Camping with Kids: Make Your Reservations Now!


There is nothing like the great outdoors to make memories!  Car camping is easy and now is the time to make reservations for this summer.  Here are Mama Paul’s best camping places in Western Washington.  There are places all over the United States that may take a little research to find, but it is worth the effort.  Don’t wait.  Sometimes the best adventures take a little planning.

Larrabee State Park–Bellingham,WA: complete with play equipment and fresh brewed coffee 10 minutes away. There is a train which could potentially wake you up in the middle of the night, but the sunsets are picture perfect. Bathrooms a close walk and several easy hikes around.

Fort Ebey State Park–Whidbey Island, WA: Fabulous park for bike riding kids and great little hikes with a ton of beach to explore. Many walking trails and short drive to ice cream!

Bayview State Park–Mt. Vernon, WA: Great cabins for camping, close to the beach, and great blackberry picking; not to mention Deception Pass State Park close by for exploring or my secret sneak away (the Outlet Mall just 10 minutes away). There are two cabins which have bathrooms but the facilities are a short walk away, for those without them included.

Grayland State Park,–Grayland, WA: A bit of a drive from Seattle, but full of adventure. The yurts are wonderful and several have new bathrooms with hot showers!

Each of these parks, and several I didn’t mention here, are a ton of fun for kids and adults. On our visit to Grayland State Park and our yurt stay, we discovered some extraordinary finds.

  1. Yurts can sleep five and have heat, electricity and doors that lock.
  2. Many of the yurts are just a minutes’ walk from the beach.
  3. Circular paved driveways make it a bike rider’s or trike riders dream—easy to make it around the park with very little traffic.
  4. After a rainstorm the park, at dusk, perhaps the combination of the two; the park is flooded with Pacific Northwest Tree frogs! My youngest daughter and I caught nine!

If you live outside of the state or the country for that matter, do some research and find out where there may be camping parks in your neck of the woods.  Life is good outdoors where there are few no’s.

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