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Old 03-29-2010, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Chesapeake, Va!
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Last summer we did a 6 day Carolina Camping trip..Albemarle Sound, Ocracoke, Currituck and Knotts Landing. We had a GREAT time, but only one place was really 'family friendly' and had stuff for kids to do.

We wanted to spend last July 4th at First Landing, but, unfortunately time got away from us and by the time we got to making reservations, it was all booked, so we hope to be more on the ball this year and make an early enough reservation.

Its almost April already..Yikes! I dont want to miss out on a fun time, so Im doing my research now so we can enjoy a nice trip.

I agree on LL Bean being very pricey. Im keeping an eye on ebay too..you never know!


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Old 03-29-2010, 10:16 AM
 
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We purchased our last tent from Sears in Va beach at Pembroke Mall. They had one tent set up which was great to get an idea of the size. We bought a can of water proofing and sprayed all the seam areas as an added protection against leakage.

One purchase that we absolutly love was our camp kitchen. It has a cover that comes off and can be used for washing dishs or holding items. It holds our coleman stove on top, it has two 'doors' that swing fully out to the side. The doors hold items like spices, cooking utensils, paper towles or dish towel, foil, etc. Under the stove there is space for pots/pans, dishs, cutting board, etc. All the things you want to keep together and ready for when you go camping. When it's time to pack out, you just close up your stove, shut the doors and put the cover back on the top. (There are latches on the sides and handles to carry it). We just put the table on the end of the picnic table or use our small folding table that we always take with us.

As for camping locations, if you want a family friendly place with lots of activities for the kids, check out the Holiday Trav-L-Park in Va beach. It has tent, camper and RV sites. There are 3 or 4 swimming pools, mini golf, sunset kids movies on an outdoor screen, hay rides each night, live bands at the main pool house each night during the peak season, penny diving in the main pool, an arcade, general store, deli, bingo at the pavilion, and clean shower/restrooms. They also own a parking lot down at the Va beach ocean from, a block from the beach and campers get a pass for free parking. We took our kids there for their first camping experience and we all had a great time. The tent sites were VERY well kept and very nice. Everyone there, employees and campers were all so friendly. Many kids and adults rode their bikes around the place.
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Old 03-29-2010, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Va Beach
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The equipment I was referring to was Coleman. I know a little bit about camping..we've been a few times with borrowed equipment (in NC) and we are finally ready to purchase our own equipment.

Ive personally completed 3 summers of Outward Bound, so Im no stranger to the outdoors. My SO is a Vietnam Vet and former commercial fisherman so he's somewhat familiar with the outdoors as well!

My post was inquiring about sporting goods stores in general...that would have displays set up. Havent had much luck finding that. Dicks was the only one..and that helped us decide the exact size we want..we'd like something a bit larger than what we had borrowed in the past. We certainly dont want to sacrifice quality with a cheaper price.

That said, Walmart it is..the Coleman was Considerably cheaper than any other sporting goods store OR online outlet!!


Wendy

Good to hear! I still have my coleman baked enamel camping gear and still use what I purchased at Wal=mart years ago. Our kids ended up with the two room tent we bought there as well...yes, it surely was and still is waterproof! We camped at Douthat near Clifton Forge, fished the trout streams and had a great time.
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Old 03-30-2010, 09:33 AM
 
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I have to add another vote for Coleman camping gear and Walmart - when we go backpacking/deep woods stuff I use lighter/more compact gear but to be honest, for car and/or canoe camping (the majority of the camping down here), my Coleman tent of many years has been through noreasters and you can't beat a Coleman white gas lantern!
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Old 03-30-2010, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Va Beach
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I have to add another vote for Coleman camping gear and Walmart - when we go backpacking/deep woods stuff I use lighter/more compact gear but to be honest, for car and/or canoe camping (the majority of the camping down here), my Coleman tent of many years has been through noreasters and you can't beat a Coleman white gas lantern!
Yepper...still have my white gas lantern as well!
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Old 04-07-2010, 02:46 PM
 
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You should check out Chippokes Plantation. It's ABSOLUTELY gorgeous and family friendly - it's a 15 min auto-ferry ride to Williamsburg that kids (and adults) love. Great hookups, nice people. Really quiet, too.

Before you go, though, you should check and see if there are any family reunions or church retreats or any other events scheduled at the park. They tend to be loud and annoying.

Chippokes Plantation State Park
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