Our whole family (9 of us) rented 2 cabins, 1 cottage and 1 deluxe. Well, the deluxe shocked us as it was so tiny! One very small room held the bunkbeds, doublebed (which the corner was sticking out and injured a couple of us before we had a chance to cover it), a small sink, mini fridge (which was dirty inside) and a small bathroom with shower. This was not a big deal, since the majority of our time was spent at the cottage (right next door) and this was just for sleeping. We would have gotten the Bear Bone cabin, but wanted the a/c.
The Cottage was better, had one room with a pull out futon, small table with 4 chairs, basic kitchen items (gas stove/oven, full size fridge/freezer, sink, many cabinets and drawers.) When we tried to fill the coffee pot, we realized the water seemed to leave extra bubbles in the pot...we tried rinsing it out and filling again, still had "bubbles" ???? We decided not to use tap water for any drinking! We brought plenty of bottled water luckily. There were sliding doors for all the doorways, and they all either stuck or didn't lock. The bunk beds were in the hallway and had a small closet that was I think over a foot back into the wall between the beds and wall. Hard to explain, but let's say this, it was such a tight squeeze, unless you were a toothpick, you weren't fitting back there to put away your stuff. Main bedroom had a double bed with box spring and regular mattress, and a "closet" on each side that had a couple small drawers underneath. There were also cabinets above the bed, but they were high up and really at an awkward position so they're not very usable unless you stood on the bed. Now, closets are great, but we didn't think to bring hangers....so we pretty much lived out of the suitcases. Now we know we're in the woods, but seeing 2 cockroaches in the back bedroom didn't exactly make us happy.
The outside area of the cabin was nice, large porch with 2 chairs, fire pit with 2 more chairs and a long picnic table. The firewood they sold were, I think, $6 a bundle and they were cut so small, they wouldn't have lasted long in the fire. We'd probably have needed 3 bundles to cook for all 9 of us for one meal. We were lucky to find firewood around town a bit, either the side of the road or at a gas station toward the beach.
Also on their website, they said they have free wi-fi (we could barely get a signal if at all anywhere on our campsite) and a dunktank that didn't look like it had been used at all recently. Was it broken? That was a bummer. The pool was nice, clean and mostly empty when we were there Sunday afternoon, but in the middle of us playing, some employees came out and started adding calcium powder to the pool..just sprinkling it in all over at the edges. Well, I don't know if that's safe or not, but even if it is, can't that wait until people are NOT using it? It didn't make us feel all that comfortable about it.
We did not check out the arcade or mini golf. The store was cute (overpriced, but that's expected.) Staff were mostly friendly and helpful.
Again, the whole thing was ok, but just ok. Some things better, some worse. We enjoyed camping near the beach, but probably won't choose this place again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Real Family Camping Fun is what we are all about here at Butterfly Camping Resort. Don & Patty and staff are dedicated to providing the best service and clean facilities to make each family camping trip a memorable one. We are proud that our park continues to be one of the highest rated parks in New Jersey. We offer large, level, and shaded sites with picnic tables and fire rings. All sites also includes FREE Real Cable AND Wifi! Just minutes from Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park and Safari. We also offer Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park tickets for our customers at greatly reduced prices! If you like the water, Atlantic Ocean's Jersey Shore Beaches are just a short ride away. See the list of the many other attractions in the Jersey's Shore Region. The resort is located adjacent to the Butterfly Bogs State Wildlife Refuge where you can fish, canoe or use non-powered boats to idle your time away. This Natural area offers a unique chance to observe and photograph the flora and fauna in a protected habitat. Stop by our fully stocked camp store for just about anything you need! Fire wood, Ice, food, and propane are available for your convenience. We have planned activities rain or shine. Free arts and crafts, games, music & dances, Tough Mudder, bingo, wet & wild weekends, free dunk tank & playground, three acre baseball field, basketball & sand volleyball, shuffleboard, horse shoes, ping pong & free wagon rides, pig roast, steak dinners & breakfasts or just sit back and relax on your site, fishing & hiking in adjacent Butterfly Bogs State Wildlife Refuge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Butterfly Camping Hotel Jackson