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Creating Multigenerational Memories: Why More and More Parents, Kids and Grandparents are Camping Together


Photo Credit: Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center

Photo Credit: Sam's Family Spa Hot Water Resort

Photo Credit: Pine Cradle Lake Family Campground

Multigenerational travel is on the rise. In fact, according to Resonance Consultancy, a tourism consulting firm, it’s one of the top travel trends for 2014. The company reports that 40 percent of families went on a multigenerational vacation in the past year, and 77 percent of them planned the vacation around a milestone event such as a birthday or anniversary.

One reason for this trend is that members of extended families often live far apart from each other. Planning a trip together gives them a great opportunity to get away from their busy day-to-day lives and spend quality time exploring new parts of the country, sharing new adventures and creating memories.

5 Family-Friendly Parks to Consider

As you plan your multigenerational family gathering, you’ll have plenty of parks to choose from across the country. Here are a few great examples:

NORTHEAST

Pine Cradle Lake Family Campground
Rome, PA
www.pclake.com

Located on 73 acres in the heart of the beautiful Endless Mountains, Pine Cradle Lake offers full RV hookups and tent and pop-up campsites as well as cabin and cottage rentals. Guests can enjoy taking a dip in the heated pool or go canoeing, kayaking, pedal boating or fishing in the 18-acre stocked lake. The kids will love the four playgrounds and splash pad.

MIDWEST

Hocking Hills KOA
Logan, OH
www.hockinghillskoa.com

Ohio’s Hocking Hills region is known for its hiking trails, waterfalls and rock formations and Hocking Hills KOA provides the ideal home base for enjoying them. The campground offers RV and tent sites, cabin rentals and a heated pool, as well as crafts, entertainment, movies and more. From April through October, families can even go panning for gold at the Hocking Hills Gem Mine.

SOUTHEAST

Adventures Unlimited Outdoor Center
Milton, FL
www.adventuresunlimited.com

Ideal for active families, Adventures Unlimited offers canoeing, kayaking and tubing along the secluded, sugar-white sandbars of Coldwater Creek and through Blackwater River State Forest. Adrenaline junkies can also choose from three zipline adventures. Families can rent campsites, cabins or cottages at this unique Northwest Florida resort.

WEST

Cutty’s Hayden Creek Resort
Coaldale, CO
www.cuttysresort.net

Tucked away on 157 acres in the Rocky Mountains of Central Colorado, Cutty’s Hayden Creek Resort offers RV and tent sites as well as cabin and trailer rentals along with a long list of resort amenities. Families will find plenty of fun things to do, including swimming in the indoor and outdoor pools, engaging in a game of basketball, volleyball, tether ball or miniature golf or going horseback riding. At the end of the day, everyone can gather by the campfire.

Sam’s Family Spa Hot Water Resort
Desert Hot Springs, CA
http://www.samsfamilyspa.com

This is one place where family members won’t mind getting into hot water. Set on more than 50 acres, Sam’s Family Spa offers several therapeutic, chlorine-free pools naturally heated by hot mineral water pumped from the resort’s three underground wells. Campsites can accommodate everything from tents to RVs, and motel rooms are available for any non-campers in the group.

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