Camping with a 2 1/2 Yr Old & a Small Dog

Updated on August 11, 2009
K.N. asks from Saint Paul, MN
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My husband & I are racing to find some awesome campsites for our first tenting experience with our son. He believes facebook will be faster & better. Please help me prove him wrong. ;) really, we're just looking for some good ideas on family friendly campsites. Not potty trained yet, so no concerns there.

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Baker Park Reserve is wonderful. Nice grassy sites, paved walking trails, great playground & a great beach. Just West of Plymouth, North of Maple Plain (West Metro).
Part of the 3 Rivers District. Highly recommended.

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Whitewater State Park is great! We took our 5 year old and three year old twins there and they loved it. There's a great beach and lots of pretty hikes. You may have trouble reserving a site at this point but they leave many open for walk-ins which you can get if you show up early. Good luck and have fun!




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lake elmo has a great man made lake for clean swimming and a huge playground. not sure about pets though.

we camped last weekend at william o' brien st. park and it was super nice. beautiful camp sites, beach, and fishing pier. they also allow dogs.



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Kamp Dels in Watertown or Waterville, can't remember which. Only a 1 hour drive. Pony rides, pool, waterpark with interactive stuff a 2 1/2 year old would like, mini golf, shuffleboard. Daily special activities, baseball field and basketball courts. two playgrounds, one of them definitely your son could enjoy, the other might be a little big. A lake with pontoon rentals and fishing, an arcade and camp store, kids movies at night. FUN!



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Depending on how far away you wish to go, there are several that I can recommend. Nearby, I would recommend Lake Elmo park reserve or William O'Brien. Both are nice and close. If you wish to travel out a ways, there is a campground in Northern WI about 30 min south of Superior called Pattison State Park and otherwise if you wish to go south west, there is a state park on the SD/ MN border called Split Rock Creek that we took our 6 month old to last summer. What I like about each of these that are further away and we've camped at with our little ones is that the tent areas are a ways away from the water/ swimming beach, so you don't have to worry about wandering children when you are trying to cook dinner. Both of them are extremely clean. The 2 campgrounds closer to the Cities, we have not camped with with children, so I don't know- but they are clean and look very accomadating!

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