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Larry & Penny Thompson Park Campground

12451 SW 184th St, Miami, Florida 33177-3199 USA

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The Larry and Penny Thompson Memorial Park is the largest park/campground in Miami-Dade County (Florida). The park, adjacent to Zoo Miami, totals 270 acres (of which 60 acres is dedicated to camping). It is located in southwest Miami, two miles west of the Florida Turnpike's Exit 13 between SW 134th Ave. and SW 122nd Ave. on the north side of Eureka Drive (SW 184th St.).

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26 people have reviewed this location

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4.7 Access
4.7 Location
4.5 Cleanliness
4.4 Site Quality
4.5 Noise

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Campendium

August 14, 2016
Rated

This park had lots of full timers and you could tell by the amount of stuff that they had accumulated around their RV's they weren't going anywhere. Otherwise, we did get rest before traveling to our next destination. It was a little too hot for us to ride our bikes but they do have trails, a pool and various other park amenities. I would not go out of my way for this one but if in the area I would stay here and explore further.

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Nightly Rate: $34.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: Pod 7, #9

5 Access
4 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Campendium

March 07, 2017
Rated

We lucked out since most of the pods are always full with... Fultimers. We graduated from the University of Miami 10 years ago and we're excited to visit again for the first time since graduation. This is easily the closest rv camp to the university and to key biscayne which is another must visit if you are in the area. The park offers onsite dry camping for about $30... Think just in an open field (no benches, fire rings etc) which is what we were planning to do when pulling in however, they mentioned they had one open full hookup site! Easy decision for us to pay a few more bucks for full hook ups, well worth it. The campground is adjacent to a nice park with an easy to navigate trail which many walk, run or bike on. They also have a large clubhouse with frequent activities including game nights, ice cream socials, potlucks and more. Other amenities include swimming pool, laundry, wifi and friendly neighbors :)

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Nightly Rate: $34.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: -

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

January 01, 2018
Rated

We arrived late so they escorted us right to our spot to make it easier to set up quickly. Extremely friendly staff. Campground is well kept and very clean. Beautiful bike trails all around the park. Grocery store 5 mins away on a bike. I diffently would come back in a heart beat.

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Nightly Rate: $33.00

Days Stayed: 10

Site Number: Pod 9 site 11

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

May 14, 2018
Rated

Although in Miami this place feels sort of secluded, it’s quiet and very peaceful. The bathrooms are very clean and there is also a lake that you can fish in. If you haven't seen mango trees by the hundreds this would be an interesting park to see. There's tons and tons and tons of mango trees here.

There's a park where you can go to sort of like a water slide is nothing fancy but it's fun for the kids, plenty of trails to walk In the campground has a pool Bathrooms are relatively nice Honestly to be Blunt for being in the Miami area i was sort of expecting it to be sort of dump! Surprisingly it's quite nice! Be sure to check this one out you won't be disappointed.

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Nightly Rate: $33.00

Days Stayed: 21

Site Number: 2

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

December 02, 2018
Rated

Nightly rate of $27 is a weekly discounted rate. We stayed here in November 2018 while we visited with family in Miami and Key Biscayne. We were first offered a spot in Pod 3 which we setup at for the first day, but requested to move because of overgrown grasses and dilapidated RV's in this Pod. We saw that some of the other Pods had less trees, more sun and the grounds were better maintained. The sites also seemed much bigger than where we were in Pod 3. I'd recommend taking a drive through before selecting a site to see what works for you. Moving to Pod 2 felt like a whole new campground and we were happy there.

We did not get the chance to visit the pool. however it looked enjoyable. The laundry facilities were great and there were multiple laundry buildings throughout the campground.

The immediate surrounding area to the park does not provide much to do other than the Zoo. We were able to hear monkeys howling right from our site on some days which was pretty cool. We did not visit the lake either, but there was a nice walking trail that we enjoyed walking with the dog. The avocado trees are cool to see also! We were disappointed walking through the park to see how much garbage was left floating around. Not to say this is definitely a management problem, I just wish people would be more careful not to let extra shopping bags, balloons (who needs them.) and plastic packaging get carried away in the wind.

Wi-Fi was down when we first got to the park. We ended up using our data while we were there because as per usual, the campground wi-fi was slow. But cell phone coverage was good.

It took about 30-40 minutes to get to downtown Miami, and 40-50 minutes to get onto Key Biscayne. Because this is about the closest you can get to Miami with an RV, we would stay here again for that reason.

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Nightly Rate: $27.00

Days Stayed: 14

Site Number: Pod 2

5 Access
4 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
3 Noise
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Campendium

December 20, 2018
Rated

We came in for Christmas with family. Our 45 foot toy hauler with back deck fit nicely in spot assigned. Lots of regular winter campers here But cell service was lees than good. WiFi is accessable in the club house. My neighbor let her little dog poop anywhere and didn’t pick it up. That always makes me sad as there are so many dog haters out there these days

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Nightly Rate: $35.00

Days Stayed: -

Site Number: 4-8

5 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
3 Noise

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Reviewed by
Campendium

February 27, 2019
Rated

We needed to be in Miami for a week and so we wanted a place centrally located to Downtown and the Keys but yet affordable! This place fit the bill. If you stay 7 nights you get a better nightly rate. Loftis Party of Six would stay here again!
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Nightly Rate: $32.00

Days Stayed: 7

Site Number: -

5 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Verizon 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

April 13, 2019
Rated

They don't care about the age of your RV, but if you have, say, a converted Blue Bird Bus instead of a mass manufactured RV you will not be allowed to camp. Anything not originally manufactured to be an RV is under the 'No Bunkhouses Allowed' rule. I know it is a popular thing to do these days so I figured I'd put out that warning. They have had some seriously questionable 'rigs' try to come through.
Other than that, this place is pretty awesome, especially for the price and being full hook-ups. Miami and the Keys can make for very expensive stays.
It is well set up with pods off the main drive. Sites are back in only. They have a vast pool that is 5' deep at its deepest. Laundry is $1.50 per wash and $1.50-$1.75 to dry. The sites are paved and most are level and shady. We had a rather large step-down, but you can avoid that by picking out a better site. They are completely full up in January and February and most of March, you can only get on a waiting list. But when we checked in on a Friday in mid-April it was plenty open and we were encouraged to just come and pick out a site and reserve then. We did, and it worked out fine.
The people are friendly and the place is well-kept.
A word on the WiFi. It is technically available, but it is terrible. You have to be right there in the office to pick it up initially and then you can take it just barely outside. It is wretchedly slow. It is on the county to fix it and they don't have it in the budget, I've been told. They don't advertise WiFi and provide no guarantees. We got a bar and sometimes two of Cricket (AT&T) at our site in Pod 9.
Great place to bike and sightsee with the whole family!

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Nightly Rate: $33.00

Days Stayed: 4

Site Number: 10

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise

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cgoodr5103

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May 22, 2019
Rated

Most of the pods/sites have trees around them. There is a fenced trash area in every pod and most have a building with a/showers/laundry a short walk away. There is a small section for tents but majority of park is filled with rv’s. There is a nice pool open only limited hours. Would have been great to have it open later than 5pm, especially when it is hot here.

Spots are paved with additional room for another vehicle and the sites had picnic tables. Full hook-ups at most sites. It was nice to have showers and multiple laundry rooms around the park.

A lot of squirrels in the park as well as birds. Staff at the front was friendly.

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Nightly Rate: $33.00

Days Stayed: 6

Site Number: Pod 4 site 18

5 Access
5 Location
4 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
5 Noise
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Campendium

August 07, 2019
Rated

Our Ford F-250 King Ranch 4x4 diesel got stolen in the middle of the day from right in front of our RV at this park. This state park is NOT secure! We just purchased this vehicle and we did not drive it. Whomever stole our truck was an insider that cased the place. It is very scary to know that guests cannot feel secure here. Talking to neighbors today we found that theft of different items as bicycles, etc. is common in this place, we wish we would have known earlier.

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Nightly Rate: $30.00

Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: 6

2 Access
2 Location
3 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Verizon 4G

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Larry & Penny Thompson Park Campground

12451 SW 184th St
Miami, Florida
33177-3199 USA
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  • Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Sites Count
240
Last Nightly Rate
40.0
Lowest Nightly Rate
27.0
Back In RV Sites Count
35
Pull Through RV Sites Count
8
Longest Vehicle Length Reported
36.0
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