Dates Of Stay: September 19–30, 2015
If you have an RV and want to stay in the Seattle area, there are not many decent options. I’ve heard the best park is Lake Pleasant in Bothell, but they rarely have vacancies. I needed two weeks in Seattle for medical appointments and business. The only viable option was the KOA Campground of Seattle/Tacoma, which is really in Kent.
I knew I must have chosen wisely when one morning I looked out my front window and found Jason and Nikki Wynn of gonewiththewynns.com. If the Wynns stay in Kent when they visit Seattle, that’s good enough for me!
All of the staff and grounds people were very helpful and friendly. On my final day at the park one of my leveling jacks would not retract. The manager gave me the phone number of a reputable mobile service and refunded one day when I told her I would not be able to return due to the mechanical problem. The male grounds person was busy at work every day, raking and emptying garbage.
The sites are concrete pads, and picnic tables are provided. There are fastidiously clean bathrooms and showers, and a rec room where breakfast is served and football games are watched. For the tent campers, there is an outdoor kitchen and sink. Dumpsters are located throughout the park. There is a fenced in area for the pups, which has actual grass and a couple of agility toys. There are laundry facilities, and as with most KOA campgrounds, a small gift shop with trinkets and sundries. The pool closes for the winter after Labor Day. Propane is available, but at a costly $3.25 per gallon.
The park is adjacent to the interurban trail, which is great for walkers and bicyclists. You can pick up the trail by the tent campsites.
At $63 a night, this is no bargain. They advertise all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on the weekend, but nobody tells you that you have to pay for it until you order at the kitchen. There is an ice cream social nightly at 6 o’clock, $1 per scoop and toppings free; I envisioned a community of RVers, socializing at the gazebo, eating ice cream and chatting. In reality, only a couple of people attend, usually children.
The park is abutted on two sides by what appears to be a protected wetlands, and it’s quite pretty. The front of the park is adjacent to busy 212th Street, which is loud during the day, especially during rush hours, but is quiet at night. The park is located in an industrial area, where blocks are long and there are a few amenities to be found close by. Most of the vehicle traffic is semi tractor-trailers.
Just down the block there is a gas station, coffee shack, Wendy’s fast food, a barbecue joint, and a Hawaiian joint. If you are looking for something more substantial, it is only a 10-minute drive to Kent Commons, a small shopping mall with several restaurants, or to Southcenter Mall, a large shopping area south of Seattle.
Even though the park is in Kent, it is somewhat convenient to downtown Seattle if you take the 509/518 interchange that goes by the airport and puts you on Highway 99. For those unfamiliar with traffic and the routes through Seattle, it would be quite painful to visit Seattle from Kent on I-5.
I write this review having visited many more campgrounds since my stay at the Seattle/Tacoma KOA. I’m beginning to realize that no RV park is Shangri-La. If you want to be in Seattle for more than a few days, this park is really your only viable option, and it is serviceable. The price is about $20 per day too high in my opinion, even for a premium site, but I would return if I am in Seattle.