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The best adult summer camps in America

Because why should kids get to have all the fun? Secure your spot at one of the top adult summer camps in the U.S.

Lauren Dana
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Lauren Dana

Summer is essentially synonymous with camp if you're a kid—just think back to your childhood and picture warm, sunny afternoons out on the water or in the woods. But that doesn't mean the fun stops when you grow up, and we don't mean taking up a job as a counselor. Feeling nostalgic for the good ol' days? Consider attending an adult summer camp in the U.S., where you can partake in classic outdoor adventures like kayaking and archery, albeit with a grown-up flair (think: mimosas or Bloody Marys at breakfast, cocktails in the evening and that include arts and crafts and spirits tasting). Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best adult summer camps across America—ultra-luxe offerings included.

Best adult summer camps in the U.S.

Summercamp | Martha’s Vineyard, MA
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1. Summercamp | Martha’s Vineyard, MA

Summercamp in Massachusetts is inspired by—you guessed it—summer camp. The area surrounding the 95-room property was a former 'camp' hotspot for the Methodist Church. Today, the boutique hotel is chock-full of fun and nostalgia-inducing touches like a canteen (Cracker Jacks and Dreamsicles, anyone?), vintage games (Twister), hanging chairs in the lobby, and a sprawling porch. You can also expect plenty of colorful accents, too. Meanwhile, the rustic- and retro-inspired interiors—some of which come complete with bunk beds to truly drive the summer camp theme home—are another highlight.

Camp No Counselors | NY and CA
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2. Camp No Counselors | NY and CA

Camp No Counselors offers an all-inclusive, adults-only summer camp experience at actual summer camps across New York, California, and Florida. Participants can enjoy various activities and events, including themed soirees, plus plenty of live music. You can also expect a slew of camp traditions like Olympics and talent shows, along with lip sync battles and slip n’ slide flip cup. All in all, the options are seemingly endless: Try your hand at rock climbing, enter a dodgeball tournament, show off your creativity at arts & crafts, head to yoga with a cocktail in hand, or simply lounge out by the pool.

Sorrel River Ranch | Moab, UT
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3. Sorrel River Ranch | Moab, UT

Adventure awaits at the 240-acre Sorrel River Ranch in Moab in the form of horseback riding, off-roading, hot air balloon rides, mountain biking, hiking, rafting and so much more. Alternatively, keep things simple—and far more relaxed—by opting for a massage at the on-site spa or picking veggies in the Sorrel Garden. All sorts of classic lawn games, from pickleball and bocce ball to cornhole to croquet, can be enjoyed here, too. Lastly, end your day by the bonfire—or a nightcap at Epic Bar, which has its own roaring fire—before retreating to your rustic-chic suite, complete with a private porch and postcard-worthy views.

The Woods | Lehighton, PA
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4. The Woods | Lehighton, PA

Ever played volleyball while naked? Well, now’s your chance at this members-only, clothing-optional LGBTQ+ getaway. At The Woods, couples and singles can mix it up between lake activities, hiking, and hot tubbing. The clubhouse is the nighttime gathering spot, with deejayed dance parties and a bonfire area just out back. Also, be sure to come prepared: special themed weekends include everything from naked foam parties or mass skinny-dipping. Are you up for the thrill? You'll need to become a member first.

Big Cedar Lodge | Ridgedale, MO
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5. Big Cedar Lodge | Ridgedale, MO

Big Cedar Lodge calls itself "America’s Premier Wilderness Resort," and it’s easy to see why. The property, which is located in the Ozark Mountains, spans 4,600-plus acres alone. Campers of all ages will especially love the 50,000-square-foot activity center, which boasts underwater-themed bowling, laser tag, an arcade, bumper cars, and a golf simulator, to name just a few. You can also choose from all sorts of other activities like water sports, shuffleboard, volleyball, bonfires, pickleball, horseback riding, guided hiking, biking, mini-golfing, fishing, boating, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and, of course, relaxing on the sandy beach. 

Space Camp | Huntsville, AL
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6. Space Camp | Huntsville, AL

Okay, so you don’t technically launch into the stratosphere, but everything else about Space Camp is pretty damn cool. Here, you can channel your inner Sally Ride and train on astronaut simulators, including a gravity chair and that multiaxial doohickey you always see in the movies. You’ll also help build and launch a model rocket and immerse yourself in the history of the US space program. Be warned: You’ll not only train like an astronaut but also sleep and eat like one, too, which means dorm-like facilities and cafeteria-style food await.

Camp Halcyon | WI, MI and PA
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7. Camp Halcyon | WI, MI and PA

Before 2024, Camp Halcyon’s adults-only summer camp retreats were only offered on their Wisconsin campgrounds; however, this year, the company has expanded programming in Michigan and Pennsylvania to make the experience more accessible for fun-loving kids-at-heart across the country. The camp, open to folks ages 21-plus, offers the perfect balance of structure and free time. Activities include beach volleyball, archery, crafting, cooking classes, watersports and even beer, spirits and wine tastings. Speaking of alcohol, it’s worth mentioning that drinks are included: Mornings include mimosas and Bloody Mary bars, while evenings are made all the more fun thanks to the addition of nighty cocktail service. At the end of their action-packed day, campers will retreat to their cot housed in one of the co-ed cabins nestled among the trees.

The Green O | Greenough, MT
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8. The Green O | Greenough, MT

Think of The Green O as a hotel-within-a-hotel since it’s part of the 37,000-acre Resort at Paws Up. This smaller, adults-only property is perfect for those searching for seclusion sans-sacrificing luxury accommodations or amenities. Accommodations here are called hauses and there are just 12 of them, some of which are suspended above the ground. However, each offers plenty of natural light via floor-to-ceiling windows, plus a fireplace and plenty of outdoor space for taking in the tranquil forest views. Craving even more adventure? Sign up for horseback riding, fly-fishing, boating, hiking or climbing excursions. 

Adult Band Camp | Interlochen, MI
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9. Adult Band Camp | Interlochen, MI

Woodwinds, strings, percussion, and brass come together at the Michigan arts institution for an intense week of full orchestral rehearsals interspersed with sectional retreats, master classes and private lessons. Adult Band Camp concludes with a performance open to the public, and, considering that Interlochen attracts artists and musicians from all over the country, the pressure is definitely high. Luckily, the bucolic 1,200-acre campus, bookended by two lakes, will help you maintain your zen mindset and counteract any stage fright that may come your way.

Camp Wandawega | Elkhorn, WI
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10. Camp Wandawega | Elkhorn, WI

Once a Latvian church camp, Wandawega has been transformed into a hip haven for the Midwest creative class: Chefs, artists, brewers and architects have all gathered at the lakeside grounds for private, unplugged retreats. Bygone activities abound, from canoeing and dock fishing to shuffleboard and archery. No food or drink is included, but outdoor grills and smokers mean you can indulge in multiple DIY barbecues daily. Accommodations, which range from tents to vintage cabins to renovated homes, are bookable through Airbnb.

The WoodenBoat School | Brooklin, ME
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11. The WoodenBoat School | Brooklin, ME

Most summertime art projects are not made to last. A wooden boat, however, is forever. At this sleepover retreat in coastal Maine, you’ll get to build the boat of your dreams—a sea skiff, a dinghy, maybe even a wooden kayak—using traditional plans and building methods. At night, retire to a shared student house on the school’s gorgeous 60-acre 'saltwater campus' and wake up to the rocky harbor views. Alternatively, those who prefer doing to making can explore the myriad overnight sailing and kayaking programs.

Camp Rahh | Samish Island, WA
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12. Camp Rahh | Samish Island, WA

Camp Rahh will host its annual retreat from August 22 to 25 this year. Spanning 47 acres on serene Samish Island, Washington, the campground is flanked by natural beauty in the form of tranquil forest, expansive grassland and pristine private beaches along Padilla Bay—all setting the scene for a fun-filled, nature-centric escape. Open to all adults ages 18-plus, regardless of race, sex, sexuality, political affiliation, and religion, Camp Rahh offers a curated list of activities ranging from meditation and creative writing to kayaking and cooking classes to dance parties and wellness workshops. Tuition includes lodging (bunk beds in designated gender and gender-neutral cabins), roundtrip transportation to and from Seatle, and all meals, snacks and drinks. Lastly, it’s worth mentioning that Camp Rahh is completely tech-free, so feel free to ditch the phone and the laptop.


13. Hutton Brickyards | Kingston, NY

Spanning 73 acres along the banks of the Hudson River and surrounded by forests and hills, this Hudson Valley hideout is perfect for grown-ups seeking some good old-fashioned summer fun. On-site activities include guided nature walks, archery, yoga and happy hours spent around the fire pit. Wellness-seekers will especially enjoy the waterfront saunas, while gourmands will also appreciate the decadent breakfast or brunch offerings delivered straight to your doorstep. The River Pavilion, helmed by chef David Silverman, offers mouthwatering bites inspired by local treasures, such as house-smoked Hudson steelhead trout, wild mushroom stew and even the local farm's green salad.

Club Getaway | Kent, CT
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14. Club Getaway | Kent, CT

For long weekends throughout the summer, fun-loving adults, many from NYC, gather at Club Getaway for team sports like basketball and softball, water activities such as kayaking, waterskiing and water trampolines, plus adventurous retreats, including rock climbing, trapeze and plenty of on-site festivities. The upscale, rustic-inspired cabins—which include AC, memory foam mattresses, daily housekeeping and private baths—offer views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

The Point Resort | Saranac Lake, NY
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15. The Point Resort | Saranac Lake, NY

For a truly luxe summer camp experience, look no further than The Point Resort, a Relais & Chateaux property. Situated along the shores of Upper Saranac Lake, this historic 75-acre estate, built for William Avery Rockefeller II nearly a century ago, serves as an idyllic retreat for well-heeled grown-ups looking to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the real world. Take your pick of popular outdoor activities such as watersports (including tubing, kayaking, and paddleboarding, to name a few), tennis, badminton, croquet, yoga, lawn games and hiking. However, don't expect traditional bunk-style accommodations; guests stay in luxury rooms with hand-crafted beds, a stone wood-burning fireplace, and outdoor sitting areas.

Cedar Lakes Estate | Port Jervis, NY
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16. Cedar Lakes Estate | Port Jervis, NY

Cedar Lakes Estate spans a whopping 500 acres, so you’ll have plenty of room to stay and play. And play they shall: All guests here gain access to the sprawling grounds, including the use of lakes, pools, hiking and biking trails, bonfire pits, and tennis and basketball courts. Additional activities include boating, movie screenings under the stars, and guided yoga classes. The fairytale-worthy wooden cottages offer rustic-chic decor like animal hide rugs and antler chandeliers and some even offer stone fireplaces or patios equipped with an outdoor grill for summer BBQs.

Hidden Pond | Kennebunkport, ME
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17. Hidden Pond | Kennebunkport, ME

Look no further than Hidden Pond in Maine for a secluded summer hideaway. The dynamic property is surrounded by 60 acres of tranquil forest; however, this isn’t your typical rustic retreat. Instead, fun-loving guests can enjoy luxury amenities like two outdoor swimming pools and an adults-only treetop spa. Accommodations range from multi-bedroom cottages complete with fireplaces and furnished patios to contemporary two-person bungalows outfitted with marble bathrooms. When you’re not relaxing in your room, take advantage of the many on-site activities, including yoga, guided nature walks, berry picking at the on-site farm, biking and more. 


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