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Adventureland Campground

Altoona, Iowa


2600 Adventureland Dr
Altoona, Iowa 50009
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 310
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 41.65813
Longitude: -93.49388

Elevation: 967' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Phone Phone yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails no
  • Rec Room Rec Room yes
  • Casino Casino yes
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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64 Reviews

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Review Count: 110
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Finished another five month season living in the campground as part of the work camper force at Adventureland Amusement Park. Site is comped as part of our employment. General public pays $35.00 per night and there is a monthly rate but not sure what the exact fee is so would not want to comment. Park is large with large amount of pull throughs and good amount of "circles" that have 10 sites per circle. 95% are asphalt with newer concrete sites in the mix. All existing sites have FHUs and there are plans to build 12 to 15 new sites by the walking bridge to the amusement park that will be for conversion vans and smaller campers that will have 20/30 amp electric, water, but no sewer. Power is constant with good water pressure which is very good for a campground this size, and sewer drops are placed well in the sites. Campground office receives mail and packages during the season and sells souvenirs, ice, and propane. Large clubhouse and pool available during season and has washer/dryers inside building. The comfort stations 1, 3, and 4 have washer/dryers and all including #2 are being remodeled during the off season. At times there were complaints of sewer odors so the remodeling was put on the table this year. So to sum up, the park is starting to show its age a little but I believe they are heading in the right direction and it remains a good value due to its location, close to shopping, new hotels, casino across the street, new outlet mall and within 10 to 15 minutes from Des Moines. 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
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:

Prairie Meadows across the street with very good buffet, casino, and live horse racing at times through the season. New outlet mall over by Bass Pro. Decent restaurant in Bass Pro with bar and 6 lane bowling alley. Sugar Shack Cafe on 8th Ave is moving to strip mall west of Altoona Walmart-give em a try. And of course Adventureland Amusement Park and Adventure Bay Waterpark next to the campgrounds.

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Review Count: 287
States Visited: 54
Helpful Reviews: 37

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

The biggest issue I have with this campground, where we've stayed in teh past, is that approaching from I-80, the entrance road is almost impossible to see and the sign reads parallel to the road (Adventureland Drive) such that you're passing it before you see it. Other than that, we really like this for a one or multi-night stay. If the tornado alarms sound, as they did last evening, head for one of the cinder block bathrooms (called comfort stations on the campground map). Fortunately, while we got lots of wind, rain and some hail, the tornadoes which precipitated the alarms bypassed us! Staff friendly. Campground clean. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Concrete
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

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

Entrance is difficult to find, and others have complained about it. Adventureland signs are confusing and some are inaccurate. The only telephone number I could find for help was the hotel reservation at Adventureland Inn. The receptionist there was untrained, had no idea of how to direct me to the campground, gave inaccurate directions and instructions three times, despite the fact that i was only 400 yard away. When I eventually got to the campground office, during check in I felt that the person checking me in didn't have time or the interest to answer my questions reasonably, because the office closes at 5 and it was 4.45! Most campers arrive for registration late afternoon early evening. So it makes no sense in a big park to close the office so early. I reserved a pull through with 50 amp, water and sewer which I got. But 5 minutes after I plugged into the power it shut off. When I examined the box, it had thrown the 30 AMP breakers!!! In a 50 amp box. I called the Adventureland Inn, which is your contact after 5 PPM, but the receptionist knew nothing about the campground or maintenance??? She tried calling the campground office, despite me telling her it was closed. Eventually she asked someone, who knew how to send out maintenance. Sure enough, maintenance showed up and said someone had installed 30 amp breakers in a 50 amp box. They changed the breakers and power was fine. the pull through's are long enough for the biggest rigs, Wifi is almost no existent, no cable. The fifth wheel to my left had two vans and a truck parked? The fifth wheel to the right had a van, a truck and a Harley, and three dogs staked outside. The camper opposite has a dog outside yapping non stop. This campsite could be really good, but appears to lack strong management. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Very difficult to find entrance. Amusement park, hotel, and casino make it hard to get around, especially in the evening when you have to check in at the hotel. Nice grassy areas. Rules allow late night noise which is not good for those traveling through. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
34
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 91
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 29

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Our not-recently-updated GPS had a hard time finding this park. Park is next to a casino and offers pull-through and back-in sites. All are level and hookups are convenient. We arrived at 4:50 pm and had been told that after 5 pm we would need to check in at the hotel. There was a barrier half-way across the road, but hubby was tired from driving all day and then having taken an out-of-the-way route to the park, he announced he was not going to the hotel, it was not yet 5 pm. Upon entering the office, the man there announced he would need to reboot his computer to check us in. We were given a back-in site even though we were only staying one night and were towing a car. The park was about 1/3 full and there were pull-through sites available throughout the park. Bathrooms and showers were older, but well kept. Park looked quite nice, had a nice community room in the center of the park. Just wish we had been treated a bit better at check-in. Really resent having to unhook car after a long day of driving, only to hook it back up after a night's sleep. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Be sure to request a pull-through site if that is what you prefer.

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Review Count: 110
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 21

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Here since May 1st and it remains an older but clean and maintained park in the city of Altoona but very close to Des Moines with its big city businesses and attractions. Park has long pull thrus for the bigger rigs (ours-67 feet hooked) plus many camp circles with fairly easy backins for the smaller units and groups who wish to be together. Hookups have electric pedestal and hose bib or water stand pipe with sewer drop placed fairly decent in sites. Roads paved with asphalt and 98 % of sites asphalt with 10 to 15 newer concrete sites. Tent sites are on south end of park. Four comfort stations have one shower for men and one for women with three having two washers/dryers and pool/group meeting building has three washers/dryers. Office will accept mail, packages, and will take out going mail (pre stamped),with small camp store an propane for sale. Walking bridge connects to amusement park with shuttle service also during season from rv park. Several points that keep this only a four star park is poor maintenance of washers/dryers (have to keep after park management when units are down) and too many people drive through park like its I-80 with little to no regard for people with dogs and children walking and playing. Have been nearly hit several times. Also no regard by some with observing one way roads within the park. No recycling in park but dumpsters for trash available. But to sum up, park remains very good value when visiting the amusement park, the casino next door, or the greater Des Moines area. 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
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:

10 minutes to groceries. 10 minutes to shopping. Cinemark movies (new) 5 minutes. Close to major chains for hardware, clothing, and the new outlet mall less than 2 miles from park. Eating within short walk.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Enjoyed our stay here. Friends of ours are workampers at Adventureland and it was nice visiting with them for one night. Ate dinner at Spectators Sports Bar. Lots of tv screens, good drinks and food. Did not have time in our schedule to visit the amusement park. Hope to return next year and visit the park. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Eat at Spectators, visit the amusement park. Easy access from campground to the park.

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Review Count: 52
States Visited: 26
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

The park had a few trees (maybe every other site), and the roads were paved with asphalt that was cracking and not in very good condition, but maneuvering my 36' DP motorhome was easy. Sites were on the narrow side, some thin grass all around (grass is nice when you have dogs). Power connection was 50/30/20 and the power pole & sockets were in good condition. There was no cable TV. Water & sewer connections were fine, as was the water pressure, and the sewer connection point was at ground level (nothing worse than a sewer pipe that's 8 inches above ground!). The RV parking pad was crumbling asphalt. The WiFi connection was good, and but was so slow it was basically useless. We don't use restrooms, showers or pools, so we can't render an opinion on those items. There were 2 dog park for our 4 footed friends (we travel with 3 golden retrievers). The price was average to slightly high considering aging condition of some of the facilities. We did not notice significant road noise, but noise like that doesn't bother us anyway. We would rate this park as 6 out of 10. We might stay here again if in the area. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

We used Adventureland CG while visiting friends in the Des Moines area. Signage directing you to the entrance not very clear for those unfamiliar with the area. As others have said, clearly an older park but grounds are well-kept. Bath facilities also older but generally clean. Interior roads can be a bit confusing to navigate; circular "clusters" of sites actually make it quite easy to place your rig although sites themselves are not all that big and parking of your tow vehicle could be awkward. Most sites are paved, nearly level and have a single tree to provide some shade. Food, fuel and supplies readily available at retailers in the area. Check in was easy but the staffer neglected to tell us about the WiFi and did not provide the code - I had to ask the next day. Adventureland served our purposes and we would stay here again. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
Section B
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Take in the Iowa state capital building tour - one of the nicest and most ornate capital building in the country. Art park downtown is interesting. For an outstanding food experience stop at the Hy-Vee (sp?), also downtown.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

This is an older heavily used campground. The rate reflects the state fair rate. Hook ups worked fine. Staff nice, gave us very good advice how to go to fair using a park and ride site. Most campers are here for good clean family fun and are on vacation to amusement park next door. Quiet place, would stay again if in the area. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Very busy (it serves a large amusement park) and starting to look a little dated but overall a good park. Signage is horrible, however. From the street entry to site location in the park, it is hard to find what you are looking for. Two u-turns later, we found our assigned parking spot. Easy for us to do, but not for everyone. Sites are level but the paving may be heavily cracked. Many sewer connections are elevated and present problems dumping. Dog parks (one for small breeds, one for the rest) are new and in excellent condition. They are underused as dog waste can be found in other open areas. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
loop b
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 61
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

The park was very attentive - they had me booked in too small of a site (30 amp back-in) - the check-in guy noticed this and worked to find a larger site with 50 amp because he felt we would be more comfortable in a larger site. They also came out promptly the next morning and cut down a tree branch hanging too low on the RV. The restrooms were nothing special - below average and it seems we stopped by just before cleaning - very messy with dead bugs all over. They probably need more frequent cleaning for a better grade. Nice amount of trees and grass by all sites. Most of the park is occupied by workampers for Adventureland. Nice people - we would stay here again. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
21Y
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

We went into Des Moines and rode the bike trails - very nice - along the Des Moines River. The next day, we rode the High Tressle trail = extremely nice - esp. the Madrid to Woodward portion.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This was a stopover spot for us and satisfied what we needed. This would not be a destination place for us as we prefer some place less congested. This would be a perfect place for those who are wanting activity as it has the amusement park on one side, the casino on the other and movies across the way. This place was packed with campers as it was the July 4th weekend holiday which is understandable. With all being said we would still stay here as a stopover as it was easy check in and easy in and out. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 26
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

They are very short of signs, staff, and direction if you have to check in at the registration desk. Hopefully this will not be an issue more in season. We were charged the full boat, but most of the facilities were not yet available. The showers were specifically lacking in privacy, but there was hot water after a while. Most others there were work campers for the resort that had not yet opened. There may be discounts available if you get to check in with someone that knows how to work the camp ground side. My clerk did not know or if did, he left it off the invoice. We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Q1
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
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
No
Tips for other Campers:

In season, it is an RV resort, but there is a lot going on as you will be next door to Des Moines.

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

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

We only stayed one night. When we got there (after having called and been told "yes"), we were told there were no pull-throughs. Enter the wonderful employee who came charging up in his golf cart to the rescue by telling us he didn't know what he was thinking, but a work camper just left and we could have their spot! Had to run to get a part we didn't have, came back and then found that delivery dinner wasn't going to work. All in all, however, this was a successful stay, the grounds are clean and Michael will forever remain in our "saved the day" memories! We camped at Adventureland Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
25 site
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Unless you want to undo your car from a tow dolly in order to go eat, then make sure you stop and eat before you arrive. If you need or want delivery, there is a choice of Jimmy John's (who can only deliver to the gate/office), or Domino's if you want pizza. We were told those were the only two who delivered to the park. We chose to unhook from the site and go over to Max's diner which is part of a truck stop.

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