Washington state is blessed with natural beauty to explore. Of all of Washington’s state parks, seven offer big family-friendly accommodation. Ranging from beachfront bungalows to cabins in the woods to lighthouse residences, there’s a lodging option your big family will enjoy.
Cama Beach State Park, situated on Camano Island one hour north of Seattle, is the perfect getaway for any family. The seaside resort moves at a slower pace – hearkening back to its 1950s heyday. Families can go hiking on the 15 miles of trails or hit the water for fishing, swimming, or boating. The park also features a café and great hall, toy boat building, wildlife viewing, and activities for children.
Cama Beach has several cabins and bungalows available, many of which are on the waterfront. You can book cabins for up to six people and bungalows for up to eight. Some of the accommodation options at the park allow pets for a small fee as well.
Anglers will love Conconully State Park, with two lakes where you can catch Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, or Rainbow Trout. With 48 feet of dock, boat ramps, and waterskiing as well, families won’t be short on water activities at the park. Things don’t die down when the weather gets cold, either – guests can enjoy cross-country skiing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling.
Conconcully has a few cabins on site, one of which accommodates up to six people. The park’s campgrounds are sprawling as well, with spaces to hook up an RV or set up a tent. Nearby resorts and Gibson’s North Fork Lodge also have lodging available for big families.
Potholes State Park is a camping park on Potholes Reservoir – not to be confused with the Pothole Lakes, which are about a 30-minute drive from the park. The water is great for fishing year-round, and as well as kayaking, paddleboarding, and waterskiing during the summer. Families will also find three miles of hiking trails, campgrounds, and wildlife viewing.
Two of the park’s on-site cabins sleep up to six people. If you don’t fancy camping at the park or staying in one of the cabins, the Mar Don RV resort is only two miles away, and a few hotels and motels are nine miles away.
Don’t let the name fool you – this state park on the base of Long Beach Peninsula is a gem of southwestern Washington state. The beach at Cape Disappointment State Park is humming with activity, from picnicking and beachcombing to kite-flying. The park isn’t far from other Long Beach recreation areas, where families can find go-carts, horseback riding, art galleries, and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.
Have you and your family ever wanted to sleep in a lighthouse? At Cape Disappointment, three lighthouse keeper’s residences are available for rent and each accommodates up to six people.
Does your big family want an outdoorsy vacation without having to sacrifice on luxury? Then Fort Worden State Park is perfect for you. As a former officer’s quarters, the park is a living history lesson. Visit the Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum, Commanding Officer’s House, and Marine Science Center to learn all about life at Fort Worden during World Wars I and II.
The park offers campsites and dormitories, but the highlights are the 36 Victorian-style vacation homes with views of the beach. They have anywhere from three to six bedrooms and fit between seven and 14 people.
Millersylvania provides any large family the state park vacation they’re looking for. With campgrounds, trails for hiking, outdoor kitchen shelters for eating together, and a host of water activities, kids and adults won’t be bored at Millersylvania. On the water, you can go fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, or pedal boating.
The park offers families of up to six accommodation at the Lakeside Cottage, a two-story vacation home built in the 1920s. For those who want the “glamping” experience, Pampered Wilderness offers luxury campsites to groups as well. There are also resorts and hotels in the nearby capital Olympia.
Located on beautiful Orcas Island, Moran State Park attracts guests from all over the country. Your big family can go hiking on one of the dozens of trails throughout the park or visit the famous Mt. Constitution, a Russian-style guard tower constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Cascade Lake and Mountain Lake are available for boating, fishing, paddleboating, and row boating.
The Camp Moran Vacation House is a comfortable vacation rental that suits eight guests. Other options for big groups include the Orcas Island Bayside Cottages and a nearby bed and breakfast. Camping is also allowed within the park.
Enjoy historic accommodations with full amenities in beautiful Washington Parks available for rental year-round.
- Cape Disappointment State Park – 3 lighthouse keeper residences
- Fort Columbia State Park – Scarborough house sleeps up to 12
- Fort Flagler State Park – Waterway House sleeps up to 8
- Millersylvania State Park – Lakeside Cottage
- Moran State Park – Vacation house sleeps up to 8