Turn up the music, and make sure it's a vinyl LP.
Date of Stay: December, 2016
Kinda hard to rate this park. The rates are up and down depending on what's going on in Austin. If you really need a place to stay this place is okay. My wife called and tried to make a reservation and they said they were, "all booked up." I tried online and easily found a reservation. We generally stay at other parks in the Austin area, but they were full. We've been here before, but it's been a year or so. Sites were like a typical KOA in a large city. Roads a little narrow, but no problem to navigate. Sites are close but not on top of each other. Most sites have a picnic table and some have grills. Quite a few full timers in the back of the park. Looked like more of the front pull throughs were travelers. Pool looked clean, staff was very friendly electricity, cable, wifi were all fine. That's where it ended. The restrooms, men and women's were beyond filthy. No paper in the stalls this morning in the men's or women's. My wife described all of the women's stalls like all previous users had explosive diarrhea. It wasn't that bad in the men's side but it was close. As I was walking up a gentleman came out, kinda resembled a "hippie." He said, "I ain't puttin' my *&% on that, nasty." I went in, and yep. I checked all the stalls and immediately left. Sad, because overall the park is okay for where it is. Now, I will say this, there were construction crews sort of rebuilding the outsides and windows of the bathrooms and laundry facilities when we were there. But that's no excuse for this Carefree Resort to be left for residents to use.
Date of Stay: August, 2016
We've stayed here before, but just short stays. This time we kept our motorhome here for a month so our kids could stay in it while changing apartments while at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In general the park is fair to okay, a little cramped with lots of full time residents and workers. The showers on our end need lots of work, tiles falling off the walls, mold everywhere, clogged shower head and no hot water. Neighbor's sewer hook up is really close to your front door. And the one next us kept falling over. The smell of sewage was a daily problem. I generally try to give managers the benefit of the doubt when they get grumpy, not anymore. I watched and listened to the manager bad mouth a customer, then bad mouth an employee, all the while smoking a cigarette. The young guy working the front desk is plenty kind. However I'm not sure the manager understands customer service. I felt bad for the employee and customer she was griping at. The manager was not in anyway professional. With the choices closer to downtown and the other choices a little closer to this park, we will not be coming back.
Date of Stay: July, 2016
First off, depending on the type of park you like this Gulf Waters may or may not be for you. If you're more of a "camping on the beach" type, definitely not. If you're into loud parties, sloppy messes, as many people as possible, definitely not. Gulf Waters offers large sites lots of grass, palm trees all kinds of vegetation separating sites throughout the park. The park is manicured really well. You will not see old broken down RVs here. There's probably a restriction on RVs based on condition. We were in site 758, it's an end site by one of the ponds, closest to the beach, quite a bit of space. We talked with management about he $10.00 visitor fee, as my in-laws came over to eat one night. The fee was waived. We paid the golf cart fee, only $2.50, no big deal. Management is friendly, however there are lots of rules, basically the same as other parks, but they enforce them, unlike lots of other parks. I think a lot of people get used to parks with long listed rules that are rarely enforced, then get a bad vibe when they come here and are expected to follow the rules. If you don't like keeping your site clean, your pet under control, your golf cart safe, etc.,...don't come here, it will cost you. Thank you Gulf Waters for providing a safe fun environment. Boardwalk goes right to the beach at marker 55. It is quite large enough for big golf carts. Wifi is somewhat weak, probably depends on where you are in the park. This is out "Go To" park in Port-A.
Date of Stay: June, 2016
This is about the best RV park in and around Austin. Well manicured, everything is kept clean. Showers are my favorite of any RV park. Like being in a hotel. Really large, private and plenty of space. We've stayed here numerous times, but I haven't reviewed it in a few years. This place is almost a 10, almost. New management since last time I was here. It's now managed by Roberts Resorts. The online map site numbers are incorrect. Pros: Close to Austin, Wifi strong, Secure, all amenities are kept up, Management is friendly, They sell bags of Ice, Level sites, lots of shade. Cons: The pool...It is beautiful, clear, clean, secure and super-heated. I measured the temperature at 101 degrees. There is a hot tub above the pool with water cascading into the pool. They told us due to the size of the pool it just gets hot during the day. Wrong. We have a pool and hot tub at our house. I've been to Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and live in Texas...the pool they have here is heated. Almost no one used it the entire time we were there. maybe that's what they want. It was a bit of a disappointment. The pool was unusable. Lastly gas grill needs an upgrade, it needs to be trashed and replaced with a something that is not rusted out. Lastly the cable system. Yes the cable is free, but you have to hook up one of their cable boxes, it is free to use, but a bit of a hassle I thought. Really those cons are small, I rarely use the Gas grills at RV parks but they told us they had one to use, it was dangerous to use. If I was planning on using the a pool in the summer I would not come here. But if a pool doesn't matter to you this place can't be beat.
Date of Stay: May, 2016
It's kinda rare to find a 10 out there, but given the location to Houston and Spring, this is it. Pretty much everything most people have already said is accurate. However we did not experience all the noise people talked about. This was Memorial Day weekend as well. I kinda expected a thunderous speedway, or more plane/airport noise. I guess it could get noisy but I didn't really notice it. We spent most of our time out in Houston and some time in Spring, both are really close. Our evenings were spent in the park, which is taken manicured and cleaned to the point you can go barefooted almost anywhere. We used the pool which has nice feature, starting at 8:00 p.m. adults only. The park is mosquito controlled, which is nice. Houston can have elephant sized mosquitoes. I didn't notice mosquitoes anywhere in the mornings, however as night set in around 9:30-10:00 p.m. came around a got a few bites while sitting outside. Wifi worked well throughout our stay, cable TV has quite a few channels, and all facilities were clean. There is a man-made lake in the middle of the park, I did see a few people fishing, but we did not. There are sites surrounding the lake, I think I'd request one of those if we come back. We got a late site for the weekend and did really get a choice, but it wasn't a problem.
Date of Stay: March, 2016
We stayed here one night on our way back from skiing in at Taos Ski Valley. Spacious pull through everything worked, water, sewer, electricity, etc. Pad was concrete and level. Park was easy to maneuver. We did nothing in the park. We arrived around 3-4:00, did a little shopping, went out to eat came back and went to sleep. I would stay here again. We did not use any of the park amenities, or look to see what was available.
Date of Stay: March, 2016
We haven't stayed here in a three years. I was getting kinda scared based on some of the reviews. Our last trips to Taos we stayed in houses. To me this was the best RV park in the Taos area years ago. It is town, not out on the mesa, I remembered the sites being large enough and so on. We came back over spring break to go skiing at Taos Ski Valley. I was relieved to see it hadn't really changed, except some upgrades to the bathroom sinks. Our site was level with plenty of space, there is no traffic noise. Sites are divided by sage type bushes, I like the natural touches with the vegetation. Some sites have concrete pads, most are gravel. The wifi signal was pretty spectacular for all 4 of us and we had phones and a laptop connected without a signal drop for 5 days. There is no cable but the local channels suffice for getting the news if you need to wake up to one of the national shows or get tomorrow's weather. Each site has it's own trash receptacle which was emptied daily. Each site also has a picnic table and grill. Keep in mind this New Mexico, it's dusty here. If the wind blows you will get some dust on you. It's not the parks fault if the wind blows from time to time. The only reason it does not get a 10 is the availability of management. We didn't have a problem, just thought it odd the hours were 9 to 3:oo p.m. daily.
Date of Stay: February, 2016
We stay in San Antonio quite a bit. Our kids go to UTSA. We've never stayed here before because it's not as close to downtown as Traveler's World. To start off with this park is extremely well maintained. No junk anywhere and there looks to be some full-timers with all kinds of set ups and everything is tidy. I'm extremely picky where we stay. No longstanding mobile home parks, etc. Navigating the park is easy. The sites are a little narrow for my taste, but if all you're gonna do is stay inside or go to the city it's no problem. We chose a "Premium-Plus" site with an extra parking place for our kids to come visit. Our site had a picnic table as well. No cable TV and not a lot of channels to be picked up. Looks as if they had cable at one point but not anymore. Not much shade throughout the middle of the park. Some trees at the end of the lanes.
Date of Stay: December, 2015
You stay here because of the location. Just on a side note this RV park has 93 sites, is larger than the "14 sites" implies. Maybe they only have 14 sites available for use. We drove through the entire park and there were open sites here and there. We're in Austin a lot so we were aware of the park condition, it's old and part of Austins pop culture. They haven't sold out yet to all the condos and apartment developers yet. We put "Didn't use" on restrooms because we couldn't get them to work, if we would have stayed longer we would have questioned it. We only stayed one night so we could walk to the Trail of Lights in Zilker Park and not have to mess with the parking. Lots of restaurants around and Thom's Market with in walking distance. You have to call for reservations. They do not have a website but do have a Facebook page. They did work with us, our motorhome is almost 40 feet and we got in. Owner was friendly. I'd come back just for the location. Yes there are lots of travel trailers and rvs that are permanent but it wasn't a problem. Our site was right next to the office and didn't have a site number on it.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
Nice KOA, we stayed for one night on our way back to central Texas. We did laundry, showered, etc. We arrived late afternoon so we stayed put in the RV. Cable tv worked fine with a good number a channels and a good amount of shade around us. Unfortunately the pool was out of commission, but they told us this when we called ahead. Good one night stop. Our site was very long and level. We kept the toad connected annd still had space to park at least one more care if needed.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
This park another great Arkansas State Park. Big open spaces, paved sites full hookups, lots of activities to choose from and close enough to Memphis for a day trip. Wildlife is everywhere, deer, racoons, hawks, etc. You could not ask for more. There is a lake fro boating and swimming however we didn't make it into the lake. We went into Memphis for the day, it's about an hour away. Lots of shade sites. Well keep park not trashy at all. Knowledgeable staff in the front office/registration and the camp store is pretty well equipped.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
We've stayed here previously, about 5 or so years ago. There really are no other options that come close to Cherry Hill. Close to DC, with options from the park to shuttle in from the park. We drove into the train station without problems. Our site had shade morning and evenings before the sun went down. Navigating the park is easy enough. One of the largest on site stores I've seen. Golf carts are available if needed. We didn't really use any of the park amenities as we were in DC early in the day until late. Restrooms and showers were clean. We'll be back.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
Yep, this place has just about everything you'd want in a resort/destination campground. When you see it on their website it's pretty close to what you get in the park, unlike some other sites. We stayed here while visiting Boston. There's not a lot to choose from in the area. Lots of workers running around all times of the day, and it shows, this place is very well manicured and clean. It's kinda hard to describe the feeling inside...kinda like a village where you feel "mostly" welcome. You have to punch a code to get in which is fine, then you have to punch a code to get out, which I thought was odd. Upon entering and exiting you drive past a booth, the worker inside watching you punch this code every time. Plenty of local shopping in the area. Good enough access to Boston. We stayed in a "Premium" site it was gravel with a concrete pad and picnic table. By the looks of it sites are all gravel, some were fairly unlevel...ours was okay. There are all kinds of campers around and kids everywhere, and with this combination comes lots and lots of campfires. Wifi is kind of a pain, it's free but you have to jump through a few registration hoops...even then the service is spotty at best. Mornings and evenings the wifi is super slow, prime time I guess. Concierge services were helpful. We have never been to Boston before and she gave us some pretty good tips based on the amount of time we were visiting. Restrooms and Showers were clean. Amenities in the park are what you are paying for, we didn't really use them. For the price I guess I'd ask for more shower facilities and less gravel, due to the dust. Not sure I'd stay here again just due to the fact we really didn't need all the bells and whistles.
Date of Stay: July, 2015
We've stayed here numerous times, I only review once a year or so though. The location is the best in the city. Really close to downtown, friendly staff, well stocked store and really good Tex-Mex right across the street. The pool was closed for renovations. It's no surprise due to the number of folks here in the winter. Call ahead in the winter months, it is packed with snowbirds.
Date of Stay: July, 2015
This place is divided into two campgrounds. One side has everything, the other side nothing. We only stayed here one night, so it was no big deal that there was nothing on our side, which was basically a field with hookups. We were on our way back from Boston to TX. No one in our party used the restrooms or showers, they were too far away. It looks like they are putting ups some buildings on the nothing side. Honestly there is an old barn and restrooms on the "nothing side". It is across the street from the main park. We went to the Natural Bridge, which is pretty amazing. Town has some grocery stores and small restaurants. This seems to be a destination park for locals. Lots of kids activities on the main side of the park. We were in site U124. We did drive through the other side of the park in our toad. There seemed to be some kind of family reunion of rebel flags and barbeque pits on Yogi Lane by the river. Lots of tents, jacked up trucks, canopy tents, etc. and open beer cans everywhere. Everyone looked like it was a party...at that point I was glad I was on the, "nothing" side.