The Top 4 Family Campgrounds in Minnesota

The Top 4 Family Campgrounds in MinnesotaBy now you’re probably aware of the endless summer fun possibilities in and around the Twin Cities. From exciting waterparks, zoos and other activities, there really isn’t a shortage of family vacation and day trip ideas!

On the other hand, are you feeling more adventurous or want to avoid the typical crowded attractions? Then experience the great outdoors by “roughing it” at some of the most beautiful campgrounds and parks in the state. (Bonus: It’s a great excuse to enjoy lots of s’mores and other good campfire eats!)

Here are some of the best family campgrounds in Minnesota:

1. Lebanon Hills Campground (Eagan, MN)

Driving distance from Minneapolis: 21 miles, 30 minutes

Nestled within Lebanon Hills Regional Park, this popular spot is a must-visit if you’re looking to stay somewhat local and have more of a traditional camping experience. The campground is surrounded by over 2,000 acres of woods and lakes with wooded hiking trails, scenic canoe and kayak routes, as well as a public beach.

Amenities and Features:

  • Tent & RV campsites (electric & water hook-ups)
  • Restroom & shower facilities
  • On-site laundry
  • Picnic tables
  • Camp store
  • Playground
  • Visitor Center
  • WiFi access (West Camping Loop & Visitor Center only)

2. Ham Lake Campground (Ham Lake, MN)

Driving distance from Minneapolis: 24 miles, 35 minutes

Another nearby campsite just outside the metro area, Ham Lake Campground is a perfect location to take the kids for their first camping experience. There are tons of family fun activities throughout the summer, including theme weekends with kids’ games, candy bar bingo, and even a petting zoo!

Amenities and Features:

  • Tent & RV campsites (full hook-ups with laundry & bathroom facilities, electric & water hook-ups)
  • Cabin rentals
  • Picnic tables
  • Horse shoes, shuffleboard, volleyball
  • Fishing boat, canoe, banana, and Zike bike rentals
  • Petting zoo
  • Kids’ crafts & face painting (weekends only June – September)
  • Playgrounds

3. Kamp Dels (Waterville, MN)

Driving distance from Minneapolis: 65 miles, 1.5 hours

Looking for a more luxurious camping experience? Kamp Dels is the place for you! In addition to plenty of sports and other outdoor fun, kids can also enjoy the interactive waterpark or explore the beautiful wooded and lakeside trails on horseback!

Amenities and Features:

  • Tent & RV campsites (full hook-ups with laundry & bathroom facilities, electric & water hook-ups)
  • Cabin rentals
  • Restroom & shower facilities
  • On-site laundry
  • Picnic tables & fire rings
  • Bike trails
  • Racquetball & driving range
  • Horseback trail rides & pony rides
  • Interactive waterpark
  • Fishing, canoe and paddle boat rentals
  • Playgrounds
  • General store

4. Two Rivers Campground & Tubing (Royalton, MN)

Driving distance from Minneapolis: 84 miles, 2 hours

Now this is camping for the whole family! Two Rivers has over 200 sites and tons of outdoor activities, including fishing, swimming in their 2,000 sq. ft pool, and inner tubing down the Platte River Valley. And for those that can’t “unplug” or go off the grid completely, free WiFi is available in the lodge and in most campsites.

Amenities and Features:

  • Tent & RV campsites (full hook-ups, electric & water hook-ups)
  • Restroom & shower facilities
  • On-site laundry
  • Picnic tables & fire rings
  • Swimming beach
  • Swimming pool & kiddie pool
  • Basketball, volleyball, mini golf
  • Canoe and kayak rentals
  • Camp store
  • Arcade
  • Free WiFi

Keep in mind that some of these camping locations require permits, so make sure to check with the park and reserve a spot beforehand.

Happy camping!