We stayed here with a family group using four adjacent sites.
THE GOOD: The snack bar is clean, priced fairly, and offers good food. The camping store offers a decent selection. One of the folks in our party had an odd issue with their camper, and the store actually had the parts needed to fix it. The pools are clean. Although it was crowded, we were able to secure seats at the pool if we were patient, which can sometimes be difficult at other campgrounds. They offer a dog park, and have multiple stations offering bags to pick up after pets. We often saw staff driving around in golf carts sprucing up the park. The roads are curvy, making a walk more enjoyable. There are numerous pathways so that it is easy to navigate the park on foot. SOME of the staff are very friendly.
THE BAD: Upon checking in, we found out that there are additional charges for EVERYTHING! This would have been more palatable, except the cashier seemed to get such enjoyment out of adding another $10 or $15 charge to our bill. (This made me wonder if they are paid on commission.) While some of the staff are very friendly, there are a few people working there who need to leave. One woman at the lower pool spent most of the day picking out one or two children to 'target' for reprimands the entire time they were in the pool. Unfortunately, she seemed to pick heavier kids to target, which was upsetting. She didn't target our kids, but it was obvious what she was doing. The restrooms were absolutely filthy, and I never saw anyone clean the restrooms at the lower pool the entire time we were there. I'm sure they emptied the trash and filled the paper products at night, but the same bug piles and scraps of paper were on the floor the entire time we visited. Another reviewer talked about the abundance of rules, and they are right on target. Nearly every surface is covered with lists of rules, and they are NOT applied fairly. Some teens are allowed offsite to loudly roam the park in the evening, others are not. Some kids are allowed to run towards the pool and dive OVER the heads of swimmers, and some are not allowed to simply jump in from the very side of the pool. They offer TV hookups, but they regularly went on the fritz when it rained, and offered few channels. The Wi-Fi is spotty, and dropped the connection so often that it quickly became useless. Normally we wouldn't worry about cable or Wi-Fi, but there were NO ACTIVITIES for the kids. Generally parks have something to offer, but Bay View does not seem to be set up for children. It seems like they are geared up for seasonal campers, not visiting kids. Last, but not least, trying to get in and out of the campground onto Route 28 put our life in danger because the traffic is crazy. To head back towards the bridge with your camper you must quickly accelerate to 65 mph while attempting to get immediately into the left lane to make a U-Turn. Frightening!
Normally, I wouldn't bother to post a review. However, we were mislead by the internet hype around Bay View, and I want to spare another family from having a bad experience!
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