Camp Fimfo, a “glamping” resort, opened on July 15. Waco’s location on the Bosque River next to McLennan Community College and the Hawaiian Falls provides a ready-made camping alternative for families looking to visit and see Waco.
Glamping is a combination of the outdoor aspects of camping with the accommodations and amenities of modern resort hotels. Camp Fimfo allows guests to experience nature without all the hassle of braving the wilderness on their own.
General manager Craig Copeland said he likes to think of Camp Fimfo as a 600-room hotel, but it’s spread out horizontally rather than vertically. He said Fimfo is different from a traditional hotel in the amenities offered and the focus on providing activities the whole family can enjoy.
“Our primary focus is to plan activities where families are together, rather than plugging in an iPad all day,” Copeland said. “What separates us the most is that we are more outdoors based. We offer a variety of activities that are scheduled throughout the day for children to enjoy.
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At Camp Fimfo, guests have access to amenities such as a restaurant and general store, a heated swimming pool with a swim-up bar; a small water park; jacuzzi; mini golf; basketball, tennis and pickleball courts; garden games like horseshoes or cornholes; and even scheduled events like quiz nights and live music performances. The 211-acre park has about 150 RV parking spaces and is currently building about 150 cabins, which Copeland says should be completed by early next year.
RV sites cost between $168 and $188 per night and come with electrical, sewer, and water hookups, as well as Wi-Fi, a grill, and a grill. foyer. Although not yet open in Waco, the Camp Fimfo site in New Braunfels offers tent sites between $91.50 and $112.50 per night and cabins available for $253 or $389.50 per night. night.
The tent sites are equipped with electricity, water, Wi-Fi, barbecue and fire pit. The cabins have all the same amenities as the RV and tent sites, but with air conditioning, cable TV, a kitchen, and a private bathroom.
Additionally, day passes are available for $41 and provide access to all camp amenities, and the camp’s general store and restaurant are always open to the public.
Waco is Camp Fimfo’s second location. The first opened in New Braunfels in July 2021. The chain of parks is operated by Northgate Resorts, a company that also owns a number of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, which have a similar premise to Camp Fimfo, and other stations.
Copeland said Fimfo is a new brand that’s meant to be an upscale version of Jellystone parks, with better dining and dining options and more family-focused activities, where Jellystone is aimed more at younger children.
Copeland said Northgate wanted to bring Camp Fimfo to Waco because of the growth in tourism over the past few years.
“With Magnolia and the number of tourists coming to Waco, we hope to fill that need or void for a nicer accommodation, rather than just your basic hotel room,” Copeland said. “Here at Camp Fimfo, we are close to major sporting events, we receive [guests] closer to their location and the children have things to do rather than being tied down in a hotel room. All day they can be here and be active and be outdoors enjoying our amenities.
Copeland also said Camp Fimfo hopes to highlight aspects of Waco for its guests.
“Our main reason is to highlight Magnolia and other things,” Copeland said. “We are looking to partner with the Ironman Group with offers to keep competitors here. We try to promote as many local products – we have a local honey supplier, we have a lady who makes local jewelry as we have in our general store. We try to offer a lot of local products in our general store.
Although now open, work on Camp Fimfo continues. In addition to building the cabins, Copeland said the park is working to clear brush to allow better access to the river. He said the park will build walkways near the river and designate an area for tent camping.
Copeland said the park also plans to stock an on-site pond with bass and catfish for fishing, as well as build a laser tag arena, a 3,000-square-foot event pavilion, and if the camp is capable of developing, a four -story ropes course.
Copeland said “Fimfo” had a hidden meaning behind it. He said only guests staying at the park can solve the riddle, which he says is related to the outdoor activities offered by the park.
“There are a few little clues around the park,” Copeland said. “It incorporates being outdoors. And since they are here for a certain number of days, we kind of explain the meaning to them.