Are you a parent of teens trying to find a family camp-resort that your teens won’t hate or won’t complain about being boring? Then this guide of all-inclusive family camp-resorts is just for you!
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When it comes to planning a family getaway, family camp-resorts are what you’re looking for. Family camp-resorts have a ton of great activities and offer unique family experiences that even your teens will love. And if you choose the right ones, they will be all-inclusive and offer great fun for everyone in the family.
Let’s talk about the 10 all-inclusive family camp-resorts that your teens will actually enjoy!
#1 Montecito Sequoia Lodge, Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Every family member—including teenagers—will have plenty to do at Montecito Sequoia Family Lodge. Campers can enjoy various activities, including horseback riding, archery, arts & crafts, biking, kayaking, photography, paddleboard, astronomy, tennis, Jiu-Jitsu, slacklining, paintball, and learning how to play the Ukulele. Guests stay in lodges or cabins, some have bathrooms and others have access to an outhouse. Rates are for a six-night/seven-day stay and are based on the type of accommodations, ranging from about $1,500 per person to $6,000 per person. Three meals a day, snacks, and activities are included in the price. With limited to spotty Wi-Fi access, guests can unplug for a week.
#2 Club Getaway, Kent, Connecticut
At Club Getaway, there’s fun to be had at any age with a plethora of sports, entertainment, and adventures from which to choose: hiking, swimming, biking, archery, basketball, kickball, tennis, volleyball, waterskiing, arts & crafts, zip line, and more. Teens can spend the day with their families or join their new friends in the Teen Club. Family Camp runs from August 29th to September 2nd and starts at $399 per person for a five-day stay. The price includes three daily meals served in the dining room, activities, and accommodations. Guests stay in rustic mountain and lake-view cabins, equipped with air conditioning and bathrooms, and daily housekeeping is included.
#3 Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, Finland, Minnesota
This camp is ideal for nature-loving, environmentally-curious teens and families. Along with outdoor adventures: rock climbing, hiking, ropes course, and canoeing––guests of Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center can take classes and learn about plants, birds, astronomy, streams, and farming. A five-day/four-night stay is $385 per person, and a 7-day/6-night visit is $577 per person. Guest accommodations are suites with bathrooms and showers in the main lodge building, with common rooms and workspaces for socialization and learning.
#4 Ohana Family Camp, Fairlee, Vermont
Whether your teen likes to pursue creative endeavors or outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone at Ohana Family Camp. Campers can opt for a range of arts & crafts activities, from jewelry making to mosaic tiles, or they can play in the lake: sailing, kayaking, or canoeing. On land, guests can hike, climb the high ropes, bike, play tennis and basketball, etc. Evening fun includes talent shows, dancing, and campfires. Families have a choice of staying in cozy cabins with full bathrooms, kitchenettes, or platform tents. Rates vary depending on the size of the cabin or tent and range from $8,050 for a seven-person cabin to $2,000 for a two-person tent. Sessions are from Saturday to Saturday and include three meals a day and activities.
#5 C Lazy U Ranch, Granby, Colorado
Nestled in the Rocky Mountain of Colorado, C Lazy U Ranch offers year-round excitement for all ages. Summertime activities include horseback riding, fishing, beehive tours, trap shooting, hatchet throwing, tennis, and more. Winter activities include ice skating, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and skiing at nearby resorts. With a designated teen program, there’s ample opportunity to make new friends. Guests stay in charming 5-star cabins scattered around the property. Rates are based on occupancy, ranging from $817 to $1,076 for a 1-2-person cabin, $713 to $951 for a 3-4-person cabin, and $729 to $816 for a 5-8-person cabin. Families eat breakfast and lunch together in the dining room. Adults and kids dine in separate rooms at dinnertime and then meet up again with their families for evening activities. Meals are top-notch, farm-to-table, gourmet cuisine.
#6 Flathead Lake Lodge, Bigfork, Montana
At this majestic dude ranch, teens will have plenty to do—on land and on the lake. Popular activities for adults and teenagers include daily horseback rides, mountain laser tag, and excitement on the water: paddleboarding, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, boating, and swimming in the heated pool overlooking the lake. Guests at Flathead Lake Lodge stay in cabins or lodge rooms from Sunday to Sunday. Three gourmet meals a day are served in the dining room and around a blazing campfire. Rates are based on the type of accommodations, ranging from $4,417 to $5,439 per adult, and children ages 6-17 range from $3,444 to $4,256.
#7 The Tyler Place Family Resort, Highgate Springs, Vermont
This family getaway has lots of action-packed fun for kids, teens, and adults: rock climbing, basketball, volleyball, boating, trampoline, foosball, biking, hiking, fishing, arts & crafts, and much more. Guests of The Tyler Place Family Resort can book week-long stays offered Saturday to Saturday throughout the summer. Cottages vary in price, depending on location and size. Three meals a day are served in the dining hall. In the evening, kids dine with their new friends and counselors in designated areas, while parents enjoy cocktails and dinner served in the adult-only section. Kids and teens spend the morning and evening in their activities, and adults are free to choose their daytime activities. The afternoons are designated for family time. During the high season, June through September, rates range from $282 to $519 per person, and kids 2.5 years to 10th grade are $176 per person.
#8 Rockyhold Deephaven Camps, Holderness, New Hampshire
With so much to do, your teen shouldn’t be bored at Rockyhold Deephaven Camps. At the lakefront, campers can opt for a canoe, kayak, pedal kayak, sailboat, rowboat, paddleboard, pontoon, fishing, etc. On land, campers can hike, play softball, do yoga, basketball, tennis, pickleball, head to the natural science center, and more. The enjoyment continues in the evening with a guest and employee talent show, movies, and a concert. In addition, teenagers can participate in teen-specific activities, i.e., boat trips and an extreme scavenger hunt. Guests stay in charming lakeside cottages and cabins, and are reserved by the week. The rate averages around $209 to $280 per person per night, which includes three meals per day and activities. There’s an additional charge for boats, bikes, and golf cart rentals. Free Wi-Fi and daily housekeeping are included.
#9 Timberlock, Indian Lake, New York
If you’re ready to disconnect from the world—with limited Wi-Fi and phone service––and recharge in nature, your family will love Timberlock. Your teens will be so busy playing tennis/pickleball, basketball, hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, waterskiing, and playing with their new friends they won’t even notice their missing devices. Guest cabins are simple structures without electricity that are scattered around Indian Lake. Some cabins have bathrooms; others do not but do have access to nearby trail johns with showers, toilets, and sinks. Rates vary depending on the type of cabin reserved. Prices range from around $5,000 to $3,000 (not including tip or tax) for a 7-night, 6-day stay, and includes three fresh and delicious meals per day and activities. There is an additional charge for some activities, i.e., water skiing and horseback riding.
#10 Camp Sacramento, Twin Bridges, California
This family camp, located in the Eldorado National Forest, is a no-thrill, rustic camp experience. Sessions run throughout the summer, and families can opt for a 4-day, 3-night stay. Rates vary depending on the age: 16 years and up is $379, and it goes down in price for younger children. The week-long sessions are 6-day, 5-night stays, and the maximum rate is $649 for ages 16 and up. Families stay in one of the 61 cabins on the property, eat three family-style meals a day in the cafeteria, and have access to centrally located restrooms with private shower stalls. Recreational activities are scheduled throughout the day and include arts & crafts, archery, hikes, bingo, volleyball, softball, dances, rock climbing, fishing, ping pong, etc.
Planning a family getaway that will keep your kids and teens fully engaged without having them complain or get bored, does not have to be stressful. Just by choosing one of the above choices will have the entire family having fun and relaxing. So the next time you need a vacation with your kids and teens, plan it using this guide.