What a GREAT surprise! We were very nervous about camping in the Keys as we have seen and were made aware of some of the other "campgrounds" in the area. This is a true campground located in the middle of the Keys on the Gulf. There is one live-in that is barely noticeable and well maintained. The campground is landscaped beautifully and grounds are very well cared for. Staff was friendly and EXTREMELY helpful. They provide two lounge chairs on waterfront sites for a little laying out in the sun or gorgeous sunset watching. The pool is a salt water pool that is kept cool which was refreshing after spending the days on the water in the sun. We ate dinner at the Tiki area several nights and after the kids played cornhole and lawn golf while we played horseshoes, all provided by Grassy Key. They offer a marina which we used for a couple of jet skis and we felt very secure leaving them in the water over night. Can't say enough about how much we enjoyed staying here. The only reasons we did not give it a 10 are the following which may matter to some- sites are tight and there is no shade or grass. There is no bathhouse (which they advised up front so we were aware). Sulphur cleaning system for the pool got a little stinky in the evening. Main road traffic could get a little noisy as it is a small campground (not enough to disturb our stay and could not hear it from inside the camper) Our ONLY disappointment was the waterfront sites are view only, they made a small sandy area at back of the sites with the lounge chairs but it is not beach/water access. Overall we were thrilled, even our kids said this is one of their favorites and we will definitely return!
When we checked in, we were charged an extra $10.00 for our own golf cart AND our tow vehicle! We were not told about these charges when we made our reservations and no one could explain why we were being charged extra for the vehicle that got us here. My in-laws drove a motor home in and they were charged extra as well. (No additional vehicle). There was no Wi-Fi available, even at the lodge we tried to connect and where unsuccessful. Cell phone service was non-existant. The staff was NOT friendly at all and extremely rude when we "broke a law." There was no mini-golf as they bulldozed that. No dog run and the dog beach is a 4 foot area with a large pipe in the water that our dog cut her paw on trying to swim. The dock they show kids jumping off of, is now old and rickety. Some sites were VERY small and tight. Couldn't put up our awning all the way. On the positive side, there is lots of shade and large oak trees. Family pool was nice and would have a beautiful view of the lake if it didn't have the large wooden privacy fence all the way around. Many live ins, the exterior of the cabins looked cute. We won't return as the staff and their "HOA police" were enough to frustrate our family!
How can you beat the happiest place on earth? Fort Wilderness is awesome. Our kids have loved it since they were small. Now in their late teens they still love coming here WITH us! Everything, site included, is clean. Movies are played nightly, free of additional charges. Great dog park. Swimming pool is so much fun! The ONLY reason I gave it a 9 is the sites are small and tight. We will return!