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ontariogirl
Planning our summer trip for this year. We have two kids and a dog. We love Salisbury Beach State Reservation. Does anyone have other suggestions for campgrounds within walking distance to the ocean?

We also love Normandy Farms and Danforth Bay. Any other suggestions for resort type campgrounds of similar quality? Thanks!
Kirk
How far do you plan to travel? Florida has many such parks. Myrtle Beach, SC does also. And there are dozens more along the way. Since you don't say what state you live in, or how far you wish to travel, it would be only a guess to offer suggestions.
ontariogirl
QUOTE(Kirk @ Jan 16 2010, 10:07 PM) *

How far do you plan to travel? Florida has many such parks. Myrtle Beach, SC does also. And there are dozens more along the way. Since you don't say what state you live in, or how far you wish to travel, it would be only a guess to offer suggestions.



Hi - we were just thinking New England - Massachusets, R.I, New Hampshire, area. Thanks!
mdcamping
In southern ME there's Camp Eaton, across the street to York Beach. Beach area is very family orientated with a above average zoo and amusements in town for the kids. If you do go wait till August, water is at it's best a far as temperatures go...

Campground is very expensive though, if I recall over two times the cost of Salisbury Beach Reservation.

Hope this helps,
Mike
wprigge
Hi ontariogirl,

If you do not need hook-ups Rocky Neck and Hammonasset Beach State parks in Connecticut might fit the bill.

http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&...depNav_GID=1621
ontariogirl
Thanks for all the advice. I want to book soon and it helps when people have visited. Has anyone stayed at Scusset State Park, in Mass?

We were also looking at the Villages in Turning Stone, NY for the way down. Is this more of an adult campground or would kids enjoy it? Anyone know?
Butch
QUOTE(ontariogirl @ Jan 17 2010, 10:56 PM) *

Thanks for all the advice. I want to book soon and it helps when people have visited. Has anyone stayed at Scusset State Park, in Mass?

We were also looking at the Villages in Turning Stone, NY for the way down. Is this more of an adult campground or would kids enjoy it? Anyone know?


Turning Stone is a very nice Cg with a large playground for the children to enjoy, but one must remember that the main theme here is the Casino itself. Shuttle buses run between the Cg and the Casino hourly, during busy times very half hour. Totally paved roadways as are the campsites.... great park, but gets very busy in the summer months.
navigator1
QUOTE(ontariogirl @ Jan 17 2010, 10:56 PM) *

Thanks for all the advice. I want to book soon and it helps when people have visited. Has anyone stayed at Scusset State Park, in Mass?

We were also looking at the Villages in Turning Stone, NY for the way down. Is this more of an adult campground or would kids enjoy it? Anyone know?


We have stayed at Scusset many times. It's great. The beach is right there as well as the walking/biking path right on the canal. Usually you have to fill your tanks with water and then disconnect but you are always with in a hose distance of water. The ranger programs are very good too.
Soos
Click to view attachmentThere is also Cape Ann Campsite in Gloucester, MA-
its quite a walk to the beach, but it is one of the most beautiful beaches!

Sue
http://soos-ontheroad.blogspot.com/
rvmamabel
Hi,

I live in Albany, NY and have been beaching in New England for decades...and now with two little kids, I've developed the mom's eye view of beaches.

The Hamonasset in CT is a very busy beach, with quite a drop off into the water. Too sharp of a drop for my little girls. The ones along Naragannsett Bay in RI are similar...some have a good deal of surf. That would be fun if you have mid-aged boys I suppose. The beaches have some rocks there...but those are good in the sand castle moats.

Newport Beaches are the best for toddlers...powder white sand and very gradual descent as they are in inlets. There are 3 major beaches in Newport so there's a bit of variation: First Beach gets some seaweed, but has good facilities, a playground, and a carousel. Second Beach is more rustic, quiet, and just beautiful. The surf is higher here. Third Beach is around the corner, on a bay. It's quiet and calm and so peaceful. It's not as popular, so it's become our favorite. There's also plenty to do in the town of courses. I imagine you'd have to book well in advance for any of the campgrounds here. There's one right across the street from Second Beach...it's just in a grass field and packed really tight. We stayed elsewhere, in Middletown, and it was fine. Really, you park at the campground and go to the beach...so no resort campgrounds as far as I can tell. My family is from Newport, hence the details on those beaches I've been going to my whole life.

Southern Maine beaches are popular, but very low on my list for a beach experience. The water is too cold and the beach strips are too thin. Perhaps others with more Maine experience can disagree and give you better details than this. We stayed at a great resort in Old Orchard Beach for a week last summer, but it was the campground my girls loved...never went to the beach once.

Of course, that could be because we were absolutely spoiled by the two weeks we spent in North Truro on Cape Cod. We stayed at Adventure Bound there, and I had mixed feelings about the campground. It was a mile walk to the ocean side of the beach, which was okay once or twice, but too much for us on a regular basis. We got a town beach pass for the car and drove to various beaches over the next two weeks. It was quiet and peaceful...farther away from the other Cape Cod hub-bub. I will say this though: go with a full cupboard as grocery prices out on the arm of the cape were pretty high. But, how else can you stay on the Cape for fifty bucks a night?! My friends at work were so jealous. I think for a "beach" vacation in the NorthEast, this would be my top pick....North Truro, Cape Cod.
Just watch out for the undertow on the ocean side beaches...they are really strong and pulled my six-year-old right under. It was bay beaches for us from then on out.

Have a great summer, happy planning!
Tom
QUOTE(wprigge @ Jan 17 2010, 11:03 AM) *

Hi ontariogirl,

If you do not need hook-ups Rocky Neck and Hammonasset Beach State parks in Connecticut might fit the bill.

http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&...depNav_GID=1621


Those are both VERY nice campgrounds, with two very big caveats:

1. NO PETS -- no pets allowed in the camping areas.

2. Prices have DOUBLED for 2010 - so it is now over $30 for a rectangle of grass - no hookups.

For almost 10 years, we have camped multiple times every summer at Hammonassette, but this year we won't be. Too much money for to little.
wfmdfm
You should also check out this park in southeast Mass. Very warm water beach. Only water and electric so you need to dump. Like Sailsbury and Scussett you are right at the beach but need to reserve early.
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/southeast/hbch.htm
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