Q. Crystal H. of Dundee, Michigan asks for help in planning what to do and where to camp out in Indiana for her family and friends, a group of 11 in total.
A. Thanks for your request for ideas on camping in Indiana, where you will be traveling with a large group for 11 days in May 2011.
As we understand it, your group consists of 6 adults plus 5 more: kids ages 41, 13, 12, 8, and 5 who are interested in culture, history and outdoor fun.
The state of Indiana has lots of cultural, historic and outdoors attractions. Please take a look at FTF’s Directory of fun family destinations in Indiana to start.
For campgrounds, we highly recommend the Jellystone parks, because they have good pools and lots of organized activities for the kids.
You can read more about them at this review honoring Jellystone Parks as the best of the cheap campgrounds.
Here is a list of the Indiana Jellystone campgrounds which are located all over the state, including near Indianapolis if you want to sightsee in this fun city (don’t miss Connor Prairie while you’re there).
The Fremont Campground at Barton Lake — north corner of the state near Michigan — is a very popular one for its variety of recreation, with more than 500 sites for RVs and tents, as well as cottages, plus 3 pools and waterslides. They have cabins that sleep 6 which might be a good option for you.
check out their video here:
The area around Indiana Dunes State Park on the west side of the state at Lake Michigan is also very beautiful. Read more about the Dunes at this roundup of Great Lakes Beaches. And there are state-run campgrounds there.