Got an RV crew of adrenaline junkies looking for thrills and spills? The U.S. is home to some of the most exciting theme parks in the world, each well worth a road trip. A theme park adventure is the perfect spring, summer, or early fall destination for RVers. The best part? Many theme parks now offer on-site RV parking or have nearby RV campgrounds with luxe amenities, so the whole family can enjoy a theme-park vacation—even if they're sitting out the roller coaster action.
Thrilling Theme Parks for Your Next RV Road Trip:
If roller coasters are your jam, steer your RV straight for Cedar Point in Ohio. The park bills itself as "the roller coaster capital of the world," making it a must-visit for coaster fans. And Lighthouse Point, a campground just steps from the Cedar Point park entrance, offers 145 RV campsites. Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Lighthouse Point made Travel and Leisure's list of the nine most beautiful campgrounds in the U.S. The RV sites offer full hookups (water, sewer, cable, electric), concrete pads, and picnic tables, and the campground is pet-friendly and suitable for larger rigs.
If you're looking to level up, you can book an "ultimate" RV site with a waterfront private patio, grill, dining table, chairs, lounge furniture, and a big ol' firepit. All RV sites have access to a convenience store and swimming pool, as well as the benefit of Early Entry — admission to Cedar Point a full hour before the park opens. Other park benefits include beach access, shuttle service, ticket packages, and complimentary parking.
The "Sweetest Place on Earth" is calling your name. Candy lovers and thrill seekers flock to Hersheypark (Pennsylvania's largest amusement park) from all over the U.S. to visit its famous chocolate factory, rides, zoo, and waterpark. When you can't eat any more chocolate and need a sugar-high siesta, the Hersheypark Camping Resort welcomes RVers with partial and full hookup sites. There are pull-through and back-in sites, picnic tables, and fire rings (with grates) for RV campers. There's also a country store, in case you've forgotten anything or need to replenish supplies (or candy bars). Campers also enjoy using the volleyball and basketball courts, horseshoe pits, indoor game room, free shuttle rides, and discounted park tickets.
What can we say about Disney World that hasn't already been said? Disney is an iconic, endlessly thrilling destination that deserves a spot on your RV bucket list. The Campsites at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort is a must-stay for Disney-obsessed RV crews. Located right on Disney property, the campground is pure magic, with 750 acres of cypress and pine, quaint wooded trails, and truly stunning pool areas (even a waterslide!). Ducks, rabbits, deer, and armadillos wander freely, lending a rustic vibe to any stay. Enjoy recreation like archery, horseback riding, canoeing, and golf cart rentals. Larger parties are welcome here (up to 10 people per site), and so are larger rigs of 45' and longer.
There's free wifi, laundry facilities, dry cleaning, and of course, access to fun restaurants and stores. RVers at the resort will also get shuttle service to all the Disney parks. Universal Studios (now Universal Orlando) is nearby if you run out of things to do at Disney World and want to get your magic on at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Turkey Lake Campground at Bill Frederick Park is the closest RV park to Universal Studios, just 10 minutes away (30 from Disney). If you have folks who love to fish on board, Turkey Lake has some of the best fishing in Florida. If you’d rather take a trip to the west coast, Disney Land and Universal Studios California are great places to visit too!
Situated in the pretty hill country of Kentucky, Beech Bend Park offers rides, a waterpark, family-friendly shows, and exciting dragstrip races. It's just a quick stroll from the park to the Beech Bend Campground, which is wooded and has more than 400 spacious sites (250 of which have full hookups). RV and tent camping are both allowed at Beech Bend Campground. Leashed pets are welcome if you clean up after them, and campfires are permitted. The campsites are also conveniently located near the Barren River, a popular fishing destination, and many beautiful hiking trails for outdoor adventures. There are two bathhouses and a laundromat at the campground. Wifi is super fast, but you'll need to pay a small fee to use it. From Memorial Day weekend on, campers also enjoy spectacular fireworks every Friday night.
If you love the West's breathtaking, rugged scenery, Silverwood might be the perfect place for you and your RV posse. Northern Idaho's theme park has it all: coasters, slides, and a terrific attached waterpark, Boulder Beach. The Silverwood RV campground is connected to the amusement park via a tunnel, which means easy back and forth from your RV to all the high-energy fun. RV park guests score discounted admission tickets and enjoy amenities such as full hookups, picnic tables, fire rings, volleyball, laundry, and so much more. Silverwood's RV Park is seasonal, open from early May through October.
New England's Lake Compounce markets itself as the "best water and amusement park for families." The theme park has been continuously operating for 170 years—but don't worry, the rides adhere to modern-day fun and safety standards! There are rides and coasters for every age and adventure level, along with a gorgeous historic carousel. There's also a popular water park, Crocodile Cove, guaranteed to serve up terrific hot-weather fun. And the Lake Compounce Campground means you're always close to the park's excitement.
Big rigs do well here, as the pull-through sites are roomy. The sites offer partial hookups, with water and 50/30/20 amp electric, and picnic tables and fire pits. There's also a handy dump station right on site at no charge to campground guests. Bathrooms and showers are newly renovated and very clean, and kids love the playground, basketball and volleyball courts, and the ball pit. Leashed pets are A-OK, too. We also like the general store for essentials and the 24-hour campground security.
Did we leave your favorite off the list? Let us know your favorite theme parks and where your RV crew loves to stay!
Honorable Mention Theme Parks
Our honorable mention theme parks are truly some of the most enjoyable in the country, but they are less RV friendly than the ones we've discussed. But don't let that stop you from planning a trip because there's always somewhere nearby to RV camp.
Dollywood — Pigeon Forge, TN
Six Flags Over Texas — Arlington, TX
Schlitterbahn — New Braunfels, TX
Castles N' Coasters — Phoenix, AZ
Knott’s Berry Farm — Buena Park, CA
Come Home to Carefree Covered RV Between Thrills
Nothing is much more fun than riding roller coasters and wild rides at theme parks, except maybe taking an RV road trip to visit one. The United States has a large selection of theme parks from the west coast to the east coast, so the party never has to stop. But we bet you'll need time to rest between adrenaline-filled field trips. Storing your RV can be a hassle, but it doesn't have to be. At Carefree Covered RV, we've got you covered.
Check out our facility and video resources, or street view tour, then stop by, and we’ll get your rig set up. When you store your recreational vehicles with us, you’ll enjoy secure, quality covered RV storage with our extensive camera video surveillance systems, along with 365-day automated access with our phone gate app, charging outlets, free wifi, and free self RV wash and sewer dump. We’ve even got complimentary bags of ice!
At Carefree Covered RV Storage, you’re guaranteed peace of mind, protection, and personalized, old-fashioned service. We make it easy for you to rent and make payments online, maintain your vehicle, and get on the road — so that you can keep living the carefree life with the whole family.