Park goes by name "Big Water Campground." We had been heading for Santee Lakes Campground that was in our directory as a Good Sam Park but ended up at this one. Not sure if they are the same park or if we just went to the wrong place. Campground appears to only have two other RVs and the facilities do look "tired." However, we're only here for the overnight and there are plenty of flat, pull-through sites here. Only complaint is the price which seems quite high for this season, and there are no discounts for any RV clubs.
This is a small park with about half park models. There are views of the Myakka River. We didn't see the park's canoe/kayak river access but we didn't ask about it, either, since it was cold that week. There are no activities in the park (contrary to the park's website). The laundry room is nice. The park is clean and is located half-way between Venice and Port Charlotte. Except for the neighboring seafood restaurant, nothing else right near the park. The Venice beach is 30 minutes away. We would stay here in the future for an overnight but not a longer stay.
We really like this park and find it as activity-filled and relaxing as being on a cruise. There are too many varied activities to list them all, I could hardly list them all...large heated pool, two nice hot-tubs, a huge wood shop, stained glass & jewelry workshops, all sorts of sports, huge workout room, exercise classes, yoga, karoake, trivia, bingo, maj jongg etc etc. The Resort is half park models and half RVs for a total of about 800 sites. The sites are pretty narrow and some parts of the huge park have very nice landscape while other (less expensive?) areas are fairly barren. Everybody is very friendly. The location is great - restaurants, shopping, beach, and all the Sarasota has to offer is 10 to 20 minutes drive from the park. It's near I-75 an hour from Tampa, 90 min from Fort Myers and within day trip distance to Walt Disney World and many other Florida sites. The natural beauty of Myakka River State Park is only 30 minutes away. The cable TV is good but the Wi-Fi doesn't seem too strong. We're staying 17 nights, this year, and are likely to come for 3 months next winter.
We loved staying at this small peaceful RV Park. It's beautifully maintained and each site is tree-shaded but not so much that it's a problem getting the dish TV signal. There are about a dozen seasonal RVs and the rest stay a shorter time. The seasonals have returned year after year and are extremely friendly and inclusive. I had a great time playing cards with them two afternoon. All the seasonal campers and the owners take great pride in the upkeep of the campground. There is a huge pile of firewood to be used, I'm told, for daily campfires and to heat the campfire in the mid-sized recreation tent. I'm also told that they have lots of pot-lucks and other get-together. Each Saturday there is coffee and donuts. The only reason I didn't give this campground a 10 is that the website states it's on the Clear Creek - technically, it is on it but not without a walk to see it this time of the year. We will definitely camp here, again, when we are in this area.
We really enjoyed this quaint KOA park. The spaces are fairly wide and there's nice landscaping including wildflowers, and a small waterfall and fountain in the gardens. All the electrical boxes and other functional features around the park are painted with local motifs and the outdoor cafe has multiple strings of colorful chili-lights which adds to the fun atmosphere of the park. The pool looked clean but we did not use it. The cafe serves free (yummy!) pancakes, coffee & tea for breakfast and offers other cafe fare throughout the day - including some tasty southwest dishes. The staff is exceptionally friendly. The night we arrived, there was a customer appreciation night with free food, drinks, and a live (very good and versatile) band. In the summer, we heard that they show movies on an outdoor bigscreen TV. We only spent one night but we will definitely camp there again the next time we return to Albuquerque.
We have been here for one week and this is a really nice campground. The seasonal campers and the work-campers have been very friendly to us "overnighters". The little lake is beautiful with free use of the paddleboats and kayaks. There is a small beach with a raft. The water is still too cool for us but the kids tell us that it's great. On Fri, Sat & Sun, there are hay-rides. There's a 1/2 mile path around the lake that is great for walking or biking. There is only one drawback (which is my rating is 9 instead of 10) and that is the road noise from Highway 131. We're in one of the few (<30ft) sites available on the lake which is beautiful - the rest of the lake sites are seasonal campers. The wi-fi is great. We would definitely camp here again if we are in the area.
This park is quite beautiful and relaxing. It is right on the Mohawk River with a fishing dock and mooring. The campground is unusual in that it is beautiful green grass but also mostly tree covered. We had no trouble with our TV Dish. The sites are flat and somewhat spacious but no bushes between sites. The campground is actually in the town of Glenville, NY and is very close to both Schenectady and Scotia. There is a train that can be heard from the campground but it wasn't loud.
Shady Acres has some permanent mobile homes, many seasonal units as well as travelers such as ourselves. We enjoyed our 6 nites here and consider it a great value for Jan. in Ft. Myers. It's a very quiet location set back from the road and is very clean though not luxurious. Our seasonal neighbors and all those we met at the two (very well attended) community events were very friendly. Many have been returning to Shady Acres for decades. The pool aerobics looked fun but the class filled up before I got there. The pool is nice but small. The rate is with the Good Sam Discount. We would definitely camp here again in the future.