Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Meadville KOA Campground is All About Family Fun!

Meadville KOA Campground is all about family fun.  So, we thought we should tell you all about what we offer here for families to do, and what makes us Northwestern PA’s Fun Family Camping and Cabin Zone!

First, we are a family campground.  Our camping policies provide a family atmosphere.  We hope that makes our campground the kind of place you’d want to bring your family.  That’s the kind of campground we always sought out to take our family camping, and that’s the kind of place we work hard to provide for your family. 

You can get connected to nature.  Our campground abounds with the beauty and wonder of nature.  It’s a great place to introduce your kids to the wonderful outdoors.  You can just wade our creek or search for minnows or crawfish.  We have butterflies and fireflies to chase.  You can hike the hiking trail, and check out the woods and wildlife, enjoy catch and release fishing in any of our ponds and lakes, or just relax by a campfire and enjoy the stars.  In our weekend agenda, we even provide you star gazing tips, so you can teach your kids about the stars and planets that you can’t even see under those city lights.

We have lots of outdoor recreation!  We have open swim from noon-4 and 5-8 daily.  4-5 is our adults only swim.  We have catch and release fishing in any of our ponds, and we have a one acre and a two acre lake!  We have volleyball, basketball, playgrounds (3), hiking trail, creek, horseshoes, and all the equipment you need to play!  We even have movies you can borrow to watch (at no cost)!  You can sign movies and the equipment out/in at the office.  There is no charge.  

We have minigolf, paddleboats, pedal karts, and a jumping pillow!  We have amenity rentals & a fun band program for the tweens and teens!  You can rent the minigolf, pedal karts, and paddle boats individually for a one time use, or you can purchase a “Fun Band” and keep the tweens and teens busy all weekend long for one low price.  And on weekends, it includes the Jumping Pillow that runs for an hour each time on Sat. morning, Sat. afternoon, and Sun morning, all for the same low price!   

Each weekend, all summer long, we provide a themed weekend.  After choosing a theme, we then create a whole series of activities and events around the theme.  We provide you, each weekend all season long, a written agenda that lets you know where and when each activity is taking place.  In addition, each campsite gets an opportunity to play Camper’s BINGO with the numbers hidden within the agenda, and win 2, free ice cream cones if they get a BINGO.  We give away 4-6 free ice cream cones, per weekend.  One weekend out of each month, we have a weekend designed for younger children which features our Brookdale Express Engine #9 Kiddie Train Ride.  So if you have a young family (children under 48” tall), then these weekends are for you!  We also provide free children’s crafts every weekend all summer long, and we provide a ceramics program.  Prices vary by piece but there are lots of different priced pieces, and there are pieces you can do in one day.  Our weekend agenda features our planned activities, and it always includes at least one wagon ride per weekend. 

If all that isn’t enough to keep your family busy while you vacation, there are tons of other local events and festivals for even more fun!  There are not one but two nearby amusement parks (We have discount combo tickets for Waldameer Amusement Park & Water World), the hot balloon festival held each June on Father’s Day Weekend, The Saegertown Steam Engine Shows, Local Amish School Auction, Roar on the Shore Motorcycle Rally, The Crawford County Fair in August, Thunder in the City, Conneaut Lake, Pymatuning Spillway, The Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad, Drake Well and Museum (featured on the History Channel), Presque Isle & Beaches, Presque Ilse Downs and Casino, Grove City Outlets, Tom Ridge Environmental Center, and much, much more all within one hour of our location!

You can come to Meadville KOA with your week planned, and packed with activities, or spend your week lounging by the pool, enjoying nature, a good book, and campfires.  In other words, your vacation can be as intense or relaxed as you choose to make it.  Or, mix it up and do a combo!      

Did we by chance mention that we offer a weekly discount for your vacation?  Camp 7 nights for the price of six, all season long!  And, if you’d rather do more long weekends than one week at a time, we offer returning camper discounts!  You can find them on our website Discounts Page, all summer long. 

Did we mention that we also have free Wi-Fi so you can check your email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Pinterest.  (Did you know we’re social as MeadvilleKOA?).  We hope you’ll drop by our pages and Follow or Like Us!  We offer specials, special discounts, contests, camping and RVing tips and info, recipes, and much more!  We hope you’ll join the conversation!

We hope that you’ll come see what’s behind the yellow sign at Meadville KOA this summer, bring the family and spend your vacation enjoying a campground where modern convenience meets nature! 

Until we see you, we wish you safe and happy kamping, where ever your travels take you!     

By Robyn Chilson

Tim & Robyn Chilson, CPOs, who own and operate Meadville KOA Campground in Meadville, PA. Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251.  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What's Behind the Yellow Sign at Meadville KOA?

We love it when our campers come to us and tell us what a nice campground we have.  We read our NPS scores and customer comments, and work hard to keep making positive impacts on our campers camping experiences.  To us, that is the bottom line.  Our very favorite awards, are those that we receive from our camping customers.  So we decided that we should share with our readers, what our campers say makes Meadville KOA Campground one of their favorite places to camp!  

Cleanliness:  We love to hear it, and it is okay with us if our campers tell us that in every guest review.  We never get tired of hearing it!  It means our staff is doing it the right way!  We hear that our campfire rings are clean, that the restrooms and cabins are clean, that our campsites are clean and litter free.  That is what we strive for and we thank you for noticing!

Family Environment: We’re a family campground.  So we enforce a family atmosphere.  We enforce quiet hours (11pm-8am), etc.  So if you’re looking for a quiet, family campground to bring your family to, then our campground is right for you.

Spacious Campsites:  So many times we’ve heard that our campsites are more spacious than most other campgrounds.  It provides families some room to spread out, some privacy, and reduces noise issues with neighboring campsites.    

Themed Weekends with Planned Activities:  Each weekend, we have a weekend theme with planned activities, including free crafts for kids.  If you haven’t experienced fun, family activities, come try us out!  We have one weekend each month themed for entertaining younger children.  It always includes our Kiddie Train Ride!  Make sure if you have young children, that you visit on one of those weekends!  But that’s not all, we have special events for teens, and of course adults too.  We’re all kids at heart, right?  And if it’s rainy, we have moves in the Rec. Hall and provide free popcorn. 

Our Fun Family Wrist Band Program: Our Rental Wrist Band Program will keep the tweens and teens busy for the whole weekend!  We do a one low price provides unlimited rides on the paddle boats, pedal karts, mini golf games, and they can jump on the jumping pillow the whole hour it’s open twice on Saturday & on Sunday morning!  Our campers love that plan, because the teens and tweens aren’t constantly asking for money, and they are off having lots of fun! 

Free Wi-Fi:  Many campgrounds charge a fee for their Wi-Fi, or restrict how long you can be on it before paying for it.  We don’t do that.  We include it in our camping rates.  Because we feel that it should be available to everyone.  We do however, restrict band width so that everyone can use it to check Facebook, tweet, or email.  That means that it won’t allow you to stream movies, and it isn’t compatible with Netflix or HBO On the Go.

Free Recreation!  Our campers love our catch and release fishing.  We post your biggest fish, or your first fish you ever caught at Meadville KOA on our website if you send us your photo!  But that’s not all…  you can relax by the pool, wade in the creek, explore our hiking trail, catch some butterflies or fireflies, enjoy our playgrounds, sand box diggers, baby swings, throw a game of horseshoes, shoot some hoops, play a game of volleyball, kick the soccer ball around, or get a pickup game of whiffleball started!  We have all the equipment you need!  You just sign it out and back in at the office when you’re done playing.  Oh, and if it’s rainy, we have free DVDs you can borrow to watch!        

Campfires:  Campers love their campfires!  And of course, we sell firewood.  But that’s not all!  We have campfire cooking supplies from cast iron fry pans and Dutch Ovens to pie irons!  We have color crystals to add to your campfire to wow the kids with all the colors of the rainbow.  And of course, nothing beats enjoying a campfire with good friends, good food, and star gazing…

We were among 156 of the 485 KOA Campgrounds who achieved the President’s Award at the end of 2013.  We thank you again for your great reviews and for helping us to reach that goal again for our 3rd year in a row!   

In 2014, we’re hoping to reach even higher heights.  We continue to try to make improvements to our park to provide you the very best camping experience we can.  We thank you for sharing your comments and reviews with KOA, and hope you will continue to do so, as we continue to strive to make that experience better with each visit.

Please feel welcome to comment on this blog and tell us your favorite things about camping with us at Meadville KOA.  We love to hear from you.

We hope to see you again soon, and hope that you will continue to tell your friends about us at Meadville KOA Campground!  If you love to camp with us, please follow us on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter where you’ll receive special offers, discounts, contests, info on RVing, and much more!     

Until we see you again, we hope you know that it always our pleasure to be able to serve your family, and we enjoy you sharing your camping experiences with us at Meadville KOA.  It is always our hope that Meadville KOA Campground is where your camping adventures start, and that you leave with memories that will last a lifetime.   

By Robyn Chilson
Tim & Robyn Chilson are CPOs, who own and operate Meadville KOA Campground in Meadville, PA. Robyn can be reached at 814-789-3251.