We had the pleasure of tenting at King Phillips Campground in Lake George, NY during my kid’s Dance Xplosion National competition for the 4th of July week. We decided to camp rather than go the hotel/motel route like the other dancers did for a few reasons:
#1 We LOVE camping!
#2 the astronomical cost of hotel rooms on top of the already astronomical cost of dance competitions.
The minute we pulled in I had a good feeling about this place. Why? I have no idea, but it was right on! It was clean and the people were friendly. The map was a little confusing at first but after, literally, an hour or so, we knew our way around.
We arrived at our camp site and, with 3 children, was THRILLED that it was within sight of the bathrooms. Now, don’t laugh, these are brand spankin’ new bathrooms:
There’s a pool and a playground. There was a LOT of kids riding bikes and playing, people walking their dogs.
As I said before, all the bathrooms seemed to be newly built this season, the showers were clean and private, albeit a little dark, I’d definitely suggest brighter lights. We didn’t get to use the pool but all the kids really enjoyed the playground and loved that it was padded with sand. The laundry facilities were clean and also looked new, there was, however, a problem with an abundance of broken dryers, but we managed.
We felt safe letting the older kids explore the campground on their own and even felt safe letting the 3 kids enjoy the playground (Which was in shouting distance of our campsite) while we had a moment or 2 to relax or cook dinner. The older 2 are very watchful of their baby sister.
All the 4th of July festivities took place on the 3rd (or maybe the 2nd?) since the 4th was a Monday and it seemed more like a community. I imagine many of the people with campers were long term seasonal renters. They would move around from one campsite to another with different activities and at night they had a band playing. Even though we had competition the next day so weren’t up super late, we were far enough away to hear the music but not to be disturbed by it (and, to be honest with you, we weren’t all that far away). Come July 4th, most of the campers had packed up and left. It was a quiet night.
Come take a tour!
There is a lot to see nearby and I’m sure we barely scratched the surface as we had so few days to actually explore the area during our visit. We did, however make a note of some fun looking attractions. The campground is minutes away from Six-Flags. Right across the street from the campground is a small amusement park called Magic Forest. Which, from a distance seemed a bit steep at $19.99 per person ages 2+. However I will not pass judgement since we did not explore it. I believe it is a park geared towards smaller children and if anybody has been I would love to hear about your experience. We did go to Six-Flags on group rate with the rest of the dance team, and the tickets (at the group rate) were only nominally more than the regular admission to Magic Forest.
A little further down the street is a fun looking water park called Waterslide World. Again, the $32 per person price tag seemed a little steep for us as a family of 5 and the park doesn’t appear to be very large.
Keep going and you’ll find Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf miniature golf, which looked like a lot of fun and we love playing miniature golf.
There is also beaches and other attractions nearby and I’m sure a ton of other adventures and activities we did not discover. We’re planning another trip for next year around the same time and we’re definitely planning on camping at King Phillip’s Campground again and would recommend it to others visiting the area.
Here’s some more photos and I had to include some from the competition because I am just that proud of my kids! ♥
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