Missouri’s diverse collection of outdoor playgrounds gets national attention

Visitors enjoy the warm sun at Johnson Shut-Ins State Park.

Visitors enjoy the warm sun at Johnson Shut-Ins State Park.

Families interested in a fun and affordable spring or summer break vacation option might find just what they are looking for at Missouri’s state and private parks. Whether you choose to rough it in a tent or enjoy nature from the comfort of a luxury RV, camping enthusiasts say it is an activity that has something for everyone.

“It gives me great joy to see kids and families being able to come together and spend quality time together while discovering nature,” said Larry Helms, president of the Missouri Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (MOARC). “Camping is just great fun.”

There are more than 40 state parks and historic sites in Missouri that are open for camping. The offerings range from basic campsites that feature a parking pad, table, grill and lantern post to sites which provide hookups for water, electricity and sewer.

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