Any Real Family Nudist Resorts in the Mid-Atlantic Region?
We recently received the following question in our inbox with regards to resorts for nudist families:
We would like to visit a family nudist resort with our two sons, ages 17 and 13. They would be willing to go only if there are a bunch of other young kids or teens there.
What are some of the nudist resorts in the Mid-Atlantic area that typically have a large number of kids my sons’ ages? I went to one before that claimed to be nudist family-oriented but I guess the ‘nudist families’ had no kids. Please email us with some recommendations? Thanks.
Despite the number of “family-friendly” nudist resorts and naturist clubs in the U.S., there are far fewer that actually have a significant presence of nudist families and children.
It’s sad, but it seems as though naturist clubs that were once populated by families and kids, you’re now lucky if you find one or two “token” nudist children there. Anyone who has visited nudist resorts during the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s has likely noticed this change.
I grew up at Rock Lodge Club in NJ, which has always been very family-oriented. And I don’t mean they just write “Kids are welcome” on their website.
Rock Lodge has always organized special nudist family events during the summer, it has two playground areas and offers communal toys at the beach and game areas. They actually make a conscious effort to cater to nudist families with young kids.
Growing up during the 90’s, I witnessed a rapid decline in the number of kids at RL. By the time I was 12, I had one best friend my age and 1-2 other girls to hang out with, depending on who was around.
My younger brother stopped visiting our nudist club entirely because there were no longer any young boys around his age.
I haven’t spent as much time at Rock Lodge over the past few years, but fortunately, there seems to be an uptick in nudist families with children again! But whether there are 5 kids or 20 kids, I still recommend RL as they are truly a great place for young families.
But what is to account for this change in the demographic at nudist resorts and naturist clubs? My best guess is that it’s due to a lack of marketing. It’s the same reason clubs aren’t attracting young adult nudists. They’re not adapting to the 21st century and using today’s tools to bring in new people.
This lack of online presence is a major issue and unfortunately, many nudist businesses are going to go under unless they change their MO.
In addition, there may also be some clubs that decided to become more swinger-oriented, or couples-only, or decided to just cater to empty-nesters only.
Whatever the cause, I think the nudist community needs to be more pro active in bringing in more nudist families and kids again. There’s no reason nudist clubs and resorts shouldn’t be filled with them! It’s a shame to see them disappear from nudist places and ultimately, it’s a hindrance to the growth of the naturist movement as a whole.
One of the most pervasive and harmful myths about nudism in the U.S. is that it’s not “family-friendly” and that nudity is bad for children. This myth has no basis in reality, and studies on the topic have actually found that simple nudity is beneficial to kids.
But it persists and it’s constantly used an excuse to shut down nude beaches and nudist places (or to reject proposals for new ones). The lack of actual families in naturism is not helping to squash this idea.
As for the answer to the question above, I recommended visiting Rock Lodge, especially during holiday weekends and their special family days. I’ve also seen quite a few kids at Empire Haven during the annual Northeast Naturist Festival (though I can’t speak for the regular Empire Haven season, but I’m guessing there’s not usually a lot of kids.)
Big naturist events and festivals, given that they’re kid-friendly, are generally a good idea since they attract a lot of people.
Other than that, I’m kind of at a loss for this region. At other clubs, I’ve either seen just one or two kids, or we weren’t there long enough to see the usual crowd.
What can you recommend, readers? Do you know any family friendly nudist resort where you’ve seen a significant presence of families / kids in the Mid-Atlantic region? (I don’t know exactly where they live, but the Mid-Atlantic region can include New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, D.C., Virginia & West Virginia.)
This article about family nudist resorts in the Mid-Atlantic region was published by – Young Naturists and Young Nudists America YNA