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Hi All. We're newbies just embarking on our HTT camping adventures. We have two girls 5 and 2. We are looking for camp grounds that will be fun for them. Not necessarily the KOA type with game rooms and movies etc. but fun places to explore nature, meet other kids, with fun things to do and see in the area. Playgrounds in the park and big play fields are good too. Any suggestions?

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I like South Beach because of the flat trails. Bike friendly! there is also a playground.


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We really like Ft. Stevens St. Park..
Something for everyone and more..hiking, biking, beach, ship wreck, lake, playground, ranger programs, historic stuff, shopping...

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Another vote for Fort Stevens, and put me down for Fort Worden too...both have tons of activities and history for young and old alike.


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Fishermens Bend. 1 mile from Mill City, OR 30 miles East of Salem on Hwy 22

Has playgrounds, Ball Fields, Horseshoe pits, trails, Nature center, Nature walks, Ampitheatre, 60 or so camping spaces, 2 cabins, boat ramp. Good people as well equals fun times

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Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend...


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Here are some places in Pacific Northwest we enjoyed with our two kids, they were real young the first time we went there. Each had things for them to explore and play.

We have stayed at Birch Bay State Park twice over the years, used it as a base for going to Victoria, Canada. Once on the way out of Canada, once before going into it. It is a 194-acre camping park with 8,255 feet of saltwater shoreline on Birch Bay and 14,923 feet of freshwater shoreline on Terrell Creek. The park is rich in archeological significance and offers panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains and Canadian Gulf Islands. Very nice park, neat views, neat seafood in the area.

We enjoyed a short stay at Sequim Bay State Park, a year-round, 92-acre marine camping park with 4,909 feet of saltwater coast in the Sequim "rainshadow," just inside Puget Sound on the Olympic Peninsula. The bay is calm, the air is dry and interpretive opportunities await visitors.

To get to Sequim from Birch Bay, we did take a ferry to Port Townsend. Can't remember route at this time. We also took a ferry from an island, which we drove to from Sequim, to Seattle. Bough some fresh pawns at a small country stop & shop and some smoked salmon from some guys selling it from their van along the way. Go some crab boil at a Super Market in Sequim. Oh, was it a feast! We went to the Aquarium in Seattle and rode a tram to close to the Space Needle.

Anyone of these PARKS must be neat, they are along the coast no less, what could be wrong?

After staying a few days at Sequim Bay, we spent a night at the Olympic National Park Campgroud at a Rain Forest site, can not remember the name, etc. instead of finding one along the coast. It seems the Rain Forest area by on the Pacific side of the Park.

But before leaving Washington, we stopped at Cape Disappointment State Park (formerly Fort Canby State Park) is a 1,882-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula, fronted by the Pacific Ocean. The park offers 27 miles of ocean beach, two lighthouses, an interpretive center and hiking trails. Visitors enjoy beachcombing and exploring the area's rich natural and cultural history. The nearby coastal towns of Ilwaco and Long Beach feature special events and festivals spring through fall. It was very nice. Some sites are on the beach or very near it.

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We found a nice campground around the Oregon Dunes NRA which extends for 40 miles along the Oregon Coast, but can't remember the name. The dunes were Very neat to hike into, but we found the campground was to far from the beach. This was in the lower part of the state. I believe it was a National Park campground, along the 101 with dune drifting down into it. We saw a deer, an owl, the kids played in the sand.

Like the Washington state parks, there are Oregon State Parks all along the coast. They are all good for both a short stay or longer. Good spots for a one-nighter while covering the miles and Good places to stay for several days and deeply relax in a quiet, beautiful, interesting spot. We stayed a 2 I believe. One was Beverly Beach State Park, very nice, near New Port.
Bullards Beach State Park might be the other one, or one close to it might be it. We may have walk to this one along the beach from where we were.

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Fort Clatsop a Lewis and Clark National Historical Park was neat to see, our young kids loved it. It is near Astoria. No camping there.

The bridge over the Columbia River is neat to cross at Astoria as well. We stayed a couple of nights at a state park located just outside Ilwaco at the very southwesternmost corner of Washington. Camping facilities include 190 standard campsites, 60 RV sites and 4 primitive campsites. It was called Fort Canby State Park when we were there, but is now: Cape Disappointment State Park (formerly Fort Canby State Park) is a 1,882-acre camping park on the Long Beach Peninsula, fronted by the Pacific Ocean. The park offers 27 miles of ocean beach, two lighthouses, an interpretive center and hiking trails. Visitors enjoy beachcombing and exploring the area's rich natural and cultural history. The nearby coastal towns of Ilwaco and Long Beach feature special events and festivals spring through fall.

The campground was Walking distance to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse which began operating in 1856, and is now the oldest lighthouse still in use on the West Coast.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was neat to see. Mt.St.

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It's almost fall - winter. Head for the book store and purchase several good camping guides. A good Washington State Park book would be a must read for you. After that, go exploring. Have fun.


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You had some good suggestions above. We are also from Snohomish and have been camping since our girls were pretty young. We just sent the oldest off to college. Some suggestions for places close by if you want a weekend get away (and there are many close to us) would be:

Whidbey Island: Deception Pass State Park. The kids loved going down to the beach and looking in the tide pools, climbing on the rocks, playing with the driftwood. Also, opportunities to play in the forested campsites. All in all a favorite. Also on Whidbey is Fort Ebey State Park. There are some fort areas to explore on the site, a beach with lots of driftwood, and a gorgeous bluff to run around on. It is also very close to Fort Casey. The kids can spend hours running through the forts there and go up in the lighthouse. These two by far are favorites!!

Rasar State Park on Highway 20 in Concrete: Very close right on the Skagit River. Has a nice playground and you can take a nice walk down to the river and there is a great sand bar to play by the river. The roads are paved and flat so kids can ride bicycles. Really nice for a weekend.

Also in Concrete is the Grandy Creek KOA: This is a little different than most KOA's as the sites are wider and treed and big. It has a big jumping pillow for the kids and playground and pool, etc... I highly recommend this KOA along with the KOA in Winthrop. For the most part KOA's are good for one nights or when on vacation and you need amenities, but these two are great for weekend get aways with kids. They are tops!!!

Birch Bay State Park as the previous poster said.

These are some great ideas you've gotten. Remember that some of these state parks fill quickly in the summer months. Sometimes reservations 9 months in advance is necessary, especially for holiday weekends. And as someone said before, get yourself a good guide book. We have gotten great use from the one called "Camping Washington" by Ron Judd.

Have fun.

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