Sunday, January 22, 2012

Campground review - Thousand Trails Preserve in Clermont

Our stay at the Thousand Trails Preserve in Clermont, Florida was punctuated by some great animal finds and photography. We had first time sitings of the gopher tortoise and white ibis as well as some great  shots of some sandhill cranes who were walking throughout the park. Credit Patsy with the photos of the cranes and ibis and Blake with the tortoise.

The gopher tortoise had dug his hole not far from Howard's front door and we were warned not to bug him or there would be a stiff penalty of $500! We still could watch him from inside our rig and Blake got some good photos. I know it is the silly stuff that gets our family excited!

We did enjoy this park's amenities too. We also took part in the Full-time Families Rally for a day with a potluck and some children's activities!

Staff - 6 - You know for being a resort I expected super nice staff, but for the most part they seemed bored to be there. Not rude, just not going to go the extra mile for you.

Nearby attractions - 9 - About 20 minutes to Disney and other attractions.

Natural surroundings - 8 - Several ponds and marshy land. Forested area surrounds part of the park.

Value - 8 - We paid $33 a night for a back-in black-top site with full hook-ups. This was the non-member rate, probably special for the rally.

Bathrooms - 8 - Decent bathrooms. There are several bathhouse buildings throughout the park.

Roominess - 8 - Average sized sites, although the tortoise did make our site a bit smaller!

Facility fun - 10 - Small playground, two pools (family and adult), hot-tub, mini-putts, fishing ponds, lake access, shuffleboard, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, planned activitIes.

Cleanliness - 8 - A nicely kept up park.

Facility usefulness - 9 -  Laundry, propane, mail service, exchange library, a.

Overall - 8 - Nice place with lots of extras!

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