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Review: Thousand Trails Sea Pines in Swainton, N.J.

For our family, this summer was filled with incredible adventures. In just two months, we managed to squeeze in six states, seven campgrounds and too many amazing memories to count.

One of our favorite campground stays was at a beautiful, wooded park in the quaint Cape May Court House area of New Jersey, and it goes by the name of Sea Pines RV Resort. This resort offered a variety of amenities, beautiful scenery, and a fun-loving sense of community that we appreciated very much.

The campsites and fellow campers

All of the RV sites at this campground were set back in the lovely wooded area of the park. The sites felt pretty average in size, and included water and electric hook-ups with 30- and 50-amp both available.

I’ve since learned that there are some full hook-up sites available, but we were just fine with the partial hook-ups since we were only there four nights. We just made sure to dump at the dump station on the way out.

Our neighbors were all kind, and a few even came over to help us park when they noticed we were having trouble backing in. My son made buddies with several other campers, and we were offered a bit of lobster by the friendly folks in the site behind ours.

There were a lot of kids in this resort, and many of them seemed to roam freely without much supervision. Because of this fact, we were extra careful when driving through the park. Despite their lack of supervision, the kids were all respectful of the rules and quiet hours, and didn’t bother us at all.

Many campers were obviously pretty permanent. However, all of the sites seemed well-kept, and some were even decorated with flowers and yard ornaments. I really appreciated the lights that were found on so many RVs throughout the park, as they made the whole place feel fun and festive at night.

The bathhouses

The bathhouses were cleaned several times a day. Cleaning times were posted on the doors of each bathhouse, and cleanings lasted an hour each.

While this was nice, because it meant the restrooms and showers were always sparkling clean, it was admittedly irritating when we had to trek to another bathhouse while a nearby cleaning was happening, which happened more often than we expected. Given the options though, I’d take the clean showers over a perpetually available restroom any day.

The pool

The pool was cold. We visited in early June, and the weather was unusually brisk. This did not, however, stop my preschooler, and we spent a couple of cold, hour-long sessions in the swimming pool.

My son especially loved the mushroom water feature, and I loved the plentiful chairs. We were both disappointed that there was no hot tub though.

The staff

We honestly didn’t interact with staff much on this stay. We didn’t have any complaints, so we had no real reason to speak with any staff members. However, the few times we did speak with staff, everyone was very patient, helpful, and kind.

We also noticed a staff member scolding some kids in the pool, which is a sign of rules being enforced and a bonus in my book.

Other amenities

Other amenities at Sea Pines include mini-golf, a clubhouse, a store, an arcade, a laundry room and a playground.

We used the laundry room, and found it pretty typical. There were three washers and three dryers, and both took quarters. We didn’t have any quarters on us, and the store was closed, but we were able to get some in the arcade, where they happened to have a change machine.

We also took advantage of the playground on a daily basis. We had problems with tiny bugs biting us while using the playground, but a bit of bug spray took care of that issue, and my son had a blast using the slides and climbing structure.

Another awesome perk came in the form of an ice cream truck which was parked in the common area on Saturday evening. This was a fun touch, and really added to the festive and fun atmosphere.

Area

Sea Pines is located in Swainton, N.J. This is an adorable town, but it doesn’t offer much in the way of things to do. We weren’t there for the town of Swainton however, and spent most of our days on the beautiful, nearby New Jersey beaches.

We also visited the free Cape May Zoo, which was super cute and a fun break from the beach.

Conclusion

We will definitely visit Sea Pines again the next time we visit New Jersey. We found it to be a fun place to stay, and our Thousand Trails Zone Pass makes it the most affordable option possible for us.

Rating: Very Good

Average nightly price: $48

Contact:

Sea Pines RV Resort and Campground
1535 U.S. Hwy. 9
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
609.465.4517
www.rvonthego.com/new-jersey/sea-pines-rv-resort-campgound

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About Chelsea Gonzales

Chelsea enjoys full time RV living and traveling — and trying new coffee shops wherever she goes — with her husband and 4 year old son. Her other hobbies include riding bikes, singing, dancing, acting, and reading. Her personal blog can be found at gonzalesonthego.wordpress.com.

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