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Jerry S
Now that most of us have hopefully recovered from the holiday weekend, I thought I'd start a topic I've never seen in the forum previously. Like many other terms and words commonly used on this site (in both reviews and in the forum), people here seem to have a wide variety of meanings for "destination park". For vacationers it is where you take the family for a week in the summer, for full-timers it is where you winter in the south, and for others it is ????? I have seen a number of reviews that call a park I have been to a "destination park" that I can't see as such. Simplistically, I think of a "destination park" as being a park that has the full services (FHU, WIFI, cable TV), adequate sites, and other facilities (recreational, store, etc.), so that you can spend days, even a week, without ever leaving the park. OK, you may want to go out for a meal once in a while, but you don't have to if you come well provisioned. You come to these parks to spend time in the park and enjoy what it has to offer.

So, folks, what makes a park a "destination park" to you.
Texasrvers
Your idea of a destination park is pretty much the same as mine. It is a place that has everything needed to provide lodging (an RV site or possibly a cabin) and entertainment for several days. You may want to go outside the park for dining or some activities, but ultimately you would not need to.
Kirk
I would say that the thing most commonly found in parks that claim the term "destination park" is that they have monthly rentals. I would tend to think of them more in the terms of the first post, but since there is no standard, parks pretty much use any term the choose.

Another that varies all over is the claim to be an RV Resort.
dog bone
I'm looking at this two ways.

One is my idea of a destination park is where I will end my trip, be it for a weekend or a vacation. If I'm going to Fish Creek Pond in the Adirondacks, which is a great park by the way, that would be my destination. I might stop 2 times to get there, but that would be my final destination for that trip. I am not a full timer but I would think they do it the same. Either work related or just traveling. They would plan a trip to a particular park and that would be their destination, even if it took 2 weeks to get there.

The other is a park calling itself a destination park. As texasrvers stated, all the stuff someone would want when the got there plus maybe an attraction to get you there. Example, Disney World"s Fort Wilderness, that might be a destination park.
GrandmaM
I agree with the last two replies. Good Sam park or even a well-run private park in the middle of lots of tourist destinations or Civil War parks or near natural wonders (Wisconsin Dells, an ocean, etc.) would qualify as a destination park to me. Great Wolf resorts would qualify if they thought things over carefully and included camping in the experience they offer. On site restaurants and good laundry facilities and people who are glad to see you are great too. I don't want to have to rent a car if I'm not towing.

A campground right off I-70 which slams you up next to your fellow campers, and closes its store at 6 pm and has a tomato garden in its former swimming pool does not qualify. I don't hardly want to spend the night in those!!
Jerry S
Hi again,

I couldn't resist checking to see if there were any replies to my original post yet. So what's the first thing I notice? I left out the "a" in destination in the Topic Title. Yes, it's just a typo rather than a spelling error and nobody is perfect, but it is still a little embarrassing. Here's a little confession - I had to look up how to spell embarrassing.

Kirk: While I agree with the comments in your post, my question is more about the use of the term "destination park" by the contributors to this site in their reviews and this forum. Whether or not a park calls themselves a destination park or a resort (which is often laughable), is not my question. When I see this term used by folks on this site, I really don't know what they mean. I am hoping that this topic will help readers realize that when they read something written by someone on this site that calls a park a "destination park", it may not mean what they think it does.
kcmoedoe
My idea of a destination park is a park that you go to for a specific entertainment purpose. It may be because the park itself is the attraction such as some of the Yogi Parks and some of the large parks in the east. Or it may be a park located at an attraction such as a park near Disneyworld or a park near a beach or a lake etc. Such parks attract vacation travelers almost exclusively. I feel there are about 3 other type of parks. One would be a convenience park such as a park near a major city. It really isn't a destination but you go to such a park because you need a place to stay to do multiple things. The guests at these parks are less likely to be on vacation, but are more likely to be there on business or visiting relatives (kind of a vacation but not really the same as going to Disney) Another would be an overnight park, typically located on or near Interstate highways and they cater to people who are traveling and only stay a night or two. The final type of park is the seasonal park that caters to long term guests. They are usually dependent upon the weather, summertime in the North and Wintertime in the South. They attract many of the same people staying in the same site year after year.
BBear
What I consider a destination park is a campground I would choose to go to and would set up camp and not leave the confines of the park for my entire stay as opposed to a park I would go to and stay at pretty much just to sleep and spend the remainder of the time outside the park sightseeing or what have you.

It would not have to have full hook ups or a store or an events schedule. Most of the parks I call destination parks are state parks that honestly offer very little in the way of what some would consider "comfort" but to me that's one of the reasons why I choose them...less is better for me. I'm more interested in relaxing and enjoying the natural aspects the parks offer.
John316
Here is what a "destination park" means to me.

It simply means wherever I am headed, and wherever I will end up at the end of the day. Walmart (feels like home), empty parking lot, full service park, minimum dlm camping. Anything.

We are happy most places, where we feel safe tongue.gif .

God bless,

John
Texasrvers
While it's true that if you use the literal meaning of "destination", any park (or Walmart) can be a destination park because it is the place you are going to. However, when most RVers use the term I think that there is a different connotation. As others have said the phrase "destination park" seems to refer to some type of special park that offers more facilities, services, amenities, and entertainment than most parks. An overnight type park may be your destination, but in my opinion it does not fit the term "destination park."

My 2 cents.
John316
QUOTE(Texasrvers @ Dec 30 2009, 03:07 PM) *

While it's true that if you use the literal meaning of "destination", any park (or Walmart) can be a destination park because it is the place you are going to. However, when most RVers use the term I think that there is a different connotation. As others have said the phrase "destination park" seems to refer to some type of special park that offers more facilities, services, amenities, and entertainment than most parks. An overnight type park may be your destination, but in my opinion it does not fir the term "destination park."

My 2 cents.


That is why I said (I quote from my original post), "Here is what a "destination park" means to me." That is why I said that. That is simply what it means to ME, not necessarily what it means to others wink.gif

God bless,

John
Texasrvers
OK, now I get what you meant. Sorry I did not catch it at first. Thanks for explaining.

To me the biggest problem with this terminology is that some parks call themselves a "destination park" when they are not even close to it. This is misleading to customers who arrive expecting to find a lot more services and activities than the park has to offer. Unfortunately there are no guidelines or standards for what truly makes a destination park.
mdcamping
As long as were camping with the whole family the two things we look for are Destination parks in Destination areas... When we have taken our extended vacations we always take a break from the day trips just to relax and enjoy the campground for a couple of days.

And to repeat some of the stuff that has been posted earlier the other things we look for is what kind of amenities does the campground offer,campground upkeep,full hookups, WiFi, shade if possible in hot climates and of course resort campgrounds that enforce security...IMO

Mike
Florida Native
We have been to hundreds and hundreds of parks and I never really considered any a destination park. We normally don't spend a lot of time in the park itself. We use it as a base of operations to see the sights of the area. We recently spent 7 days in Berlin, OH in the heart of Amish Country. We touristed for 7 days spent very little time at the nice park. I will stay there again when we go back, but it will be becasue of the area, not the park. We stayed a I guess wht could be called a destination Park in OR that was right on a salmon fishing stream, but we didn't fish (ate a lot of them though). We have stayed at casino parks. All in all, I guess we never really considered any park a destination.
Loillian & Louie
[s]Has anyone stayed in Corpus Christi, TX? We have reservation on the 15th of Jan at Colonia Del Rey RV Park. I have just read some of the reviews for this park and they are not very good. I am looking for more reviews from people who has been there before we leave.
Thank's,
Louie dry.gif













quote name='Jerry S.' date='Dec 28 2009, 10:51 PM' post='20481']
Now that most of us have hopefully recovered from the holiday weekend, I thought I'd start a topic I've never seen in the forum previously. Like many other terms and words commonly used on this site (in both reviews and in the forum), people here seem to have a wide variety of meanings for "destination park". For vacationers it is where you take the family for a week in the summer, for full-timers it is where you winter in the south, and for others it is ????? I have seen a number of reviews that call a park I have been to a "destination park" that I can't see as such. Simplistically, I think of a "destination park" as being a park that has the full services (FHU cool.gif can spend days, even a week, without ever leaving the park. OK, you may want to go out for a meal once in a while, but you don't have to if you come well provisioned. You come to these parks to spend time in the park and enjoy what it has to offer.

So, folks, what makes a park a "destination park" to you.
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Texasrvers
Loillian and Louie,

You would probably get more replies to your question if you posted it as a new topic instead of tacking it onto another topic. Just a suggestion.
Tom
A "destination park" to me is virtually the same as a "resort" campground -- one that has enough facilities and activities so that you can just "vacation" at the campground. When our kids were younger we looked for destination (or resort) campgrounds. It was a lot of fun to just stay at the campground running around doing everything. We didn't necessarily need or expect full hookups, but expected the campground to be a busy, active place.

Now our kids are older, and I am mostly looking for campgrounds to sleep at, but near something interesting to check out.

Then, of course, there are all the variations of a "campground" -- RV Resort, Park, Campground, Camping Resort, etc etc.
Loillian & Louie
Thank you but I don't know how to post a new topic. How do I do that?
Thanks,
Louie






Thank
QUOTE(Texasrvers @ Jan 2 2010, 12:53 PM) *

Loillian and Louie,

You would probably get more replies to your question if you posted it as a new topic instead of tacking it onto another topic. Just a suggestion.

Cheryl
Click on RV Park Discussions. Near the top right is a button that says Newtopic. Click it and there you are, a new topic all of your own. You even get to give it a title - I would recommend using the campground's name you are asking about in it.

You can do this under General Chat also.
Jerry S
Well, after 6 weeks and about a dozen opinions, it would appear that a slight majority consider a "destination park" the way I do. It is a park where you can get whatever it is you want (fun/entertainment/recreation/relaxation/activities) from just staying in the park. There's nothing wrong with the other viewpoints posted here, but the term can be misleading if not clarified by the poster/reviewer. This "definition" problem is pervasive in this site. Even though this is the only site of any kind in which I view that has a forum, I would imagine the "definition" problem is present in most websites with forums. Here, we can't even agree on the term "camping". As I mentioned a year or so ago, I am of the old school: If your butt is more than a couple inches off the ground, you ain't camping.
HappiestCamper
QUOTE(Jerry S. @ Feb 12 2010, 11:30 PM) *

If your butt is more than a couple inches off the ground, you ain't camping.


I've slept in hammocks while backpacking before - does that count biggrin.gif
mdcamping
Camping, Rving...who cares what its called as long as you enjoy it! biggrin.gif

Mike
rgatijnet
We spend quite a bit of time on the road and usually cover 20,000 miles per year in the RV. To us a destination park is one where we plan to stay for a few days and enjoy the local attractions. The other parks are more "overnight" parks which are fine to spend the night, but it is just a place to rest before we head out the next morning.
Many parks that we consider overnight parks could be considered destination parks by other travelers so it really is an individual preference rather than a carved in stone definition.
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One could break the term "destination" into two distinct types. A "destination campground" being one that is rich in amenities and serves as its own hub of activity and a "destination area campground", this one providing amenities as a home base for campers who will spend most of their time exploring the area attractions, and only a short time at the campground. these are generalizations. I realize some will stay at a destination area campground and use it as a true destination and vice-versa. An example is I would stay at a Kissimmee campground, but my destination is Disney. I may go to a Yogi with the kids and stay there all weekend, as they will keep the kids occupied on site.
Krazy Koach
We have found a destination park touring around the gulf coast area, Majestic Oaks in Bilioxi. 1st time we stayed for a week, went back a month later for 2 weeks, left our coach there and have travelled back and forth from Canada with our car every 3 weeks, in fact headin back down next week. We love the park, the area and the people, best kept secret! Shhhh
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