Most Winter Texans who plan to spend all or part of the next two to four months in campgrounds, RV parks, and resorts have already made their reservations.
But for those who have waited to the last minute, the task of locating a park that still has room for short or long-term winter visitors just got a little easier: The Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) has surveyed its members and assembled a list of parks that still have room for Winter Texans.
As of early January, the association had identified 20 campgrounds, RV parks, and resorts that had yet to fill up for the season.
“Generally speaking, our parks are busier this winter than last winter, but there are still a number of parks that have room for snowbirds,” said Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners. Parks that still have vacancy for short- and long-term winter visitors include:
Advanced RV Park in Houston-Pearland: This park offers hot showers, a tree at every campsite, a clubhouse, playground, swimming pool and spa and shuffleboard courts.
Bay View RV Resort in Rockport: This park, which features two outdoor swimming pools and an activities director, is walking distance to Copano Bay and Aransas Bay fishing piers.
Columbus RV Park and Campground in Columbus: This quiet park offers its guests free cable TV and wireless Internet service as well as a video and book library. The park is popular with Winter Texans who want to be in a central location for day trips.
Corpus Christi RV Resorts in Corpus Christi: This is a network of parks in the Corpus Christi area, including Colonia del Rey RV Park, a Best Parks in America affiliate; Padre Palms RV Park; and Greyhound RV Park.
Dixieland Mobile Home and RV Park in Harlingen: This Rio Grande Valley park has a heated pool, billiard tables, shuffleboard courts and a recreation hall.
Fig Tree RV Resort in Harlingen: This park, purchased by new owners last year, has undergone remodeling in the pool, laundry and bathroom areas. Wi-Fi service has also been added throughout the park.
Hidden Valley RV Park in Von Ormy: This park near San Antonio has sites available with 30- and 50-amp service as well as dry camping areas and sites with partial hookups.
Jamaica Beach RV Park in Galveston: This park offers free wireless Internet service, free cable, free Continental Breakfast with homemade waffles, and a free daily newspaper. Other amenities include pull through sites, an exercise room, a swimming pool and hot tub, a splash pad for the kids, a game room and planned activities.
Koyote Ranch in Medina: This Hill Country park offers RV and tent sites as well as cabin rentals. Other amenities include a restaurant and grill with “all you can eat” fried catfish on Friday nights; a camp store; a beer and wine garden; and an infinity edge swimming pool.
Magic Valley Park in Welasco: This Rio Grande Valley park has 24 shuffleboard courts, a pool hall, swimming pool and hot tub and numerous activities, including morning exercise classes, square dance lessons, painting classes, a quilters group, a golf group, a wood carving group, a computer group, bingo and potluck suppers. The park also has a dance band and organizes tours to nearby points of interest.
Mission Bell and Tradewinds RV Resorts in Mission: These resorts are 55+ retirement resorts with numerous activities, classes as well as live entertainment.
Palmdale RV Resort in San Benito: This Rio Grande Valley park has a 6,000-square foot recreation hall, shuffleboard and horseshoe courts and a full-time activities director.
Rollin Homes West RV Park in Donna: This Rio Grande Valley park features pull through sites and wireless Internet service.
Spring Branch RV Resort in Spring Branch: This Hill Country park features ADA compliant family restrooms, onsite propane delivery service, pet walking areas and a recreation hall with a large kitchen. They are just minutes from San Antonio.
Valley Gateway RV Park in Edinburg: This park offers organized activities in its clubhouse, including card games, shuffleboard, ping-pong and billiards as well as occasional dances.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Canyon Lake: This family friendly Hill Country park has both RV and cabin accommodations available during the winter season. Park activities include gem mining, hayrides, laser tag, arts and crafts, horseshoes, pedal carts, karaoke and themed weekends.
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The Texas Association of Campground Operators (TACO) publishes and distributes the Texas RV Travel & Camping Guide each year.
Note: This is the first of a 2-part series on RV space availability for Winter Texans
Part 2: Fewer Winter Texans at Valley RV Parks
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