We’ve camped in many places over the years. State parks amongst trees and lakes, beaches with white sand, and at theme parks surrounded by roller coasters. But imagine camping on an active military base, with the adrenaline rush of fighter jets zooming by just a short distance above the trees. That is just one of the things you may experience while camping at one of our nation’s 247 military campgrounds.
While I am not a veteran nor active duty, my family was able to camp recently at the Tyndall Air Force Base FamCamp as we were sponsored guests of a family member who serves in the Army. We felt very fortunate to enjoy this benefit as guests of the FamCamp. And at our civilian rate of $25/night, within a short drive of white sand Gulf Coast beaches, we really were fortunate! The FamCamp features full hookup sites, bath and laundry facilities, a beautiful recreation hall, nature trails, fishing and other amenities. And as I mentioned before, a daily Air Force jet show right over our heads!
All but a small handful of U.S. states are home to at least one military campground. Many states have multiple facilities, including those in typical winter destinations such as Florida, Texas, Arizona and California, which has 32 campgrounds! Facilities offer weekly and monthly rates, and it was clear at the Tyndall FamCamp that many retired veterans take advantage of these campgrounds for their winter getaways. And why shouldn’t they? Providing these beautiful and affordable facilities is the least our country can do to thank our brave servicemen and women for their service.
If you are active duty or retired military, a disabled veteran, Department of Defense worker or a lucky guest of these patriots, our nation’s military campgrounds are worth a look!