The Larry & Penny Thompson Park is a first class campground in Miami-Dade County. This beautiful campground is right next door to the Zoo Miami. The park is named after the late Thompsons who were avid campers and civic leaders in in South Florida. This campground is one of the last portions of leftover wilderness in Miami! The University of Miami used to own this land and there are remnants left of their old fruit groves. You will see avocado, mango and lychee trees that act as a natural buffer throughout the campground.
This beautiful, natural campground is full of wildflowers, palmettos, and rock pinelands. It is a natural South Florida Woodland and is a great place for families to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the last of this Florida wilderness. There are beautiful hiking trails, bridle trails, walking paths and more. The campgrounds are open year round and have tent camping locations and special campsites for recreation vehicles complete with full electrical and water hook ups.
240 campsites for recreational vehicles - pets are allowed in these areas only.
4 large restroom and laundry facilities with hot showers
A camp store
Jogging and Bike Trails
This park and campground is a popular day trip for the locals. The park features three large waterslides that are carved into a rock mountain and slide into a pool. There is a breathtaking sandy white beach with a clear blue lake that visitors like to call an "island swimming pool". You do not have to camp here to enjoy the water recreational activities. There are day rates for the slides and the beach. The beach, and slides are open seasonally and there are lifeguards present.
If you are looking for a place to get away from the city, then this campground is the perfect location to enjoy the woods and nature ,and relax in the water at the same time.