Your Guide to RV Campgrounds for Adults Over 21

From glamping weekends for ladies only to summer camp for adults, the adults only camping craze is catching on. RV campgrounds have led this trend, with over-21 and over-50 campgrounds located across the country. If you long to find an RV camping destination where the kiddies can’t come along, our guide to adults only RV campgrounds is a good place to start.

Camping for adults only comes in a variety of styles. Let’s look at the most common options available for adults who prefer to camp without kids around.

Over-21 RV Resorts

The first type of adults only campground is the over-21 RV resort, where activities and amenities cater to adult campers. A quick check of the what’s offered at Edge-O-Dells Resort in Wisconsin will give you a good idea of what’s out there. Guests there enjoy an on-site restaurant and bar with live music, a large pool with hot tub and quick access to the local casino. Special events like weekly Bike Nights keep the party atmosphere humming, a common theme for campgrounds that cater to the over-21 crowd.

Over 21 rv camping

Over 21 rv camping

If you’re hoping to find a more peaceful adults only setting,  Wild Duck Campground and RV Park in Maine’s Scarborough Marsh is a good example of an over-21 campground for nature lovers. This type of campground tends to be situated in pristine natural settings where outdoor recreation is easy to access.

No matter which style camper you are, you should be able to easily locate a no-kids-allowed campground to suit your fancy.

 

Over-50 RV Resorts

With so many seniors choosing full-time RV living, there’s been an explosion of over-50 campgrounds to meet their needs. From long-term campsites for snowbirds in states with mild winter weather to overnight camping for older campers on the move, RV resorts for seniors understand the needs of the over-50 set.

One of the ways these campgrounds attract a steady stream of RVers is by offering a range of amenities to appeal to active seniors or older campers who prefer to stay close to the campground, as well as retired campers who’ve chosen to pursue an ‘encore career’ while on the road. Cable television and wireless internet, exercise classes or facilities and venues for outdoor recreation such as golf, fishing and hiking nearby top the list of features seniors look for in an RV resort.

Need an example of what might be available if you’re one of the flood of older campers hitting the road?  Winterset RV Resort on Florida’s Gulf Coast keeps campers happy with an on-site wood shop, fitness center, business center and a full schedule of planned activities. They welcome both long-term ‘snowbirds’ and overnight campers fifty-five and over.

Where to Find Adults Only RV Campgrounds

Where can you find a campground that doesn’t allow kids? An easy way to start your search is by checking the online directories of RV clubs. Passport America and Good Sam members, for example, can search for adults only RV resorts and then add additional search filters to find the amenities they prefer.

A simple internet search for “RV campgrounds for adults only” or a similar search phrase will also yield many pages of options to explore. You can narrow down your search online by adding the state or city you’d like to visit.

Once you’ve found the place that sounds perfect for your next RV camping vacation, be sure to read their Rules and Regulations page so you’ll know if there are restrictions on things like pets and under-age visitors. Check their schedule of activities and outdoor recreation options. You may find you can enjoy a well-rounded vacation taking advantage of what’s available free for RV park visitors.

Camping without kids can be a nice break for parents or an RV-lifestyle choice. Whatever your reason for choosing a child-free campground (or seniors-only resort), we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what’s available near your chosen destination.

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Five Northwest Lake Destinations to Discover

Out of RV Travel Ideas?

If you camp by RV often, you may find the same old campgrounds losing their luster. We’ve got five enticing lake destinations in America’s rugged Northwest to help restart your RV camping hearts. Pick one from our list below and get back on the road to camping fun.

  1.   Washington – Lake Chelan

Located in the mountainous forests of Central Washington, Lake Chelan is a developed lake ringed by resort properties, quaint villages and abundant RV camping options.

Sunset at Lake Chelan, WA

Sunset at Lake Chelan, WA

Winding its way through Lake Chelan National Recreation AreaLakeshore RV Resort, operated by the city of Chelan, features full-service amenities paired with a swimming beach and easy access to services in town.the lake is custom-made for outdoor recreation. Boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and camping are popular ways to enjoy the bright blue waters of Lake Chelan and the surrounding Cascades. Campers are also within an easy drive of wineries, galleries, restaurants and shops in two lakeside villages – Chelan and Manson. A must-do day trip idea—hike or take the passenger ferry to the rustic village of Stehekin to enjoy unspoiled beauty.    

  1.   Oregon – Lake of the Woods

If you’ve been RV camping in Oregon, you’ve probably camped at magnificent Crater Lake. We’d like to offer Oregon travelers another possibility—RV camping at Lake of the Woods, a smaller, more intimate setting with plenty of woodsy charm.

Lake of the Woods, in Oregon’s Southern Cascades, is a high mountain lake kept full year-round by snow runoff and natural springs. Kokanee salmon, German Brown and Rainbow Trout thrive in the cold, clear waters at five-thousand-feet elevation.

Lake of the Woods Resort operates the camping concession within Fremont-Winema National Forest. Their small, nicely wooded campground features full hook-up and electric & water sites and is close to the marina.

Plan to spend many hours outdoors at this lush mountain paradise, where trails wind through old-growth forests, around the lake and beyond to nearby mountains. Views of Mt. McLoughlin frame your journey as you paddle a canoe or kayak along the lake’s shoreline.

  1.   Idaho – Lake Coeur d’Alene

Lake Coeur d’Alene in Northern Idaho is famous for its bright blue waters and first-class outdoor recreation. Camp in one of several RV campgrounds and resorts near the city of Coeur d’Alene and enjoy tour boat cruises, guided fishing excursions for chinook and bass, and golf on one of ten courses that ring this stunningly scenic lake.

Trails in and around the city (be sure to try Tubbs Hill), as well as a section of the seventy-mile Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, cater to hikers, trail runners and mountain biking enthusiasts. Adjacent Coeur d’Alene National Forest is also home to hundreds of miles of trails.

  1.   Montana – Flathead Lake

Been promising your camping companions a fishing charter experience? There’s no better place in Montana to fish than Flathead Lake, the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi.

Situated in the valley adjacent to Glacier National Park, Flathead Lake is fed by two cold, clear rivers. Local outfitters can guide you to where the forty-plus-pound Lake Trout (Mackinaws) feed.

If you’re not into fishing, never fear. The lake is surrounded by hiking trails, two scenic highways that skirt the lake’s thirty-mile length and plenty of places to enjoy wildlife watching, swimming, water sports and comfortable Montana RV camping.

Speaking of camping, Finley Point State Park Campground and a half-dozen private RV parks ring the lake, offering a variety of amenities. Most are on the water or in the lakeside towns of Polson, Bigfork and Rollins.

  1.   Wyoming – Jackson Lake

One of the star attractions of Grand Teton National Park is the collection of alpine lakes within the park’s boundaries. Several of these mountain lakes are remote, accessible to hikers and tent campers. There are, however, RV camping options near the chilly, pristine waters of Jackson Lake.

Colter Bay RV Park, five minutes from Jackson Lake, is a full-service campground with full-hookups and easy access to services in Colter Bay Village. Colter Bay Campground is a large, wooded campground suitable for dry camping in an RV. Showers, laundry facilities and a dump station are close by.

Why camp at Jackson Lake while visiting Grand Teton National Park? It’s centrally located for access to all the park has to offer. The lake itself is famous for cutthroat, brown trout and lake trout fishing, and is also perfect for launching your sailboat or kayak. Boat tours are offered throughout the summer to give campers an up-close view of Mt. Moran and other jagged peaks that border the lake.

Pick a lake that appeals to your heart and plan to go RV camping soon in America’s glorious Northwest. Be sure to let us know which lakeside camping adventure you’ll be repeating!

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Ten Outstanding RV Campgrounds near San Francisco

We’ve shared a lot with our readers about the joys of visiting the San Francisco area, so we thought we’d help your planning even more by adding a list of outstanding San Francisco area RV campgrounds. Knowing you’ll find great amenities, friendly staff and easy access to Bay Area attractions can make all the difference on your San Francisco RV camping vacation. Here’s our list!

  • Ranked among the best RV parks in the Bay Area by Woodall’s, Coyote Valley RV Resort in San Jose has something for everyone. A short drive takes you to San Francisco, great area golf courses and beautiful Monterey. While at the resort, enjoy the salt water pool, free WiFi and satellite TV, an outdoor games area and a nicely-equipped clubhouse.
  • Across the Bay and an easy drive west of San Francisco, the charming city of Pleasanton is home to Fair Park RV. Situated on the Alameda County Fairgrounds, this park gives campers the chance to easily visit San Francisco or branch out into Livermore Wine Country. The scenic mountain setting and affordable amenities make this park a hit with our RV rental customers.
  • Hoping to camp at the closest RV park to Golden Gate National Recreation Area? Golden Gate Trailer Park is just a few minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge, so pull that big rig to a halt in one of their campsites and get ready to enjoy everything San Francisco has to offer.
  • Looking for a picturesque setting outside the clamor of the city? Maple Leaf RV Park in Morgan Hill is located an hour south of the Bay Area and fits that description perfectly. Get ready to be charmed by the beauty of this large park close enough to area attractions but pleasantly away from it all.
  • North of San Francisco in Novato, Novato RV Park is highly-rated by our San Francisco RV rental customers. Camp sites that accommodate the big rigs, nice seasonal discounts and the easy drive to San Francisco attractions are just three reasons to park your RV in Novato.
  • An hour north of San Francisco and surrounded by stunningly gorgeous scenery, Olema RV Resort and Campground is the kind of place RVers return to frequently. While traveling to San Francisco is easy from this RV park, you’ll also find yourselves next door to Point Reyes National Seashore! Plan extra time to enjoy the wonders of this coastal RV campground.
  • San Francisco RV Resort – Pacifica: Ocean views just a short drive from the city; what could be better while on vacation? With many pull-thru sites, full hookups including 50 amp service and free WiFi, this park will become your comfortable home-away-from-home.
  • San Francisco/North Petaluma KOA is another area campground that receives high marks from our customers. Convenient to Point Reyes National Seashore, San Francisco and the vineyards of Napa Valley, this campground allows you to fully enjoy the region. Come home from exploring and play a game of bocce ball as you sip a glass of Napa Valley wine. Heaven!
  • Tradewinds RV Park of Vallejo keeps you close to both Napa Valley and the high-speed San Francisco Ferry that will carry you across San Pablo Bay and on to the San Francisco Bay area. Explore the Golden Gate Bridge, the lighthouses and Alcatraz and then ferry back to your luxurious RV rental for a well-deserved rest.
  • Another highly-rated park in the lovely town of Morgan Hill, Uvas Pines RV Park features shady campsites and friendly hosts with a quiet setting. Enjoy the convenience of camping close to Hwy 101 and come home to a peaceful night’s sleep outside the bustle of the Bay Area.
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Fun at Live Oak Landing in Freeport Florida

Our friends at RVC Outdoor Destinations kindly shared this with us about their new campground Live Oak Landing.

Nestled along the Choctawhatchee Bay with direct water frontage on the gorgeous Black Creek, Live Oak Landing is a beautiful campground committed to offering its guests a hotel-like experience in the ideal natural environment. Each one of the RV campsites is concrete, complete with full hook-ups, 50 amp service, cable and Wi-Fi.

Its several century old Live Oak trees take campers back to a time when things moved at a more relaxing pace. Yet, should you feel the urge to go into town, Destin is merely minutes away with some of the best shopping and seafood restaurants in the South. If you want to bring your friends, but they don’t own an RV, no worries! There are brand-new furnished cottages to rent near the RV sites. This unique combination of seclusion and proximity are what make Live Oak Landing such a highly desirable destination.

Some of the more notable features of Live Oak Landing include:

  • A boat ramp and dock providing guests with easy access to the water
  • Direct boat access to Choctawhatchee Bay, the Gulf, rivers, bayous, and intercoastal waterway
  • Fishing either from some excellent on-property fishing spots or through available fishing charters to experience some of the very best bayou, river, bay, and Gulf Coast fishing in the region.

It sounds like if northwest Florida is in your travel plans you should be sure to add Live Oak Landing to your must-see list of campgrounds.

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Take in Historic St. Augustine from Pacetti’s Campground & Marina

This was kindly provided to us by our friends at Pacetti’s Campground & Marina.

Pacetti’s RV Park & Marina is located at on Trout Creek, a tributary of the beautiful St. Johns River. The campground showcases the best that country charm has to offer. The 23-acre campground has huge oak trees, and the creek is perfect for fishing right off the campground’s docks. Bring your RV, tent, or even rent a cabin. The campground has a boat ramp and boat slips for your boat too. This is the perfect location to get away from all the crowds and just relax and enjoy leisurely days by the creek. When you are ready for some shopping, golf, and area attractions, everything is just a short drive from Pacetti’s.

Attractions Near Pacetti’s RV Park & Marina

Historic St. Augustine is just one of the many attractions located near Pacetti’s RV Park & Marina. Think about taking a trolley tour, horse and carriage ride, or even a riverboat to see St. Augustine. And of course do not forget St. Augustine’s beaches!

Other attractions include:

  • The World Golf Village that is only a 10 minute drive away. The Imax Theater, Renaissance Resort and Murray Brothers Caddy Shack restaurant are all located there.
  • The St. Augustine Outlet Mall, a full day of shopping that is only 20 minutes away.
  • Ft. Matanzas with guides dressed in character and real working cannons.
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not, always a family favorite.

There are many other attractions that would appeal to visitors of all ages. The staff Pacetti’s RV Park & Marina is very knowledgeable about the area, and will strive to help you with your plans.

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Great RV Campground Hosts Make All the Difference

Why do you return to the same RV campgrounds year after year? Chances are it’s because you’ve made a connection with the campground hosts there. No matter if you camp the Maine coastline or prefer plush RV resorts in Arizona, the presence of great RV campground hosts make all the difference in a memorable stay.

So what makes an RV campground host great? We’ve done a little research on the topic, and identified three traits that have motorhome campers singing the praises of campground hosts. We’ve also provided links to spots where the campground hosts get rave reviews in each category.

Great RV Campground Hosts are Friendly
The RV campground hosts we hear good things about consistently embrace the job of welcoming weary RV travelers with a smile. And that’s not easy! Consider how busy RV parks can be in peak vacation season. That means a certain number of inconsiderate campers who want to party or run their generators all night. That means RV-traveling pet owners who don’t clean up after Fifi. But the best RV campground hosts take it all in stride. They firmly enforce their campground’s rules and accommodate reasonable requests with a smile.

3 Ponds Campground in Brentwood, NH is a great example of an RV campground where the hosts consistently get big props for friendly, caring service.

Great RV Campground Hosts Know the Area
From talking to RV travelers for years, we know a campground host who knows a lot about the local area can be invaluable. Here’s a stellar example of friendly, helpful RV campground hosts who can help with local travel information: KOA Yellowstone Kampground has its own Facebook page where frequent updates on ski slope and road conditions, campground upgrades, and Northern Arizona events are posted. These folks really know their local area and want you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.

Great RV Campground Hosts Go Above and Beyond
Sometimes the nicest things happen at RV campgrounds in the midst of emergencies. RV travelers have shared wonderful stories of campground hosts who have gone above and beyond to help get a vacation back on track.

Here are some campgrounds with hosts who rate high marks consistently for doing what it takes to make a vacation enjoyable:

A great RV campground host really does make all the difference. We hope, when you discover one of these friendly, helpful folks (and there are plenty of them out there!), that you’ll let other RVers know about your experience. It’s a tough job that takes a special person to host an RV park that draws visitors year after year. Our hats are off to the people who help make RV camping one of America’s favorite vacation pastimes!

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10 Reasons You Should Visit Panama City and Panama City Beach, Florida

Many thanks to Pamela Wright of Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort, in Panama City Beach, Florida for this blog post.

  1. If you head east on I-98 from Pensacola to Fort Walton you are going to find wall to wall traffic, shopping malls and hotels. This can be quite exhilarating if you enjoy the feel of the big city stretched out along the beach, but if you would prefer a slower pace, you need to keep heading west to Panama City Beach and Panama City, Florida. You will still have the options of shopping at a modern mall, eating at an award winning restaurant and soaking up the sun on the beach – just at a more leisurely pace.
  2. At the tip of Panama City Beach lies St. Andrews State Park. A beautiful park with a lot to offer; not the least of which is the shuttle service to Shell Island. Walk along the quiet beach searching for shells, sit and relax on the white sugar sand beach, or watch the Skate (think manta ray but smaller) frolicking in the surf.
  3. Take a ride out into the gulf to watch the dolphin at play. They are beautiful creatures who give you a sense of serenity.
  4. Cross the Hathaway Bridge to visit the deceptively quiet towns of St. Andrews and Panama City. There are a lot of choices when it comes to food. Nothing quite as nice as sitting on a deck, gazing out over the lagoon and enjoying that glass of wine with a great salad.
  5. Check out the art scene, the antiques scene, and the “old” town scene along Harrison Avenue in Panama City. Lots to choose from. If you make it on a Friday evening beginning in March, you can also participate in the Friday Fest. Lots of fun, music, people watching and, once again, great food.
  6. Panama City Beach has a very active Senior Center where you can do anything from practice Yoga, to make jewelry, to paint. The price is right, the atmosphere is fun filled and you are guaranteed to learn something.
  7. Check out the theater scene! Musicals, plays, symphonies, what more could you ask for?
  8. Take a drive on I-98 heading east and visit the Forgotten Coast of Florida. Stop at Mexico Beach and visit the shops, head for Apalachicola for the freshest oysters and on the way check out the lighthouses.
  9. Be sure to visit the local seafood markets for the freshest fish, shrimp and my personal favorite…blue crab. Great taste, good for you and a whole lot cheaper than up north.
  10. Relax at Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort, one of only 17 RV parks nationwide to attain Trailer Life’s coveted 10/10*/10 rating. Just north of the Zoo in Panama City Beach, you can’t find a better place to stay.

If those aren’t enough reasons for you to plan a visit to Panama City Beach and Panama City, Florida, then you will just have to wait for the next installment. See you soon!

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RV Vacation: Visiting the Covered Bridges of New England

For a picture postcard perfect RV vacation this Autumn, why not enjoy both the Fall foliage and the covered bridges of New England? A journey to the historic bridges of one (or all) of the New England States gets a big boost of color in Autumn. Pack your bags as we journey East on an RV vacation to visit the covered bridges of New England.

Where Exactly is “New England?”

Unless you’re from the region, you may be confusing which Eastern states make up “New England.” This wonderfully scenic region consists of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. It also encompasses some of the most scenic backroads in America, and that’s where you’ll find the fabled covered bridges of New England.

Where Will I Find New England’s Covered Bridges?

Connecticut’s Covered Bridges: This state has a nice collection of covered bridges waiting to be viewed, photographed and remembered by RV travelers. Here are some of the most popular you’ll want to be sure to visit:

  • Bulls Bridge over the Housatonic River near Kent
  • Comstock Bridge near Colchester, over the Salmon River
  • Huckleberry Hill Bridge in Avon, CT
  • Kent Falls Covered Bridge in Kent Falls State Park (especially good place for leaf peeping!)
  • West Cornwall Covered Bridge, also over the Housatonic River

Maine’s Covered Bridges: Get ready to burn up those camera batteries! Maine has an amazing variety of historic covered bridges—here are some favorites of RV travelers:

  • Artist’s Bridge near New Bethel
  • Hemlock Bridge near Fryeburg, ME
  • Lowes Bridge south of Guilford Village
  • Robyville Bridge, Robyville Village, Corinth
  • Watson Settlement Bridge over Meduxnekeag Stream near Littleton, ME

For more information on Maine’s picturesque covered wooden bridges, go to Maine’s DOT website.

Massachusetts Covered Bridges: You’ll definitely want to take a journey to Massachusetts when the leaves are turning, because they’ll form the most splendid backdrop imaginable for your covered bridge photos. The view is spectacular at Bissell Bridge near Charlemont, MA, Pumping Station Bridge over the Green River in Franklin County and the Upper Sheffield Bridge over the Housatonic in Berkshire County. You’ll also want to schedule time on your RV trip to see the Old Slab Bridge in Bristol County and the Sylacin Trust Bridge in Danvers. These are just a few of the picturesque spans in Massachusetts. For a complete listing by county, see DaleJ.Travis.com.

New Hampshire Covered Bridges: Because New Hampshire has so many covered bridges, it’s easiest to tell you where to find information for the areas you’d like to visit! NHLiving.com offers comprehensive information about New Hampshire covered bridges by region. Just a taste—the White Mountains Region is home to more than a dozen historic bridges, like the Swiftwater Bridge over the Wild Ammonoosuc River and the Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge in Woodsville. In the state’s Great North Woods Region, you’ll find beautifully restored bridges such as the Happy Corners Bridge near Pittsburg Village. No matter which areas you choose to visit in New Hampshire, you’re sure to find charming covered bridges to explore.

Rhode Island Covered Bridges: There’s a fascinating story behind Rhode Island’s only covered bridge! The Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge in Foster, RI was built (twice!) by volunteers in homage to the state’s dismantled covered bridges. Be sure to stop by this bridge and learn about the dedication and generosity of Rhode Island residents hoping to build a monument to history.

Vermont’s Covered Bridges: Did you know there’s a single county in Vermont that’s home to five historic covered bridges? From the Silk Bridge, built around 1840, to West Arlington Bridge, found near a popular Inn, Bennington County, VT is a must-see on your RV vacation to visit New England’s covered bridges. FoliageVermont.com has a full listing of covered bridges and leaf-peeping tours in the Green Mountain State.

RV Camping Along the Way
So, we’ve made it through our tour of New England, armed with some new information about where to find the area’s covered bridges. Now, how to find the best RV camping? Here’s are some links to New England campground directories.

Some Other Helpful Resources

Dont miss some of our own covered bridge pictures in Monty’s RV Camping Pictures.

Plan your route and hit the back roads of New England this Autumn for some unforgettable leaf peeping and the chance to visit many memorable covered bridges on one trip.

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Traders Village Campgrounds – Flea Markets, Fun and More. . .

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For almost 40-years, Traders Village has been known as the largest, most visited weekend flea marketplaces in Texas. But, for the thousands of RV road warriors and backpackers who set up camp at the markets’ top rated campgrounds in Houston and Grand Prairie, it quickly becomes obvious that a trip to Traders Village means much more than finding that special treasure or getting twelve tube socks for $6.00.

Guests staying in one of the modern 287 paved RV spaces at Houston’s Traders Village are only minutes from downtown and many of the Bayou City’s famous world class attractions. SplashTown is Houston’s largest waterpark with a giant wave pool, tubing river and slides, kid’s area and special events throughout the summer.

It’s just a short drive down Highway 290 to Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros Major League Baseball franchise, and the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center – always among the elite teams in the NBA. The city’s championship professional soccer and hockey teams play nearby, too.

Adjacent to Houston’s vibrant Theater District is the Downtown Aquarium, an underwater experience where fishy fun and great dining come together. A miniature train takes riders through the center of a 200,000-gallon shark tank, while the Aquarium Adventure puts guests up close and personal with hundreds of species found both below and above the waves. The Aquarium Restaurant offers an exciting and unique dining experience with a menu of seafood specialties, steaks, and more around a 150,000-gallon centerpiece aquarium filled with everything from sharks to skates.

The live animal adventure continues just south of downtown near Houston’s famed Museum District at the expansive Houston Zoo. “It’s a new zoo every day!” with more than 4,500 exotic animals in exhibits mirroring the natural habitat, behind the scene tours and a classic carousel like few others.

Just south of downtown are two of Houston’s most popular attractions – Space Center Houston, the official visitors center of NASA, and the fun-filled Kemah Boardwalk. Space Center Houston is known world-wide for its exhibits featuring actual space craft and other artifacts from America’s greatest adventure. The Kemah Boardwalk is a great family attraction with nine restaurants, full-blown amusement rides and games for all ages.

Conveniently set between Dallas and Fort Worth, the 212-site Traders Village campground in Grand Prairie makes it easy to enjoy many of north Texas’ most popular attractions. It’s just minutes to the new Cowboys Stadium and the Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington where you can watch professional football or baseball in state-of-the-art comfort. Professional hockey, soccer and basketball are here, too. Grand Prairie even has its own minor league baseball team – the Air Hogs.

Six Flags Over Texas is filled with coasters that rock n’ roll just like the live shows found throughout the park, while Hurricane Harbor offers millions of gallons of high energy waterpark fun just around the corner. Minutes to the south of the Traders Village campground, Joe Pool Lake is great for laid back fishing, boating and waterfront dining, while to the north there is always a festival or a wine tasting going on in Grapevine, home of the giant outdoor sport retail attraction, Bass Pro Shop.

But, the biggest attraction of all for Traders Village campers is the weekend flea market filled with thousands of vendors and millions of bargains. Whether looking for old tools or antiques, a new set of tires, baby clothes, a jar of homemade hot sauce or salsa, Traders Village Marketplace has it every weekend.

The market’s many festivals and special events continue to draw thousands of visitors throughout the year. In Houston it might be the Bayou City Cajun Fest, Village Bluegrass Festival or Houston Championship Chili Cook-off. In Grand Prairie look for the National Championship American Indian Pow Wow, Asian Lunar New Year celebration or Mountain Man Rendezvous. No matter which market they choose, there is always something fun going on at Traders Village for campers.

Traders Village RV Parks are top rated Good Sampark and Trailer Life campgrounds, and long time members of Texas Association of Campground Owners. Each facility has laundries and wireless Internet access, clean restrooms and showers, recreation hall, swimming pool, Sunday church services and more.

 

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Many Families are Gearing Up for Water Balloon Wars as Campgrounds Prepare for Prepare for “Wet & Wild Weekends”

Some campgrounds organize water war competitions that pit staff against guests and involve virtually everyone in the campground

“There are three adjectives we like to hear. Awesome, sweet or wow! If I get one of those out of the adults or their kids, I’m doing my job. That’s how we run our business.” – Wisconsin campground owner Bud Styer

Some people like to camp in a quiet place in the woods. But quiet is not on the menu at the Wisconsin campgrounds that Bud Styer owns or manages on behalf of other park owners, which include Smokey Hollow Campground in Lodi; Merry Mac’s Campground in Merrimac; Baraboo Hills Campground in Baraboo; Tilleda Falls Campground in Tilleda; Rivers Edge Campground in Stevens Point; River Bend RV Resort in Watertown; and Harbour Village Campground in Sturgeon Bay. Styer caters to an active family crowd, the kind of people who will go through 14,000 water balloons in a weekend game of “water wars” in which everyone in the campground gets wet.

“There are three adjectives we like to hear,” Styer said. “Awesome, sweet or wow! If I get one of those out of the adults or their kids, I’m doing my job. That’s how we run our business.”

But Styer isn’t the only campground operator who is tapping into his guests’ wild side. Growing numbers of independently owned and operated campgrounds across the country, as well as many parks in the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort and Kampgrounds of America (KOA) chains, offer a growing assortment of water-related activities, from spraygrounds and waterslides to their own “Wet and Wild” weekends.

“Camping enthusiasts always seek access to water, whether it’s in rivers, lakes, swimming pools or along the beach. But many parks find they can further enhance their appeal by offering fun, water-related activities,” said Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Williamsport, Md. is planning a “Wet and Wild Week” Aug. 2nd to 8th. “Wherever you are in the park and whatever you do that week, there is a very good chance you are going to get wet,” said park co-owner Vicki Vitkun. “We have water balloon fights. We do a water balloon pitch burst. We do wet sponge ball fights, big water gun battles, volleyball in the pool, basketball in the pool. Everything is wet. We even have a guest against staff watergun fight. So even the staff knows to beware that week because they’re going to get wet, too. It’s a week filled with constant laughter, screaming and shouting.”

Several KOA parks also offer “Wet and Wild” weekends at various times during the summer, such as July 16th to 18th at the KOA in Port Huron, Mich. and July 23rd to 25th at the Stockton / Delta KOA in Stockton, Calif.

Other parks are adding new water-related attractions. Pineland Camping Park in Arkdale, Wis., for example, just installed PineZilla, the world’s largest inflatable waterslide, which stands over four stories tall and features a 175-foot-long slide with a 45-degree descent at the drop zone.

Meanwhile, the KOA in Rusk, Texas has installed a new Frisbee skills court. “But watch out for the water hazards,” warns park owner Walter Preble. “Everyone gets wet.”

While Styer has “water wars” water balloon game stations at each of his Wisconsin parks, he said his water wars weekends are the most popular times of year at his parks. That’s when he drives throughout each park using a specially designed hay wagon that has been outfitted with four water guns that can each shoot water up to 75-feet. Of course, whenever he does this, Styer and his staff also risk coming under attack from campground guests, who arm themselves with everything from water balloons to pump action water guns.

Styer said his guests will spend an entire day filling water balloons as they prepare for a water wars weekend. “I’ve had guys fill up their pickup trucks with water balloons. It becomes a feeding frenzy,” he said.

In fact, fun family activities take place every day during the summer at the parks under Styer’s management, which include everything “water wars” water balloon games to nighttime light parades and nighttime miniature golf. He even organizes sumo-wrestling competitions.

“It’s hilarious,” Styer said. “You put on these big vinyl suits and you’re about 4-feet in diameter when you have them on. And then you try to push the other guy out of the ring. But if you fall over, you’re like a turtle. And somebody from the audience will have to step in to set you back up on your feet.”

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