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Family Camping Near Houston, Texas

by Tara West

Camping as a family is a way to make memories that last. For people traveling near Houston, Texas, a variety of camping options have something for every member of the family. From making s'mores to hanging out with Yogi the Bear, it can be done while camping in Texas.

Lone Star Yogi

Lone Star Yogi is a family-friendly camping destination 35 miles northwest of Houston in Waller. This park is packed with children's activities. The park has water activities that include a six-lane speed water slide, heated pool, splash pad and poolside snack bar. If the kids prefer activities out of the water, the park has a basketball course, miniature golf, fishing, arcade, hiking trails, petting zoo, tennis courts, volleyball and the Yogi Outdoor Theater. The Yogi theater and characters are what make this park stand out. Yogi lives at the campground and makes daily appearances in season. You might also see Yogi’s friends Boo Boo and Cindy Bear around the park and at the theater shows. Yogi’s nemesis, Ranger Smith, is also there ready to catch Yogi off guard.

Houston KOA

Lake Conroe is about 15 miles north of Houston and comes with a lake-side setting. The North Houston KOA is 2 miles from the lake. The campground has swimming pools, water slides and ice cream socials for children. The site also features "jumping pillows." Jumping pillows are a hybrid between a bouncy house and trampoline. Geocaching is available on sight as well. Geocaching is a treasure hunt that requires participants to navigate to a destination using a GPS and coordinates. Build-a-rocket mini camps happen frequently, and allow children to build their own rocket out of construction paper and launch them.

Galveston Island State Park

Galveston Island State Park is a fishing destination in Texas and is 50 miles from Houston. Galveston is on the Gulf of Mexico and provides families with ample fishing opportunities. The park has birdwatching, nature study, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and beach swimming. Ask about the Junior Ranger programs when reserving your campsite that is offered through the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife. Guided tours of the beaches are also provided, if scheduled in advance. For families wanting to spend some time on the beach, the Galveston Island State Park can offer just that.

Brazos Bend State Park

Brazos Bend State Park is in Needville, 40 miles southwest of Houston. The park is at the epicenter of six lakes that offer a variety of fishing and boating opportunities. Multiple hiking trails are available across the park for family adventures. This park also has an equestrian trail and camping sites that accommodate horses.

About the Author

Tara West graduated from the University of Tulsa with a bachelor's degree in business administration and human resources. West specializes in parenting, green living and career development as a regular contributor at SocialMoms.com. She has been featured on a variety of websites including a childhood favorite, Reading Rainbow.

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