After our initial shakedown cruise, we went on another short trip. When we bought the camper, the dealership gave us some coupons for free camping. One of them was a free night at nearby Sun-N-Fun in Sarasota, FL. Of course, you can’t go for just one night so we paid for another night. Let me say that this is not the type of campground we normally look for – anything with “resort” in the name tends to be pricey (we paid $58 for the second night). However, they had a ton of things to do, but first, let’s talk about the campsite.
We had a premium site which means it’s a back in with a concrete patio. I misunderstood when I called which is why we were in a premium site. I actually just wanted a standard site (no concrete patio) in the shade.
Anyway, that big tree behind the car is on corner of our site along with big ol’ roots that I had to back over. Then there’s the concrete patio on the other side. Also, it’s on a weird intersection – it’s at an angle and there’s a telephone pole that I had to make sure I didn’t hit. Add to it our general inexperience in backing up and it took some doing! We finally got backed in and leveled and started hooking up…more problems. Our water hook up is near the front of our trailer and the campsite water was at the very back of the site. There was just no way to make our 25 foot hose reach. We thought about hooking up and backing up some more, but even then we’d still be too far away. We talked about filling our water tank, but the hose still wouldn’t reach unless we backed up some. Then we realized that our sewage hose probably wouldn’t reach either. *sigh* Happily, my parents had given us an extension for our power cord so at least we had electricity. WalMart was only 15 minutes away so I made a trip there, located a drinking water hose and a sewage hose extension. Finally we were all hooked up!
Then we went to check out the real reason we were here – the pool! It’s an olympic size pool and it is huge! Since it’s summer, there weren’t nearly as many people as I imagine there are in the winter when all the snow birds are there (there are around 1700 sites). Our kids had a blast swimming and hubby and I swam a lap or two (did I mention that olympic size pools are huge?!).
On our full day there, we bought water slide passes for the kids and I ($5 each). I wasn’t going to get one, but the kids wanted me to so I did (they didn’t have to twist my arm!). I went down a few times, but the kids – they definitely got their moneys worth! Climbing 4 stories of stairs over and over tired them out! The water slide isn’t a super fast one, but you can get some speed if you lay down (just remember to pinch your nose at the bottom – I got a nose full of chlorinated water the first time. Bleh!).
They also have a mini golf course, ping pong, bean bag toss, carpet ball, tennis courts, disc golf, and foot golf (that we saw while walking around – there may be more). They supply all the equipment. There’s also a playground. Plus there’s a gym for an additional fee. There is no way to be bored at Sun-N-Fun!
Do you like staying at resort style campgrounds?