Best Family Camping in San Diego

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Ready to embark on a San Diego family camping adventure? Help your kids experience the great outdoors at one of the many family campgrounds in San Diego County! First-time campers? Consider practicing before taking your trip by pitching a tent in your own backyard. So fun!

There's nothing more iconic San Diego than beach camping!
South Carlsbad State Beach, Carlsbad
760-438-3143

San Elijo State Beach, Cardiff
760-753-5091

San Diego Parks & Recreation Campsites
Phone reservations: 858-565-3600
Agua Caliente  & Vallecito (Anza-Borrego Desert)
Dos Picos (Ramona)
Guajome (Oceanside)
William Heise (Julian)
Sweetwater Summit (Bonita)

Hint: San Diego County residents are eligible for a County Resident Camping Discount Card. Ask about it!

Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve
Online reservations Santee Lakes

Campland on the Bay, Mission Bay
Phone reservations: 858-581-4260

San Diego Metro KOA, Chula Vista
Phone reservations: 1-800-562-9877

Lake Jennings (Lakeside)
619-390-1623

Lake Poway
Poway Lake doesn't have a campground, but they do have several Family Campouts during the summer and fall. They are fun opportunities to pitch a tent in the park's beautfiul grassy hills and engage in family activities. Visit Lake Poway and click on the Special Events tab on the left for dates and more information. Or call 858-668-4772.

Palomar Mountain State Park camping
Phone reservations: 760-742-3462

If you head to Palomar Mountain, plan a day trip to the Palomar Observatory. Visit Palomar Observatory for information.

Parents of little ones: Find tips for camping with babies and toddlers — it's easier than you think! 
 

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