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Have you ever dreamed of camping in the real Florida - the old Florida - where it is so quiet that you can hear every bird chirp and every cow moo, where giant live-oak trees covered in drooping Spanish moss and clinging air plants provide beautiful shade and amazing scenery? Then Camp Mars in Venus, Florida is your dream come true.
If you'd like to see what Florida looked like before theme parks and tourist traps, this is it. Camp Mars is situated on 40 beautiful acres in the undeveloped center of Florida with green pastures, lush tropical foliage, nature trails, ponds, a creek, live-oaks, a resident alligator and heated in-ground clothing-optional swimming pool.
Dale Dunston and Tom Costello opened Camp Mars 9 years ago. "Dale and I purchased a non-operating campground and Camp Mars was created. We offer a true camping experience that makes us unique. Our repeat business rate and our long waiting lists for permanent weekend sites speaks to our reputation and popularity with our 7,000 members," said Tom.
You don't have to be out of touch with the rest of the world at Camp Mars - unless you want to. We had a enough cell phone signal to send and receive both phone calls and text messages. Camp Mars also has complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the campground!
Camp Mars offers multiple camping options from primitive tenting to unique rental cabins to 30 and 50 amp full-hookup RV sites.
Rental units include -
- 2 and 3 bedroom Mobile Homes with Kitchen and Private Bath
- 2 bedroom Cottage with Kitchen and Private Bath
- 1 bedroom Trailer with Kitchen and Private Bath
- Mini Cabin with TV and Refrigerator
- Double Pop-Up
- Single Pop-Up
- Gypsy Wagon (which looks a lot like the one from the Wizard of Oz)
- Yurts with a Queen Bed
The schedule of events for the first half of 2012 includes -
MAR 9-11 - LEVIS/LEATHER WEEKEND
MAR 16-18 - ST PATRICK'S WEEKEND
MAR 23-25 - BLACKOUT/TOGA PARTY WEEKEND
MAR 30-1 - SIFI OUT OF THIS WORLD!
APR 6-8 - EASTER WEEKEND
APR 13-15 - PEACE AND LOVE..BACK TO THE 60'S
APR 20-22 - WILDLIFE EARTH DAY WEEKEND
APR 27-29 - BEARS ON MARS WEEKEND
MAY 4-6 - CARNIVAL ..CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND
MAY 11-13 - PROM WEEKEND
MAY 18-20 - SPRING CAMP WEEKEND
MAY 25-28 - MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND (3 NIGHT MINIMUM)
JUN 1-3 - ULTIMATE BEACH AND POOL PARTY
JUN 8-10 - LAS VEGAS/COUNTRY WEEKEND
JUN 15-17 - WHO'S YOUR DADDY LEATHER WEEKEND
JUN 22-24 - SUMMER CAMP WEEKEND
JUN 30-JULY 2 - 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND (3 NIGHT MINIMUM)
Camp Mars is located at 326 Goff Rd., Venus, FL 33960.
You can reach them by phone at 863 - 699 - 6277.
Visit their website at www.CampMars.com
In a world where we've become accustomed to human hustle-bustle, travel traffic congestion and non-stop noise, Camp Mars is "out of this world!"
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