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Kid-Friendly Campgrounds in Southern California

RVs parked in a campground parking lot - SoCal's Kid-friendly Campgrounds
Christine Ellis
Christine Ellis
April 2, 2021

Southern California has it all when it comes to fantastic family camping, and here are some suggestions to help you start a bucket list of the best Southern California RV parks to visit.

Along with these kid-friendly campgrounds, RVing in this region offers excellent weather and loads of fun-filled activities that kids and adults will love.

Any vacation that keeps kids busy and smiling is priceless and often gives parents time to unwind. So, check out these top kid-friendly campgrounds in Southern California and reserve a spot now because RV sites fill up fast!

Campland on the Bay

Campland on the Bay is a San Diego favorite offering waterfront RV family camping on the shores of Mission Bay for over 50 years.

Highlights include:

  1. Swimming
  2. Supervised kids activities-crafts/sports/games
  3. Surrey cart, electric, and beach cruiser bike rentals
  4. Paddle/hydro/pontoon boats, SUP, kayak, wave runner rentals
  5. Beach volleyball/horseshoes/basketball
  6. Skateboard park
  7. Ice Cream Parlor

The best part is parents can lounge at the beach or enjoy a cocktail at the Cantina while the kids have a blast.

Acton KOA‍

Tipi camping area on Acton Koa

The Acton KOA, in Soledad Canyon, serves the north Los Angeles area and is close to theme parks, zoos, museums, shopping, hiking, dining, and so much more to entertain kids and adults alike.

Highlights inside the campground include:

  1. Swimming Pool & Spa
  2. Supervised kids crafts/games
  3. Water slide
  4. Outdoor movie nights
  5. Shuffleboard/basketball
  6. Family games & pedal cart rentals
  7. Fun Train

The best part is after a day of sightseeing, you can return to a relaxing camping atmosphere with enough activities to keep the kids engaged while the adults relax.

Ventura Ranch KOA

Ventura Ranch KOA Pool area

Ventura Ranch KOA in Santa Paula sits at the foot of Topa Topa mountain and offers hiking, exploring ziplines, and other unique outdoor family adventures.

Campground recreation includes:

  1. Swimming
  2. Supervised kids activities-crafts/games
  3. Gem mining
  4. Climbing wall & Jumping pillow
  5. SoarOverVentura Adventure Course
  6. World Labyrinth maze
  7. Bigfoot Adventure Walk
  8. Outdoor movie nights

The best part is families can enjoy days within the campground without the kids getting bored but have the option to visit the plentiful local attractions.

Ocean Mesa RV Park & Campground

Ocean Mesa RV Park & Campground in Santa Barbara exposes kids to the wonders of nature with hiking trails, animal encounters, and ocean views along with local museums, zoos, and horseback riding.

Campground activities include:

  1. Pool & Spa
  2. Playground
  3. Outdoor movie night
  4. Beach runs
  5. Campfire storytelling and astronomy
  6. El Capitan Canyon docent-led hikes
  7. Live music

The best part is parents can partake in wine tastings at the Market from local El Capitan Canyon vineyards.

Lopez Lake Recreation Area

Lopez Lake Recreation Area - Cabins

Lopez Lake Recreation Area in Arroyo Grande allows families to RV camp in tranquil surroundings yet has the pure excitement of testing skills at the Vista Lago Adventure Park or hitting the slides at the Mustang Water Park that's certain to wear out energetic kids.

Kid-friendly activities include:

  1. Swimming
  2. Fishing/Boating rentals
  3. Hiking trails
  4. Horseback riding/equestrian trails
  5. Zip-lining
  6. Mountain biking

The best part is parents can line up a round of golf at several nearby courses or quietly birdwatch from their RV campsite.

Be Ready For Your Next Kid-Friendly RV Adventure‍

You now have your fun-filled RV parks list complete, but is your camper up for the challenge?

Before heading out this season, don't forget to take your recreation vehicle in for a check-up. If you need RV repair services in Corona, CA, the pros at SoCal RV Repair & Service are ready to keep your RV running smoothly, so you can get back on the road to one of the kid-friendly campgrounds in Southern California!

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