We really loved this campground. It is a super spot for kids. They have planned activities, pool volleyball, drifting down the river on tubes, dances, a great store, ice-cream making, etc. Everyone was super friendly, and our kids made friends here very quickly and wanted to stay longer. We had a medical emergency and they were very helpful. The sites are very far apart, shaded and well-groomed. The bathrooms are very clean. There is a lot to do in the area, and it is very beautiful. I would recommend this for any family with kids, and my own are really keen to go back.
We really liked it here. Yes, the sites are tight: don't expect to be very far apart. But, it was really nice to be right on the river, and if we go again, I would ask for a river site. The sound of the rapids was really nice to sleep too, and totally covered the highway noise. Our children enjoyed tubing down the river, and tried mining for "diamonds" across the street. They lasted longer than I thought, and had a good time. The park was across the street from us, but wasn't too loud or busy, and there was a lot for the children to do. The park was clean, the bathrooms were impressive. The pool was older, but a fair size. We will probably go back.
We really love this park, and we camp a lot. It has large, spacious sites, horse drawn wagon rides, a pretty good playground and two lovely pools. There is just something about this park that has character - there are lots of hills - so you get your exercise - but we like that it isn't crammed together. It is neat and clean with lovely gardens. One of our favorite sites, and I'd recommend it to families with children.
Danforth is one of our very favorite places. They have great activities for kids, kayak trips, ice cream socials and two great big pools. The lake is beautiful and they have two nice big beaches. We have come back for three years in a row now. The sites up on the hill by the boat launch are big. We camp in the safari area as it has grass and is close to everything, but the sites are very, very close together. We just love the feel of this campground - it is clean, well run, popular and you can just tell it is run as a business and run well. On rainy days they have a place to go, and on a night with a big storm they went around and told all tenters that they were welcome to stay in a dry building. Just little things like that make it impressive.
Searsport had received a good review in a magazine and looking at the website we thought this would be a great place for kids! What a joke! We had just returned from Danforth Bay in New Hampshire that had loads of activities for the kids, was neat and tidy and the people were friendly! Then we arrived at Searsport. It bills itself as a family campground on the ocean. First of all, don't expect a sandy beach it is very rocky. The kids had fun looking for crabs, but it isn't a good place to swim. In terms of "activities" for the kids - they had a "walk" to the state park one day - no one else showed up so we went as a family - that was okay - that was the activity for the day! The next night the one activity for the day was a fairy/documentary sort of movie. Not very exciting for two boys. We had booked for 5 nights and realized that this campground is more of a stopover point or a place for two nights. We asked to get our money back and leave a couple days early. That was not permitted as they are running a "business". There is a lot this business could do to improve. The sites are $48, 58 or 68 dollars depending on the "ocean view" - they are charging resort prices for absolutely no amenities. I know they are promoting "family" camping, and while I don't expect my boys to be too highly stimulated, if they are charging that price, they should be offering something for it. The lawns aren't cut, the sights are small, potholes. They don't give you any information for families to do in the area, not many kids at all there, not a lot around, no pool, etc. It is just very hokey. On a rainy night, they started kicking everyone out of the garage/rec hall at 9:00- it would have been good customer service for the many tenters there to offer a dry area during the downpour. If you do go - don't book - just go - they had at least 50 empty sites on a Saturday night in mid-July and the rest of the week, many, many sites. Don't make the mistake we did and book for a block - believe me, if you want to stay there will be a site available! We left a day early and lost our money, but the boys were much happier at Lake Pemaquid down the road.
This is a great place for kids - we have two little boys. They had been bored at Searsport Shores - there just weren't any kids around and no activities. Then we got here and there was plenty for them to do. There is a small zipline that they spent hours on, and a skateboard park that they played at even though they didn't have a skateboard. It has a cottage feel - it isn't fancy or perfect, but the activities really help. There is a pool and hot tubs - we liked that they had two hot tubs for kids. They have a free newspaper which is a nice touch. All in all, the kids really enjoyed it - and that is what makes a holiday!