Rate is based on 3-monthly rate. Electric and cable extra. WiFi included. This is an older RV park where we spent two months. The sites are generally really a good size and many have shade trees. Roughly 50% RVs and 50% installed homes. 4 laundry rooms means no waiting. Pool is spotless. Gym is well equipped with modern stuff, as is wood shop. If you want group activities, there is always something going on like bridge, crib, shuffleboard, horseshoes, petoncles, supper parties, choir, band, etc etc. The island is a tremendous asset, with trails, lots of waterfront, a screened pavilion. The park is about 1 mile from I-95, and much further from railway tracks and flight paths, so nice and quiet. Big box retail is close. Beautiful Bradenton Beach and Cortez are about 20 mins away. Staff are very pleasant and responsive. First visit is always a shot in the dark, but we liked it well enough to rebook for next year.
Would be a '10' except have to go to the park office for Wi-Fi. Everything else is absolutely perfect. Staff are great. Lots are huge - bigger than city house lots. Now that they have sewers, although only on 17 sites, it's wonderful. Nice hiking trails. Paved roads. Full-service sites are either pull-through or pull-around ("C" shaped) except for two back-ins. About a 15 min drive to historic city centre on good roads. Good luck booking, though. They say the full service sites are essentially 100% occupied. It's worth reserving months in advance. Price is $40 per night less 20% for seniors.
WIFI only available close to the office is the only reason we did not give this campground a perfect 10. Everything else was absolutely excellent. We had a large pull-through site that was easy to navigate. Every evidence that the owners really care about the place and their guests. All was neat and tidy. Utilities all worked fine. Owners were most friendly and helpful, providing great tourist info and local knowledge. About 7 miles off the thruway, the location beside the river was perfect - quiet and calm. Location was ideal for us, just north of the main tourist areas - Mt Washington, the Notches, Bretton Woods, the Conways. We would definitely return here.
Very big park with tons of organized activities and facilities. Close to town and beach. Reasonably neat and tidy. About 50/50 rvs and park trailers. I'd guess about 20% transients like us. We spent a week there, because other family members are there for the season. Reasons for the low rating: For the price, the wifi should work. For the price, the cable tv signal should be strong. The hookup connections were far from the parking spot, extending my electric cable and hoses to the max. Many of the sites, including ours, bordered a busy noisy street. The animals at the adjacent retired circus animal home helped us greet every sunrise. The helicopter school added to the daytime noise. All in, not great value for the money.
We gave this place a 3 on 10. Any park that has a sign saying "Welcome to the best RV Park in the Worlds" should arouse suspicion. Any park that has less than half of its 250 sites occupied during March Break, should arouse suspicion. We like to think of KOAs as "The best surprise is no surprise." But I guess you can't not be surprised every time. The good points: It is relatively close to the attractions. The price is competitive. The main things work. On the other hand: The self-serve dumpsters were full to overflowing on Saturday when we arrived, and stayed that way until they were emptied on Monday (7 AM - noisy), with the associated aromatics. But the emptying did not include a bunch of mattresses and other junk that had been rotting in the dumpster enclosure for some time. And, today, Saturday again, they are back to overflowing and stinking. We were in the campground enough of the time to see that the toilets were not cleaned daily. The laundry room was gross: filthy and smelly. Of the 250 sites, about half were full, and a fair number of these had that deserted look. A bunch seemed to be for sale. Imagine trying to get $25 K for a rusted out 1978 hulk of tin. The park is mostly on a hill, which didn't seem to bother the battalions of ants that invaded us twice: no spraying that we saw. The tradeoff for proximity to the attractions is that the park is located at the vortex of I-4, SR-27 and the local water filtration plant: talk about sensory stimulation. As a one-nighter on the way to somewhere else, perhaps this joint is OK, but for a week of touristing: not.
Just finishing a 3 week stay, which has been very pleasant. We started out on one of the 'pods', where we had a big site. But, we moved for 2 reasons. 1) The shade tree was shedding nuts the size of small coconuts, which dinged both our truck and trailer. 2) One of our neighbours, while very friendly, was quite intrusive - a risk in any campground. The new site (#22) is lakefront, and, although there are adjacent sites, you really can't see them, nor they you. It's a beautiful park, with lots of biking and walking opportunities. Gets a bit busy on weekends, when the general public shows up, but the camping area is well segmented and peaceful. There's no camp store, but the folks in the office are most pleasant and helpful. It's about 30 mins to the beach and 15 mins to the giant Sawgrass Mills mall. Lots of typical retail and restaurants and golf within 5 minutes. We'd come again for sure.
Typical KOA thruway park, but just far enough away from the highway (I-95) that noise was not an issue. We like to think of KOAs as 'the best surprise is no surprise' and this one was no exception. Everything worked. Staff were pleasant. WIFI facility was a bit weird, but no problem. Great overnight stopping place while en route, but nothing to hand around for.
This is my first review, after having been guided by the reviews of others for 3 years. This is the best RV park we have stayed in. It was a total delight. Staff were friendly, responsive and helpful. Sites were large and shaded. Everything worked. Lack of cable TV was no problem since many channels were available via the antenna. Park was quiet and removed from main roads. We could see how much fun a family would have in the summer, when all the facilities of the whole park were up and running. Book early and stay late. This place is excellent.