BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — There's no better way to get up close with nature, set up a tent, and rough it in the woods. Camping has become a popular vacation for people.
At Branches of Niagara Campground on Grand Island, Owner Tom McLaughlin says he's seen more local campers since the Canadian tourists are not able to book reservations.
Linda Aceti from Grand Island has been taking her family to the 100-acre campground since they opened eleven years ago. They first started in a tent and have since upgraded to renting a cabin.
“Families come together and there really isn’t a schedule. You wake up when you want, you go to bed when you want. You sit by the campfire all night," Aceti said. "It’s just a good connection for everyone in the family.”
The campground has every level camping for you to try. From renting a space in the woods for a tent for around $60 a night, cabins and luxury "yerts" go for around $200 a night and you can also rent RV space.
“Parents like campgrounds because their kids are happy, you keep the kids busy with swimming, activities and playing and the parents are thrilled,” McLaughlin said.
There is an abundance of activities for families
- renting kayaks
- swimming in pools/lake
- basketball courts
- bike trails
McLaughlin said they had a slow start to their season but are filling up. McLaughlin said they are following the CDC guidelines and are making sure their guests are staying safe.
“It’s very open and a great opportunity to be safe and outdoors and restore a little bit of what we used to have in the summers.”