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05/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
There is such a thing as free lunch! We had a great time here. They offer a free 3 day 2 night stay if you have never been here. After just the first night, we opted to pay for 2 more nights. The spots are tight. In fact the spot we were in just barely held our 40ft 5'er without it sticking out into the road. There is nowhere to park the tow vehicle, so everyone parks sideways across the front of their coach in the street. This makes navigating and parking a little rough. The only other complaint is that there is only one bath house. Was not a big deal while we were here, but during the busy season, I could see it as an issue. Great, very friendly staff here! Pool is very nice. And they do have free lunch as well as breakfast. I seen some of the other reviews complaining about the lunch, but seriously, it is free. How can you complain? I would not have left Busch Gardens to drive back for the food, but the days we were at the park, it was nice to have it as an option. It is small portions, but on the meatball sub day, I went back up and they gave me a second one. There was zero pressure by the sales people. In fact our sales guy called us ahead of time and asked if we were interested in seeing new units. Had we said no, he would have left us alone. (But we wanted to see new units.) The onsite Flying J, Camping World, and Cracker Barrel were all a bonus. We will be back here for sure and will likely be purchasing our next rig from them.
05/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
This was our second year of camping here. Everything was still great. The pool opens earlier in the year now (as it was open while we were there. No longer having to wait for Memorial Day.) The girl working the office told us there was WiFi, but there is NO WiFi in this park. Overall it was quiet the entire week we were there. The weekend was a little noisy as the scouts were there camping, but they usually settled down by 11pm. Security was still a strong presence there and there were no problems. I feel this could be a 10 park if they would add WiFi.
04/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a very nice park. It is 37 years old so it is not to current standards. There is VERY limited spaces for big rig access, and the road coming in is tight because of the age of the park. We actually shifted our plans by one day due to availability of a large enough spot for our 5th wheel. The staff was super friendly and they have an escort to the site if you arrive before 8:30pm. The property touches the Lion Country Safari and as other have mentioned, you do hear the lions roaring. This is not however a nuisance. It was not loud enough to wake me. The shower facility was old(er), but very clean, and the bathroom area looks to have been remodeled recently. They have a large selection of entertainment things such as bocce/petanque court, basketball court, suffle board, swimming pool, horse shoes, and volley ball. They also have a nice little camp store that sells your typical stuff as well as souvenirs for the safari. They also sell propane. Nice park, and we will be back. Check the websites for specials as they have package deals to get into the park. (This park only got a 9 due to the age.)
06/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
This campground has no website, and until now had no reviews on here. I was nervous about staying here as the only reference I had was a Google satellite photo and it made the campground look scary. We went to check it out anyway and I am glad we did. It is not a bad campground at all! It is no 5 star resort, but it works well for what it is. When I went to use the shower (yes, only one shower) I at first thought it was dirty, but I realized it was really just old(er). Once I really looked it over I realized they used the "paint it until it looks new" mentality. But it was clean. The camp host was super friendly and took us to the site even though it was raining. She was very nice and very helpful making sure that we were hooked up and everything was working. Plus she was concerned as we were leaving because we experienced some truck issues that morning. Overall it was a fantastic experience and we will stay here again. I would like to see them add WiFi and cable TV, but that might be pushing it.
06/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
I love this park. My wife loves this park. We will be back for sure. The site we had was nice and was close to level. We were close to the pool, but I think I would have rather been close to the lake. The only thing I found that I disliked was the wireless internet. It was not a very strong signal in the spot where we were even though we asked for a spot with wifi. It worked well enough to pay to sign up and then did not work well enough to really use it. I do not hold this against the park though. The bathrooms where very clean as were the showers. The camp host greeted us as we arrived after hours. He was very friendly and helpful. There is a great camp store on property. They also offer donuts under the pavilion in the morning (before 9am.) If you are going to visit the park, buy your tickets at the campground and you get a second day free.
05/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
We only stayed here for one night. As an over night stay or for a couple of days it is a fine place to stay. Really the only thing we found wrong with the place was the condition of the bathrooms and showers. It is not so much that they were dirty, rather just old and worn out. We did not use them due to the condition. Everything else was fantastic though. I would stay here again, just not a long term (more than 2 or 3 days.)
05/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
I have stayed at parks that were "better" but for what this place is, it gets a 10 from me. Very nice place, clean restrooms (though pretty far from where they put us), and free WIFI. We only stayed one night and arrived after the office was closed. We had called ahead and they told us which of 2 sites to take. We arrived and setup, but I did not have enough sewer hose to reach the connection. In the morning when we went to the office, the staff lady asked if we used 50 or 30 amp, and if we used sewer. When I told her I had not connected to the sewer due to distance, she just charged us for a 30 amp W/E site ($20). The best part was that checkout time was 2pm. This worked well as we were going to tour the Raptor plant and the tour was not until 2pm. So we had plenty of time to tear down and shower and go get lunch before we went over to the plant tour. Very nice staff and very nice place for being at a fairgrounds. Don't let it worry you. Oh, the trains... That was the worst part, but not the campground's fault. We would stay here again if the need arises.
05/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
Nice park. It was very clean as were the bathrooms/showers. Laundry facility was nice and the dryers worked very well. The sites are concrete and are very level. The only faults we found at this park was that the WIFI is NOT currently available at all the sites. It only works at the sites that are closest to the office (about 6 sites.) The staff was aware of the problem and said they were working on getting it through the entire park. They do have a table and chairs outside of the office to sit and use your laptop. The other fault was that each site is a back to back for 2 units. This makes your front door facing someone else and the back of your rig up to the person behind you. Not a great layout. It just screams profit and not comfort. It was not enough to make me leave or to make me not think about camping here again though. It was too nice otherwise. They have fuel (including diesel) on site and also have a wash facility large enough for motorhomes and travel trailers. It is close to many area attractions including the Mall of America. They also have shuttles to take you to the casino.
05/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
This was a great CG and we hope to return soon. We only stayed 2 nights, but had we not been on a schedule, we would have stayed longer. The staff was very nice, the restrooms were some of the cleanest we have seen and their camp store was fantastic. We even had dinner there the first night (they sell pizza, ice cream, etc..) The sites were nicely spaced out with plenty of room. The WiFi worked really well where we were in the park. We purchased propane there and the price was very fair. They also have gas pumps on property, but no diesel. The pool was nice and they also had a rec room. We had zero issues.
05/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
I wish there was a higher option for the question about the bathrooms being clean. This park had a restroom/bath house that was so clean, you could eat off of the floor! The sites were gravel, but were very close to being level. There were a couple of pull through sites, but I selected a back in site and still had plenty of room for my 40 ft 5th wheel. The sites each had a fire ring, a high quality (commercial type) picnic table, and some had a cover/wind block for the picnic table. The sites are very well spaced. No two sites are on top of each other. There is a dump station available, however no sewer hookup at the site. There also is no water hookups at the sites. The showers were clean, but are coin operated, however it was worth the quarters to shower in such a clean bath house. The cute young lady who runs the office/park info center was very friendly and courteous when I went in to pay for the second night. (It was after hours when I arrived the first night.) The bath house building also has a laundry facility, Coke and Pepsi machine, change machine, puzzle table, and a magazine rack with a selection of magazines and pamphlets. Do be forewarned that there is a train track across 40 that has a train that runs between 6 and 8 am. It did wake us up, but it was gone quick enough to allow us to fall back asleep. There is a camp host on site. I really can not say enough good things about this state park. I am very happy I found this campground.
05/2007
rating [ 1/10 ]
This place should be called Steamboat Dumpgrounds! I have never been in a more foul, dirty campground. Do Not Camp Here! We arrived after the office closed so we picked up the needed paperwork to do a DIY payment. We chose a site and made our way to it (without making the payment yet.) The sites were not level, or even close to it. The sewer connection was broken so my threaded elbow would not screw in. The cable TV was terribly fuzzy. I was getting very annoyed at the condition of this place for $43 a night. Then the last straw came. My wife walked to the restroom/bath house to see what was available. She did not look happy when she came back and told me that I needed to go and see. As I approached the men's room I noticed a sign on the door that stated, "The restrooms will be closed from 12-2 everyday for cleaning, we apologize for this inconvenience." After entering the restroom I had to wonder what century this cleaning took place because it had not been recent! It was disgusting! I would not shower in there under any circumstances. I was so angry I was actually shaking. I went back to the site and told my wife that I was very angry and wanted to leave. We decided we were going to drive the extra 45 minutes to the next camp we knew of. We left a note to the owners in the box and packed up and left. We were very glad we had not yet dropped our payment. We ended up finding a fantastic state park called Yampa River State Park. It was just to the other side of Hayden and it was a really nice park for half the cost of Steamboat Campground. Search to read my review on it.
05/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
What a fantastic RV park! The park, including the pool area, laundry, bathrooms/showers, is so clean it almost sparkles. The new pool they added is so nice. It is not a huge, commercial looking pool, rather it is a normal size, very nice looking pool with a little waterfall. It has a nice smooth finish so it is easy on the feet. The park has nice wide concrete pads to park on and little grass areas next to the pads. The pads are wide enough to allow you to enter and exit your rig from the concrete. There is cable TV, telephone (with voice mail), and WIFI (good speed) at NO EXTRA CHARGE! That alone is an amazing thing and worth the stay. There are 4 separate restrooms each with a shower. This works out well for couples like us with a baby as we can use it like a family restroom. One of the other reviewers complained about the traffic noise from the road, but there was no issue with us. We could not hear the traffic at all other than when we were in the pool. There is only a couple of sites that I would think could have an issue with the traffic noise, but the traffic was not even that bad on the road. We had never been here before and yet the owners treated us like we were old friends and they were glad to see us again. They made us feel very welcomed. I hope we have an excuse to stay here again in the near future. By the way, did I mention how clean this place was?
05/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
Fantastic Park. The owners are a wonderful couple that were very fun to talk with. The first night we had an issue with the breaker at our site. It was dropping the power, but not kicking out completely. The next morning (a Sunday) I went to the office and offered to go get a breaker to replace it. She told me there was no way she would make me do that. She had her husband go and get a breaker from the garage and replace it right then. Talk about prompt service. The restrooms/showers were VERY clean as were the grounds. The other reviews that said it was trashy was either a fluke or a lie. Make sure as you approach this campground that you watch the signs. About a mile up the road is a sign that let's you know the campground is coming up, but right after that sign is another campground. Make sure you pass that one to get to Payne's! The only "issue" I had with this campground was the size of the showers. The restrooms were huge and yet the shower was about the size of the one in my RV. I did not hold this against the campground, it was just the only thing I found to be an issue. We will be back to this location again.
04/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
We stopped here for a one night layover and ended up staying 5 days due to a truck problem. We arrived on a Saturday afternoon with no reservation and upon arrival learned that they work on the honor system when the office is closed. The office was closed when we arrived so we called the phone number listed on the door. The maintenance man came up and gave us instructions on what we needed to do and gave us pointers as to what section we should park in. The park itself lacks eye candy and the bulk of the permanent units are somewhat run down, but the maintenance of the park is kept up. The bushes are trimmed and the grass is cut. The pool area, bathrooms, and laundry area is clean. There is trash pickup every morning. You just leave your bags on the curb at 8am and they will get them. The Wi-Fi is at an additional cost (minimal) and works well. You can actually sign up for it on line, you do not need to set it up through the office. Office staff was very friendly. At this time of the year (April, May) the park is pretty empty so we had a wide selection of sites. The ground is very sandy, so make sure you have decent blocking for under your jacks. There are nice concrete pads for your patio however. Overall, we are pleased with the park and would gladly stay here again. Far enough out to be quiet, yet close enough to anything you could need.
04/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a really fantastic park for being a state owned park. I was impressed with the natural feel for the grounds even though it is actually in the middle of a very populated area of Miami (Homestead.) The campground is also close to some restaurants and such. Diesel fuel is available out of the CG to the right on Eureka Dr. If you are going to the Metro Zoo, buy your tickets at the CG and avoid having to wait in line at the zoo. The only things I was disappointed with was the lack of WIFI and also that the pool does not open until Memorial Day. The CG was clean as are the restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities. The security was also very alert. They drive the CG continuously during the night. We stayed at one of the pull through sites in the back (in pod 1). The electrical hookups were very nice and modern. We had 50, 30, and 20 amp all in one box. The box also contained phone and cable hookups, but they were not functional. We will stay here again.
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