Bear Creek Campground Bristol, Connecticut is opening to the public in early July and offer guests tent sites, TeePees, cabins and RVs. The campground is owned by and shares property with the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the country, Lake Compounce Family Theme Park. Guests will be able to not only rent camp sites, cabins and tipis, but will also be able to purchase two-day passes to Lake Compounce for the price of a general one-day ticket. From riding the award winning wooden coaster, Bolder Dash, and splashing in Connecticut’s largest water park, Crocodile Cove, it’s a deal that can’t be beat. With the theme park just a short walk or tram ride away, guests can easily travel back and forth between their site and the park for the ultimate family fun experience.
As an incentive for guests to book multiple nights, a 10% discount is offered when booking two or more nights, and a 15% discount when booking five nights or more. All Platinum Season Pass holders receive 15% off of any length reservation.
Bear Creek Campground Discount Coupon: take $7.00 off the regular Admission gate price via Lake Compounce using promo code SUMMER2014.
Facts from the Bear Creek Website:
The Lake Compounce Bear Creek Campground is a brand new 15 acre campground which features 20 fully furnished cabins that sleep up to 10 people, 56 RV sites with water and electricity hook ups, and 30 tent sites. In addition, five tipis have been added to the campground; each sleeping six and equipped with cots, electrical outlets and a miniature refrigerator. The campground also has a main lodge that features a general store for stocking up on camping staples, as well as a 24-hour restroom, shower and laundry facility. Each campsite has a picnic table perfect for games and meals, and a campfire pit for barbeques and simply relaxing.
Our Experience and Bear Creak Campground Review
We had the chance to go out and see the new campground for ourselves. I do have to note, that during our visit, the campground wasn’t completely finished because we visited during a media event before it was due to open to the public. We also didn’t stay overnight so we can’t share that experience with you. If you are booking a stay, I suggest you call ahead to make sure they are ready.
To find Bear Creek campground, just go to Lake Compounce and tell them at the parking lot ticket booth that you are staying at the campground. You will be directed to the entrance of the campgrounds, which is to the far left of the main parking lot.
Another note, we weren’t able to see the RV or TeePee campground area finished because it wasn’t setup yet so we can’t talk much about that.
The staff was super friendly and we loved their enthusiasm and their camp outfits. The kids will get a kick out of the mascot too.
We walked through one of the cabins and fell in love with them. They are brand new and give you the feel of staying in a cabin in the mountains. The walls and ceiling are all made out of wood. They will fit 6 comfortably but will also hold up to 10 people. There are two regular size bedrooms, a built-in double bunkbed unit in the hallway (across from the bathroom), and a loft above that will probably fit 4 people. There are no beds in the loft so sleeping bags or cots should be brought in. The ceiling in the loft is angled so you can’t stand up straight, well, unless you are 4 years old.
The kitchen comes furnished with pots, pans, dishes and silverware as well as dish washing soap. There is an air conditioner with a remote control, flat screen TV on the wall across from the dining table, microwave, and free WiFi available. There is a fully working bathroom across from the bunkbeds that includes a tub and shower.
If you stay in the cabins, you will also get a $9.00 discount off our Lake Compounce ticket price. See the website for current details.
I just wanted to stay awhile and “visit”. The cabins are warm and inviting and will be a lot of fun to stay in this summer.
They offer laundry service! How neat. Call and they will pick up your bag of laundry and do it for you! This is a special service if you stay in one of the cabins. You can also do your own laundry as well.
As you see, the cabins weren’t quite finished during our visit. When the campground opens, there will be white fencing around the bottom of each cabin and pretty landscaping.
Check out our video walk-through of the cabin
We were not really impressed with the campsite area overall. They do not offer any type of running water or electricity and there are no bathrooms or showers on the actual campsite. There are bathroom facilities, showers and a laundry room available attached to the campground’s store. This is about 300 to 400 feet (about the length of a football field) from the campsite so it could be a problem if you need “to go” during the night. There is only one bathroom facility for the whole campground (campsites, RVs, TeePees, cabins). Of course, people staying in the cabins and RVs will have their own bathroom.
While you are able to park at the campsite, they do not offer parking next to your specific campsite.
When we asked about the campsites, we were told they were considered “rustic” so keep that in mind. You are provided with a campsite, firepit, trashcan, and picnic table.
All of these things that we experienced could change since our visit so we do suggest you call ahead and ask about water, electricity, parking, and bathroom/shower accommodations.
Note: The chairs you see in the photo above are not included.
There will be daily crafts and games for the kids, but there is no playground, swimming pool, or even creek (we found that a bit odd since it is in their name). However, you will most likely spend your days at Lake Compounce so by the time you come back to the campground you will be tired and probably won’t want a lot of activities. Just sitting around the campfire at night can be a lot of fun.
Here are just some of the fun activities they have planned (subject to change):
- Wake up with Kyle the Crocodile
- Freeze Dance
- Dizzy Water Toss
- Kickball Game
- Make Bug Jars
- Glow in the Dark Bowling
- Hula Hoop Mania
- Type Dye Fun
- Hiking Game
- Do you want to build a snowman?
- Check the website for this week’s activity schedule
As noted above, this may change since our visit and you should definitely ask about activities for kids.
We also loved visiting the main store at the Bear Creek Campground. It is state of the art and has all kind of little extras like a board where you can pick up your family photo and see other families who are staying at the campground. There are large checkers and chess boards with benches so you can sit and play. You will find fully stocked coolers full of water, sodas, juices, sandwiches and more. The kids will get a kick out of the full-size bear that greets you. You will find ready-to-use stacks of firewood, benches for sitting and just fun stuff hanging all around.
Hopefully Bear Creek Campground at Lake Compounce will get better as they grow and please keep in mind that we visited when it wasn’t open to the public yet. We do suggest you call ahead and ask about some of the things we mentioned.
Reservations for Bear Creek Campground are now being accepted online at www.campbearcreek.com. Sites start at $35 per night, and campers may purchase discounted tickets to Lake Compounce Theme Park and Crocodile Cove Water Park upon checking in. Group rates will also be available. Visit www.campbearcreek.com or call 860-583-3300 x6905 for additional details.
For another perspective on the campground, visit HappyStrongHome.com and check out Julie’s review.
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