This blog post was contributed by Joe Coleman, a writer for Campspot.com.
There are few summer activities more memorable than time spent at the waterpark. Whether you want to stay local or trek across the country, an RV resort can be the perfect place to satisfy all of your summertime desires. If you want to maximize the luxury during your next trip, leave the tents at home, pile into the RV, and head to any of these 10 RV resorts with on-site waterparks!
1. Margaritaville RV Resort at Lanier Islands – Buford, Georgia
Whether you’re living the ‘it’s-5 o’clock-somewhere’ lifestyle or not, there are few places more relaxing and synonymous with summer than a trip to Margaritaville. Settle back while lakefront or at the water park soaking up some rays. After plenty of time in the sun, cap off your day with a trip to the on-site tiki bar or waterfront restaurant.
Nearest Airports: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, Chattanooga Airport
Nearby Attractions: Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, Treetop Quest Gwinnett, Lanier Islands Beach and Waterpark
Family-Related Amenities: Beach, boat launch, canoeing/kayaking, hiking, horseshoes, shuffleboard, waterfront, waterpark
2. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort: Mt. Gilead – Mt. Gilead, Ohio
The Mt. Gilead Jellystone location is one of the most popular and well-acclaimed in all of the U.S., voted the Eastern Region Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort of the Year twice in the last five years.
If you want your summer stays to revolve around time on the water, you’ll love the on-site waterpark and lake. If you’re looking to stretch your legs, you’ll have 76 acres of north Ohio woods to explore!
Nearest Airports: John Glenn Columbus International Airport, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Nearby Attractions: Mt. Gilead State Park, Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, Legoland Discovery Center Columbus
Family-Related Amenities: Beach, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking, playground, pool, volleyball, waterpark, GaGa ball
3. Carolina Pines RV Resort – Conway, South Carolina
Voted #8 in the 2022 Campspot Awards category Top Campgrounds in the USA and #5 in Top Campgrounds for First-Timers, this RV resort is a perfect spot to take your family outdoors, even for new campers.
Being that Carolina Pines is more resort than campground, you’ll get every bit of luxury during your stay, especially if you opt for a cottage rental. When you want to head into town, you’ll be just a short drive from the famous summer destination, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Nearest Airports: Myrtle Beach International Airport, Wilmington International Airport
Nearby Attractions: Alligator Adventure, WonderWorks Myrtle Beach, Hollywood Wax Museum
Family-Related Amenities: Arcade, basketball, dog park, horseshoes, hot tub, mini-golf, playground, pool, shuffleboard, waterpark, jumping pillow
4. Cajun Palms RV Resort – Henderson, Louisiana
Conveniently located less than one mile from the well-trafficked I-10, travelers won’t have to venture far off the interstate to find this Louisiana gem.
This RV resort offers a full suite of amenities, including high-tech options for those looking for extra luxury to immediately encapsulate you in comfort. With a massive 750-person clubhouse and a state-of-the-art theater, you can’t help but be entertained at Cajun Palms.
Nearest Airports: Lafayette Regional Airport, Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport
Nearby Attractions: Prehistoric Park, Acadiana Park Nature Station, Lafayette Science Museum
Family-Related Amenities: Arcade, arts and crafts, clubhouse, fishing, hot tub, ice cream, playground, pool, waterpark
5. Sun Outdoors Frontier Town – Berlin, Maryland
Among the list of RV resorts with waterparks, few are as unique as this Sun Outdoors location. With an Old West theme throughout, every day is an adventure as you traverse the Adventure Park’s high ropes or spend hours at the waterpark. If you’re looking for a slower pace, consider spending some time at their popular 200-foot fishing pier.
Nearest Airports: Salisbury Regional Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Nearby Attractions: Trimper Rides of Ocean City, Ocean City Boardwalk, Fenwick Island Lighthouse
Family-Related Amenities: Arcade, basketball, boat launch, canoeing/kayaking, dog park, fishing, hiking, mini-golf, playground, pool, waterpark, waterfront, arts and crafts, ice cream, volleyball, zip line
6. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort: Natural Bridge – Natural Bridge Station, Virginia
If you’re looking at RV resorts with waterparks that are in close proximity to incredible hiking trails, you’ll love this Jellystone nestled in the Shenandoah Valley. Just five minutes from its namesake Natural Bridge, you’ll have access to the outdoors almost as soon as you leave your RV or cabin. If you want to stay even closer, head to Yogi Bear’s Water Zone or spend some time at the fishing pond.
Nearest Airports: Lynchburg Regional Airport, Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport
Nearby Attractions: Dinosaur Kingdom II, Natural Bridge State Park, Virginia Safari Park
Family-Related Amenities: Arcade, arts and crafts, basketball, beach, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking, horseshoes, mini-golf, outdoor theater, paddle boat, pavilion, playground, pool, waterpark, waterfront, ice cream, jumping pillow, GaGa ball
7. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Guadalupe River – Austin, Texas
Here’s a highly-decorated campground if there ever was one. At the 2022 Campspot Awards, Jellystone Guadalupe River took home #9 for Top Campgrounds in the USA, #2 in Top Campgrounds for Families, and its Riverfront Red Carpet Site took #3 for Top Camping Sites. If that doesn’t convince you to stop here, the massive waterpark, 18-hole mini-golf course, and nearby Guadalupe River sure should.
Nearest Airports: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, San Antonio International Airport
Nearby Attractions: Stonehenge II at the Hill Country Arts Foundation, Louise Hays Park, Admiral Nimitz Gallery
Family-Related Amenities: Arcade, arts and crafts, basketball, dog park, fishing, horseshoes, hot tub, ice cream, jumping pillow, laser tag, mini-golf, pedal cart, playground, pool, volleyball, waterpark, GaGa ball
8. Lake Siskiyou Camp Resort – Mt. Shasta City, California
Here’s the #10 finisher for the 2022 Campspot Awards category Most Popular Campgrounds in the USA. Located on the pristine Lake Siskiyou, this RV resort with a waterpark will treat you to breathtaking views of Mt. Shasta and the Shasta Trinity National Forest. If you want to feel connected to nature while staying comfortable, the tree-lined cabin stays are the best choice.
Nearest Airports: Rogue Valley International Medford Airport, Sacramento International Airport
Nearby Attractions: Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens, Mount Shasta City Park, Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Family-Related Amenities: Arcade, beach, boat launch, canoeing/kayaking, fishing, hiking, ice cream, playground, snack stand, volleyball, waterfront, waterpark
9. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort: Williamsport – Williamsport, Maryland
The Appalachian Trail isn’t the only thing bringing people to the scenic western foothills of Maryland. With a sprawling waterpark featuring 400-foot water slides alongside a ninja course and laser tag center, this RV resort experience might leave the whole family refusing to leave Jellystone Williamsport.
If you can pry the family away from the amenities here, you’ll be treated to beautiful Northern Maryland hiking and sightseeing.
Nearest Airports: Dulles International Airport, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Nearby Attractions: Crystal Grottoes Caverns, Discovery Station at Hagerstown Inc, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Family-Related Amenities: Arcade, basketball, dog park, GaGa ball, hiking, horseshoes, hot tub, mini-golf, outdoor theater, playground, pool, volleyball, waterpark, arts and crafts, jumping pillow, laser tag
10. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Lodi – Lodi, California
Taking fourth in the 2022 Campspot Awards category Most Popular Campgrounds in the USA, this west coast Jellystone has everything you’d want for a Golden State getaway. This RV resort boasts more than just its close proximity to wineries, but its Lodi location sure is convenient for those looking to try nearby vineyards.
If you aren’t traveling by RV, make sure to book one of their comfortable cottages or bungalows, so you’re well-rested for a day filled with watersports and paddle boats.
Nearest Airports: Stockton Metropolitan Airport, Sacramento International Airport
Nearby Attractions: Micke Grove Regional Park, Fairytale Town, World of Wonders Science Museum
Family-Related Amenities: Arts and crafts, basketball, beach, bike rental, boat launch, canoeing/kayaking, dog park, fishing, horseshoes, hot tub, ice cream, jumping pillow, laser tag, mini-golf, outdoor theater, paddle boat, playground, pool, volleyball, waterfront, waterpark, GaGa ball
If you haven’t already set your course for summer waterpark fun, what are you waiting for? Whether you stay on the west coast, east coast, or head towards the Gulf of Mexico, you’re sure to watch your troubles float away when you stay at any of these 10 RV resorts with waterparks.
Joe Coleman is a freelance travel and outdoor writer based in East Texas. His love for the outdoors started when living near Olympic National Park and has stayed with him ever since. Joe has been writing full-time since 2020 and has written for Campspot since early 2022. You can reach him exclusively at [email protected]