Come and experience a great Florida vacation at Raptor Ranch at Tyndall AFB, the services-run camping facility for active duty and retired military, their families, and guests.
Raptor Ranch at Tyndall AFB Hot
Type of site
$160 - $175
$500 - $525
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September 20-22, 2016
Nov 16 - Nov 25, 2015
04 June 2015
The Tyndall "Raptor Ranch" campground is making and has made many improvements over the past year and into 2015. The cabins have undergone renovations with new kitchen cabinets, new flooring, new bedroom sets, new bathroom vanities and refurbished furniture. The Gazebo has an additional 30 foot pole barn on the side for campers to enjoy. And the "Big Dig" project should be completed by 01 Oct 2015. This will give the campground all full service sites with improvements to the pads as well. FSS has also begun the process of doing a contract to have Mediacom install internet service for all the sites including overflow. This project will not begin until the construction is complete, so no estimated time for the Wi-Fi as yet, but it is coming! Hoping to see you in the Fall for the fun, festivities and friendships, new & old!
Nov 29, 2014
We just attended the Thanksgiving Dinner, organized and put on by Cathy Krostag / Camp Recreation Staff / and it was fabulous. The food was outstanding /gourmet and the whole evening was awesome. We have found that this facility is about the very best we have ever stayed and the director, Samantha Long and her hosts Barbara Johnson & Karen Pauly are friendly, professional and impressively competent. They all have an incredibly difficult job, keeping everybody happy and engaged, and fill that requirement perfectly. There are special events in the club house every day of the week and if you sit in your RV, its not for the lack of activities offered at this place. I feel like I am staying in a spa and love this place. My only dislike of this AFB is the lack of a golf course that was allowed to go to seed and disgracefully overgrown. You don't find that kind of neglect at the FamCamp, where the entire staff continue to do outstanding work for their campers.
23 Oct 2014
A very nice FamCamp, Jet noise is a little much but that is to be excepted at an Air Base. Camp itself is set up very nice and in a great setting. The sights a extremely large and very privet, I was very impressed. The staff are friendly and helpful when you need them. Air Police Security patrols the park on a regular basis which is nice. The base itself has everything you might need or want. I will be back if I am in the area again and will recommend it to all Vets I encounter on the road.
26-27 October 2014
Beautiful campground. Lots of privacy, wooded. Stayed in W/E 30 amp site on the bayou. Quiet at night. Sound of freedom noise during the day. Staff at check-in were friendly. Dick the camp host was very helpful. Roads are a little tight in some areas, watch your turns. Supposedly there are plans to add sewer connections to all sites. Would stay again.
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1-4 July 2014
We checked in late, came from Phenix City, Al. Pete was the camp host, directed us to a beautiful spot, helped park the camper and offered to help with hook up. Very nice and helpful. Took time to talk with us. Next morning went in to sign up (Pay up) and gentleman behind the counter was very pleasant. We met Kathy, Pete's wife. Talked to her and Sam on the phone. Asking for information. Unfortunately we missed the 4th party, we took a trip to Pensacola (should have stayed there) traffic was terrible coming back that evening. Signed out of Friday the 5th and stored our RV on base. Can't wait to go back Site was spacious, trees, privacy, get place to camp, easy access to base and local restaurants and shopping. ALL GOOD!!!!!!! Mary McDaniel
June 2-5, 2014
We stayed here 6/2/14 - 6/5/14. We had a wonderful stay, except for the yellow flies that only God can control. (There must be a reason for them but I'll be darned if I know what.) Clean lots and very clean facilities. The staff was so helpful and friendly, couldn't have asked for better. Great to have ice without having to go out for it. And FULL hookup, including cable TV...all the comforts of home. We didn't want for anything, and other campers offered help if needed. We will return as soon as we get up that way again, sure can't beat the prices!
24 Feb 2014
We only stayed one night and did not even consider it would be the busy time of year. But, site 9 was open and served our needs just fine. The view was wonderful. It was 30 amp and water only. Not a big deal as we were headed to Eglin AFB (full hookups). The staff did come out and warn me about a big tree branch before I backed in. Great FAMCAMP.
February 9, 2014
We only spent one night here during peak season. Got into an "overflow" site, with water and electric. This was perfect for us. Everyone in the campgrounds, staff and campers, were extremely nice. This looks like a wonderful place to spend a little time at. Campground was full during our visit. MANY activities going on almost everyday. This campground is constantly improving and is well managed. Considering the changes our military budgets are going through (or lack of), they do a good job here with what they have.
We stayed in a 40ft motor coach pulling a car and had a difficult time getting our RV level (we also had to take the car off, very few pull thru sites available). Yes, there are concrete pads, but they are only about half the length of a motor coach. People talked about the foliage and the privacy, but we had to fight the brush to get into our front door and kept getting tree frog visitors inside our RV. Getting to the park involves driving through quite a bit of city traffic but wasn't too hard to find. If you like to visit with neighbors and like to sit outside, some of the spots are not for you. Our site was so camouflaged that it constantly stayed dark and gloomy in the sitting/table area, so we never even took our chairs out. Forget being able to use a roof top satellite system, but they did have pretty good cable. We would stay again, but only for a night or two, not for a full week. We are self contained, so did not use their bath/shower facilities.
Oct 10, 2013
The bathrooms, showers, laundry facilities were not very clean. Complained and they said the lady that usually cleans them had surgery and two other people were taking turns cleaning they sent someone to clean and they did not do a very good job.
We were only here one night as a layover to our final destination, but were very pleased with the facility. Loved how spread out the spaces were; the bushes, greenery, trees, etc. made for a private spot. Will return again sometime to stay longer.
6 May 2013
Raptor Ranch campgrounds are constantly trying to keep the ambiance & unique surroundings private and yet nice for the campers. They have seldom been accused of not having any privacy or being crowded with your neighbor ending up in your living room. This all takes constant work to cut, trim, prune and clear debris, all done by one maintenance person. The staff is trained to assist the patrons the best ways possible and to help them find a way to get help when they don’t have a solution. With the help of contracted host positions patrons are assisted in finding a site they can be happy with even after office duty hours. The contracted host positions during the winter include 2 site hosts, 1 Recreation Center host, & 1 Gazebo host. Management and maintenance live at the campground, which are the sites 1 & 2, they pay rent and this allows them to be available 7/24 for any serious emergencies which may arise that are not considered to be the responsibilities of the host. Raptor Ranch has also set up 3 contracts for long term AD military members. They must sign a contract and they are charged a higher monthly amount for this privilege. This may give the impression of homesteading to some of the newer customers. The campground has only 5 staff members and relies on the help of the hosts as well as the volunteers that visit every year to accomplish some of the special projects that make improvements which are appreciated by everyone. Camaraderie is a very special feature that is offered here at no cost! From the staff to the patrons everyone who comes here is made to feel welcome and part of our growing family. The winter months are filled with special functions beginning in Nov thru Mar, with food & entertainment along with aerobics 3 days a week, pot luck dinners, bingo, card games, movie nights and much more. The summer months are much slower for this area so there are less events happening, mostly because the patrons are only here for a week or weekend stay. The exceptions are the 4th of July and Labor Day parties. Even the pets are given a big welcome with treats at the office when patrons check in or come to collect their mail. All being said we are proud of this small piece of Paradise, which has become a second home to many folks around the US.
April 4-18, 2013
This place is wonderful. We are very private people and love that the tropical foliage make each large lot seem private. Grounds are well kept, clean, gravel is constantly being added and improved. Laudry/bath/club house is really nice and clean, location is great, and the only reason I didn't give 5 stars on the amenities is that, while the bay view and benches/swings on the back of the camp is nice, I think more of the brush should be cleaned so we can enjoy the water more, and possibly some steps or other type of access to the water edge would be great, maybe a pier or some way to be able to fish or just enjoy the water. It seems like a under utilized feature of the park. Other than that this place is great. I suspect there are a few home steaders in the front lots since they have fencing, storage buildings, and even gardens, but it isnt as bad as some RV parks in that aspect. Overall great experience.
22-26 March 2013
We stayed in partial hookup under the trees in our 40 foot motor home. It has been 2 yrs since our last visit and everything is so much better. Brush has been cut back, plenty of harden gravel to travel on in the campground. We were offered full hookup after our first day but declined for our short stay. The sites are great under the trees, concrete pad to sit on with a little covered table at each treed site. There were twice as many partial hookups in the graveled front lot, but no one was parked in them. The weather was nice but as everywhere on the cool side. This is a winter haven for many but still had plenty of short time visitors also. Activity room is always busy with game and card players, movies once a week and exercise in the A.M. I found everyone very nice and will again add it to a list for returning from our more southern winter haven as we go home. Rumor says the golf course at the airbase is closing this summer. Its not making enough money, but once thing like campgrounds, golf courses, marinas and swimming pools were for the good of the military not the money they made. Once again another way to hurt the military. But this IS a great place to be.
March 15, 2013
This is a great campground tucked away in some trees. The campground obviously is well taken care of. Our first impression was in the overflow area where it looked like there was a lot of gravel that had recently been laid down. It continued to impress us. The folks from the desk clerk, the camp host and 4 or 5 other people we met within the first 20 minutes were all friendly and helpful. The tone of the campground was congenial and friendly. The campsites are well taken care of with brush and trees cut back so we had no trouble at all getting into our site. Full water, sewer and 50 amp for $21/night. The roads around the two large loops are well maintained. They have used plenty of gravel to fill any pot holes and it is hard packed. The club house and laundry were fine. They have an active group here. Free music session put on by campers at 7 pm last night. Today we can bring a dish and the campground provides the rest for a St Patrick's Day meal. Just a nice place to stay and in a good location. We camped in a 40' motor home and will be back!
Jan 4-6, 2013
D.W. left this review using the Directory software: - We only stayed two nights on our way to south FL, nice park, roomy sites with trees. We did not have a full service site, lacked sewer but for just two nights that was ok. Some homesteaders but new regulation states that any camper on a site for 60 days must rotate to a different site, so, hopefully that may open some full service sites.
14 OCT to 21 OCT 2012
We just returned from Tyndall last Sunday. The hosts and employees were great and very helpful. It looks as if they are getting ready to make the sites along the water full service also. The beaches were great, most of the time we were the only ones on them. My wife checked out the cabins for a future vacation with the kids and ruled them out very quickly. She saw "Palmetto bugs" and mold everywhere. The club house was great, cookies and coffee in the mornings with great conversation. The walking trails relaxing and the views beautiful. For someone away from the bustle and noise of an active military base the daily fighter sorties, "the sound of freedom" was music to my ears. We had a great time and have already planned our trip for next year. It would be nice if they accepted reservations. We also used Enterprise car rental 11 miles down 98.
14 June 12
Spent the night at this site on our way to FL. Our GPS always gives us bad information getting here. We get within 5 miles and the routing takes me the long way around thru Mexico City adding 60 miles. Maybe just my GPS. Directions on web site don't help. Easy way, from I-10 exit on HWY 231 down to Transmitter Road ( about 48 mi.) turn on to Transmitter Rd for a few miles, turn east on 98, about 10 miles go over the bridge and camp is on right. We have stayed here before at the RV camp and Guest house. We got in late and had to go to camp host. She was helpful but said the club house/bathrooms close at 9 PM. In the past we could get in 24Hrs. No hours were posted at the bath house or club house. We found side door to bath house open all night. Cable and WiFi OK. Price seems to have gone up. Eglin seems to be a better deal for us. We are travelers not Snow Birds or Homesteaders, we have a very small RV so only stay a short time at many different locations. It would have been nice to just park in overflow at the front of the park.