It may be better known for its theme parks, but the Floridian city of Orlando and its surroundings are also blessed with large areas of natural beauty that lend themselves perfectly to camping. For camping enthusiasts there are a large number of enticing campsites and caravan parks, ranging from small and secluded spots to more expansive sites offering panoramic views.
If you’re coming to Florida and would like to embark on a camping adventure during your stay, we’ve picked out some of the best campgrounds in and around Orlando. We’ve also included RV parks which invite owners of recreational vehicles to bring their automobiles on site for overnight stays. Here’s our top 5.
Torchlite RV Park
Situated a 35-minute drive west of Orlando in the city of Clermont, Torchlite RV Park offers a range of camping options as well as full hookup RV sites for short and long term stays. Despite being smaller than many other RV parks, it has all the amenities you could need, including bath houses, a clubhouse and picnic tables. There are open, sunny sites allowing the sunshine in as well as plenty of shaded sites amid a canopy of beautiful oak trees. Outdoor activities are aplenty too, such as fishing and swimming. Nearby attractions include plenty of shops and several golf courses.
LOCATION 10201 US-27, Clermont
Bill Frederick Park
A 187-acre park on Turkey Lake, a quick drive southeast of central Orlando, Bill Frederick Park offers both cabin and tent camping facilities. Designed for nature lovers, the park is also home to one of Florida’s most acclaimed fishing lakes, and there are fishing boats available to hire, as well as kayaks and canoes. Other on-site amenities include a children’s playground, fitness stations, swimming pool, sand volleyball court, and a drone flying area, Overnight campers can make use of a parking lot, communal grills, and electricity generators.
LOCATION 3401 South Hiawassee Road, Orlando
Lake Breeze RV Park
Nestled along the outskirts of Lake Okeechobee, 12 miles north of Orlando, Lake Breeze RV Park is an adult-only park for visitors aged 55 or over and offers RV camping for short and long term stays. Adjacent to a community park, the pet-friendly site has electric hook-ups as well as sewer and water hook-ups for RVs of up to 50 feet in length. There are convenience stores and restaurants within walking distance and directly across the road the Harney Pond Canal feeds into Lake Okeechobee, which is renowned for the best Bass, Bluegill and Crappie fishing anywhere in Florida. Other popular nearby attractions include the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation, which is a quick drive away.
LOCATION 2040 Lee Road Drive, Okeechobee
Lake Mills Park
Perched on the shore of Lake Mills in Chuluota, Seminole County, 30 minutes east of Orlando by road, the 50-acre Lake Mills Park is one of the region’s prettiest country parks. The scenic lake has a sandy beach area and can be used for activities including fishing and kayaking. There are also ancient live oak trees, a hardwood swamp dominated by tall cypresses, and gentle walking trails. Tent camping areas come with no power or water hook-ups, or for more comfort there are also pavilions available for overnight stays. The park is particularly popular with families thanks to its large fenced-in playground complete with climbing wall and bouncy dinosaur, as well as its large picnic pavilions.
LOCATION 1301 Tropical Avenue, Chuluota
Twelve Oaks RV Resort
This tree-studded, paved facility in the city of Sanford, 30 minutes by car from Orlando, has a delightful pond, along with numerous recreational activities including a games room, swimming pool, and fitness room. There are great wildlife and bird spotting opportunities here too, as well as biking/hiking trails. Campers can make use of restroom and showers, laundry facilities and other amenities including free WiFi, power stations, sewer & water hook-ups, and BBQs/grills available for communal use. Visitors can also take advantage of tons of great activities near the campground, such as cruising, orchard tours, paddle boarding, kayaking and horseback riding.
LOCATION 161 Twelve Oaks Place, Sanford