Earlier this week, Bob and I noticed that the weather looked like it was going to be beautiful over the weekend. Highs in the low 80s and not too much humidity. We have been wanting to take Lily on her first fishing trip for, um, a couple years now but it just hasn’t happened. So after deciding that this weekend looked to have good weather for fishing, we figured why not take kick it up a step? We dusted off our trusty pop up camper and booked a site at Mount Pocono Campground.
For $40 we got one night in a water/electric wooded site. Lily, considered an “extra” guest, and was $3 additional – but we received a 10% discount with our AAA card, so it pretty much evened out for her to be free. Picking a campground to stay at was a completely random decision – we spent a night searching on the internet, narrowed it down to 2 or 3 promising choices and picked the one that was closest to our fishing spot.
We rolled into Mount Pocono Campground just before 7 pm on Friday night. Check-in was flawless and we were welcomed and given a map and some other campground literature. Our wooded campsite was just up the lane from the office – making it super close (70 steps to be exact – yes, I counted) to the bathhouse which contained bathroom and shower facilities, as well as a sink area for washing pots and pans.
We have been to many campgrounds over the years, and from the first second we stepped out of our car, we were extremely impressed by the cleanliness of the grounds and how well-maintained everything was. Sometimes you unknowingly end up at a campground filled with the rowdy party crowd – not a great thing when you have young kids and expect quiet hours to be enforced, etc. It was evident that this campground caters to FAMILIES.
We set up our camper before heading out to explore.
Along the family-friendly theme, the center of the campground offers a playground for the kids, two different areas with horse shoe pits and a big swimming pool. Next to the larger pool (heated) was a smaller wading pool for the younger kids.
The camp office also features a pretty well stocked little store. You will find everything from basic sundries, camping gear, food, souvenirs, pool floats and toys, and yes – plenty of supplies for S’mores. The prices were decent – not nearly as inflated as some other campgrounds I have visited.
Of course, I thought the “Keurig Bar” was an awesome addition – you’ll even save a little cash if you bring your own cup!
Next to the office/store is a large rec room building. This placed is hooked UP! The first floor has a big screen tv surrounded by couches and chairs. There was a room full of toys for the younger toddler crowd. We found arcade games (even skee ball!), 3 pool tables and a ping pong table.
Head up stairs and even more entertainment awaits! There is a library, organized and well-stocked.
OMG – I totally HAD this book in grade school!!
There was a game room that offered shelves of board games, as well as a couple tables where you can play the games.
Finally, we found a pretty impressive fitness room – complete with newer equipment that all looked to be in good working order.
By the time our tour was winding down, the sun was starting to set. What a view!
We were definitely ready for a campfire and some S’MORES! Each campsite comes with a large fire ring. We purchased a bundle of firewood from the camp store for $5.
Before long, it was bedtime for the Bean. She was only too happy to cuddle up in her special camp bed. Bob and I were left to enjoy a crackling campfire and a few more marshmallows as the night wore on. We didn’t have a radio, so we made due with a somewhat ghetto alternative – streaming tunes on the iPhone.
The campground seemed to quiet down around us as the hours wore on. By the time we called it a night (just after 11 pm), it seemed that many of our neighbors were already in for the evening.
Check-out the next morning was just as seamless as check-in. Employees were very friendly and seemed to sincerely appreciate our business.
We were impressed with the campground as a whole, but most especially with the cleanliness. The bathrooms and showers were nearly spotless. This is usually the area where many other campgrounds have let us down. Not this time – the bathrooms were clean and well-stocked.
We noticed a BUNCH of kids and families throughout the campground. This place bills itself as a family-friendly location and Bob and I both agree wholeheartedly. We will most definitely be repeat guests!
I was in no way, shape or form compensated for this review. We chose the location at random and paid for all expenses out of our own piggy bank. All opinions, campfire stories and mosquito bites are 100% our own.