As a Louisiana native, there is one thing I know for sure, summers here can be BRUTAL! Unfortunately traditional camping is not ideal during the middle of a hot, humid Louisiana summer, but there are some options nearby that are still great for a nice weekend getaway. In our family, we typically like to camp at “RV Resorts” that feature pools and other amenities to keep us cool when the mercury is rising.
We just got back from a nice long weekend at Gator Grounds RV Resort & Water Park along Highway 115 near Bunkie, Louisiana. Gator Grounds is a family focused resort that has something for everyone in your family.
We arrived on a Friday evening and check in was simple and easy. Attendants guided us in golf carts to our site and were kind enough to help us back in successfully. We were in campsite #59, a waterfront RV site, with a pond view that was great for our son and his cousins to go fishing! Sites were level with gravel and full hookups. Sites across from us were not waterfront, but did have shade from some trees. There was no cable television or wifi access, though. Our site was roomy enough, but backing in was a little tight and help from staff attendants was greatly appreciated.
When it came to amenities, Gator Grounds did not disappoint. There was both an outdoor water park and an indoor option, which was fantastic when we had rain on our second day. The outdoor water park featured 3 slides, which were gentled enough that small children could do them with no trouble. There is also a nice lazy river, 3 full size pools, one with a volleyball net; 2 outdoor hot tubs, and a small baby pool. The indoor water park featured 2 pools, a slide, a spray park area, and a hot tub as well as showers that are open at all hours, to be used as a bath house. There was also an outdoor theater, a golf course, a playground, the Gator Grill, which served pizza, burgers, ice cream and other items, which a covered dining area. There is also a convenience store where you could get anything you may have forgotten. The pools were all clean; also, because there are several pools, you never feel as though they are too crowded, as everyone is spaced out in several pool locations. If you have smaller children, though, it is wise to keep a close eye out because there are some obstructed views and it could be hard to keep track of them. The patio furniture was top notch, the staff was incredibly friendly and accommodating, and the cocktails were delicious and price well, providing a great value. We also did enjoy that we could bring our tumblers in with our own drinks and have them refilled at the bar for a nominal charge. Outside snacks are not permitted in the pool area, as well as cans and glass bottles, however, we were permitted to bring in our own waters, soda, etc. in our tumblers with no issue.
The children in our group thoroughly enjoyed being able to ride bikes throughout the campground safely as well as the stocked fishing ponds. One of the kids in our party managed to catch a good sized bass, and that was one of the highlights of his weekend. When our kids weren’t at the pools, they still had plenty to keep them occupied and they had a great time. There was also a game arcade, zip line, ropes course, miniature golf, and a playground! There was not a shortage of things to do.
With many resort style campgrounds, golf carts are often a popular option for guests. Gator Grounds does not allow guests to bring their own golf carts; however they will rent them out for a fee. We do not have a golf cart, so this did not bother us. There was a steady stream of golf carts in the evenings, however it was not so much that our children were unable to ride bikes safely.
Gator Grounds is not only kid friendly, it is pet friendly; there are areas designated for walking your dog, and pickup bags are also provided. Our sweet girl had a great time taking morning walks around both loops of the campground.
When it comes to bath houses, this is the one spot where we feel Gator Grounds could up their game. There are no bath houses really close to the campground portion of the resort. There are showers and restrooms in the outdoor pool area and in the indoor pool area. Both are a considerable hike from where we were in the campground. The indoor pool showers require a car, golf cart, or bike ride in order to get there from the campground; these are open at all hours whereas the ones in the pool area are only open during the pool hours. Water temps were great and the showers were roomy and clean, but the distance from the campground was not ideal.
We really enjoyed our visit to Gator Grounds and we plan on making another visit there in the near future. This campground is very family centered, clean, and the staff is incredibly friendly, helpful and top notch. We highly recommend it!!!
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