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Camping is probably the farthest thing from people’s minds for many live in Fort Lauderdale, not to mention its many visitors. Known for its scenic beaches, boating canals and exciting downtown, the city is home to many outdoor restaurants, rooftop bars and luxury oceanfront resorts. But there’s a lot more than initially meets the eye. For those in search of a weekend getaway, you’ll be pleased to know that there are places to camp within a 30-minute drive of our downtown Fort Lauderdale apartments. Offering you the chance to get away from the busy metropolitan lifestyle, camping provides you with the opportunity to de-stress and get some fresh air away from all the external distractions in your day to day life. Whether you’re in the mood to lounge by a fire, sign off from technology or make endless s’mores with friends, these campgrounds are a great way to give yourself a break and get in touch with nature.

Markham Park

16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise

With over 660 acres for guests to enjoy, those who head to Markham Park will never run out of things to do. From the miles of bike trails to the shooting range and dog park, there’s sure to be something for everyone. With 88 campsites, bring your tent or RV out to enjoy a weekend away with friends and family. Amenities of the sites include picnic tables, charcoal grills and hot showers, as well as after-hours security to ensure your safety. For those looking to stay busy, nature programs and night hikes are available, costing $5 per person and leading you through some of the park’s best terrain. Just make sure to plan ahead⁠—reservations are required for all campsites. Markham Park is just 15 minutes away from our apartments in Sunrise.

Topeekeegee Yugnee Park

3300 N. Park Road, Hollywood

Rather than camping, we like to refer to this gem as glamping.  More commonly known as TY Park, this is the perfect spot for campers, picnickers and outdoors people alike. Located minutes from I-95, this public green space includes a campground, walking trails and water park. Fun for the whole family, you’ll have close access to the nearby lake, as well as water hookups, charcoal grills, picnic tables, showers and more. Depending on which campsite you choose, extras such as wireless internet are even available. Feel free to bring your four-legged friend along for an additional price, but be sure to make a reservation! Topeekeegee Yugnee Park is a 20-minute drive from our Flagler Village apartments.

Davie/Fort Lauderdale KOA

3800 SW 142 Ave., Davie

Open year-round, make your way over to Davie to enter into your own little oasis and experience the 10.5-acre campground. Close to nearby beaches and dining options, choose to stay on-site or venture to nearby attractions. No matter what you choose to do, you’re sure to have fun! Depending on your camping preference, choose from RV and tent sites, or step things up a notch and book a cottage or furnished motel—not technically what comes to mind when we talk about camping, but we’ll let it pass. To keep yourself busy, take a dip in the pool, walk or bike along the trails or hang out at the community firepit and sing some campfire songs. Whether it’s for a night trip or extended stay, this is an ideal spot to catch up on some R&R. KOA is just a 20-minute drive from our Davie apartments.

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