Who doesn’t want to give their kids a summer to brag about? It’s hard work to keep “cool mom” status while carving out some space for yourself. We’ve simplified it for you. Here’s a list of the best, kid-approved summer camps in Gainesville for these dog days, and some suggestions for ways to treat yourself along the way. For more information and additional adventures in Gainesville, download our free Vacation Guide.
Our Picks for the Best Summer Camps in Gainesville, FL
Master Builder’s Save Bricksburg! Day Camp
Say it with me, Legos. Every kid loves them, every parent has stepped on them. Forget the pleasure you receive from hearing that plastic piece hit the vacuum barrel, send them to Master Builder’s Save Bricksburg! camp. Ideal for ages 4-13, the full-day camp will mimic the box office hit, The LEGO Movie. Brick-builders will create a giant solar system complete with mini stories and remote worlds that are sure to engage your child’s imagination and inner engineer. The camp is held June 4-7 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
In case you haven’t done the math yet, that’s seven hours of peace and quiet. Let’s keep it that way. Head over to Sweetwater Branch Inn and grab your picnic basket to get nestled in our private garden escape. The Edison Light Trail will lead you through the red-bricked path engulfed by lush greenery and calming sounds from the salt water pool. With the deluxe picnic option, you will open your basket to the scent of carved turkey and gourmet cheese on artisan bread, fresh quinoa salad, a crisply sliced fruit spread, and (if you really want to kick your shoes off) a Local Island Grove Blueberry Moscato to top it off.
Oak Hall’s Camp Princess & Pirates & Superheroes
Looking for something fun for your littlest littles? Back by popular demand is Oak Hall’s Camp Princess & Pirates & Superheroes. Geared towards ages 3-10, your kiddos get the chance to show off their Hulk, Cinderella, and Jake costumes all in the same week. Campers will end the week with a Royal Ball where a gang of superheroes will have to save the princesses from the lily-livered pirates.
While they’re saying Arr, we’ll have you saying Ahh as you coast carelessly through Downtown Gainesville on one of our classic 10-speeds. Don’t know where to go? We’ve got you covered with an extensive map of the must-sees in Gator Town. When you get tired from pedaling, enjoy a picnic lunch from our Inn!
Crystal Lake Adventure Camp
Want to unplug your tweens and teens this summer? Crystal Lake Adventure Camp immerses your children in the wilderness. From day one, they will begin planning their route paddling down the Suwannee River stopping along the way to set up camp, swing from rope swings and learn about all the great outdoors has to offer. Camps run weekly June 9-July 12.
You read that right. One whole week with no arguing and no attitude. That deserves a vacation. Book a private cottage at Sweetwater Branch Inn designed for you and your honey to get back to basics. Spread out on your own wrap-around porch, soak in the hot tub and, when you’re ready, come join us for a three course, chef-crafted feast with your choice of beef, fish, or chicken (vegetarian and vegan options are available).
The Gator Soccer Academy Sports Camp
UF’s soccer camp will have your kids kicking the ball around in style. Designed for ages 8-12, the fundamental-based camp will include technical practice sessions, 6 v 6 matches, lunch, and instructional videos. Students will have the opportunity to interact and ask their favorite collegiate players all of their pressing fútbol-related questions. Camp runs June 3-7 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
They’re not the only ones with the chance to get some cardio in. Combine peace with paddling on our unguided kayak trip along the Santa Fe River. We’ll provide the boat rental, life vests, and maps while you row, row, row your boat through the wide-mouthed, serene riverside.
While your children are enjoying their camps, Sweetwater Branch Inn is the perfect hideaway for you to relax and rejuvenate!
Don’t limit yourself to a fun day, book a stay in Luisa’s Room and draw yourself a restoring soak in the six-foot jacuzzi tub. Prefer to be one with nature? Bask in the Heirloom Suite’s private sunroom. Get your stay-cation plans rolling today. Browse our range of suites and cottages to start planning!