Camping is the perfect way to get in touch with the natural world. Spending time with the family in the woods surrounded by the sounds of the night is a great way to connect with nature, and no family outing is complete if it doesn’t include the family pet. Hotels often hesitate to allow canine or feline friends inside the rooms, but campsites are completely different. Here are the top pet friendly camping spots in Houston:
Houston North KOA

Campgrounds of America, or KOA, is probably the best known national campground service, and this camp site, located in Montgomery Texas, is about a half hour north of Houston. The site features RV parking, tent camping and cabin rental. Pets are allowed at all locations, including inside the cabins. There are outdoor activities, a pond fully stocked with fish and other fun for you, your pet and your kids.

Galveston Island State Park

Head down to the Gulf of Mexico and one place you might consider for pet friendly camping is Galveston Island State Park. This state park offers access to the Gulf of Mexico and the bay, with places to park your RV or trailer and cabins to rent. Dogs can roam about the park provided you keep them on a short leash. It’s a fun place to spend time at camp with your pet while taking in the sounds of the sea.

Rayford Crossing RV Resort

Located northwest of downtown Houston, Rayford Crossing RV Resort is a deluxe resort with more than 100 RV parking spots and dozens of cabins for rental. This camping spot goes beyond most, offering a swimming pool, game room, shuffleboard and even a convenience store. It may have less of the natural feel found in some of the other campgrounds, but it’s a good choice for those who don’t want the full nature experience. Pets will love it regardless and will have plenty of time to relax and hang out with the family at this deluxe campground just minutes away from downtown Houston.

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Brazos Bend State Park

A Houston area family favorite, Brazos Bend State Park is a swampy wilderness very close to Houston but a world’s away in terms of its natural environment. Families can walk their dogs on any of the hiking trails throughout the park before settling in for a good night’s sleep in one of the cabins or in your own tent. Alligators and other reptiles call Brazos Bend State Park their home, so don’t be surprised if your pet becomes distracted by the unusual wildlife. It’s a fun getaway for you and your pet, and its location makes it convenient to a large percentage of the Houston area.

Kemah RV Resort

The Boardwalk is popular with Houston residents as a place to enjoy shops, restaurants and rides. Kemah RV Resort is very close to the boardwalk, and it caters mainly to RVs and large trailers, but it also offers cabin rentals, and they are available in three different sizes. Families can park their RV, take their pets for a walk through the trees, then head back to the RV for the night. The location, near the Johnson Space Center, Galveston Bay and other attractions, makes the Kemah RV Resort the perfect choice for those who want to experience both nature and man-made attractions.

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