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Altoona, Iowa

Adventureland Campground

Altoona, Iowa



Altoona, Iowa
Phone: (515) 265-7321

Sites: 310
Recent Rate: $35 8/2016

Latitude: 41.658125340192
Longitude: -93.493880489349

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone yes
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) no
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) no
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals no
  • Hiking Hiking no
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games yes
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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46 Reviews

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Review Count: 79
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed here as workampers for Adventureland amusement park May, June, and July. Had a pull-thru near one of the laundries. Utilities placed in sites well and all worked well. Water very good out of tap with just your normal water filter on it. Very clean and well kept. The mowing and triming crew, who were also workampers, knew their business and were careful around the rigs. One of the nicest large parks near a major city we have stayed in, with all the shopping and eating places you would want near by. Also able to have HDT and 5er in the pull thru site with room to spare. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
78
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Blank Park Zoo. Pella Tulip festival. Casino and horse racing track across the street and of course Adventureland Amusement Park and Adventure Bay Water Park right on the grounds just across the walking bridge from the RV park, or the shuttle will pick you up (free).

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Review Count: 133
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here one night while visiting family. The campground adjoins Adventureland Amusement Park, a popular Des Moines area park. A trolley runs from the campground to the park. Facilities in the park (bathrooms, access roads) are due for updating but were satisfactory. Newer dog runs were close to our side of the campground and were very convenient. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
25
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Adventureland corner is 2 miles from Interstate 80 and close to numerous restaurants and large gas stations as well as Prairie Meadows Horse Racetrack and Casino.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Exceptionally clean park with lots of attendants throughout our weekend stay. Plenty of open space to walk our dog. We were attending a convention, so the park being next door to the convention center made it very easy to let our dog out often enough for her comfort. (Now if she'd just been that cooperative getting back in the coach!)

We were right next to a large open area so there was plenty of room to walk her and not be bothered by other dogs (room for 4-5 dogs to exercise without interfering with each other). Almost all spaces appeared to have reasonably tall shade trees (most appeared to be a bit above the height of the coaches/trailers). Each site seemed to have a picnic table and fire pit.

We stayed in the J loop on the perimeter of the park. These parking loops were really well-designed to pull in past your space and back straight in with no difficulty. If pulling a dolly, recommend asking for a 50-60' space. We had a 35-40' space that was just long enough for our motorhome plus a car. Had we towed a vehicle, there would not have been room for a dolly or trailer.

With the amusement park next door, we expected to hear lots of noise, but we didn't! There is a border of tall trees between the park and the amusement park that dampened almost all the noise and what we heard sounded distant. Easy access to the casino and convention center.

Rated Satisfactory on service for three reasons: the attendant who greeted us was rather gruff in response to my query about senior or military discounts. ("We don't have to with the casino and amusement park next door.") There appeared to be no convenience store in the park itself, and internet service was awful. The attendant told me they hadn't upgraded the service in 6 years. I believe it; we regularly had difficulty getting online, often got bumped offline, and could not get a signal after 11:00 p.m.

Fix the internet and provide a small convenience store and this would be a superior place to stay. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
J-3
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

1. AJ's Steak House in Casino/Racetrack: superior food and service.

2. Barbeque restaurant across from entrance is regional chain with good reputation.

3. Hilltop Restaurant (about 6 miles away): really good pizza and best onion rings I've ever had!

4. Closest Wal-mart is about 3 miles away (south on Prairie Meadows Dr., runs between park and the casino/convention center).

5. Security guards at park entrance sometimes, so display your access pass (mirror hangar).

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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed here for just an overnight. We had a pull in blackout site. Had an odd layout, but it was fairly quiet and seemed as though we had seasonals around us. Had a dog park and a nice pool. It is right next door to an amusement park. Hookups were all good. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
F115
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

Arrived during a heavy storm and found hook ups basically under water, looked at other sites to try and change but found the same, our main reason here was to visit the theme park so after the water soaked into the ground things worked out. Long pull thru but not real level, seems sites are getting upgraded to concrete but looks like it will take a while. Trolley to park was nice wristbands needed worn to ride trolly and enter the pool area. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground next to amusement park. Easy to get to from interstate. Didn't make reservation early enough so had to take a 30 amp site. There is a tram to take you to the amusement park. Will stay here again when traveling in the area. We camped her in a motorhome. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Reserve site early as it fills up quickly during summer.

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Review Count: 41
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Visited this campground for a few nights to visit Adventureland and the surrounding area. I pulled in with no reservations but they had no trouble placing me right where I wanted, by the walkway to the park, so it was just a minute walk from my door to the park gate.

Dated, but clean, well kept campground. Everything functioned well. Site was a bit off level, with a sinkhole to one side, and showed its age. Several sites showed brand new concrete pads, but they seemed to only be as wide as the campers, with drop offs on the edges. All roads and sites are paved, and the park is very well laid out.

Bathhouse was very clean but also dated with no climate control.

Check-in was a breeze, very friendly staff as well as campers, many of whom are work campers working at the park. Park also had a nice pool and arcade, playgrounds, and dog runs for both small and large dogs.

Will stay here again when in the area. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
N4
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Great, local BBQ chain across from the campground. Also, the Adventureland Inn has a very impressive, new sports bar.

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Review Count: 76
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: April, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

This is mainly a work camping park during the spring, summer months. I am a work camper, but have camped here in the past. The park has been here since 1973. They are in the process of updating their sites with cement. There is a big amusement park next to the camp ground, and they have a Trolley to pick you up. There are about 100 sites for the daily use. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Z 10
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

When the amusement park is open you can go take the kids there. There is a Casino/Horse track a cross the street from the campground. Gas in Altoona is always cheaper than Des Moines. There are several eating places across the street from the camp grounds on the north side.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Very efficient check-in process. Pull through sites were long enough for our 34' 5th wheel and truck. Pull through sites were angled 45 degrees to the roadway. Back in sites were mostly in circles where backing in was very easy. Very logical set up. There was a shuttle to the amusement park but the walk over was short. We walked all of the campground roads and circles and it was 2.5 miles. Small playground for the children. During the summer (May - Sep) you should make reservations because they have about 100 work-campers staying there. 95% of the rigs and their areas were well kept. Great water pressure. 50 amp power voltage was 118v. Our sewer connection was missing it's cap. Threaded sewer pipe came out of ground at a 45 degree angle. This was really a wonderful park to stay at. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
Pull through 10
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 125
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Easy access to and in the park with our oversized 40'+ Big Rig RV. Everything in park is dated and could use updating. Sites are quite close together. Full hookups, good cell service (ATT and Verizon), and quiet at night. Wouldn't be my first choice if in the area again but we would not hesitate to return if other options unavailable. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Attached to an amusement park you can expect kids, big families and noise. Hard to find signage led us to miss entrance. Older park, older infrastructure. Casino across street. Watch your speed, speed nazi will get you. Grass needs cutting and trees need trimming. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
73
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

We n t to the Farmers Martet in Des Moines, WOW! Check out the Botanical Gardens. Are at Jethro's BBQ, good stuff.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed at Adventureland Park 1-2 July and 5-11 July. Unfortunately they were not able to accommodate us on the 3rd and 4th of July due to the fact that waited too long to make reservations. They discounted the nights we were there because they were not able to accommodate us those 2 days. We also had to leave early due to a family emergency. The refunded our money for the days that we left early. I have never seen a park do that. Now for the park. This is an old park and therefore has some minor issues. Some sites are not level. This is not a huge problem. You just need to level your rig. There are many permanent guests there that work for Adventureland. Again, this is not a problem. They are very friendly and helpful people. The shower buildings are older, but they are also exceptionally clean. Whoever designed this park knew how to layout a park. Even with circular loops, each space is basically a straight back in. If I wanted to complain about anything, it would be that the sewer hook up should be to the rear of the sites. You need a long hose to reach the sewer drain. That is also something that is not a huge issue. A great plus was they added two fantastic dog run areas while we were staying there. Our dogs were the first to enjoy these and they had a great time! We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
F and I
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Adventureland RV Park is close to anything you could need. There is a Flying J right down the street for your RV needs. Great casino and thoroughbred track next door. Plenty of restaurants that feature a variety of local favorites.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Overall a pleasant stay. Clean park, excellent staff (the desk guy was awesome), and great location (we were there to go to Adventureland). Kids had a blast, and enjoyed the pool. Lots of grassy areas for playing, but also good paved roads for bikes and scooters.

My only complaints are the site layout, and the requirement to rent a fire pit per night. We had a 30 amp spot, which were all arranged in small circles. This made getting the camper in and out mildly difficult and annoying. Also, none of the sites have fire rings. You either have to bring your own, or rent one for $5/night.

We would stay there again, but only if we have reason to be in the area, as it is a long drive for us. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
H4
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

When making reservations, tell them you need a 50-amp spot and bring a 50-to-30 amp adapter if your rig has a 30-amp plug. All the 50-amp spots are pull-through. Also be sure to bring an extension for your sewer hose, as the placement is weird.

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Most access roads in need of repair. Spaces adequate and some shade. Limited parks available in this area. Family park but noise not abusive. Next to amusement and casino. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
30 and 35
Site Surface
Asphalt

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Adventureland Amusement Park - Prairie Meadows Casino

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Review Count: 20
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Large park with asphalt roads and pads. Entry to park very near to busy intersection making left turns into park hazardous. Most pads are very narrow and asphalt is cracked and uneven. Great park for pet owners, with lots of grassy areas, however, the grass is very infrequently mowed, so may be 12"-14" high. Site maintenance is severely lacking with muddy holes beside pads, little grass between some pads and very uneven pads. Lots of trees, multiple restroom/laundry sites. Was not willing to use the washing machines in the laundry as they all had a horrible odor. Motorhome owners would be well advised to unhitch the toad, then drive around and pick your own pull-through spot. Park caters to "workampers" who work next door at Adventureland, most of whom, are friendly good neighbors. Lots of families visit on the weekends for obvious reasons. Near to restaurants, grocery stores & Walmart. Casino & horse track a plus for some. From our experience, the park is a bit pricey given the maintenance issues. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Motorhome.

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