10 Best Campgrounds to Visit for Thanksgiving

by | Nov 9, 2018 | RV Travel Destinations | 0 comments

Searching for something fun to do this Thanksgiving? We suggest taking a break from the kitchen this holiday and hitting the road! We’ve found just the right campgrounds that stay open through Turkey Day to give you the full experience. Explore the US and and create new traditions by enjoying thanksgiving at these perfect getaways. From potlucks to turkey trots, these destinations are guaranteed to cover every base.

Top of the Hill RV Resort in Boerne, Texas

San Antonio, Texas, USA cityscape at the River Walk.

Located just outside San Antonio, Texas, this campground is the perfect destination for a family that wants an activity filled weekend. Top of the Hill RV Resort is positioned just minutes away from theme parks and historical hubs like downtown San Antonio and The Alamo. But don’t let the city lights fool you, this area is also well known for the unique nature it holds. Explore Enchanted Rock State Park, Bat Caves and A Cave Without a Name.  Rolling vineyards line the countryside so the drive will never be dull.

if you choose to stay at the campsite for Thanksgiving day, enjoy a feast prepared by staff with contribution from fellow RVer’s. Sit and enjoy the company of your neighboring travelers on a day designed for community. Stay until the 25th and enjoy the Holiday River Parade that floats down the River Walk. This tradition is a typical holiday outing for locals. We hear some museums and ballets downtown are offering special discounts for this weekend, so plan your trip and book your tickets soon!

South Padre Island KOA in South Padre Island, Texas

Seagulls at sunrise on South Padre Island Texas

Looking for more of a serene escape from your day to day life? We suggest taking a trip out to South Padre Island KOA. Enjoy a stroll along the beach or a walk down the pier while taking in the calming atmosphere. The local area offers fishing trips and pirate ships, and if you have younger kids, take them out to play at the Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark as long as it isn’t too cold!

On Thanksgiving day, KOA will provide the essentials of a typical thanksgiving meal while campers are encouraged to bring their favorite dished to the table and share with their fellow visitors. This method gives you the fun of cooking without the stress of preparing the entire meal. Our favorite part? The fellowship you get to have with the surrounding travelers! Pick a dish that represents you and learn why others chose to prepare the dish they made!

Emerald Desert RV Resort in Palm Desert, California

The hot morning sun comes up over a desert golf course in Palm Desert California.

If you’re looking for a luxurious getaway for this Thanksgiving, we’ve found just the place for you. Park your RV at Emerald Desert RV Resort and enjoy endless amenities that are offered. Situated in the middle of Coachella Valley, this city could not have a more perfect destination. Golf courses and fine dining are nearby and if you’re looking for a more adventurous experience, Joshua Tree National Park is just a short drive away as well! Pack up your pets too because your furry friends are more than welcome here!

On Thanksgiving day, eliminate all the stress of cooking and enjoy a fine dining experience at the resort for just $20 per person! You can choose to celebrate the holiday meal at either 12pm or 2pm this year. But be sure to act fast! Tickets are only on sale until the 19th!

Highlands Hammock State Park in Sebring, Florida

Highlands Hammock State Park in Florida has many trails including this informative swamp boardwalk.

Looking for a more down-to-earth and quiet holiday destination? Highlands Hammock State Park would be the perfect option. Take a break from the cold and head down south to see a more vibrant side of fall! Here you can explore nature and enjoy the peace of being separated from the city. Hiking, biking and wildlife viewing are all popular activities at this warm Floridian oasis.

Our favorite part about this park is the 5k Turkey trot they organize for Thanksgiving morning! If you are a more active family, this would be the perfect destination to get a workout in so you don’t have to feel guilty about the feast later. Tickets to enter are only $25 and you get a tee shirt as well. Be sure to enter soon, as there are over 600 runners that participate in this turkey tradition every year!

Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort in Foxboro, Massachusetts

Foxborough is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. Alternative spelling “Foxboro” is also frequently used. Foxborough is part of the Greater Boston area. The town is best known as the site of Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots

Why not spend Thanksgiving near where it all started in one of America’s oldest cities – Boston. At Normandy Family Camping Resort, you can do just that. Take historical tours o the town and enjoy staying outside of the main hub. Here you can drive into the city experience or stay in the forest and channel your inner explorer. Either way, adventure awaits you.

This campground offers an entire weekend of celebration for Thanksgiving. the festivities kick off on Friday, the 23rd with a movie and continue into a day full of activities on Saturday, the 24th. Enjoy arts and crafts, an elaborate thanksgiving dinner (don’t forget your plates and table set ups!) and ends with Santa’s first visit for Christmas pictures. This weekend full of festivities is sure to have the whole family entertained. Reserve your spot and buy your tickets today through their website!

Chula Vista RV Resort in Chula Vista, California

Sunrise over Otay Lakes in Chula Vista, CA. HDR image taken with graduated filters, and with the camera mounted on a tripod.

This destination has just about every experience any family member could want, so everyone gets a time to themselves! Chula Vista RV Resort is located just outside San Diego and is just a short drive from theme parks, zoos and the beach! Find local activities to make your vacation fun filled or chill out at the resort by the Tiki Bar and fire pit.

Thanksgiving and the beginning of the Christmas season are celebrated here in a unique way! Enjoy a potluck with your neighbors on Thanksgiving day and engage in friendship and fellowship as the dinner is served. However, on Friday, the atmosphere changes and Christmas is ushered in. This is the first day pf their season where they turn on all of their Christmas lights. Sit back, relax, enjoy the sights and sip on a complimentary cup of warm cider to end the fall season!

Boston / Cape Cod KOA in Middleboro, Massachusetts

Sailboats on the Charles River with Boston’s Back Bay skyline in the background. Boston is the largest city in New England, the capital of the state of Massachusetts. Boston is known for its central role in American history,world-class educational institutions, cultural facilities, and champion sports franchises.

Travel back to the roots of Thanksgiving and visit the area where the tradition began. Boston / Cape Cod KOA is an ideal distance from the shore and the city. Take a trip into Plymouth on Turkey Day to celebrate the origins of the holiday. Enjoy the parade and participate in the festivities like the locals. Visit the Plimoth Plantation and the replica of the ship that brought the pilgrims, the Mayflower. This is the perfect destination for any history buffs out there who want to learn more about the reality of the first Thanksgiving!

Enjoy the KOA sponsored potluck style thanksgiving meal from the comfort of your campground as well. Later, you can take advantage of one of the many amenities offered here! We suggest packing some marshmallows and making a fire at your own personal fire ring. Roast away your sweet treat into the night and enjoy the company of your neighbors here.

Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite National Park in Yosemite Valley, CA

Beautiful view from the Yosemite National Park with a deer.

If you’re looking for a place to spend Thanksgiving where you can see sights like no other, we suggest taking a trip out to the Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite National Park. Here you will be met with some of the most picturesque scenes that you can find in the United States.

Open your Turkey Day on a picnic in nature. Plan ahead with everything you will need for a perfect feast and cook ahead as much as possible. Whether you like mountains, rivers, waterfalls or forest, this park is guaranteed to have the perfect picnic area for you to relax at. We suggest taking this time to enjoy the nature around you and take a break from your schedule of day to day life. Invite your campground neighbors to pitch in and make your own potluck style meal! You won’t regret this trip.

South Campground in Zion National Park in Springdale, Utah

Virgin in the Narrows in Zion National Park

If you are an active adventurer who loves a challenge, we know just the place for you! South Campground in Zion National Park offers a great base camp to set off on plenty of hikes. This area has trails for everyone from beginners to avid, experienced hikers. The canyons here are other worldly and you won’t want to miss this new experience of nature.

Spend Thanksgiving relaxing and feasting and embark on a hike on Friday to work off all that extra turkey. Hike the trails above or travel below the drop-offs into the narrows for a more strenuous hike. Be sure to bring warm and waterproof boots and gear if you are hiking the narrows as the majority of the hike is through water. Trails can take anywhere from 30 minutes to full days to complete. The bright side of visiting in the fall is the cooler temperature makes for a less exhausting hike, just be sure to watch the weather and bundle up! Visit the Zion National Park website to decide which hike is best for you.

Liberty Harbor RV Park in Jersey City, New Jersey

Sleigh with Santa Claus and “elves” at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2016 in Manhattan on 6th Ave

Known as the closest RV park to New York City, this is a coveted destination for Thanksgiving vacations Liberty Harbor RV Park is located by a marina on the Hudson. Take a trip out on a boat or spend the day exploring the city! If you spend your holiday here you are sure to remember every last bit of your trip. Be sure to book soon though because spots are quickly filling up!

Our favorite option to spend thanksgiving is by participating in one of America’s oldest and most loved Thanksgiving day traditions. We suggest spending Thanksgiving in a non traditional watching the Thanksgiving parade right from the street in New York City! There is a subway stop right near the RV park that can take you directly to the parade. Watch all the floats go by in real time and enjoy the performances. Be sure to bundle up and pack food, though! Locals say it gets very cold and you can’t leave your spot for food.

Whether you are looking to relax, have a a more traditional holiday or be active, we are sure you will love one of these destinations. Pack up your RV and hit the road this fall; the experience will be unforgettable.

If you’ve been to any of these destinations, let us know what you enjoyed!

Leave us some of your favorite thanksgiving traditions below!

Searching for something fun to do this Thanksgiving? We suggest taking a break from the kitchen this holiday and hitting the road! We've found just the right campgrounds that stay open through Turkey Day to give you the full experience. Explore the US and and create new traditions by enjoying thanksgiving at these perfect getaways. From potlucks to turkey trots, these destinations are guaranteed to cover every base.

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