I have exhausted any excuse I can come up with to take DW to Mall of America so planning for next summer. I have checked the Rv Parks review site but not finding anything to my liking so far. Looking for something within 25-50 miles with larger sites, maybe "resort" type campground. Prefer paved roads/sites and pool would be a plus. Any suggestions appreciated.
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As for Camping near the Mall of America, my daughter lived in Eagan, MN for 2 years some years ago. A neat county campground near Eagan was Lebanon Hills Campground 12100 Johnny Cake Ridge Road in Apple Valley MN. It would not be to far to drive to the Mall from there. Apple Valley is about 20 miles south of the Twin Cities and just 10 minutes south of the Mall of America (at least that is what the zoo web site has listed). Not sure of a closer one. It is close to the neat MN Zoo as well. Directions to Zoo
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IMHO it would be more fun going to the zoo than visiting the other zoo. Ha! But is worth seeing, it is large with a small amusement park inside, in the center section. Perhaps even larger than when we there last, about 6 years ago, maybe today or at least close. I enjoyed seeing the place. Even did some shopping, MN does not charge a sales tax on clothing & shoes, which can save you some cash. A nice place to do some serious walking for sure. But it was a zoo the last time we were there. I believe it was on a Labor Day Monday. Not the best planning for going, but it was a side trip.
Speaking of zoos, in St. Paul there is a really nice small ZOO. Located in Como Park.
But Lebanon Hills Campground would be the place I would choose to visit the Twin Cities.
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We stayed at Lebanon Hills campground last summer and it was very nice. Well groomed, spacious sites, quiet. I was a bit miffed that they charge $7 just to make a reservation (non-refundable even when you show up), but the convenience to both the zoo and MoA is great.
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We have been staying at the Town and Country campground near Savage once a year when visiting the area. It's just a stone's throw from the Mall of America, too. It is west of 35W, off of state route 13.
Lebanon Hills is great. Nice clean campground and the staff are very helpful. Yes, there is a $7 reservation fee but the price is resonable. We stayed here in July and would stay again if in the area. MOA is less than 10 miles up the road.
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