10 of The Best Places to Camp (within 90 minutes of Indy)

10 of The Best Places to Camp (within 90 minutes of Indy)

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 1.11.01 PM‘Tis the season for s’mores, family fun, and mosquitos! That’s right—camping season is creeping up on us! I’ve compiled a list of kid-friendly camping sites in and around Indianapolis. I’ve included many amenities to each location, and each location offers reservations. Keep in mind the more popular locations will book quickly, so if you’re wanting to go to Brown County in early fall, now is the time to book!

My search uncovered some hidden gems in central Indiana, and I’m excited to utilize some of these parks this summer. Fun, woodsy goodness is in our own backyard; we just have to know where to look. Keep in mind as you peek through the list that all the prices I have included are for camp sites only. I simply couldn’t include the additional costs of boat rentals, fishing permits, etc. Get ready to grab the bug spray and the graham crackers, and challenge your family to a smartphone-free weekend outdoors (ok, that might be stretching it…I don’t judge.)!

  1. S&H Campground—Greenfield

Anywhere from $25 to $45 a day, depending on electricity hook up preference.

Open year round, 12 acre park, fishing, pets welcome, Wi-Fi, pool, boating, horseshoes, cabins, restaurant, RV service, groceries on site, AAA and military discounts. Activities all weekend during summer, complete with bounce houses!

  1. Jellystone Park Indy—Knightstown

Cabin rentals, tent sites, RV sites, Bonnieville Gold Camp (kiddos can mine for gems and gold right there at the campground!), paddleboat rentals, swimming pool, fishing, game room, Wi-Fi, boating within 30 minutes of the park. Events every weekend through the summer.

$35 to $67 a day, depending on the type of camping you plan to do. 10% military discount. Restrictions: No pit bulls, no pets in cabins, all pets must be leashed at all times.

  1. Indianapolis KOA—Greenfield

Cabin, RV, and tent sites. Bark Park—leash-free dog playground, Wi-Fi, pool, fishing, bike rentals, Tent–$31.65 a day and up. Cabin–$91.50 a day and up. RV–$47.08 a day and up

  1. Lake Monroe—Bloomington

Beach, camping, fishing, hiking trails, hunting, playgrounds. Minutes from Brown County and Springmill and McCormick’s Creek Parks. $12 to $40 a day, depending on electricity hook up preference, and whether you’re camping in a tent or RV.

  1. Brown County State Park

Nature center, bridle trails, fishing, hiking, mountain bike trails, tennis courts, open fields, pool, playgrounds. Cabin, tent, and RV camping. Youth tent areas, horseman’s campground. There are so many things to do and see in Brown County Park, that I can’t map out a cost for you here. Basic tent camping is comparable to other state parks, but the amenities in Brown County can easily affect the cost of your trip. Totally worth it, whatever you decide to do!

    1. White River Campground—Cicero

$25 to $30 a day, depending if you live inside or outside of Hamilton County. Wi-Fi areas, primitive camp sites, volleyball, fishing pier, canoeing, trails. Located just east of Morse Reservoir, RV hook ups, playgrounds, river-views on the 26 acre property.

  1. Spring Mill State Park—Mitchell

Caves! Boat tours of caves! They are only open Memorial Day through mid-August, so plan accordingly. Nature center, nature nook, hiking, biking, lodging, pool, camp store, hayrides, bike rental. Grissom Memorial is also on site, honoring astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom. Youth tent–$20, primitive camping–$10, Camping with hook ups–$12 to $29 a day.

  1. Charlestown State Park—Charlestown

Boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking, jet skiing, waterfalls, shelters, playgrounds. $12 to $40 a day, depending on electrical hook up preference.

  1. Ouabache (pronounced like “Wabash”) State Park—Bluffton

Nature center, picnicking and shelters, fishing, boating, hiking trails, paved bike trails, pool, tennis courts, boat rental, basketball and volleyball courts, playgrounds. From $12 to $29 a day, depending on electrical hook up preference at camp site.

  1. Indiana Beach—Monticello

Costs range from $28 to $58 a day, depending on whether you’re camping in the on or off seasons, and also depending on electrical hook up. On site cabins are also available for rental, but they fill up fast! Pet friendly, themed weekends, playgrounds, boating, Indiana Beach Amusement Park is RIGHT THERE, mini-golf, free tram and ferry to Indiana Beach boardwalk.

Make it a summer to remember out at the campgrounds! Have fun!

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