Have You Heard About The RokIsland Music Festival in Key West Florida?
In the mood for a rock-and-roll road trip to an exclusive show with major artists in an intimate venue in paradise? Pack up your RV rental and head south to Key West for the Annual RokIsland Music Festival!
Everything You Need to Know About the RokIsland Music Festival
Some of the biggest 80s rock artists in the world play a small venue in Key West, Florida, every year at the annual RokIsland Mustic Festval. Bang your head to acts like Bret Michaels, Dee Snider, Jackyl, Loverboy, Night Ranger, Skid Row, Warrant, Winger, a Dokken/Lynch Reunion, Lita Ford, and many more.
You can get one of only 4,000 tickets available starting Monday, August 9th, at 10 a.m. EST. The best way to attend this exciting music festival is to rent an RV and drive through Florida to Key West. Why not enjoy some fun and offbeat sights on your way?
RV Parks Near the RokIsland Music Festival
The Florida Keys might seem tiny after road-tripping through the grand state of Florida, but there are plenty of RV campgrounds for visitors heading to the RokIsland Music Festival.
Milemarker 4.5 is where you can pull intoLeo’s Campground and RV Park. Leo’s is a simple, family-owned campground with around 50 back-in gravel RV sites for up to 42-foot rigs with water, electric, and sewer hookups. Amenities include laundry facilities, Wi-Fi spots, tiki huts, a dog park, and water access for dinghies, kayaks, and paddleboards. NOTE: They don’t have tent sites or a bathhouse.
A great little Key West camping gem (if you can snag a reservation in time) is the El Mar R.V. Resort, just a mile and a half off U.S. 1 on Mile Marker 5. Eleven private campsites have gravel with patios for 26′ rigs or larger, 30/50 amp hookups, electric, cable and Wi-Fi, city water, and paved roads. They allow up to two pets under 25 lbs.
When you hit mile marker five, you’ll find Boyd’s Key West Campground. It has a bathhouse, laundry, pavilion with lots of activities, pool, tiki hut, boat ramp, picnic pavilion, Elsie Boyd’s Garden, and Wi-Fi hotspots. There are several types of campsites available. Reserve early and claim a premium open waterfront view of Boca Chica Basin with back-in sites. Includes water, sewer, cable, and 50/30 amp electricity.
Boyd’s is pet-friendly, but you can find pet-sitting services for your fur-babies while you are attending the RokIsland Music Festival at Abigail & Stitch Pet Resort, or contact famous local pet sitters like Bryan on Rover.com
There is one additional RV campground on Key West. The Naval Air Station Key West Campground, also called SIgsbee, is only for active and retired military, reservists, and other military members. Located right on the water with incredible sunsets, it’s the closest RV Park to the RokIsland Music Festival.
Rock Your Way South Through Florida
If you plan to drive an RV to the RokIsland Music Festival, there are some wonderful stops along your way south.
Whether you come from the west through Tallahassee and into Central Florida (10+ hours to Key West) or from the northeast along the Atlantic coast through Jacksonville (8+ hours to Key West) there are plenty of things to experience, including lots of kitschy charming towns and roadside attractions.
Take a Few Days for the Orlando Theme Parks
Obviously, the best-known Florida attractions are the parks in central Florida near Orlando. While most people think of kids and family fun here, there are thousands of activities for adults besides enjoying these major theme parks and nearby attractions:
Find an RV Campground Near Orlando, FL
Continue the Disney Magic at Fort Wilderness
You may have visited the theme parks before, but did you know that Disney has its own pet-friendly RV campground? Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort is a little pricier than your typical RV Park, but the fantastic location and amenities make it worth paying a bit more.
This amazing campground has 750 acres of forest with wildlife everywhere. There are pools with slides and whirlpools, woodland trails, Disney entertainment, horseback riding, archery, canoeing, and more. Rent an electric golf cart to get around and take advantage of the frequent buses and shuttles back and forth to the parks and airport.
Camp With Your RV at Moss Park
If you would rather save a little on camping, Moss Park is a beautiful, shaded, rustic 1500-acre campground with 54 RV sites between Lake Mary Jane and Lake Hart. Enjoy boating, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities during your stay. The campground features a large modern handicap-accessible bathhouse with wide concrete sidewalks. A downside for some (and upside for others) may be the “no pets or alcohol” rules…. and no Wi-Fi, but cell service is strong.
Enjoy Nature (or Basketball!) at Magnolia RV Park
Magnolia Park on Lake Apopka is also convenient to the theme parks and downtown Orlando. It features some uncommon amenities for a small, pet-friendly,18-site RV park, including a playground and basketball court. Each site has fire rings, grills, picnic tables, lantern hangers, water, and electric hookups. There are dump stations, showers, and flush toilets.
Relax and Swim with Manatees in Crystal River, FL
Get Some Culture in Tampa
Heading south along the Gulf from Crystal River, you’ll hit Tampa, a bustling metropolis with fantastic cultural attractions like the Salvador Dali Museum, Zoo Tampa, and the Florida Aquarium. There are top-notch restaurants and shopping, and fun neighborhoods to explore like Ybor City, also known as Tampa’s Latin Quarter.
Life is different in the Keys, so in-between concerts, be sure to have some Cuban food, swim and snorkel, dine on the beach, and check out all there is to offer in Key West.
Be Amazed by Everglades National Park
Just 200 miles south of Tampa is one of the world’s natural wonders, often called the River of Grass for its miles of slow-moving waterways: Everglades National Park. One of the most important treasures in the natural world, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve, and Wetland of International Importance.
There are some very cool things to experience scattered throughout the Everglades’ 1.5 million acres:
- Robert is Here (Florida’s most famous produce stand)
- Lake Okeechobee (Florida’s “Inland Sea”)
- Take an airboat ride in Sawgrass Park
- Step back in time at Chokoloskee Island’s Smallwood Store
- Feeling adventurous? Try slough slogging waist-deep in the swamp with a trained guide
- Florida panthers, black bears, and millions of alligators
Take advantage of these top 20 state park passes for RV campers. Rent an RV with RVnGO to explore your state or make new memories in iconic destinations.
The last question you have is which RV do you choose, a Class A or Class C?
RV Camping in the Everglades
If you are interested in RV camping inside Everglades National Park on your way to the RokIsland Music Festival, there are only two drive-in campgrounds within the park:
The Flamingo Campgrounds are on a breezy open field near the Florida Bay and have showers, two dump stations, picnic tables, grills, and an amphitheater. The sites have pull-through parking spaces and some have electrical hookups. There are 30A-20A-50A pedestals that DO NOT have water at the sites. Filling stations are available next to the dump stations.
Long Pine Key Campground is a few miles from the Anhinga Trail at Royal Palm. Amenities here include restrooms, cold showers, a dump station, and freshwater fill-ups. All tent spaces are first come, first serve, but call ahead for one of the 108 RV sites.
Camp and Snorkel at Dry Tortugas National Park
As you get nearer to Key West, you’ll encounter Dry Tortugas National Park. This park comprises seven beautiful reef islands that make up the Dry Tortugas. Take a tour of Fort Jefferson, built in the 1880s, then enjoy the gorgeous beaches and snorkeling in the clear, shallow waters.
Primitive camping is available (no RVs) in the Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles from civilization. Reservations sell out up to a year in advance so plan ahead!
Renting an RV to Travel to the RokIsland Music Festival
If you plan to fly to Florida and then travel by RV to the RokIsland Music Festival,RVnGO has a wide variety of one-way RVs for rent to suit your needs near Key West. In Florida, there are three cities in which you can rent or drop off a one-way rental. Check the RVnGO availability in Orlando in central Florida, and Princeton or Homestead, which are south of Miami closest to the Keys.