Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Do you like to stay in RV parks with lots of planned activities?

OK, here’s the scenario: You’re driving down the road and you decide to stop for the night. There are two RV parks at the next exit with space available (yeah, right!). One of them is quiet and secluded – nothing going on except a peaceful night’s sleep. At the other RV park, there are a few activities going on – a dog park meet-up at 5:30, Bingo at 7, and a Hawaiian-themed party with a large public bonfire and cocktails at 8…

Where will you stay?

In other words, do you like to stay at RV parks with planned activities or do you like to keep to yourself and do things on your own schedule? Tell us in the poll below – thanks!

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodburyhttps://www.rvtravel.com
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at RVtravel.com. She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for RVtravel.com she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Diane K (@guest_146362)
2 years ago

No campgrounds for me, can’t afford them on SS Disability. Gas and groceries takes most of my pay.

Bob Weinfurt (@guest_142227)
2 years ago

Having that craziness is like being at home. Half of our time out we boondock somewhere quiet, otherwise a basic RV park with hookups works for us. If we go to a popular area, it’s during the week to avoid the crowds as much as possible. Makes the stay there more enjoyable.

Dave (@guest_142059)
2 years ago

I don’t participate in many campground activities but enjoy seeing other campers participating in activities. It seems to keep a campground lively.

TIM MCRAE (@guest_142037)
2 years ago

We have to be where? When? WHAT?


this is your brain on drugs….

Neal Davis (@guest_142027)
2 years ago

We, particularly my wife, are not keen to be “busy.” We do things when we travel, but always ensure there is time to sleep until we happen to awaken, leisurely walk our dog, and leisurely have breakfast while slowly working through email (especially those from RV Travel) and a few websites. Once all that is done, then we’ll talk about possibly going to see/do something later that day. Sometimes we do go somewhere, but we always return early enough to walk our dog again before having a leisurely dinner.

RV Staff
2 years ago
Reply to  Neal Davis

Rough life, eh, Neal? 😉 Sounds wonderful! And I’m sure you worked hard for many years to earn it. Have a good night. 🙂 –Diane

Jeff Craig (@guest_142018)
2 years ago

I could see doing ‘planned activities’ if I was staying long term in an area I don’t live in, but we tend to stay at a RV park for three days at most before moving onto our next destination.

Rolling Coal (@guest_142011)
2 years ago

We’re fully self contained and self sufficient for a reason! We find nothing appealing about RV parks offering “free” daily activities/entertainment.

Skip (@guest_142006)
2 years ago

Absolutely not. I hate planned anything except laying out our over night or week stops. It’s like being told what you’re going to do and must.

Bugsy (@guest_142001)
2 years ago

I said no because we like to do our own things. Out boondocking is really our thing. Except when we have the grandkids. Then we stay in campgrounds and look for activities. But still the little mom and pop places. Not the big fancy expensive resorts.

rich (@guest_141995)
2 years ago

yes but for a different reason. we rarely partake of planned activities but we’ve found that resort type parks are usually better run and maintained.

Deborah Mason (@guest_141992)
2 years ago

We stay in campground for the level sites & smooth roads. We’re stay in commercial ones when we need to be sure of electric hookups. While we really appreciate being able to control the inside temperature for our comfort, it is a safety issue for our dogs. In the 35+ years we have had dogs, we’ve only boarded one a few times, only when dogs were not allowed at all where we were going.

MN Anon (@guest_141985)
2 years ago

The one amenity I would appreciate is a dog park. Our dog loves to socialize.

Richard (@guest_141978)
2 years ago

We don’t use/need any of the “Activity” aspects of a park. Also don’t like paying for all the stuff. That’s why we avoid KOAs. “Loaded” parks always claim the added activity space/equipment is free. But usually their lot fees are $10-20 higher. Only amenity we regularly use is a book exchange.

The Lazy Q (@guest_141973)
2 years ago

No, I like to get in nature as much as possible. For overnight stays while traveling I look for the easy off/on highway RV park with pull through if possible to stay hitched for quick getaway in the morning. Recently found a perfect park for this reason halfway between us and my son in Oregon, exactly 6 hours midway, used it there and back. This park had great amenities but we didn’t use any. Will do the same next year on our visit to see our newest grandson.

tom (@guest_141971)
2 years ago

We plan our own activities. Not little kids that must be entertained. If at a park, we plan on one major visit or event for each day.

Bob p (@guest_141967)
2 years ago

DW loves these parks, I prefer quiet, this is one of the areas we don’t have in common.

Ed K (@guest_141965)
2 years ago

We are self entertaining, boring to most people.

Joe (@guest_141984)
2 years ago
Reply to  Ed K

Ed, my wife and I also fit into the same categorie. Give us a good hike, bike ride, museum, national or state park and also a good book about any American history. I pick up most of my books at national and state parks along with museums.

Kamwick (@guest_141988)
2 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Actually, you guys would therefore be the most entertaining to hang around 🙂

Gary G (@guest_141994)
2 years ago
Reply to  Ed K

We are right along with these folks give us good flat spaces with good electric and water, we are happy. Honestly we watch tv for the news (sometimes that’s a mistake) very little sports and some entertainment shows. Can live with out tv, have books downloaded on iPad and tablet we are set for the evening. To some boring we love it, oh and we talk to each other, I know a foreign concept.

Skip (@guest_142007)
2 years ago
Reply to  Ed K

Right on board. Like stated above don’t plan just do our own thing.

Wayne (@guest_141964)
2 years ago

Since COVID showed up we avoid gatherings of all kind. Take walks and use our TT for activities. Hopefully, one day soon we can again enjoy campground functions and gatherings

Kamwick (@guest_141989)
2 years ago
Reply to  Wayne

We are currently at a park that has two nice pools, otherwise not a lot of activities. Pool is great exercise for my arthritis. However, I go there in the morning when it first opens. In the afternoons, the amount of people that gather there can accurately be described as super spreader events, especially during this labor day weekend.

Now that fall is here, maybe things will quiet down a bit.

John (@guest_141960)
2 years ago

As a matter of fact, I avoid campgrounds which hype their activities. Additionally, those which offer pools don’t appear on my list.

Bob p (@guest_141968)
2 years ago
Reply to  John

She must have a pool and preferably a spa, me I don’t care.

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