Lake Rudolph Offers Camping and More
By Carol Arnett
Lake Rudolph Campground is right next door to Holiday World and was a great place to stay for our visit. The campground offers approximately 1,000 sites. When fully booked, the population of the campground is greater than that of the town.
There are tent sites, RV sites, and rental RVs and cabins. We stayed in one of Rudolph’s Christmas Cabins. These cabins have almost 400 square feet of space. A covered deck more than doubles the size of the cabin. The deck had a gas grill and picnic table.
Since these were Christmas cabins, there was a wreath and garland over the door, even in June. The paintings on the wall depicted Santa Claus and a Christmas tree. The cabin had a king bed in the bedroom, and the sleeping loft had a queen mattress and four twin mattresses. The loft was great for kids, but adults will have to stoop to walk under the low ceiling.
A living room and full kitchen and bath rounded out the cabin. The Christmas cabins are the only ones in the campground with TVs. They also have gas fireplaces. They are also the only cabins that are open in December for the holidays.
The campground has its own pool and is adding a small water park this summer. There are golf carts available for rent, a camp store, an ice cream shop, and a pizza restaurant where you can pick up pizza to go or have it delivered to your site via golf cart.
One great benefit of staying in the campground is the free shuttle to Holiday World. There are several stops in the campground and the shuttle takes you directly to the main gate of the park. In-season (summer) rates at Lake Rudolph range from $37 for a tent site to $265 for Rudolph’s Christmas Cabins. Rates include use of the pool, putt-putt course at the campground, and shuttle to Holiday World.
One thing to be aware of is that Santa Claus is, indeed, a small town. While there are two Christmas stores, there is only one grocery store, and they may close earlier than you may be used to – 9 p.m. on weekdays.
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