Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sun N Fun Sarasota

We just returned for a three night stay at Sun N Fun Sarasota.

The good:
The Hippo Water Slide. This giant slide stands about 20 feet in the air. The kiddos went crazy over it. Caleb rode it 4 hours straight without a break! Lots of fun for them.

The splash pool for kiddies. All three kids enjoyed playing in the splash pool - on the day the hippo slide wasn't running.

Sunset at Siesta Key! My favorite beach was a close 20 minute drive from Sun N Fun. We headed over Thursday evening for beach time and sunset. Another beautiful sunset on the gulf coast!

Siesta Key play time. The kids love the beach, I have to make more time for beach time this summer.

Our campsite.....after an upgrade. This is Q53. We LOVED this site. It was super close to the tennis courts, pool, shuffleboard courts, gym...just about everything.

However, it took some work to get here. See, I didn't know anything about booking, so I booked the cheapest site possible. Sun N Fun has 4 levels of sites w/ a pull thru being the highest level. Now at Disney, you can get away with Sun N Fun...not! They put us in the bottom site, it was awful. That is the first time I was ready to go home. We protested the site wasn't big enough, really, I don't think we could have even opened our awning! They were going to upgrade us for free to the next level, but it was situated among the trailer cabins that are full timers. We wanted to be with the campers. So we upgraded to be in the Queens section.

The sites were full hook up and after we got the ugly site off the radar, we enjoyed our stay here! The kids are already planning when we can go back.

What I didn't like:
Had to pay to use the Hippo Slide. It wasn't much, 5.35 a person, but if we stayed a few days, that could add up!

The place seemed like a trailer park with a campground added.

There weren't very many kids until the weekend.

The Hippo Slide wasn't up all the time either. If we stayed a week, and its only up on Friday and Saturday, that could get to be a pain.

Otherwise, we did enjoy it. It has free wi-fi. Mark said we could pick a week this summer and go back so he can "work" (his work is really close by) and we could do the beach and other activities and enjoy the hippo slide on the weekend.

Hillsborough River State Park

March 18 & 19, we camped at Hillsborough River State Park. Here is a picture of our campsite.

The park was nice enough, no full hook up though. Again had to carry our canoe (gonna get Mark something to carry his canoe on for father's day). But he enjoyed his canoe ride. Also lots of fishing, but didn't catch any fish.

We went on a tour of the old fort on Saturday. It was a nice tour.

We only stayed 2 nights but will visit again when its cooler out, it was borer line too hot and the pool wasn't open.

Long Point Campground

For President's Day Weekend, we headed over to Long Point Campground in Melbourne Beach, FL. The campground was nice isn't Ft. Wilderness. We didn't have a waterfront site, but we did have a full hookup, so that was nice.

We will probably go back, and try to get a waterfront site. But we did really enjoy the campground and neighboring Sebastian Inlet State Park.

The water view from the bride leading from the campground over to the private island for hiking.

Our campsite. Full hookup, no shade but all grass so the camper stayed somewhat clean.

Mark on his canoe. Again, a waterfront site would've been so much nicer. We had to carry the canoe over to the dock but once it was in the water, there was plenty of room for canoeing.

The restrooms near our campsite were newer and nice as well.

You can learn more about Long Point here.
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