RV life is perfect for the active retiree and 55+ RV parks cater to the growing Boomer-retiree demographic who have found they no longer want to camp with children running around. Or at least not all of the time!
Today I’m diving deep into these parks and why the majority of RVers appreciate this option.
Let’s dive right in!
What are 55+ RV parks all about?
The name says it all. The mission of 55+ parks is to create a mature environment for active seniors who enjoy a social lifestyle.
What states have the most 55 and older RV campgrounds?
There are several reasons that these two states attract the most retirees.
First, Arizona and Florida have beautiful weather. They can get pretty hot in the summer months but they are a great place to find a temperate winter climate.
Both states are also tax-friendly for retirees appealing to many folks.
Yuma, Arizona, is home to the most 55 and older RV campgrounds in the United States. Out of the top 25 parks in the city, 40 percent of them are age-restrictive.
Other popular cities in Arizona featuring 55+ parks are Tucson, Mesa, and Apache Junction.
Speaking of Arizona, here are 21 Arizona RV Parks You Must Visit.
Since I’m talking about Arizona, here’s a related article: What Makes Arizona Such a Hotspot for Snowbirds?
Why do people love 55+ RV parks?
In short, folks are drawn to these 55 and older RV campgrounds for their age-appropriate activities. Most parks have excellent amenities that encourage a sense of community and outdoor recreation.
Most places offer pools, tennis, and pickleball courts and even golf courses. Many parks also have a recreation center that hosts bingo nights, dinners, live music, dancing, arts and crafts, games and cards, and other hobby workshops.
While each park is different you can expect to find some activities available to residents. Many also offer a meeting place for snowbird clubs to meet. These outside organizations have their events and are excellent places for people to meet peers and make friends while camping.
Common activities at 55+ RV parks
The active lifestyle of 55+ parks is a huge attraction for baby boomers. These parks usually have great amenities that encourage outdoor activities. Pools, pickleball courts, tennis courts, and golf courses are common features.
Voyager RV Resort in Tucson is a popular 55+ RV resorts in southern Arizona. Here’s what they offer their 55+ community:
- Arts & crafts
- Live music
- Games & cards
- Hobby workshops
Are 55+ parks more expensive than normal RV parks?
The answer to this question is that there is no answer. It depends on the park.
Some 55 and older RV parks are much more affordable than others. You will pay for the amenities you receive, so parks that offer more will cost more.
There are some ways to save money, however. Consider joining a camping club like Escapees which includes many places to stay. Escapees is perfect for every age camper not just those over 55. With your membership, they combine Escapees and Xcapers RV Club.
When you stay at 55+ parks you will find other like-minded campers. You often become friends and find that you see each other at different places throughout the year.
Can people younger than 55 stay?
Again, you have to look at each park to answer this question. Some 55 and older RV parks will allow folks younger than 55 to stay. At the same time, others adhere to a strict age policy.
The bottom line is that these 55 and older RV campgrounds want respectful people who will be aware of those around them. If younger people are approved and follow the rules, there should be no issue staying there.
Also, be aware that the retirees in many age-restrictive parks want a quiet environment. It is not the place to bring young children. While us older folks love the sounds of children’s laughter there is a time and place that we want to hear it.
Most parks do not have an issue allowing those younger than 55 to stay for a short period if they have the availability.
How do you find 55+ RV Park?
One way is to just Google “over 55 RV campgrounds near me” or check your membership clubs.
Luxury RV resorts for those 55 and older
These 55-and-older RV parks are dedicated to seniors and they have some fabulous amenities.
Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort, Casa Grande, Arizona
Located mid-way between Phoenix and Tucson, Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort is minutes from Interstate 10. They have over 2,200 RV sites, park homes, and activities to keep you busy all winter.
You can play pickleball, tennis, billiards, or a round of golf on their 18-hole course. Afterward, cool off in one of their three swimming pools or Jacuzzis and soak in the mountain views. They also have card games, lawn bowling, and special events planned every week.
Tropic Winds RV Resort, Harlingen, Texas
Tropic Winds RV Resort is less than an hour from South Padre Island on the Gulf Coast. The resort includes over 500+ RV sites along with a swimming pool and spa, fitness center, and a clubhouse. The RV Park is open all year with daily, weekly, and monthly sites available.
Water’s Edge RV Resort, Punta Gorda, Florida
No matter the time of year, Florida is always an excellent option for RVers looking for a warm climate. All RV sites at Water’s Edge have full hookups and RV guests have access to the laundry room, restrooms, pool, and the fishing lake. This resort has options for full-time ownership or short-term stays so it’s possible to stay for a few days or a few months. If you visit during the peak season and want something to do expect a packed calendar of events to keep you busy every day.
Caliente Springs Resort, Desert Hot Springs, California
RVers who want an active lifestyle resort will love the amenities at Caliente Springs Resort. Caliente Springs has pickleball, water sports, golf, tennis, and more. A bonus? This park is located minutes away from Palm Springs and less than an hour from Joshua Tree National Park. This park serves the 55-and-older crowd and has RV sites for different size rigs whether big or small.
81 Palms Senior RV Resort, Deming, New Mexico
You don’t have to venture far off I-10 to reach 81 Palms Resort in Deming. The senior resort has 106 long pull-thru sites with full hookups and access to their community amenities. They have spotless restrooms and hot showers, an indoor heated swimming pool, coin-operated laundry, and a pet run.
Gold Canyon RV Resort, Gold Canyon, Arizona
Stay near where the action takes place when you park your RV at Gold Canyon RV Resort. Gold Canyon is a planned active lifestyle community with everything from park model homes to large pull-through sites with large patios and full hookups. This senior RV resort is also a golf resort and the social and service amenities are unbeatable. Since Gold Canyon is located just east of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, RVers will find entertainment, shopping, and access to adventure, all within an hour’s drive.
Golden Village Palms RV Resort; Hemet, California
While this park isn’t exclusive to 55+ folks it is tailored to the active adult lifestyle. The park features 1,000 full hook-up sites available for rent on a daily, monthly, seasonal, or annual basis. The amenities are top notch including a tournament level shuffleboard complex, regulation sand volleyball courts, championship billiards tables, a library and business center, pickleball courts as well as three pools and spas, modern laundry facilities, and a professional gym.
We RVers may wander far and wide but it’s true for most of us that we end up with some favorite Go-To places—places that draw us back again and again.
Arizona is one of those places for us. And we know it is for many RVers looking to get away and explore during the winter.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.