Believe it or not, there is plenty to see and do in Florida all year round, despite its reputation as a warm-weather retreat. After all, the term 'snowbirds' was invented for people who flock to Florida during the colder months—whether it’s as part-time residents, or those seeking a brief escape from more frigid winter temps.

And while camping is a popular activity in the summer, in Florida you can also experience the sights, sounds, and beauty the state has to offer during the winter months as well—many parks (both private and state-owned) are open year-round for camping and other outdoor activities.

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7 Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park

With 35 campsites to choose from, the Kilpatrick Hammock Campground at Kissimmee Preserve State Park is located among 54,000 acres of beautiful prairie wilderness and is conveniently located near several trails to make it easy for you to explore this beautiful site. While the main site is for recreational vehicles, campers who really want to rough it are encouraged to check out the park’s three wilderness primitive campsites that can only be reached via a hike or a bike. The area is also known for its stargazing, so be sure to check out the night’s sky during your stay.

6 Big Cypress RV Resort

The Florida Everglades are home to many spots where visitors can pitch their tent or park their RV. Owned and operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, this site is a full-service resort that offers visitors the option of a cabin stay or a place to park their RV—with all the amenities. Close to many area attractions including the Billie Swamp Safari and the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, this spot in the Florida Everglades is a scenic getaway for those who wish to experience this picturesque region.

5 The Flamingo Campgrounds

Want a different type of Everglades experience? Then check out the Flamingo Campgrounds located at the southern tip of the Florida peninsula. Enjoy gorgeous views of the bay and revel in the gentle sea breeze while staying at this amazing campsite. Campgrounds have showers, dump stations, picnic tables, and grills along with an amphitheater used for winter programs. Other nearby activities include boat and bike rentals, boat tours, and simply relaxing in the surrounding wilderness and bay views.

4 Grayton Beach State Park

With 59 campsites, Grayton Beach State Park is located along the Gulf Coast and has options for both RVers and tent-dwellers. There are also cabins on-site if you want to upgrade your stay a bit (only minutes from the beach!). Visitors will find plenty to do at this almost 2,000-acre park, from hiking on their 4 miles of trails to fishing and paddling in the Gulf. Known as one of the most pristine beaches in the U.S. Grayton Beach are a dazzling combination of ocean views and singular coastal forests.

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3 Anastasia State Park

This state park has it all—from lovely, pristine beaches to marshes, sand dunes, and plenty of wildlife. The campground has 139 sites for both RVs and tents and is just a short stroll away from the beach. There’s plenty to see and do here: if you enjoy birding, be sure to check out The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail to catch a glimpse of Florida’s most beautiful birds; fans of boating can take a cruise in Salt Run, the area’s tidal marsh; or simply pack a lunch and take in the view at one of the site’s three picnic areas.

2 The Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park

With a variety of options to choose from, this campground has over 600 improved campsites and 800 acres of more primitive camping. Located on the banks of the Suwannee River, visitors can bring along their kayak or canoe and paddle along the lovely cypress-lined shore; take in some disc golf; freshwater fish with the family; or any number of fun activities including hiking and biking. Suwannee is also the site of many year-round events with live music, shows, and more.

1 Hontoon Island State Park

This historic park in Central Florida is located in the St. Johns River and is only accessible via private boat or ferry. However, the journey is well worth it as there is plenty of Native American history to explore including a mound at the southern corner of the island; many opportunities for great boating and fishing (including 42 slips, so bring your boat!); and 12 primitive camping sites near 8 miles of trails that showcase the island’s natural beauty—including Bear Tree Landing, the site of one of the island’s largest oak trees. The visitor center on the island is also a great site to learn more about the area.

Whether you are looking for an island getaway, an excellent Everglades adventure, or an undisturbed pristine beach with fabulous water views, Florida’s year-round campsites have everything you could ever want—and more. So gas up your RV or pack up your camping gear and plan ahead for a trip that you’ll never forget.

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