You know all about those senior-living communities: mobile home parks, condos, and planned villages for the retirement-age and older crowd. And while they have certain advantages such as activities and amenities specifically designed for those 50 and older, they often have restrictions as well. There may be limitations on the age and number of guests or the exterior décor and landscaping of your abode, for example.
If you’re one of those seniors who love to travel via RV but still want age-appropriate locations when you park your wheels for a night, week, or longer, consider a senior-friendly RV campground.
These 50-and-up places offer more than laundry areas and free WiFi. The focus tends to be on socializing and active lifestyle options with activities such as shuffleboard, pickleball courts, game centers, and hobby groups. Some even offer tours of local spots of interest or presentations on topics of interest to the older crowd.
Whatever your hobbies or interests, there is bound to be an RV campground that either has it onsite or in close proximity to its location. And when you’re ready to head out, you just take your “home” along with you to your next destination!
Ready to check out a 50+ campground? Start with these five!
Note: Not all these campgrounds are open year-round, so call first to check dates and availability, as well as any rules on the age of your RV.
81 Palms Senior RV Resort, 2800 West Pine, Deming, NM 88030
Just off Interstate 10 (I-10) at Exit 81, 81 Palms is for seniors 55 and older. The resort has 106 long pull-thru sites with full hook-ups including sewer, water, and electric. Once you get settled, enjoy the spacious recreation hall, the indoor heated swimming pool, and two miles of walking paths around the park, among other amenities. 81 Palms also has a pet run where Fido can get some exercise as well!
Looking for nearby sites of interest? Check out Deming Luna Mimbres Museum, Rockhound, City of Rocks, and Pancho Villa state parks, and Gila Cliff Dwellings in Gila Forest.
Alligator Park RV Park, 6400 Taylor Rd. Unit# 112, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Centrally located between Sarasota and Ft. Myers and easy to get to from I-75, Alligator Park is home to both short- and long-term residents 55 and older. The full hook-up back-in RV lots are approximately 30 ft. by 80 ft. with a concrete patio and an adjacent 60′ concrete driveway/RV slab. The park itself has a variety of social activities, from card game groups to walkers, bikers, and shuffleboard players, along with a heated swimming pool open until dusk.
Punta Gorda itself has an abundance of cultural and recreational opportunities: birding, golfing and fishing, just to name three. As for the reptiles, while alligators have occasionally been spotted near the lake, they haven’t been seen in other areas around the Park!
Bentsen Grove Resort MHP, 1645 S Bentsen Palm Dr. Palmview, TX 78572
If you’re heading down to the South Texas area, then consider taking a break at 55-and up Bentsen Grove Resort in Palmview. The RV lots come with full-service hook-ups in sizes that will accommodate mobile homes and RVs of all sizes and lengths, with standard amenities such as laundry facilities, shower areas, cable TV and high-speed wireless internet.
As for activities, take your pick from swimming in the indoor and outdoor pools, exercising in the fitness center, playing pickleball in the pickleball facility or just enjoying any of the events and classes in the three recreational halls. Feed your mind at the onsite library or your body at the Y-Cook Café!
Caliente Springs Resort, 70200 Dillon Rd. Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241
“Caliente” means “hot” in Spanish, and that’s the climate at Desert Hot Springs, although the dry air is balanced by the hot mineral springs at this 55-and-older resort located in the greater Palm Springs area. But that’s not all that’s available. Caliente Springs Resort also has pickleball and tennis courts, a 9-hole golf course and driving range, and both a fitness room and game room among its amenities. The resort has three classes of sites—Elite, Deluxe and Standard, and for those traveling with a caravan or RV group, the resort can accommodate neighboring sites.
Lakewood RV Resort, 15 Timmie Lane, Flat Rock, NC 28731
Picture this: you’re surrounded by the peace and tranquility of the Blue Ridge mountains while parked in a beautifully landscaped RV site. That’s just the beginning of what you’ll find at Lakewood RV Resort. The resort has both back-in and pull-through sites, all with electricity (30/50 amp), water and sewer hookups, concrete patios and picnic tables, and fully wired with WiFi and Direct TV. The resort has a swimming pool, fully-equipped gym, and activities including dining, dancing, live bands, shuffleboard, and horseshoes.
Local attractions include Biltmore Estate, Brevard Music Center, Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Mineral & Lapidary Museum of Henderson County, Moonshine Mountain Snow Tubing Park, The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, and Western North Carolina Air Museum.