Theme Parks & Campgrounds Promoted

Theme parks and campgrounds are a perfect pairing for family activities, said Sandy Muller of Imagine spending all day speeding around in roller coasters, flying down a towering waterslide, or showing the world of Planet Snoopy to your children, then being able to keep the family bonding time going by roasting marshmallows and watching the stars above. In a written announcement, Muller offered a few suggestions for you to enjoy the theme-park-campground combination: • Knotts... Read more

Fires Burn Through Washington Tourism

Wildfires east of Washington’s Cascades are undermining tourism and outdoor recreation in some areas on what should have been a peak summer weekend, the Seattle Times reported. That adds economic woes and uncertainty to communities such as fire-devastated Pateros, where dozens of homes have burned, and the nearby tourism-dependent Methow Valley in Okanogan County, which remained without electricity after fire damaged electrical transmission lines. The tourist town of Leavenworth in Chelan County... Read more

Extra-Rustic Campground Opens In N.Y.

Off the Grid Experience, a campground that offers a rustic experience in a natural setting, opened Friday (July 18) in Portland, N.Y., the Buffalo News reported. Mark Thomas, the deputy commissioner of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, who was among state and local officials on hand Friday for the grand opening, said, “This is such a valuable asset to the Rails to Trails Program. This is the only location I know of on the entire Rails to Trails system that offers... Read more

RV Parks In Amarillo Especially Happy

This summer has been exceptionally good for RV parks in Amarillo, Texas, television station KVII reported. Jim Ingham of Fort Amarillo RV Resort says they've seen a steady stream of RV travelers. Many of them are driving Route 66 but many are also from close to home who simply want to take their recreational vehicles out and take a small vacation. Trent Sisemore of Jack Sisemore's Traveland says their museum is seeing about 50 new visitors every day. The popularity of traveling and camping... Read more

Iowa Puts $450k Into Camping Upgrades

A new shower house has replaced an old building built in 1968 used for bathrooms and showers at the Pilot Knob campground, a state-run campground in Forest City, Iowa, the Mason City Globe Gazette reported. "I am excited," said park ranger Deb Coates. "One of the best things is that water treatment can help take out iron and hardness in the water." A new pump house west of the shower house holds a water softener system that improves water for the entire campground. Softer water... Read more

Texas Island Getting New RV, Rental Sites

Vacationers who prefer to be at one with nature soon will have a new spot to look forward to in Upper Padre Island, Texas, the San Antonio Express-News reported. Padre Balli Park, developed in 1949 and home of Bob Hall Pier, will be getting a makeover over the next few years. More than $1 million will be spent on the upgrades during this first phase of their master plan to include new restroom facilities, controlled access, landscaping and irrigation, and granite hike and bike trails, which will... Read more

N.J. Campground Promos Park Models

Surf & Stream Campground is giving lucky campers a sneak preview at their luxurious park model RVs at new low prices. Guests can spend three days in one of the cozy, custom-designed cottages for a discounted price of $500 (excluding holidays), according to a written announcement from the park. With access to all on site amenities, visitors can enjoy the cottage’s natural landscape and community pool, basketball, bocce ball, shuffleboard, kayak launch and miniature golf, making it feel like... Read more

Clarks Win RV In KOA, Keystone Contest

For Lawrence Clark and his wife, Sondra, playing Kampgrounds of America Inc.'s (KOA’s) “Spin To Win” contest this summer was a pleasant part of their morning ritual. The recently retired couple from Lumberton, Texas, stumbled upon the contest on KOAs Facebook page, according to a written announcement from KOA. Each morning since early spring, they’d grab their first cup of coffee, and then “compete” to see who could spin the wheel and win the higher number of extra contest entries. Little... Read more

CONY Member Planning Benefit Event

The public is invited to attend Wine Fest at Pine Crest, a family friendly wine tasting event Aug. 16 at Pine Crest Campground, 280 NYS Route 79, Windsor, N.Y. The event takes place from 1-4 p.m. Entry fee is $5.00 per adult, according to an announcement from Campground Owners of New York (CONY). All profits raised from Wine Fest at Pine Crest will be donated to Camp Good Days and Special Times (, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the life for children, adults and families... Read more

Towable RV Sales Up 4.9% Through May

Extending a yearlong trend, retail towable sales remained flat in May, up 1.2%, and showed a 4.9% gain for the first five months. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc., results showed: • Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector grew 2.5% for the month and 7.1% year-to-date. • Fifth-wheel registrations dipped 0.4% in May, but were up 0.9% for the five months. • Folding camping trailer sales were down 8% for the month and 5.8% through May. • Recreational park... Read more

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