Are you ready to pitch your tent somewhere other than your backyard this summer?
These kid friendly Puget Sound area campgrounds are all open and taking reservations for the summer of 2020! They also all had at least some availability on the dates I checked at random.
Note that I did not check on the status of amenities like showers, and you will want to read Covid safety updates. Please also keep in mind that closings and openings can change, so use our links to confirm details. These spots do all charge fees of around 35.00 bucks give or take a few.
If it’s your first camping adventure, try the nearby Dash Point State Park in Federal Way. You’re only 15 minutes away from the nearest Target, but it feels so much farther! The campground is separated from the state park beach grounds, which boasts pictureseque views of the Sound and the Olympics. You can drive across the way or take a short hike along the trail from the campground to the beach. With 3300’ of saltwater shoreline, you can take a dip in the water or let the kids muck around in the creek that empties from the hills above into the beach. This spot can get crowded on sunny days, when the locals come out to BBQ and enjoy a day at the beach. So, if you’re looking to camp with few neighbors, another spot may be more ideal. Sounds Fun Mom loves this beach, and we’ve also included it in our list of Best Sandy Beaches! After you’ve enjoyed a full day in the water, be sure to take time to explore the multiple hiking paths.
Location: 5700 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way, Washington 98023
Bathrooms: 4 restrooms and 6 coin operated showers
Looking to get away from urban sprawl? Mayfield Lake is a serene spot that is perfect for littles and their parents. You can reserve campsites directly along the shoreline of the lake, which allows the kids to safely dip their toes in the water, throw rocks, and even fish for trout, bass and coho salmon. There is a playground and park on site, along with sandy beach access all within a short walk from the campsites. If you’re lucky enough to have a boat, this site includes a boat launch.
Location: 180 Beach Rd, Mossyrock, WA 98564
Bathrooms: Large, clean bathroom facilites and coin operated showers
Your drive northeast to Lake Easton in the Cascade foothills is picturesuqe in its own right. Set up camp at flat, roomy sites with plenty of restrooms nearby. Have the kids bring bikes and scooters, as there is lots of paved area along campsites to go back and forth. Some campers report that the traffic noise from I-90 kills the outdoorsy vibe. But, the beautifully landscaped park along the sandy shoreline of the lake is a perfect place to spend the day. There are also plenty of hiking and biking trails to be explored! Because you are so close to North Bend, the locals often come out to play, too. If you can manage, escape without the kids to the nearby outlet mall!
Location: 150 Lake Easton State Park Road, Easton, WA 98925
Bathrooms: Bathrooms and coin operated showers
Just past Gig Harbor on the Key Peninsula, sits Penrose Point. A mere 45 minutes from the Tacoma area, the park encompasses Carr Inlet with waterfront area for kiddos to explore including lots of creatures like small crabs, moon snails, sea stars, sand dollars. The tide pools offer hours of exploration! All of the campsites are shaded or partly shaded. The park also includes 2.5 miles of hiking and biking trails! Reader favorite!
Location: 321 158th Ave KPS, Lakebay, WA 98349
Bathrooms: 3 restrooms, 2 with coin operated shower facilities
Salt Creek has everything you are looking for in a Pacific Northwest camping adventure! From tidepools, to hiking, to water views and mountain views! All, while sleeping under the stars with the waves crashing against the rocks to lull you to sleep. Just a little over 2 hours away from Tacoma, Salt Creek has a large amount of campsites that you can reserve ahead of time or arrive first come, first serve. There are even bunkers your history buffs will love! Bring your water shoes for safe exploration and read up on their reservation system before you book. You can read our full review here.
Location: 3506 Camp Hayden Road, Port Angeles, WA 98363
Reservations: Note from SFM: This spot has a unique reservation system, so make sure you read up on that before you snag your spot. It’s worth it! https://apm.activecommunities.com/clallamcountyparks/Reserve_Options
Bathrooms: Bathrooms and coin operated showers
Journey east of Seattle to the town of Carnation, where you will camp amidst beautiful views of the Cascade foothills, and the confluence of the Snoqualmie and Tolt Rivers. The really cool thing about Tolt McDonald is that if you don’t have a tent or you just want an entirely different kind of camping experience, you can reserve a yurt or a refurbished shipping container! These sites are offered year round and are fully heated and include electricity. To add to the adventure, the container and yurt sites are inaccessible by car. You journey across a 500 foot suspension bridge using a wagon to haul your gear! SO MUCH FUN! There are also tent and RV campsites avaible. Depending on the time of year, take a dip in the river, explore the walking trails, and even see salmon spawning!
Location: 31020 Northeast 40th Street, Carnation, WA
Reservations: Contact regional scheduling for reservations after July 1st.
Bathrooms: Near the yurts, the bathrooms are only pit toilets and water spigots. Walk over to the RV space for flush toilets and warm showers.
Looking for an ocean view with your camping experience? Head to the beach and stay in a yurt! Fly a kite, go for long walks on the beach, or just build a sand castle. This sounds like my kinda camping trip in that minimal adventure is involved, but you get an amazing experience. You can also camp in a tent here, but keep in mind that it gets pretty chilly on the Washington Coast. Don’t forget the sand toys, frisbee and soccer ball.
Location: 925 Cranberry Beach Road, Grayland, WA 98547
Bathrooms: 4 restrooms and 8 showers
Do be sure to check the comments for more awesome suggestions from readers. We’d love to hear your favorites, too!