Camping Inside City Limits!
This time the family and I needed to plan a quick trip close to the Twin Cities because Kelli Hanson from Twin Cities LIVE wanted to do a segment on us and some of the cool camping gear we take out on our trips. Side note: You can catch us on her popular show on July 1st 3pm Central on channel 5!! Lucky for us I was able to book a couple nights away for the on location shoot at Bunker Hills Campground in Coon Rapids.
Which Way Should We Go?
This was our first time staying at Bunker Hills Campground. It’s related to Rice Creek Campground which is one of my top five campgrounds to stay at with little kids. I knew I would enjoy it when the reservation woman said “This campground is filled with beautiful green trees!”. She wasn’t kidding! I would say this campground has a unique State Park feeling and is a great way to step outside to enjoy a peaceful weekend away.
My kids were very excited to come across a full playground fit for all age ranges. I thrilled too because hiking with 5 kids is not easy and I needed a mini break. While I was resting from the walk I noticed how clean the park area was and I didn’t see anything that was garbage on the ground. This is something I am always looking for when I am out with the kids whether I am camping or not. It’s important to me to teach them not to litter and it is also nice to play in a public area without worrying about my children picking up something that belongs in the trash can.
I met a Grandpa at the park with his grandkids who was staying at the campground for a whole week. They lived just minutes from Bunker Hills and even though they could have stayed at the house they find it more fun to give the grandkids a camping vacation they will never forget. I thought it was a great idea and I could tell the kids were having a blast playing catch the pirate (Grandpa). We visited the campground play set often during our stay at Bunker Hills.
We also visited the restrooms often, too! I was busy making sure my kids stayed hydrated, but it’s like a double edge sword. The more water I gave them the more trips to the restrooms I ended up taking. Thankfully, the restrooms were neat and clean.
I was impressed by the layout of each campsite. Over half of the sites were carved out in the trees which gives the campers a pleasant and private campsite. We camped in site 64 and it was HUGE! We were able to pull in the camper and set up our favorite tent and still had plenty of room to roam around our site. It was also near the restrooms and all though we have a bathroom in the camper we try to have the family use it only at night time. This site was great and I would definitely camp there again in the future.
Great Ground For Tent Camping –
I loved being enclosed by the large trees. Surroundings like the Bunker Hills Campground is my kind of camping. It makes me feel as though I have traveled far away from our everyday city life, yet when it is time to go home I don’t have to sit in the truck with 5 kids for hours like I do when we go up North. It might come as a surprise to you, but my children don’t always get along!
Smile For The Camera –
Bunker Hills Campground is in the middle of Bunker Hills Golf, Disc Golf, Bunker Beach Water Park and the Bunker Park Stables. These activities cost extra to enjoy during your stay. I was hoping to take the kids over to the Bunker Beach Water Park, however it looked like it was going to thunderstorm so we went over to the horse stables.
I will make sure to get over there again to take the kiddos to the Bunker Hills Beach, soon. They really want to spend a whole sunny day riding the water slides. Although, we didn’t make it over there during our stay we had fun exploring the Bunker Hills trails. At one point we came across the Victory Memorial section and I took the chance to explain to the little ones about the wonderful men and women who serve our country.
Isaiah Mainly Heard “TRUCK!!”
Good Times To Remember
I think if you are looking for a place to ride your bikes, play at the park, make a campfire dinner and sleep in a mobile mummy, Bunker Hills Campground is a wonderful choice in the city. The cost to camp is comparable to other campgrounds and if you want to dig into your pockets deeper you can experience the water park, golf and horses. With or without the extras you are bound to have a good camping trip.
Happy Camping – Kelly
Have You Camped At Bunker Hills Campground?
- About the Author
- Latest Posts
Hey there, I’m Ryan, the face behind Beyond The Tent.
With decades of camping experiences, my journey into the wilderness began on the rustic trails of a farm in southern Minnesota, where my childhood was filled with explorations and camping by a picturesque river.
My family’s adventures across the United States, from the majestic Colorado mountains to the serene national parks and the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Northern Minnesota have given me a broad perspective. With each journey, whether in state parks or private encampments, and through the homely comfort of our camping trailers, we’ve amassed a trove of stories, experiences, and invaluable camping wisdom.