Connecticut: Nature’s Campsites
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Located in the middle of Pachaug State Forest, the largest woods in Connecticut, this nearly 50-year-old campground has a little something for everyone in it—including a pool, basketball courts, paintball fields, and Wi-Fi. If you don’t have an RV or tent, rent one of their cabins—or the adorable 1928 caboose that offers all the comforts of home, including its own kitchen and air conditioning.
Delaware: Delaware Seashore State Park
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It’s all about location, location, location at this stellar state park campsite, located on a small strip of barrier island along the Delaware coast, right between two of Delaware’s best beaches, Rehoboth and Bethany. The campgrounds offer beach access with a lifeguard on duty during the summer, free naturalist programs and tours, and Mobi-Mat equipment, which makes the beach accessible to people with wheelchairs.
Florida: Manatee Springs State Park
Head to this spring that feeds the Suwannee River during the cooler months, and you may catch a glimpse of the namesake aquatic animal keeping cozy in the 72-degree water. Scuba diving and snorkeling are allowed in the springs, along with canoeing, paddleboarding, and kayaking. Camping newbies can rent the equipment on-site at the state park.