You can read about how we became a camping family here.
I have a few other recommendations of camping adventures we have experienced since Fall 2020. These are more types of places that are family friendly with lots of amenities. We usually tend to break out and try these places for the Spring and Summer breaks. In 2022 and 2023, we were very adventurous and decided to go camping in a few neighboring states.
Some of the places we would recommend in the great state of Louisiana…
February 2023 at Gator Grounds in Bunkie, Louisiana
Gator Grounds: Bunkie, LA
One of our favorites! We will be back! Not too far and fun for all! Highlights: Golfing, Great Bloody Mary’s in the bar for the adults, movie nights, themed events (especially based on holidays), indoor water park, outdoor water park, fishing ponds, golf carts, and more!
Poche’s RV Park: Breaux Bridge, LA
Highlights: fun for the kids, great fishing right outside the camper, and so close to home! Splash pad, pool, fishing, music/bands on the weekends, etc.
Cajun Heritage RV Park: Henderson, LA
This trip was booked on a whim, but we had a great time for Labor Day weekend. This is a fun place for families. One of the highlights was the band and music on the weekend. The pool was mediocre and was very busy. Our site backed up to a large open area so the kids could play ball and not worry about traffic from golf carts and vehicles.
Riverside RV Park: Vidalia, Louisiana. You have a great view of the Mighty Mississippi and across the bridge you are in Natchez, Mississippi. We came here since I was working at a Pampered Chef event at the convention center and had a nice stay. The owners/staff were very accommodating and had a nice pool and patio area for all to use. They had a few cabins and tent camping was available. Most of the sites were not in the shade on our side; therefore, that was the only negative in the south Louisiana brutal heat. We will be back, but might stay on the opposite side of the park to get more shade.
Some of the places we would recommend out of the great state of Louisiana…
We planned a trip to Texas Mardi Gras 2021. Unfortunately, due to an arctic freeze in the South… Texas was not in the cards to visit during this time. We finally took the trek to Magnolia, Texas and stayed at Magnolia Forest RV during Spring/Easter break that year. This was a peaceful park that had a hiking trail, a fishing pond, and was not far from local attractions in Houston and Lake Conroe. We stayed for about a week and enjoyed the town of Magnolia, visited the Houston Zoo, watched a Houston Astros Game, and enjoyed our private wooden deck with a hot tub. Overall, we had a great stay and would go back especially since they were in the process of adding more amenities.
One of our favorites! We will be back for sure! Right in the heart of Fort Walton Beach and across from a luxurious rest. At the RV park, you are right on the Bay. The beautiful pool was perfect and was not crowded on a busy summer day. Our favorite was the access to the resort across the street. They had numerous pools, restaurants, bars, access to the beach and activities all day long for families and kids. The grotto (and bar) was a hit by the kids and the adults. We got lucky and had a Smore Bonfire night at the campground and had the perfect spot to view fireworks. Also, Destin is not very far so we adventured out on our last night for dinner and to view Emerald Bay/Marina.
Biloxi Bay RV Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi WOW is the one word we all said after our weeklong trip here. We loved this place so much! We want to return every year. This was actually the first camping trip for our new puppy, Bingo. The resort was located on the bay side and had lots of amenities for everyone. Kayaking, a small beach, a gorgeous pool, bar/dinner area (for food truck days), holiday themed events for kids and families (Easter Egg Hunt during our Spring break trip), fishing off the pier, lazy river (future plans of water slides), and more developments in the works. We took a trip to Ocean Springs and visited the Gulf Islands National Seashore Visitor Center and had a nice hibachi lunch. Also, we scored rocking deals at the arcade in Margaritaville and Paradise Pier in Biloxi.
Some other parks we have visited:
Bayou Wilderness in Carencro, LA
Margaritaville in Breaux Bridge, LA
Lakeview Beach in Eunice, LA
Sarah’s Seaside in Grand Isle, LA
^ If you want our recommendation on these, please just email us at [email protected]
In December 2022, we decided it was time to upgrade. We knew we wanted to maybe grow our family eventually and our “tiny, but mighty camper” was not going to cut it. Especially since we were considering getting a puppy in the upcoming year. We stuck with the same style of Wildwood, just a different model that added a slide to make the inside a little bit more space for our growing family. We celebrate that as our “big family present” for Christmas. Just a little loan to pay on for the next few years…#nobigdeal
Let’s fast forward to now, October 2023.
We had lots of learning experiences, memories, trips, and most of all family time with our camping adventures. We are not pros by any means, but we do have a few years and experiences under our belts. Now, we are ready to settle into hunting season and see what memories can be made at the hunting lease as the Chustz Campers! Oh, you know we will start planning our trips for 2024! We just can’t help looking forward to the next Chustz Camping trip or should I say trips!