Some people believe that camping at an RV park means just sleeping there at night and leaving as quickly as possible because there’s nothing to do. While that might once have been true, the RV park of yesterday is nothing compared to the RV resort of today, especially in Florida, where you’ll find plenty of activities and events to make you want to stay there instead of venturing out on the town.
What Is There to Do at an RV Resort?
Most RV parks these days have at least one swimming pool on site. Some even have two pools, especially if they’re located in the south where swimming is a way of life. In fact, at some resorts, like Shady Acres, there’s even a pool complex that houses pools, jacuzzis, televisions, and plenty of seating to accommodate large groups. Swimming at the resort is also a nice way to relax after a long day of exploring the nearby attractions.
While you can certainly haul your own games around in your RV, most RV parks offer free games to their guests. You might find shuffleboard, horseshoes, cornhole, volleyball, human chess, and other outdoor games you and your friends and family can play. This is an excellent opportunity for you to meet other people at the park, or simply enjoy competing with your family members. You may have to ask for the equipment at the management office before you can play.
As with most hotels, you’re likely to find a fitness area at a modern RV park, so you don’t have to forego your workout routine just because you’re on vacation. While some fitness areas might be small, having just an exercise bike or a treadmill available, at the resorts you’re likely to find more equipment like weight machines, dip bars, elliptical machines, and more. Just about anything you need to stay fit while you’re at the park will be available.
You probably won’t find an entire shopping mall at an RV park, but you’re almost guaranteed to discover a gift shop or boutique where you’ll be able to pick up some local treasures to take back home with you. Many parks offer a space where local artisans can display and sell their one-of-a-kind wares, so you’re not just going to be inundated with the same souvenirs you’d find anywhere else. So, bring home something memorable from your visit!
Picnics and Cookouts
Especially in southern RV parks like Shady Acres, you’re bound to find outdoor eating areas complete with picnic tables and barbecue grills. You can hold your own cookout or have a lovely picnic under a shaded pavilion. Sometimes it’s nice to get out of your RV to eat once in a while, so grab your sandwiches or barbecue meat and enjoy your next meal out in the fresh air. Invite some friends as well and make it a party!
Not all RV parks are located in areas where you can escape from the busy day-to-day life by going on a hike, but many are, especially those located in woodsy or mountainous areas. If you don’t feel like working out at the fitness facility, go for a hike in the surrounding natural environment instead. Enjoy the local trees and flowers, and you might even see some wildlife as well. Hiking is a great way to get to know an area.
Man’s Best Friend
Most RV parks haven’t forgotten about your favorite travelling companion, either. Dogs are usually welcome at RV parks, and at the more luxurious ones, you’ll also find a dog park created just for their entertainment and exercise. Since you can’t let your dog off the leash in most areas outside your RV, having a dog park where you can run and play with your four-legged friend is a fantastic amenity. It’s almost like having your own backyard while you travel!
You can’t go camping without having a campfire at night where you and your family or friends can sit around the fire telling stories and toasting s’mores. RV parks have fire rings or pits on their premises that allow you to safely build a fire and keep these age-old traditions alive. There’s nothing better than ending the night swapping tales around a roaring fire, even if the weather during the day was hot. Think of the memories you’ll make!
Need a place to host a large group of people? You’ll find that most modern RV parks have a large recreation room that you can reserve for parties or larger get-togethers. There were also be events held in this room, including BINGO games, live music, craft sessions, and much more. You’ll never lack for something to do with an events coordinator on staff ensuring fun activities are available every day.
This activity to do at an RV park isn’t something you’ll look forward to, but it’s something that has to be done. If you’re staying at the park for several weeks, you are probably going to have to do laundry. Most modern RV parks offer nice laundry facilities that rival even the best laundromats. With several washers and dryers available, you’ll be able to get this chore done in no time so you can get back to the fun.
Another chore that you can get done at an RV park is a car wash. After a day of traveling on dusty dirt roads or driving your 4×4 on a nearby beach, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle is nice and clean for the next day’s adventures. Since you’ll have access to water for free with your nightly reservation fee, you can pull your car up to the public hose and rinse the grime from your car’s surface.
Who says you have to do anything at all at an RV park? Part of the reason you’re on vacation, after all, is to relax. This is something you can do very easily at any RV park, but especially those that are located in places with wonderful weather. You can take a nap in a hammock in the early afternoon shade, read a book in a lawn chair outside your RV, or lay in the sun out by the pool.
Not all RV parks will have all of the above-mentioned amenities, but if you’re going to stay at one, why not pick a resort that makes you feel like you’re on a luxury vacation? Contact Shady Acres today to reserve your RV spot and we’ll make sure your stay is perfect.