Imagine camping along the shores of a sparkling lake, in one of Florida's lush forests, or taking in the views from a beachfront site. There’s no better way to nourish a child’s sense of outdoor adventure and teach them life skills than through camping. And there’s no better place to get off the beaten path and discover nature than in our great state of Florida.

Getting Started

Want your kids to experience a star-filled night, the smell of a campfire, and the hoot of an owl? You can! To get started, you’ll need basic camping gear like a tent, sleeping bag, first aid kit, coolers for drinks and food, and cooking supplies. That’s part of the fun of camping — your excursions can be as basic or elaborate as you want. Down the road, you may want to add gear such as lanterns, camp stoves, cots, and camp chairs.

There are many places to camp in the Sunshine State. Florida State Parks offer a range of overnight options from camping to cabins. Federal lands associated with the National Parks Service, US Forest Service, and US Army Corps of Engineers also provide camping opportunities, and you can find those campgrounds at recreation.gov.