resort campgrounds are now offering a chance for serious on-site relaxation where guests can enjoy massages, manicures, and pedicures.

4. Zip Lines, Obstacle Courses, and Laser Tag.

Resort campgrounds are responding to requests for more adventure-based activities, especially from parents of teens and tweens. Our boys were entertained for hours on a new ninja-training course at one of our favorite campgrounds.

5. Premium site upgrades.

Sites with beautiful paver patios, stone fire pits, gas grills, and comfortable outdoor furniture are now available at many resort campgrounds.

6. Mixed accommodations for groups.

If you want to vacation with the grandparents or friends who don’t own an RV, many resort campgrounds have RV sites located right next to cabins or RV rentals.

7. Food service.

Some people love camp cooking, but many folks want a break from meal prep when they take a vacation. The best resort campgrounds offer great options from poolside snack bars to full service restaurants.

8. Scheduled recreation.

Do you need a break from playing summer camp counselor for your kids? Resort campgrounds offer options such as kickball, capture the flag, horseshoe tournaments, and relay races.

9. Crafts and classes.

No matter your age or interest, the best resort campgrounds will have a class that appeals to you, from painting to ceramics to yoga.

10. Entertainment.

We have enjoyed community campfires, live music, magic shows, comedy routines, and outdoor movies at some of our favorite resorts.

And that’s just the beginning. There’s mini golf, boat rentals, pet sitting, and so much more than we could ever list in one place. Resort camping is becoming more popular each year, and we find new and creative activities and amenities at each new resort campground we visit.

Our family enjoys all sorts of camping experiences, from rustic national park retreats to urban RV parks that place us right in the middle of the action. But our resort campground visits are special in their own way. They give us the opportunity to enjoy an RV vacation where the parents are a little pampered, the kids are wonderfully entertained, and we’re all enjoying the comforts of our home on wheels. We call that a win.

Jeremy Puglisi

The RV Atlas

Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi are the co-hosts of the weekly RV Atlas and Campground of the Week podcasts and the RV Atlas blog. They are also the authors of See You at the Campground: A Guide to Discovering Community, Connection, and a Happier Family in the Great Outdoors, and Where Should We Camp Next: A 50 State Guide to Amazing Campgrounds and other Unique Outdoor Accommodations, and the Acadia National Park Adventure Guide. After buying their very first pop-up camper more than 10 years ago, Jeremy and Stephanie caught the RV bug in a big way, and now spend over 70 nights a year in their travel trailer with their three sons, Theo, Max, and Wes, and sweet Maggie the pup. You can follow along on their adventures (and misadventures) over at RV Atlas.