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I just posted a reply in another thread where someone asked about camping in Sturbridge and thought that a posting should go here as well so I am just copying what I put in the other thread...

Avoid the jellystone park campground in Sturbridge. I stayed there two weeks ago, the place is a dump. Kids were coming out of the pond with leeches on them (yes, leeches... can you say YUCK !?). The area they stuck us in had some campers that looked at least semi-permanent (like they had been there for years and received no maintenance at all) and their occupants partied Friday night until 4:30 AM (when I am assuming the last one finally passed out). The place does have two swimming pools (neither were open and one was totally drained) and a mini-golf course (which looked like it hadn't been used in years).

One thing I would like to add is that I am realistic in my expectations of a campgrounds preparedness for the summer season and that I understand that all facilities may not be available in campgrounds at this point in time. What I do expect however is a sign that the place is at least making an effort to clean itself up and to get ready for the summer. Jellystone was devoid of any such activity. I stayed at Strawberry Park in Preston, CT (5 minutes from the Foxwoods casino for you gambling types) Easter weekend and they were already busy with cleanup and upgrading the facilities then..
 

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We agree with your description of Jellystone in Sturbridge. Stayed there this weekend and I have to say that we were also disappointed. This campground seems to be inhabited by mostly seasonal campers who have lived there for several years. Most of the seasonals look run down and there is a major lack of cleanliness throughout. Speaking with several campers staying there, this will be most everyone's last visit to this park.
2 pools, one charges $4.00 per person the other is VERY small and is attached to the bar/patio. Not the place I want my children swimming at alone.
Beach/pond- beach was clean, no one was swimming in the water.
Facilities are not bad, trash pick up every 4 hours and due to lackof full hook up sites, onsite pumping is available.
Sites are tight and confined, many I talked to were not sure if they would be able to get out of their sites.
Friday night the park received 2" of rain and the only full hook up area flooded(2 feet of water). The area smelled like a sewer and when campers complained they were blown off.

If camping in MA, we highly recommend Normandy Farms in Foxboro MA. First class 5 star camping at its best.
 

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Very disappointing, we will not be going back there again. I agree with you on Normandy Farms, definately in my top 5 (and maybe even top one altogether if we can camp there this winter and catch a shuttle to a Patriots game
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Also check out Strawberry Park in Preston CT and Wawaloam Campground in West Kingston RI, both are pretty nice. We're headed up to Bayley's in Old Orchard Beach Maine this weekend and we're hitting Pine Acres in Salisbury NH Labor Day weekend. Been to Bayley's in the past, another nice place. I'll post a review of Pine Acres after we go.
 

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Kids are heading for Strawberry park next with with their grandparents, this will give me a chance to check it out.

I've also heard a lot of good about Wawaloam, but have found it impossible to get into.

Another suggestion in the RI area is Fisherman's Memeorial Park. State owned campground, no pools or entertainment, but clean and close to beaches and southern RI attractions.

Headed for Normandy in 3 weeks.
 

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Hate to say it, but I told you so...


Very disappointing, we will not be going back there again. I agree with you on Normandy Farms, definately in my top 5 (and maybe even top one altogether if we can camp there this winter and catch a shuttle to a Patriots game
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Also check out Strawberry Park in Preston CT and Wawaloam Campground in West Kingston RI, both are pretty nice. We're headed up to Bayley's in Old Orchard Beach Maine this weekend and we're hitting Pine Acres in Salisbury NH Labor Day weekend. Been to Bayley's in the past, another nice place. I'll post a review of Pine Acres after we go.
Strawberry park does a great job for Halloween.

Which Pine Acres, the one in Oakham Ma has a great lake and does have some nice wooded sites.
 

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Funny,I found Jellystone in Sturbridge to be a wonderful and clean campground.

I just posted a reply in another thread where someone asked about camping in Sturbridge and thought that a posting should go here as well so I am just copying what I put in the other thread...

Avoid the jellystone park campground in Sturbridge. I stayed there two weeks ago, the place is a dump. Kids were coming out of the pond with leeches on them (yes, leeches... can you say YUCK !?). The area they stuck us in had some campers that looked at least semi-permanent (like they had been there for years and received no maintenance at all) and their occupants partied Friday night until 4:30 AM (when I am assuming the last one finally passed out). The place does have two swimming pools (neither were open and one was totally drained) and a mini-golf course (which looked like it hadn't been used in years).

One thing I would like to add is that I am realistic in my expectations of a campgrounds preparedness for the summer season and that I understand that all facilities may not be available in campgrounds at this point in time. What I do expect however is a sign that the place is at least making an effort to clean itself up and to get ready for the summer. Jellystone was devoid of any such activity. I stayed at Strawberry Park in Preston, CT (5 minutes from the Foxwoods casino for you gambling types) Easter weekend and they were already busy with cleanup and upgrading the facilities then..
 

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You would have to be the owner of that Jellystone dump.

JOHN
 

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An agenda was obvious, disregard his comments. The screen name is already in discussion with Doug.

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Wow! I stop by to see what's new and find a post I made almost four years ago brought back to the main page


I'm not entirely sure what the "Normandy Rocks!" posted but I'll take your word that it was an individual with an agenda. I'd say the other folks that posted reviews here: http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/Massa...Sturbridge.html generally agree with my assessment of the place.

If "Normandy Rocks!" is in fact the owner or an employee of Jellystone in Sturbridge and you really do feel that you have improved the place and would like us to take another look just let me know. I work in Tolland, CT and live in RI so I drive by the exit to the park on 84 5 days a week both directions. I'd be more than happy to stop in one of these days to have another look and post my thoughts. I would even be willing to spend an evening there if you really feel that strongly. But, be warned. What I post here will be my honest appraisal.

Oh and BTW, Normandy Farms IS still the best campground in the area - bar none. We stayed there last weekend to open the season and once again we were thrilled with the facilities and the amount of attention the staff will give you if asked.

One last thing... Hi John (and John)
 

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Hey stranger where have you been? There are rallies coming up ya know.

My guess is that dump (Jellystone) hasn't changed a bit.

And yes Normandy Farms could be the most expensive but still the best and our favorite campground in New England.

John
 
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