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8 Warm Spring Break Camping Destinations
Instead, take your vacation outdoors. Whether you want to be near the water or hiking through the Everglades, here are eight spring break destinations, free of towering hotels and crowded coastlines.
South Carolina 1 of 9
The small town of Edisto Beach is one of the last family-oriented beaches in South Carolina. Life here moves at a relaxed pace—think a sunrise stroll on the beach, followed by coffee, and some light newspaper reading; what comes next is of no concern. Some of your options include shopping in town, beachcombing or a family bike ride. If you want a relaxing spring break, this is the place to go.
Pinon Flats Campground
Colorado 2 of 9
Highs in the mid 60's make this spring break destination one of the cooler ones in terms of weather. However spring is the best time to run around in the Great Sand Dunes National Park, where this campground is located. In the summer the sand can reach up to 140 degrees, but in spring it's just right.
Take sleds to the top of the dunes and slide down, or climb from one dune to the next sinking into the sand with each step. Explore a variety of sandy trails and "Escape Dunes"—shifty sands that create new dunes when the wind blows—as well.
Indian Cove Campground
California 3 of 9
Early spring is the best time of year for desert camping, when the temperatures are cooler and the wildflowers are in bloom. Located in Joshua Tree National Park, Indian Cove campsites are surrounded by large boulders you can climb. But don't stay at the campground for long: take a stroll through the Cholla Cactus Garden, climb up into a Joshua Tree, or hike the 8-mile Boyscout Trail Loop, where bright spring wildflowers bloom.
Florida 4 of 9
Nestled into Everglades National Park, this spring break destination is ideal for families who want to explore, and not just on foot. Make your way through the largest subtropical wilderness in the nation in a canoe, keeping your eyes peeled for dolphins and manatees as you glide through the Ten Thousand Islands waterway. If you're wary of exploring alone, sign up for a ranger-guided day trip, where you can see the Mangrove mud flats and learn about regional plants and animals.
Magnolia Springs State Park
Georgia 5 of 9
If you've never gone on a family geocaching hunt, now’s the time to try it. The state of Georgia has over 43 state parks with geocaching adventures, and Magnolia Springs is one of them; learn how to get started GAStateParks.org. Don't forget to visit the park's most popular feature: crystal clear springs that flow 7 million gallons a day. From the viewing boardwalk, look for alligators and turtles crawling below.
Lake Isabella/Kern River KOA
California 6 of 9
The Sierra Mountains make a perfect home for an adventure-packed camping experience. Head to Lake Isabella where you can windsurf across the lake, or take a trip to Kern River to experience whitewater rafting. Stay on land and head to Silver City Ghost Town, or head into the mountains for a day of west coast style skiing and boarding.
Mammoth Cave Campground
Kentucky 7 of 9
Located within Mammoth Cave National Park, this primitive campground offers access to a number of scenic areas, but there's nothing like what you'll see underground. This unique spring break destination will give you a glimpse into a "Grand, Gloomy and Peculiar Place," according to NPS.gov.
Tours last from 1 to 6 hours, and guide you through a number of dark crevices and winding paths. Back at your campsite you can enjoy plenty of shade and wild turkey sightings.
Potters Creek Park
Texas 8 of 9
If your family is at a stalemate about whether spring break should be spent swimming, hiking, boating or fishing, then head to this Texas campground where everyone will be happy. Both the lake the Guadalupe River offers boating, fishing and swimming opportunities.
Anglers will be happy to know that both are stocked with bass, catfish and trout. The Canyon Crest Trail is ideal for hiking and biking around the scenic lake shoreline. Go at sunset for a waterfront dinner as the sky illuminates with color.