The first time we went camping, we went to Lake Louisa State Park, its closer to Orlando and was newer when we went, and we had a blast. Being that it was our first trip, we forgot a lot of stuff, but we did remember the essentials (tent, beer, firewood) so still had a good time. Back then, we only had the 3 person dome tent, but it was fine for just us, no dogs then. There was plenty to do in the area, lots of good trails and we even brought the bikes along and enjoyed the peaceful park roads and trails. Overall, we think we did pretty good for the first time, and it only got better from there.
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