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Save Money At These 3 Hidden Gems Near Orlando, Florida

Anyone who has been to Orlando knows just how bustling it can be. The area is full of people from all over the world, all of whom are flocking to see some of the most popular tourist attractions out there: Walt Disney World, Universal Studios (home of the real life Springfield), and Legoland Theme Park – just to name a few.

While this tourist destination is never boring, it can become overwhelming, especially to RVers who are accustomed to a more easygoing lifestyle. After all, spending entire days bouncing from sight to sight isn’t exactly relaxing.

Fortunately, there are a number of places where RVers and nature lovers can get away from the excitement without heading too far out of the city. Best of all, a few of the hidden gems are incredibly affordable.

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1. Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake

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Camping at Bill Fredereick Park. Photo via TripAdvisor

This is an amazing park. In fact, it is probably one of the most beautiful parks in the state. It boasts a huge number of tall trees that provide shade to the park’s visitors. Additionally, the park is home to Turkey Lake, a perfect place for fishing, boating, or just hanging out. The swimming pool and petting zoo are also definite bonuses.

There are several campsites available at Bill Frederick Park, all of which are located in a quiet nook in the very back of the park. The camping section includes a bathhouse with hot showers, as well as a laundry room. While some sites offer only electric and water, a few do offer sewer hookups for an additional fee. There is also a dump station available for those without full hookups.

The best part about this beautiful and well-equipped park? It’s totally affordable! Rates range from $16 to $20 a night. The price depends on the season—with winter considered their “high season”—but either way, this is a completely reasonable fee to pay for some pretty fabulous accommodations.

2. Orlando RV Resort (Thousand Trails)

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Dawn captured beautifully over the spring-fed lake at Orlando RV Resort. Photo via TripAdvisor

Orlando RV Resort is another really nice park. It’s well-maintained with clean bathhouses and a well-kept pool. Every site offers full hookups, but some are 30-amp only, so be sure to check before you back in.

This Thousand Trails campground offers a variety of amenities such as mini-golf and a tennis court, and entertainment options like bingo and movie nights on certain days of the week. Additionally, this park is very pretty to look at and in a prime location only 30 minutes from Disney World.

While all of these things could be said of a whole slew of Florida RV parks, there is something that makes Orlando RV Resort stand out from the rest, and that, my friends, is affordability. Thanks to the many Thousand Trails membership options out there, it’s easy for full-time RVers and even regular weekend campers to save a boatload of money by investing in a membership and seeking out Thousand Trails parks during their travels.

3. Lake Louisa State Park

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Another gorgeous day at Lake Louisa State Park. Photo via TripAdvisor

For those who prefer more primitive camping but would still like to stay near the city, Lake Louisa is a fantastic option! This state park offers gorgeous views, close encounters with local wildlife, a true camping vibe, and an incredibly affordable rate of just $24 a night.

Sites at this park included concrete pads, as well as water and electric hookups. There is a dump station, but the sites do not have sewer connections. The park also has fully equipped bathhouses.

In addition to camping, Lake Louisa State Park also offers visitors opportunities for fishing, bicycling, swimming, hiking, and more. These things, in combination with the campground’s close proximity to area attractions, all make it easy to stay busy during a camping trip at this park.

These are three of the prettiest and most affordable RV camping options in the Orlando area. Have one you’d like to add? Please share in the comments!

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