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Things to do While Camping Alexandria LA

Whether your kids or grandkids are way-too-cool-for-you teenagers or scrappy-happy-jump-in-the-mud-puddle toddlers, the prospect of entertaining them at camp can make a normally well-adjusted parent or grandparent quake with fear. Have you ever met a bored toddler? It’s not pretty.

Rapides Coliseum (Parish Park)
(318) 442-1272
Alexandria, LA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Policies
Pets OK
Recreation
Planned Group Activities

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Kisatchie National Forest (Kincaid Rec. Site)
(318) 445-9396
Gardner, LA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Saint Bernard State Park
(888) 677-7823
Violet, LA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Laundry
Recreation
Pavilion, Pool, Playground, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Riverboat RV Park*
(504) 246-2628
6232 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans, LA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Laundry
Recreation
Pool, Local Tours

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Hideaway Ponds Recreational Resort
(985) 575-9928
Gibson, LA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Coin Games, Pool, Pond Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Sports Field

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Indian Creek Recreation Area (Alexander SF)
(318) 487-5058
Woodworth, LA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Campers RV Center
(800) 426-1352
Shreveport, LA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
RV Supplies, RV Storage, Ice, Laundry, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pool

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Pine Crest RV Park*
(800) 879-5936
2601 Old Spanish Trail
Slidell, LA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Ice, Patios, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Lake Fishing, Play Equipment, Golf Nearby, Local Tours

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Diamond Jacks RV Park
(318) 678-7661
Bossier City, LA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Hot Tub, Golf Nearby, REC Open to Public

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Cajun Country Campground
(800) 264-8554
Port Allen, LA
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
No Motorcylists, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Pool, Play Equipment, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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January 23, 2010 by Brea · 1 Comment  

Meeting Yogi Bear! Whether your kids or grandkids are way-too-cool-for-you teenagers or scrappy-happy-jump-in-the-mud-puddle toddlers, the prospect of entertaining them at camp can make a normally well-adjusted parent or grandparent quake with fear. Have you ever met a bored toddler? It’s not pretty. 

That was one of my concerns when we took our first-ever camping trip (in our hybrid travel trailer). Even though we were only an hour and a half from home, this was a VERY new experience for us…and especially for my 2 year old and 9 month old sons. GULP. I voiced my concern to some fellow campers and a couple said things like, “this is camping…they’ll figure out stuff to do…you don’t have to plan for everything”. That’s nice…in theory. But in this day and age of playrooms with loads of toys, DVDs galore and a million other “distractibles” for kids, I thought that getting back to nature would be a surefire way to bore them to bits. So we did what any highly intelligent, and slightly terrified parents would do…we chose the most kid-friendly campground we could find within 1.5 hours of our home–Yogi Bear’s Jellystone in Quarryville, Pennsylvania. http://www.jellystonepa.com/

Backed in perfectly the FIRST time! Once we arrived, it was time for one of the most anxiety producing times for an RV newbie–backing in to the site. That was a VERY tense couple of minutes with other campers watching intently to see how many (dozen) times it would take us to get it right. Our campsite was almost level and my husband backed that puppy in–with expert navigational counsel from his wife–on the FIRST TRY! No, I’m not lying. Pull up, back in, done. We were set up in no time and ready to experience RVing with our boys.

The place was teeming with kids of all ages, but not in an annoying way at all. The new water-park was AMAZING, but it was a little chilly for us to use. The playground’s huge wooden train play set was immensely fun for my 2 year old as was meeting Yogi Bear and his cohorts. There was this massive (I mean massive-massive) inflatable pillow for kids to bounce on and even a super-cool pedal car track. At 7 that evening, there was a DJed dance party in the outdoor pavilion. It was a sea of hopping, bopping, spinning toddlers. What a great way for the little ones to have fun! Once the young kids went back to camp, the teenagers skulked out of the woodwork like only teenagers can.

Of course we roasted marshmallows and hot dogs on sticks over the fire, which was just a wee bit magical for my husband and me…what we always imagined RVing with our little ones would be. The boys did their fair share of pressing the awning button…repeatedly…and flipping the water heater switch on and off. But all in all it was a stress-free (yay!) long weekend for our little family. What a fantastic experience for newbies like us. Plus, we were VERY close to the Strasburg Railroad who hosts Thomas the Ta...

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