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Old 02-06-2006, 01:04 PM   #1
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My in-laws have moved to North Ft. Myers, into a retirement community. With their double wide, they have no room for my entire crew. When we visit them, we'll need to camp within a reasonable distance. I did some checking on the internet and most of the websites appeared to indicate parks that are designed for Senior Adults, not families with small kids.

Are there parks you think would work well for a large family with small kids? Are there times to avoid trying to get reservations (i.e. when snowbirds are there from Dec. - March)? We don't have a definite time we would like to go, just doing some preliminary investigation so we can make informed decisions.

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Hello Everyone

My in-laws have moved to North Ft. Myers, into a retirement community. With their double wide, they have no room for my entire crew. When we visit them, we'll need to camp within a reasonable distance. I did some checking on the internet and most of the websites appeared to indicate parks that are designed for Senior Adults, not families with small kids.

Are there parks you think would work well for a large family with small kids? Are there times to avoid trying to get reservations (i.e. when snowbirds are there from Dec. - March)? We don't have a definite time we would like to go, just doing some preliminary investigation so we can make informed decisions.

Thanks for you help
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Old 02-07-2006, 07:21 AM   #3
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One of the problems, as you mentioned, is that most of the RV parks along US 41 are adult/senior parks .... There is not much within a short distance to N Fort Myers ... There is an Encore park in Punta Gorda ...
10205 Burnt Store Rd
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Tel: (941) 639-3978

And UpRiver Campground East of Fort Myers
17021 Upriver Dr
N Ft Myers, FL 33917
Tel: (941) 543-3330

Again, not sure if the take families but they are both nice parks so you might try them
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Old 02-08-2006, 03:23 AM   #4
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Bonita Lakes RV Resort
26325 Old 41 Rd
Bonita Springs, FL

239-992-2481

is nice park, older people orientation but allows children. Beautiful pool and spa. Great restaurants, shopping and 6 miles from the beach.
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South of Ft. Myers on 41 is Estero. At Estero just after the estuary bridge you'll find Koreshan State Historic Site. They have a great campgound with big sites and low cost camping. Clean showers, etc. Lots of room to roam around, Estero river access, and you can canoe out to Florida Bay. There's a couple of hiking trails through pine forests and scrub palmettos. It's quiet, clean, and I never had any troubles. It's close to a shopping mecca too...just a little further south on 41.
Koreshan is sort of a best-kept secret. It sits on the site of a former religious settlers group hideaway, and has a combination lock gate to enter after dark; making it safer. There's a historical display, nature stuff, and real friendly camp rangers.
I used to camp there several times a year when I visited my grandparents after we had to move them into an assisted living center in Ft. Myers. I commuted from the campground into Ft. Myers every day with little trouble. Here's a link. http://www.floridastateparks.org/koreshan/default.cfm
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Sanibel Island has Periwinkle Campground. You could try that. Downsides: don't be there during spring break & you'd have to pay causeway fees to get back on every time you leave the island.
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check out riversidervresort.com

It is the best in the area!
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