This campground is not for families looking to "get back to nature" or enjoy a serene "wilderness" experience. Our family of four (plus dog) booked a tent site over the busy Labor Day weekend, when campers were crammed cheek to jowl into one extremely dense population. Our immediate neighbors actually drove their golf cart right through our site to charge up at the shared electric outlet. The wooded terrain, lovely though it is, proved difficult to appreciate with golf carts hot-rodding along the paths at all hours and Mountain Dew-swilling kids tossing firecrackers at said golf carts--this last behavior seemed to be laughingly tolerated. My husband and young son were showering in the bathhouse when a bunch of snickering pre-teens turned out the lights and left them in the pitch blackness. But, hey, it's all part of the par-tay atmosphere. (Management, please consider putting the light switch on keyed, staff-only access. It's only a matter of time before some poor camper breaks a hip this way.) The quiet hours from 11pm to 7am seemed to be pretty well observed by the majority of campers. However, when they're over. . . man, are they over. In a departure from their various park "themes," adjacent Holiday World started BLASTING 80's pop music at about 8am. This was no doubt an effort to energize their early morning prep crew before the park opening and not intended for the ears of guests, but it totally engulfed the campground. Normally, I could get a groove going with Blondie, but after a night trying to keep my sleeping bag from sliding downhill on our heavily sloped assigned campsite, it just grated on my nerves. Later in the evening, we attended a camp-sponsored karaoke event. My daughter, age 7, wondered if she might sing "Home on the Range." But as I surveyed the school-age kids gyrating to "I'm Sexy and I Know It" as adults hooted their approval, I had to tell her that I didn't think they had that particular selection on the playlist. Families considering Lake Rudolph as a convenient lodging option for a Holiday World vacation should know that our family found the atmosphere of the campground a little less innocent and old-fashioned than the theme park itself. Most likely things calm down in the off-season, but we'll probably find a room out-of-town (in the past, it was Evansville) and drive in for any future visits. And, campers, always remember that Santa's watching.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Escape to the great outdoors by staying at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Indiana. Voted one of the top ten favorite parks in North America and a two-time National RV Park of the Year, Lake Rudolph is the closest lodging and camping to Holiday World Theme Park & Splashin' Safari Water Park. Multiple family lodging options include over 270 Vacation Rentals (Cabins, Cottages & Rental RVs), and nearly 230 full hookup RV Sites and Tent Sites, including over 100 paved sites. Family fun amenities including Santa's SplashDown WaterPark, the giant Blitzen Bay swimming pool, playgrounds, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, fishing, paddleboats, kayaks, gem mining, mini golf, game room, camp store, Blitzen Kitchen Ice Cream & Pizza, family activities, and much more. Lake Rudolph is the perfect solution for your getaway! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake Rudolph Campground And Rv Resort
- Lake Rudolph Campground & Rv Hotel Santa Claus