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Old 09-24-2009, 03:00 PM   #1
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Camping near Orlando - Recommendations?

HI Folks,

We'd like to go camping in or around Orlando next year and we're looking for a good palce to stay. We checked out fort wilderness but they were booked up.

Any suggestions?

Anyone stay at Christmas RV Park?

Thanks,

Doug
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Old 09-24-2009, 03:12 PM   #2
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Hey Doug

How the hell are you? We're doing the same thing.. what timeframe are you going down?

Looking forward to following this thread!

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Old 09-24-2009, 03:29 PM   #3
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next year

I will be in Ft.Wilderness Jan 18th-23rd
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here's another thread on this:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/show...ferrerid=16139

two years ago, we stayed at Turkey Lake a few nights. Right in Orlando (city park).
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Turkey Lake is hard to beat for in town. Some of the sites are off level but other than that, very nice.
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The place we stayed while there is pretty good, it is, however, a little over an hour and a half away from Orlando (closer to Disney). It's right off I-75, about 10 miles north of I-4:
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We stayed at Christmas RV Park last year for a few days. It was formerly an Airstream only park, is under new ownership but still has a few older Airstreams hanging around.

There is a pool, shuffleboard, a few organized activities especially geared to long-term residents, WiFi, and immaculate restrooms. Most sites are shaded, although still packed in fairly tight (read not like State Parks, but certainly not a parking lot). Ask for a site back from the road, the first few sites next to Route 50 can be quite noisy.

While slightly removed from the Orlando theme parks, we found Christmas a conventient location for exploring the Cape Canaveral coast and Space Center as well as Orlando sites. DO NOT MISS the Morse Museum in Winter Park (north Orlando) for the very best collection of Tiffany and American arts and craft objects.
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Doug,

You didn't say why you were going to Orlando or whether children were involved. However, we have stayed at Tiki Village in Lakeland to attend the Sun & Fun Airshow and found this to be very convenient to most of the sights of Central Florida. The RV park is just off I-4 and the staff will bend over backwards to make your stay enjoyable. Give them a call and ask for Connie or check out the web site at Tiki Village Campground > Home

Don't forget to go to Parksdale Farm Market in Plant City for the best Strawberry Shortcake in the world.
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Don't forget to go to Parksdale Farm Market in Plant City for the best Strawberry Shortcake in the world.
Just an FYI, Roy Parke passed away a year or so ago. Things still move along at the Strawberry Festival, but it's not quite the same without his gravely voice offering up a farmer's-eye view of the world.


Roy Parke Jr., founder, Parkesdale Farms, Plant City: Mr. Parke was known widely as the "Strawberry King" of Hillsborough County, the winter strawberry capital of the world. Many knew about Parkesdale Farms thanks to Mr. Parke's gift at promotion, from wagon rides he gave visitors around his 150-acre property to the tourist buses that stop almost daily at the farm's store on U.S. 92 for strawberry shortcake. A risk taker, he was the first to ship strawberries to Europe in 1963. "He is certainly, without question, the most recognizable name in the Florida strawberry industry in the last 40 years," said Gary Wishnatzki, president of Wishnatzki farms in Plant City. Mr. Parke died in June 2008 at age 87.
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