Reviews written by jersue
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Sep 6, 2007
Be sure to visit this campground on a Tuesday or Wednesday when the Blue Angels are in town. Bleachers are set up alongside the runway which is a perfect viewing location for the Blue Angels practice sessions. Narrators give out lots of trivia while the Angels perform right in front of you. The pilots then appear in the Museum for autographs after the show. This is the best Museum I have ever been to. And get this----it is all "FREE". You only pay for the IMAX theater, if you go. The campground is very near the Museum. Most of the sites are shaded under huge oak trees. The facility appears somewhat run down and shabby in few places. I was very surprised to find that you still have to pay $7.95 per day if you want WiFi in the campground, but you can drive down to the NEX, which is a free WiFI hotspot. $22 per day, for retired military is a pretty steep price to pay just to park your RV, with very few amenities added. There are a number of public campgrounds in the area for about the same price. There are VERY few restaurants within a short drive from the campground. You may have to drive 10 miles from the base for any concentrations of restaurants. Walmart is within one mile of the entrance to the base.
This is a beautiful RV park for those who like to see ocean going ships up close. Not only Navy ships pass within a few feet of your camp spot, but all commercial ships deleivering cargo to the Jacksonville area also pass by, up close. Ask for a site on the water side when you make your reservations. Most sites are pull through and a lot of them are on concrete slabs, and all have full hookups including good cable TV. Free WiFi is availabe from two networks. Camp hosts and service people are very friendly and most helpful. We arrived on a day when the temperature was 100 degrees and since there is very little shade, it took a long time to cool off the motorhome. A small NEX is located on the base, but the main NEX and Commissary is about 3 miles south of the main gate----off base. McDonalds, Taco Bell, Subway and Pizza Hut are on the base and only a short drive from the campground. I have heard that the old trailer park on base, located near the housing area, is being converted for use for those RV'ers who are looking for long term stays. Check with MWR to confirm this.
When the new bathhouse is built, this will be a first class park. We arrived on a Sunday evening after making reservations a few days ahead, but some one was already in our space. We could not contact reservations or the camp host, so just took an empty space and hooked up. Was able to reach the camp host by telephone later and he said to stay where we were. There were lots of empty spaces to choose from. There is full hookups and beautiful concrete slabs at every site, but no cable TV. There was a WiFi network available, but it had a weak signal and required a password to connect. The commissary is just a few steps away and the NEX is only a short walk. This an excellent stop if you are visiting the Memphis area.
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