Kid-Friendly RV Vacations You May Not Have Considered

Surely the French Riviera is a wonderful vacation spot, but it might not be the best option for your family vacation when you have children in tow. Fortunately, there are plenty of kid-friendly destinations to choose from, and they don’t necessarily have to involve theme parks. Here are some you may never have considered before. These are the perfect places to begin an adventure in an RV. You’ll find that RV vacations are a convenient way for families to get around and see the sights.

Have you ever considered river tubing in Virginia? If not, here is a wonderful getaway that the kids will remember for years to come. Tubing the Shenandoah River is an exciting time for any age vacationer. Get everyone up early and get out there on the river and float down one of the most beautiful rivers in the Eastern U.S.

James RiverThe James River is another spot in Virginia that provides not only great tubing but some profitable fishing as well. Let the kids throw in their lines and hook some smallmouth bass. There is nothing like a competition with Dad to see who can catch the most. The Virginia landscapes are inspiring and you’ll find lovely views and plenty of places to hike.

Another destination you may not have thought about as a vacation spot for kids is Louisiana. One of the greatest memories you can provide your children is the unique opportunity to make friends with the alligators. At Bayou Pierre Alligator Park the little ones will be enthralled with these reptiles. You can feed them and pet them, and even get your picture taken with a favorite alligator buddy. If you happen to be there at the right time, you will even get to watch as babies hatch from their eggs. Enjoy some Cajun food and music while there.

Just ten short miles from Shreveport, you can take the family to Gators and Friends where huge gators wrestle, swim and feed. A petting zoo has other amazing animals for the kids to enjoy up close, like kangaroos, miniature horses, goats and a camel. Grab your camera as the little ones show off by feeding these friendly animals.

Austin, Texas is a great destination for families, although you may not have thought that the hill country of Texas could hold any fascination. For enlightening exhibits for children and lots of interactive activities, the Austin Children’s Museum can’t be beat. Adults have a ball here too! Then you can tour the Texas State Capitol for an incredible visit into the history of this area. If your child loves to hear about the adventures of war, listen to testimonials of veterans from a wide range of wars across the planet. This is an oral history from Texas veterans who experienced fighting, from World War II to Afghanistan.

When in Austin, you may want to park your RV and get out into the sun and have some fun. At Zilker Park you’ll find places to have picnics, a fascinating botanical garden and a pool you can use to cool off. Ride a miniature train through the park for the ultimate in fun.

carlsbad cavernsDrive your RV through New Mexico to see the landscapes of the Old West and the colors of our deserts. A Carlsbad Caverns adventure should go on any itinerary of New Mexico travelers. Beneath the ground are more than 117 caves, hidden treasures that must be explored. You can take a self-guided tour or a guided tour that permits you to see aspects of these caverns you would never suspect. One part of a trip to Carlsbad must include watching the bat flight program. Arrive at sunset and sit with other brave souls to see this giant migrating horde as they fly from the cave entrance.

When your vacation has taken you to the northwestern part of our wonderful country, camping on a beach in Oregon has no compare. The Pacific Ocean is something to behold, and the kids will love standing on the beach, imagining things the adults wouldn’t believe. Perhaps pirates or sunken treasure! On the south coast you’ll find Sunset Bay State Park, a short walk from the beach. Sea cliffs, hiking trails and more make this a prime place for family fun. On the northern coast you can camp at Devils Lake State Recreation Area. Both these spots have RV camping with full hookups.

These are only a few of hundreds upon hundreds of kid-friendly RV vacations that can fill your days with fun and adventure. Perhaps you’ve gotten some ideas for new trips now and will be ready to strike out on a family vacation that you’ll never forget.

About the Author

Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals. You can see more great RV vacation ideas in their Monty’s Musings RV Travel Blog.

About Nichol

Nichol Haskins is a WAHM of two children, a son who is 12 and a daughter who is 7. She enjoys sharing baby & kids online shopping deals so parents can save money. Fitness and health food addicted. Find me on Google+, Twitter @KiddiesCorner and Facebook


  1. There are so many places I would love to visit, just waiting until my son is a little older. A road trip with 4 kids isn’t always fun.

  2. We love road trips, and expect to take plenty with our boys…and an RV sounds like a fun way to do it!

    Austin, TX is on our list…that photo is magical by the way, what crystal waters!

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