There’s a cozy campground less than a mile from a New York City where antiques bring the crowds from far and near. In early August, Cider House Campground is host to collectors hoping to find something rare.
It’s also a popular and peaceful retreat where folks can sleep in a tent under the stars or roll the RV onto a level, gravel site and get connected to 30/50 amp electricity, sewer, and water. The average daily rate for RVs is $30. The sites are super spacious and long, with manicured grass on either side, plus a picnic table, fire ring, and access to the internet. There's even an antique store at the campground!
Combining a family-friendly camp with unique pre-loved gems is a novel idea that really works especially when the annual Showfield Antique Fair comes to town. If you want to a front row seat, you can hire an RV with all the comforts of home, including a bathroom, cooking utensils, coffeemaker, and microwave.
Restrooms, showers, and a laundry are ultra-modern, and there's a pavilion for local or camper events. Peak times are June and August due to the Madison-Bouckville Antique Week and national summer holidays.
While you browse antiques, your kids can occupy themselves on the slides and swings at the playground. The whole family might want to check out the Chenango Canal, a stone’s throw away from the camp where mules once pulled canal boats back in the 1800’s. Today, you can hike the 5-mile Towpath Trail or visit the museum showcasing the canal’s history and origins of the old Cider Mill.
Your dog can join in the fun as Cider House welcomes pets, but like most campgrounds, there's a leash rule. Owners are also responsible for providing their own waste bags and disposing of their pooch's waste. You can explore 20 acres of wooded hills and open spaces for fun daily walks.
Cider House Campground is popular with fans of antiques and families seeking a quiet, country atmosphere to enjoy summer with their kids.