I haven't taken my two children camping since they were 3 and 6 (not a pleasant experience). Now that they are 10 and 13, I decided to give it another try. Grand Isle State Park in VT was an excellent choice for us!
We were at the SHAD site which overlooked the lake and had a lean-to. We appreciated being on the water as the breeze kept the bugs away. just be aware that the sites along the water are not water-accessible and that there is a chain link fence keeping you safe from the rocky drop off. The site was raked and clean when we arrived. The only downside we had is that the firewood we purchased from the campsite was very waterlogged and not cured so it never really burned for us.
The water spigot was right at our site so that made it a breeze. Showers and bathrooms were a 3 min walk away. Bathrooms are basic and hot water costs $0.50 for 5 mins; it was so hot out that I enjoyed a cold shower!
The campground is family friendly. We had brought our bikes and my children spent much of their day biking around the loops of the campground. There is a basketball net, nature center, and playground. The campground quieted down in the evening and there was definitely noise from campers/children rising in the morning.
We spent our days swimming (wear water shoes for the rocky bottom), biking, and exploring. We biked at the nearby Knight State Park and visited Burlington (an easy 20 minute drive).
I highly recommend this site and don't forget the bikes for the kids!
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