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“A Day with Nature”

Huntington Beach State Park
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A Day with Nature”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

This was a wonderful place to visit. We saw alligators, herons, sand crabs, etc. outside and starfish, a seahorse, turtles, a baby alligator, snakes, etc. inside. The education center is a cute little place with very nice, educated, professional employees. We happened to be there during feeding time, which was exciting for my children. After we explored the animals, we then hit the beach. This is a great place to spend the day as a family!

Visited June 2013
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Less Crowds!”
Reviewed July 19, 2013

A nice, quiet beach close to the Resort. Dogs allowed on certain parts of the beach. No need to fight for umbrella space since it's not overly crowded.

Visited July 2013
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Philadelphia, PA
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“wonderful day trip”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

This is a wonderful place to spend a day. The beach at the north end of the park is uncrowded and beautiful - there are 3 beach access points but the guide steered us to the northern one to avoid the crowds. The walk out over the water near the nature center was fascinating, as was the tour of Atalaya. We rented an umbrella and chairs in Pawleys Island for the day, and picked up a picnic lunch at the Freshmarket in Pawleys - bread, cheese, pasta salads, all packed in a Freshmarket cooler bag with a bag of frozen peas. A perfect day!

Visited July 2013
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Lewisville, North Carolina, United States
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Has really gone downhill”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

I've been going camping at Huntington off and on for 25 years, since I was a little girl. Still gets three stars from me because it's peaceful, the scenery is gorgeous, the beach is wonderful, definitely a family place. But it no longer rates 5 stars because of two main things. They removed half the campsites several years back - the better ones, IMO. The entire side of the campground that actually got a breeze off the ocean apparently got damaged in a storm, so instead of repairing it, they just shut it off and let to go back to marsh, so now it's next to impossible to get a site during most of the year unless you reserve something months in advance. Even worse is problem number 2 - the mosquitos have gotten entirely out of hand. Probably because the entire campground is surrounded by marsh and the brush has grown up to the point of blocking even a small breeze from getting through. We were there for three days, we stayed literally drowned in mosquito repellant the entire time (as in, we sprayed down before we walked in off the beach, sprayed down after showering before leaving the bathhouse, and sprayed again every single time we set foot outside), and we were still eaten alive. The tent sites are by far the worst, they are tucked back literally IN the marsh area, totally surrounded by scrub brush and crepe myrtles. You can see the mosquitos swarming by the thousands in the shadows. We camped out in the center, near the upper bathhouse, and we STILL had hundreds buzzing around. I have never seen so many mosquitos in one place before. Myrtle Beach State Park may be a bit more crowded, but the mosquitos are nearly nonexistent and there is still plenty of shade. Will not be camping here in the summer anymore, and its a shame, because this was always my favorite campground growing up, and I wanted my kids to feel the same way.

Visited August 2012
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Uniontown, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Nice, clean state park close to Wachesaw Plantation East. We went several days during our stay and enjoyed touring the historic house on the park grounds.

Visited June 2013
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