Campgrounds Near Philadelphia PA: 7 Best of 2023
Traveling to big can be extremely frustrating when you travel in a motorhome or camper. Exploring these urban playgrounds is fun, and this article will help you find the best campgrounds near Philadelphia PA so that you too can explore the city with ease.
Whether you are exploring the touristy side of Philly or the quirkier side of the city, we have you covered.
As full-time RV’ers and constant travelers, exploring while driving the lower 48 and Mexico, is our passion. Having family and friends in the Mid-Atlantic region brings us to the Philadelphia area often. Like you, we were concerned with finding campgrounds in such an urban area.
Surprising as it seems, RV camping near Philadelphia is fairly easy. Although you can’t camp in the city, we have found 7 RV parks & campgrounds near Philadelphia PA.
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7 Best Campgrounds Near Philadelphia PA
Don’t Take Your RV Into The City!
The reason this article is titled Campgrounds NEAR Philadelphia PA is that there currently is no RV Camping in the city. Unless your unit is small, you will have a difficult time finding adequate parking.
Although Vanlife and stealth campers may beg to differ, the city can be quite sketchy if you don’t know your way around. Your best bet? Find RV camping Near Philadelphia, not in the city.
Think twice about taking your rig into the city.
Philadelphia’s traffic is congested even on the major interstates and highways. Once off the interstate, Philly becomes a driving nightmare.
Being such an old city, many of the streets are the size of alleys with cars parked on all four corners. Coupled with sketchy neighborhoods and severely limited RV-friendly parking, you will be exiting the city before you even say Liberty Bell!
Campgrounds Near Philadelphia PA
Rather than pass through the City of Brotherly Love, spend a few nights camping near Philadelphia.
We have put together a list and details of the 7 Best Campgrounds near Philadelphia, along with some fun sights to see in the city.
These campgrounds are less than an hour away from Center City and all of the attractions. After a long day exploring, you can come home and relax in the comfort of your RV. Interestingly you may find yourself in a different state when RV camping near Philadelphia.
Campground Views help you make informed decisions before your camping trip! Take advantage of the app’s unique feature that allows you to preview campsites, roads, and access points before booking and arriving.
This way, you can ensure that your chosen campsite meets your preferences and needs, saving you time and effort. Plan ahead and make the most of your camping adventure with Campground Views!
1. Lums Pond State Park:
Lums Pond State Park, located less than an hour from Center City Philadelphia, is a quiet retreat. The campsites are spacious giving you privacy and shade. The campground is big rig friendly, as well as comfortable for tent campers. Lums Pond State Park also offers Yurts for alternative lodging.
Fishing, kayaking, hiking, and zip-lining are just some of the amenities you can enjoy. There are restaurants and shopping nearby as well as a full-service marina.
With easy access to Interstate 95, Baltimore, Wilmington, and Philadelphia make for easy drives.
Be sure to make your reservations early as Lums Pond and most of the RV campgrounds near Philadelphia stay full all year round.
2. Delaware Park Casino:
Delaware Park Casino is conveniently located in Stanton, DE only 40 minutes from Philadelphia. This is not a campground and there are NO facilities. Delaware Park is strictly boondocking and you will need to ask permission from security before planning your overnight stay.
For the privilege of staying, the casino appreciates your patronage. Eat, drink, and gamble as DE Park is a full-service casino with live table games, slots, sports betting, live horse racing, and a lot of family-friendly events. The Security Team is very accommodating and the last time we were there allowed multiple nights’ stays.
As an added benefit, the Septa Regional Rail Service has a convenient stop located at the southwest corner of the grounds. For those that don’t have a tow vehicle or don’t want to drive into the city, it is easy to take the commuter train. The platform is just a short walk from the RV parking lot.
There is a multitude of restaurants and shopping in the area, as well as Cabellas, which has a dump station and potable water. Access to Interstate 95 is also located here.
3. Philadelphia South/ Clarksboro KOA Holiday Campground
Philadelphia South/ Clarksboro KOA Holiday located in Clarksboro, NJ is just 26 minutes from Center City. With a family atmosphere, this KOA has plenty of amenities like a pool, Wifi, and a K-9 park.
Our grandson especially loved fishing in the pond centrally located in the campground. Not only is the pond picturesque, but it also provides hours of family entertainment.
Campsites are equipped with fire rings, and the campground store has dry wood for sale.
Whether you have a big rig RV or a tent there is room for everyone’s style of camping. Likewise, if you are looking for cabins to rent near Philadelphia or a seasonal campground, KOA has you covered. All you have to do is show up, plug in, and relax.
4. Philadelphia/West Chester KOA:
Philadelphia/ West Chester KOA is conveniently located in Coatesville, PA just 52 minutes from downtown Philadelphia.
As you would expect this campground is complete with a pool, mini-golf, a gem sluice, and fun activities. Our grandkids especially loved the Halloween activities, scavenger hunt, playground, and canoeing.
For those looking for cabins to rent near Philadelphia, KOA has several on-site. You don’t need a camper to enjoy all of the seasonal amenities. You can snuggle down in the comfort of a KOA cabin.
Whether you are a big rig RV, tent camper, or cabin vacationer, this campground is accommodating. Both spacious and wooded areas are available. The staff is friendly and the park is super clean.
5. Tohickon Family Campground:
Tohickon Family Campground is located conveniently in Quakertown, PA, only 50 minutes from Center City. Nestled in the forest beside a creek, you will feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Tohickon Family Campground has comfortable, spacious, wooded campsites near Philadelphia for overnight guests, weekend warriors, and seasonal campers. Enjoy some time sightseeing then retreat and relax by your campfire.
Campsites are both big rig RV friendly and comfortable for tent campers. There is room for everyone!
A nice large pool, onsite store, restaurant, playground with giant legos, swings for the grown-ups, and weekend family activities make this a nice respite.
When you’ve seen enough of the fast lane there are many local attractions in Bucks County. You can take a leisurely tour of the 12 covered bridges in the area with the first being right at the campground entrance.
Check out our YouTube Video: Covered Bridges of Bucks County Part 1
6. Village Scene RV Park:
Just a couple of miles off of the PA Turnpike Village Scene RV Park combines permanent residents in traditional double and single-wide mobile homes with self-contained RV units. Village Scene does accommodate both seasonal and transient RVers.
Located in Hatfield, PA only 45 minutes from Center City in Hatfield, you will find all of the amenities of big-city living with a small-town feel. The park is clean and very well-maintained. Pads are concrete and asphalt.
For those not needing a “camping” experience, this park is perfect for you. It’s like living in a neighborhood rather than a campground.
Finding an RV park near Philadelphia just got easier.
Oak Grove RV is an unexpected campground near Philadelphia. The park brings the woodsy camping experience together with urban living in Hatfield, PA. Tucked in the trees lies this highly coveted campground. Many of the residents are seasonal with long-term commitments.
The park is clean and well maintained with fairly level RV spots. Although it might seem tight, it is big rig friendly. It has a small playground and does allow campfires.
Drive time to the city is about 45 minutes.
Additional RV Camping Resources
Of course, there are plenty of other resources you can check for RV Camping near Philadelphia.
RV Trip Wizard is reliable for route planning. Avoiding low-clearance roads and weight restrictions while traveling in an RV is crucial. RV Trip Wizard will help you do both, plus it will reroute you and provide you with more efficient routes. Although some of the reviews are outdated, the app does provide links to most of the campgrounds.
Harvest Hosts. For those not familiar with the program, Harvest Hosts is a membership program. Hosts such as wineries, farms, and museums offer a FREE overnight boondocking spot on their property. In turn, campers agree to buy a bottle, take a tour or otherwise support the establishment.
These spots are a nice alternative to rest areas, Walmarts, or other quick overnight stays. Harvest Hosts also make a great overnight getaway for the weekend warrior!
A short distance from the city, you will find some wonderful wineries. Although it might be difficult to snag a weekend or multi-day stay, you can always ask.
Travel Into Center City Philadelphia
So if you are in your RV camping near Philadelphia, how do you get into the city?
The regional rail commuter train, drive, and rideshare are all great ways to come into the city.
One of the best aspects of big cities is the ease of mass transit. Philadelphia is no exception. Traffic can be rough, and navigating the city streets for the first time can be intimidating.
Consider taking the SEPTA train into the city and exploring Philadelphia on foot, an electric bike, or grab an Uber/Lyft to the further away spots.
Septa (Regional Rail, Commuter Train, Trolley, and City Bus)
By far, the train is the easiest way to get into the city. Most depots have standard-size parking available.
If you are concerned about switching trains, or buses, then take the regional rail from your closest location into the city and get off at the most convenient location for the attractions you want to see.
Because there are so many options and routes available, it is far easier for you to download the easy-to-read Septa Getting Around Philly maps and schedules to plan your downtown trip. Make a plan of what you would like to see, then consult the map for the best drop-off point on Septa.
Driving And Parking In Center City Philadelphia
With a city as large as Philadelphia, you would think there would be plenty of easy parking. Well, this is partially true, however, parking can be very expensive depending on where you park. Especially if you ignore the rules.
Before you park, be sure to follow the instructions carefully. Garage access may be limited after a certain time. Likewise, you may or may not have in-and-out privileges.
Meters may have a maximum time limit. Don’t go over it or you will most likely be fined.
Street parking may be prohibited during certain hours of the day. If this is the case, expect your car to be towed if you park during that time.
Spot Hero is an excellent app to help find parking. This app will identify the spots available as well as the cost. In most cases, you can reserve a spot ahead of time.
Once you are in the city, you can easily walk or ride share to many of the sights.
Fun Things To Do In Philadelphia
So you have learned the ”how to’s” of RV camping near Philadelphia, now what do you do?
Surely in deciding to come to Philadelphia you have some ideas of things to do and see. Being founded in 1681, this city is rich in both history and pop culture. Where else can you find the Liberty Bell, a great cheesesteak, and the “Rocky Balboa” statue?
It is important to know that you cannot possibly see all of Philly in one day.
You can, however, get a good feel for the city if you take a self-guided tour like the Hop On/Off Big Red Bus.
The tour is affordable and easy to board at any of their regular stops. Ride in comfort as the tour drops at 24 different places of interest including:
- Liberty Bell
- Famous Art Museum Steps
- The Rocky Statue
- Love Park
- Betsy Ross House
- Penn’s Landing
- China Town
- Reading Terminal Market
- And MORE!
With knowledgeable tour guides, you can’t go wrong. The guide can help you find the best roast pork sandwiches and cannoli on the route. They are quick to answer your questions and always hospitable.
Let someone else fight the traffic and parking.
Fun museums in Philadelphia
For those who prefer something a little more quirky or mysterious, this city features plenty of off-the-beaten-path attractions.
There are about 100 museums to choose from when visiting Philly. Check out these quirky, weird, and even fun museums in Philadelphia.
One of Philly’s most iconic symbols, The Mummers. The parade continues to be a New Year’s Day tradition dating back to 1901 when the city government endorsed the celebration.
Donned in feathers, sparkles and crazy costumes three divisions compete for notoriety and bragging rights. It cannot be explained, it has to be experienced. Once you see it, you won’t be the same.
Eastern State Penitentiary
It’s hard to believe that this notable structure is located in Center City, only a few blocks from the Philadelphia Art Museum. Whether you are a history buff, a ghost hunter, or just plain curious, the tour is well worth your time.
Wander through the partially restored prison, on a self-guided audio tour. Take in the eerie quiet and the shadows cast by the setting sun.
During Halloween, ESP is transformed into a Haunted Attraction. Since the Penitentiary is one of the 5 most haunted places in the US, it only makes sense.
Dedicated to medical history, this museum showcases oddities, abnormalities, and medical instruments throughout the decades. It’s not for everybody, but it might just be for you!
Pennhurst State School and Hosptial
Located in Spring City, PA, just 33 miles northwest of Center City is a spine-chilling look into early care of the disabled and those that were deemed feeble-minded.
The semi-restored property holds memories, history, and even some haunts. Tour the wards, the hospital, and maybe the hidden tunnels. You will not be the same.
Pennhurst Hospital offers ghost hunter shut-ins and during Halloween, as the Hospital transforms into one super scary haunted attraction.
Are you hungry yet? No trip to Philly would be complete without a sample of its food offerings:
Philadelphia is known for its cheesesteaks, roast pork sandwiches, and soft pretzels. Beyond these local favorites, Philly is a smorgasbord of delectable treats.
Of course, there are well-known touristy joints: Geno’s and Pat’s Steaks. These are ok, but any local will tell you there are far better cheesesteaks to eat. Just remember to order it “wit” or “witout”..(fried onions of course)!
Reading Terminal Market: Located near the convention center and train depot, RTM is a foodie paradise. From fresh fish and decadent deserts to Amish specialties, you can find just about anything in the RTM.
Throughout the market, there is ample seating at the tables and counters. Whether you prefer to dine in or take out, the possibilities are endless. The market itself is 78,000 square feet and houses over 80 vendors.
The Italian Market: This open-air market spans just over 20 blocks in South Philly. From fresh flowers to homemade pasta and specialty cheeses, you will find something of a pleasure. With over 200 businesses in the area, the Italian Market is worth the visit. Plan to come early as many of the specialty stores close around 4 pm.
The streets are very crowded and small. Parking can be difficult so be patient.
These are our favorite stops:
- Isgro: Cannolis
- Villa di Roma: Shrimp Scampi
- Claudios: Specialty meats and cheese
Trendy Restaurants and Secret Speakeasies
Philadelphia is a foodie paradise. With over 400 pizza joints and 3000 restaurants, you will be hard-pressed to not find what you want.
From chic white linen tablecloths to picnic tables there is something for everyone. The city is ever-changing and new restaurants appear on the scene daily. It would be unfair to give our favorites.
Like you, we enjoy different venues. Depending on the neighborhood you are exploring, you will find something fantastic. There will be dim sum days, while other days warrant a medium-rare steak.
Still not sure? Ask a local!
The modern-day speakeasy is a “thing”, both trendy and relaxing. Modeled after the blind pig of prohibition, these hidden gems are worth exploring. It’s fun to wander off the beaten path, as long as you know where you’re headed.
One of our favorite things to do while in the city is to relax and have a top-shelf craft cocktail in one of the many hidden speakeasies tucked away in alleys and back rooms throughout the city. After a day of sightseeing, it’s nice to duck into a less crowded establishment and relax with quiet conversation.
Although Philadelphia has many members-only bars, the over-21 crowds can visit several speakeasies in the city. There’s even a kid-friendly not-so-secret “speakeasy”.
Even though we can’t give away all the secrets, we can share a few of our favorites.
Most speakeasies are unmarked, and you may need reservations. Unknowingly you might just walk past the door. Keep your eyes open and take notice.
If you like small and intimate, this is the place for you. Don’t be deceived by the dumpsters. This is a first-class cozy establishment. Enjoy a fine cocktail and quiet conversation with your squeeze. Sorry kids, this is adult-only and no pictures are allowed.
1 Tippling Place
Without knowing, you will walk right by this speakeasy. It’s eclectic decor and comfortable seating make this establishment a great place for an after-dinner cocktail.
Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company
Craft cocktails, comfortable seating, and a secret address (sorry). There is no sign, and yes it is down an alleyway, at least it is right now. To find this super secret speakeasy, google it, then look for an oddly dressed doorman hanging out in an alleyway. This last picture was 1715 Latimer Street sort of….
What else can we tell you? Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company has nothing to do with banking. It is however named after the infamous ring of moonshiners during prohibition. Well played!
Looking for something kid-friendly and quirky. Check out this magical establishment. With a magic wand in hand, you can mix a potion, have a light bite and enjoy the show. Kids are welcome to join in the fun.
Entertainment is everywhere!
Being a multicultural city you will find many ethnic festivals and celebrations in addition to state-of-the-art concert venues with top performers from around the world. From intimate theater performances to open-air stadiums and casinos, Philadelphia has it all.
It’s hard to talk about Philadelphia without talking about sports and sports fans. Some of the most passionate (we’ll phrase it like that) sports fans in the world are here. Be sure to check the schedule and see what teams are playing if that’s what you like.
If not, check the schedule and keep in mind on a game night several thousand extra people come into the city which really compounds transportation issues and wait times.
A word to the wise, if you are not comfortable with large crowds, do yourself a favor and steer clear of the city when those events are in swing.
That’s A Wrap!
Philly is a wonderful city to visit. It is easy to see why so many call Philadelphia home!
Although you might not be able to bring your rig into the city, there are 7 easily accessible RV Campgrounds near Philadelphia PA. Less than an hour away from the hustle and bustle of the city, your campsite waits.
Eat, drink, play, and camp near Philadelphia! Enjoy your visit!
Thanks for reading.
Travel Safe and Adventure Often!
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