LOCATION OF GRAND ISLAND KOA CAMPGROUND
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- 50 Max Amp, full hook-up sites with Cable and free wifi
- 80' Max Length
- Two pools (open May 24 - September 2)
- Firewood and Campground store
- Dog Park
- Banana Bikes, Canoe and Paddle Boats ($)
- Jump Pad and Playgrounds
- Military Clubs
- Motorcycle Clubs
- Patio Sites
- Tours ($)
- Video Arcade
- Laundry Room
Ours was a deluxe patio site located not far from the main office and front entrance (purple circle on map). We looked forward to catch fish as big as what Jimmy John Shark has caught, but unfortunately they didn't have fish as big as that. So we had to settle whatever fish we could catch and eat. It was a fun and memorable experience.
The front office handles boat and bike rentals, includes a store, laundry room (which we used!), video game arcade, and there is also a small pool and playground. There's another pool and playground located deeper into the campground. Having two of them is quite convenient when traveling with very young kids.
Like most KOA's, the campground store is well stocked with camping supplies, souvenirs, and basic groceries.
We booked a "Deluxe Patio" site that had full hook-ups (50amp service), a paved patio, loveseat bench, table and chairs with umbrella, a raised fire pit, and a grill, they also have several water coolers available! It's one of the nicest sites we have ever stayed in. The site was almost completely level (had to do the usual front-to-back adjustments) and we were good to go. What a pretty site.
The adjustable umbrella was really nice in the evening to block out the sun when it lowered in the sky. It made for really pleasant meals outside when putting our outdoor kitchen to use.
There are a couple of playgrounds on the property. One is near the front entrance and the other is closer to the rec hall deeper into the park.
As usual, my kids gave everything a thorough test drive.
It was a rough road trip over from the first leg of our trip (from Pittsburgh, PA staying at Fox Den Acres) so they were in need of letting out some of that pent-up energy.
This is her new way of playing on swings. Whatever works.
This was a new contraption neither of them had seen on a playground before.
Shelby found herself a mini sandbox and that was that.
One feature of most of the KOA's we stay in is a jumping pad or jumping pillow. The kids look forward to it each time we tell them we're going to a campground in the KOA franchise!
We had one super rainy day when I needed to get the kids out of the camper so Matt could work, and being quite is nowhere near their realm of understanding at this age (you fellow parents out there get it, I'm sure). I bought these ridiculous-yet-adorable matching raincoats from Amazon so we just suited up and went on out into the wetness.
I made them hold hands. Trust this does not happen naturally.
We popped into the rec hall where a scheduled game of Bingo was in progress. I knew the kids would only last one round or so, but I wanted to help them play to get the experience. Great practice for reading their letters and numbers, too. The sweet game director even let them pick out a small prize for their efforts!
Once they were over the Bingo game, we went to an opposite corner where they had some simple coloring supplies and board games set out for use. Shelby grabbed some crayons and tucked into a coloring book.
They. Love. Connect. Four.
Dewey was my usual walk buddy in the evening and we explored the campground together. Well, at least for as long as his short little legs (and his lazy butt) lasted before I dropped him back at the camper to finish on my own, ha. Corgis may have a ton of energy, but believe me that can also be the laziest loaves of worthless.
In addition to RV sites, the Grand Island KOA has 4 different varieties of cabin for rent.
There are simple camping cabins with no bathrooms or shower, and there are also deluxe cabins that feature full bathrooms and partial kitchens.
Grand Island KOA is next to the Fantasy Island amusement park, and there's a train stop right on campus that will take you to the park.
Paddle boat rentals are available at the pond near the front entrance, and Matt took Jasper on one while I stayed at the camper trying (and failing) to get an exhausted Shelby to nap. Jasper had been dying to try out Matt's binoculars and he had SO much fun.
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If you've never been on a paddle boat, they are quite the workout to paddle! Jasper was determined to push those paddles! Funny side story - a small pop-up storm came out of literally nowhere while they were on the boat. They were able to get to the shore just before the bottom dropped out of the clouds, but in the rush to exit the boat Matt ended up dropping his cell phone in about 2 feet of pond water! They had to bolt before he could look for it, so his phone sat there for a good half hour before he could get it out and... it wasn't broken! After a bath in some rice it didn't seem to be damaged at all. Crazy. (His phone is a Google Pixel 2, if you are curious).
Do we recommend Grand Island KOA? That's a big fat YES! If you're looking to enjoy beautiful Niagara Falls, then this is the place you need to camp. It's a beautiful well-tended campground with plenty of amenities, a friendly staff, and ideal location.
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