Best Places to Camp Near Me (Kansas City): Family Camping Spots

Summer is the perfect time to check out the best places to camp near you. Create family camping memories while roasting marshmallows & gazing at the stars with your kiddos.Best Places to Camp Near Kansas City

Camping season is one of the best times of year.

So…get out there & explore the best places to go camping in Kansas City!

We’ve also found the Best Parks & Trails around KC for you to enjoy the outdoors even more. You can also check out the Best Places to Fish in Kansas City 🙂

The Best Places to Camp with Kids Near Kansas City

Find good family camping spots

When camping with kids, it can be a challenge to find the best places to camp for everyone in your family. There are so many options:

I prefer low tech with lots of outdoor activity…and definitely want a fully functional restroom. Others enjoy cabins, hiking, boating or even RV camping.

Delve into the local camping areas to find the highlights of some of Kansas & Missouri’s most interesting locations. Hopefully, we clue you into something new!

Best RV Parks Near Kansas City

Comfortable RV Camping for Your Family

  1. Walnut Grove RV Park

Located in downtown Merriam KS, Walnut Grove offers great amenities including 50 sites with full hook ups, internet, community area, dog park, restrooms and laundry. They can accommodate up to 65 ft RV’s and are close to many fun family friendly attractions!

  1. Suncatcher Lake and RV Park

Located in Leavenworth, KS, Suncatcher is tucked away on the outskirts of town. If you think the best places to camp are quiet places, this may be the camping spot for you. This RV park offers full hook ups for campers. Stays are by reservation only and tent camping is not allowed. This RV park is also pet friendly!

  1. Deer Creek Valley RV Park

Located just off I-70 near Topeka KS, Deer Creek is a more high tech park with concrete flooring throughout the park, an onsite restaurant, in-ground pool, automatic restrooms, showers and even a concrete storm shelter. If you come with kids you can feel safe knowing that they have a security gate at the entrance and for a bit of fun they also have a playground.

  1. Campus RV Park 

Located in Independence, MO, Campus RV is open all year round with full hook ups, wifi, concrete pads and they are Big Rig friendly, if you need that sort of thing. They have a dog run available for animals under 50 lbs and must be leashed otherwise. Shower, shelter houses, a recreation field and laundry facilities are also available for use.

  1. Trailside RV Park

Located in Grain Valley MO, Trailside offers RV camping sites with full hook ups, restrooms, hot showers, laundry facilities and wifi. They have a snack station, free pool, with dining and shopping areas nearby. Pets are welcome with some restrictions and walking trails are available. This location is known for short and long term stays.


Tent Camping Near Me

Find the Best Tent Camping Sites Near KC 

  1. Smith’s Fork Campground

Located in Smithville, MO, Smith’s Fork is a quiet camping site on the lake. The area features standard camping with fire rings and full service restrooms/showers. Each site also has electricity and water. Pets are welcome at your site but leashes are required. Short term stays of up to 14 days are allowed in a 21 day period.

  1. Lewis and Clark State Park 

Located in Rushville, MO, this park is a quiet little gem with rustic camping features on the lake. This park has access to restrooms, fishing, hiking, boating and playground for kids. It is also scenic for bird watching of many types. This low cost for families and it is stones throw from Atchison KS, just across the lake.

  1. Perry Landing Campground and RV Park

Located in Oskaloosa KS, Perry Landing offers site accommodating tent and RV sites and they also offer hobo huts for those looking for something a little different. Shower houses, boating and trails are also available at this location. They also feature camper storage and a convenience shop in case you forgot anything.

  1. Lake Shawnee Campground 

Located in Topeka, KS, this campground features basic amenities such as RV and tent sites with electrical hook ups and a natural swimming area. They also have a pavilion, picnic areas, shower facilities and a playground for kids. Additional parking for boats comes with a fee as well as the opportunity to purchase ice and firewood. A shelter house is also available for use with restrictions.

  1. Oak Grove KOA

Located in Oak Grove, MO, this KOA camping site comes with a little bit of extra fun. Not only do they offer tent camping but cabins are available for use too. Full amenities are available along with a salt water pool, gift shop with chocolate dipped cones, do a little mining for treasure and even hop on the giant jumping pillow. This location is pet friendly with dog runs. Here you can even find mini golf, wifi, cable TV and special campground programs.


Camping Resorts & Themed Stays

The Best Camping Resorts Around…

  1. Basswood Resorts

Located in Platte City, MO, this camping resort is one of the best places to camp. They have a variety of family friendly amenities such as a splash ground, outdoor swimming pool, walking trails and themed weekends. The campground offers full hook up for RV sites and the option to stay in the Basswood Resort Inn is a fun alternative option for your get-away. The inn features cabins with full hotel like amenities such as cable TV, WIFI and more.

  1. Worlds of Fun Village

Did you know that WOF has its own overnight stay resort? While this isn’t your tyipcal camping spot, they offer cabin rentals for you to enjoy while you visit WOF and OOF! These cabins and cottages come will full amenities such as water, showers, beds, kitchen dining areas and grills. They also have a store so you don’t have to bring anything if you don’t want to ‘rough it’. You are also welcome to stay in your own RV. The best part is that you are within walking distance from the parks so no need to find additional parking, just enjoy the rides! able.

  1. Hoot Owl Hill

This one is for the Moms out there. Located in Paola KS, Hoot Owl Hill is the glamping destination where they do the hard work for you. They offer relaxation, pampering, nature and WINE! You can “glamp” in a tent while sleeping in a bed or enjoy the Hoot House cabin. You can lounge in cozy inflatable beds and relax at the fire nearby. But this isn’t a solo adventure. Glamping will all your gal pals is where it’s at as you all share the space together with a night of fun!

  1. Shawnee Mission Park

On the Kansas side there is a great park complete with camping sites, playground, a marina, beach and a live theater. Every June Shawnee Mission Park joins the country in the Great American Campout with some special amenities during your stay. For $30 for a family of 4, you can bring a tent and camp on the theater in the park grounds for one night and included in your stay is a live theater show and fun after show activities plus admission to the beach and paddle boats for the next day. For more details or to sign up visit the Great American Campout page.

  1. Kansas City West/Lawrence KOA

The KOA in Lawrence KS features full camping tent and RV sites as well as cabins for your camping fun. Additionally, they also have a jumping pillow; peddle bikes, kid friendly activities and even themed events all season long. There is a shop for goodies and necessities as well as a fire pit, dog park, game room, outdoor movies and more!

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This summer, enjoy fun camping spots, a bit of nature, and a lot of family fun at the best places to camp around KC. If you have other places to go camping that are awesome, email us at info@ifamilykc.com 🙂

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