Located just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Town and Country Campground is a short drive to Twin Cities’ Mall of America, Valley Fair, and other cool places to visit in the area. However, we must give you a heads up, our stay was not what we expected!
Because of the humidity and high temperatures in the Minneapolis, we were forced to leave our amazing farm boondocking spot to find a campground in the Prior Lake, Minnesota area. The only available campground was Town and Country Campground we found through Campendium.
Town and Country Campground
Campground/RV Park: Town and Country Campground
Location: 12360 Boone Avenue, Savage, MN 55378
Date(s) Stayed: 7/14/19 – 7/21/19
Length of Stay: 1 week
Site #: 24
Cost (with taxes): $280 week (taxes included/discount applied)
Discount Used: None
Connections: Electric and Water
Nestled in the quiet Minneapolis suburb of Savage, Minnesota, Town and Country Campground is geared towards a relaxing family experience.
“Whether you want to ‘rough it’ at a tent campsite, connect to electric and water, or enjoy the comforts of a full RV hook-up, you will enjoy a peaceful and relaxing get-away when you visit the Twin Cities.” – Town and Country Campground Website
We drove in to see if we could make a reservation instead of calling. We were met by Sue who tried diligently to find us a site last minute. There was only one site available for the week starting the next day. She quoted us a price of $240 for a pull-through electric and water only site #24. Because we’re on a tight budget and this being an unexpected expense, I asked if they offered military discount. She said they have a first responders 10% discount which includes the military and military retirees. I wrote down the price she quoted of $240 on the green site map for reference upon check-in the next day.
We were not asked to pay up front however, Sue took our credit card to hold the site for us. Sue was super friendly and helpful. Her personality made us look forward to our stay.
Rates and Check-In
At the entrance to the campground, we’re greeted by a well-known local giant, a 200+ year old Cottonwood tree! The road leading into the campground was a bit narrow and windy.
First, when we arrived, it was already hot and humid. We parked our motorhome on the site (which was very unlevel) we were assigned per our reservation. It took us nearly a half hour to get our small motorhome level because of the severe slope of the site. But that was due to our inexperience of leveling a motorhome.
Parking & RV Sites
Town and Country Campground has 80 dirt and gravel campsites. There’s a mix of pull-through and back-in 30/50 amp sites; 50 FHU sites and 31 partial hookups (electric sand water). Each site is provided a picnic table. Our picnic table was broken and dirty so we switched it out for the site next door since it was vacant.
Most sites are not level nor big rig friendly hence, the reason why we didn’t come here before with our former fifth wheel.
Town and Country Campground common spaces are manicured and mowed, the gardens and flower pots are beautiful, playground and pool areas are clean.
Town and Country Campground is family-friendly with a playground, roadways for the kiddies to ride their bikes and non-motorized scooters along with a small pool to cool off in.
Visitors must register at the office and leave by 10:00 pm. All visitors using the pool or hot tub must register at the office and pay a $2 per person fee to the use the facilities.
- Camp store and office
- Heated salt water pool – no lifeguard
- Children’s playground
- Communal fire pit – weekends and weekdays upon request.
- Free children’s crafts and family activities – summer months and holiday weekends
- 1.25 mile round-trip Nature walk from the campground to the Boiling Springs in Eagle Creek
- Laundry facility – 5 washers, 7 dryers (2 commercial size)
- Game room with heat and air conditioning
- Free campground WiFi
- Storm shelter – basement under laundry facility
- Bathhouse – 3 bathroom stalls and 2 shower/dressing area stalls
- Dump station
Upon request, a community fire is provided next to the bathhouse barn for all campers. Portable fire pit rentals are available for campsite fires.
- Mall of America
- ValleyFair Amusement Park
- Target Stadium – Minnesota Twins
- US Bank Stadium – Minnesota Vikings
- Minnesota Zoo
- Como Zoo – St. Paul
- Murphy’s Landing Historic Village
- Fort Snelling State Park and Historic Fort
- Golf Courses
- Horseback Riding
- Mystic Lake Casino
- Canterbury Park – Horse Racing and Gaming Tables
The campground is close to the city for families to enjoy nearby attractions. Check out our 8 Fun Things to Do in Southwest Minneapolis!
Town and Country Campground playground, pool, office and camp store are all centrally located. The entire campground is clean and tidy.
The laundry room has plenty of washing machines and dryers along with a folding table, deep sink and small sitting area. Washing machines and dryers cost $2 each.
Their game room has a sofa sitting area with a television, ping pong table and three plastic picnic tables to play board games and puzzles or even spread out to work.
What they need to improve on…
First, Town and Country Campground management needs to work on their reception and hospitality. They were overzealous with their rules and their rudeness (which we did address) ruined our overall experience of the campground.
This campground is expensive. They replicate KOA fees model. Their fees are based on two-person occupancy. They add fees for everything else. So, before making your reservation, study their rates page. If you pay the weekly rate, your electricity will be also extra. All fees do not reflect tax.
The majority of the campers who park there are seasonal and keep to themselves. They let their children run and ride their bikes unsupervised the rules state otherwise.
The laundry machine fees are excessive ($4.00 each load to wash and dry).
The playground giraffe climbing apparatus needs to a new coat of paint.
Their free WiFi is almost non-existent. Also, there is a train nearby that blows their horns during nighttime sleeping hours.
Lastly, the military discount on their page is not for weekly or monthly rates however, that is not specified on their page. (See screen shot graphic above).
Important note for big rig RVs…
Town and Country Campground is not big rig friendly but for only a few sites. Their sites are tight and most are not level. In fact, even our 25′ motorhome required 5 plastic blocks stacked. The motorhome next to us had their front wheels off the ground a good 6″.
TIP: If you make a reservation, do not book sites 24-27 and even 79 and 80 due to incoming check-ins blocking the roadway and access to those sites to the rear.
An experience worth noting…
Unfortunately, our check-in process at the office was not the same positive and pleasant experience as our reservation with another receptionist the day prior. At check-in time, a different female receptionist was going to charge a completely different amount ($320) than our quote of $240 the day prior. She became combative and excessively rude; even to her co-worker. We also did not get the military discount even though we were quoted it the day prior. Eventually, the check-in receptionist begrudgingly agreed on $280 which includes tax. We were handed a copy of their campground map and rules.
When we were trying to get our motorhome leveled, one of the camp hosts (Roger) repeatedly came over insisting that Dan to ‘you MUST be escorted to your site and get over to the office and get checked in immediately’ while we were trying to get set up and get the air conditioner on for our pets. (we had reservations for this specific site).
Honestly, we didn’t feel like we got the pickle leaving the office and during our stay.
If it weren’t for the lack of friendly reception during check-in, we would have given it another star and feel better about our stay. The check-in reception and lack of hospitality seemed to have set the tone of our visit. We only stayed because of the hot and humid weather as well as no-refund policy.
All in all, personally, we would NOT stay here again. It’s way too expensive to be treated so rudely.