Shady Acres 55+ RV Resort

Located in the town of Donna, TX, the Shady Acres 55+ RV Resort is part mobile home park and part RV campground. As the name suggests, the campground is only open to anyone over the age of 55, which makes it perfect for those looking for a quieter RV camping experience with no children around.The campground has over 150 campsites available on a mixture of paved, gravel, and grass. All the overnight sites are full hook-up, with water, electricity, and sewerage connections, so once you have set up your rental RV, it's just as comfortable as being at home.On-site, you will find modern restrooms with hot showers, plus a laundry and RV wash area. To keep you entertained, there is, of course, free WiFi, but also a heated swimming pool, shuffleboard, pool table, and a recreation hall where you can get to know your fellow RV camping neighbors.When you book a camper rental at Shady Acres 55+ RV Resort, there's no need to leave your four-legged friend at home, so long as you keep them on a leash. You don't book an RV in Hidalgo County and stay on the campground when there is plenty to see and do locally. The Gulf Coast is a very short drive to the east, with wildlife areas to explore, you are on the border with Mexico, and the large city of Corpus Christi, TX is within easy reach.

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The Great Outdoors

Just a few miles south and on the border with Mexico is the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. The over 2,000-acre refuge opened in 1943 and is an essential habitat for a large number of birds and animals. The Rio Grande forms the southern edge of the sanctuary and plays a vital role in the life of the park. Call in at the visitor center for information on the many trails or take one of the free guided tours. You can also borrow binoculars and books to help you identify animals and birds as you explore. Look out in particular for ocelots and bobcats, but also some of the 400 plus species of birds and more than 300 species of butterfly that call the refuge home.The refuge has over 12 miles of hiking trails, taking you past the numerous small lakes and down to the edge of the Rio Grande. Just inside the refuge entrance is an observation tower and canopy walk that give beautiful views over the park and surrounding area, and is perfect for bird spotting.On the Gulf Coast is the massive Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. This vast expanse of coastal, wetland, and forest offers a habitat to 100's of species of animals and birds. During the migration period, this number increases significantly, including up to 250,000 ducks that stop off for a rest in November. The visitor center is open daily with a wealth of information, and they can arrange guided tours, often for free.There are over 70 miles of trails to help you explore the park, from short nature trails with information boards to hikes of up to 14 miles. Many of the trails can be combined to choose your route and trail length.

Exploring the Area

Shady Acres 55+ RV Resort is in the center of the town, just a short walk from grocery stores, restaurants, and bars, so there is no need to move your rental RV once it is set up on-site.In the nearby town of McAllen is the Quinta Mazatlan mansion. Along with the beautiful house, you'll find extensive grounds containing a nature and birding center that is also home to around 400 species of butterfly. During each spring, the mansion hosts the Monarch Festival, with music, arts and crafts, a farmers market, and much more to celebrate the butterflies and spring pollination.For a taste of Mexico, one of the best places to cross the border is at Nuevo Progreso. A new pedestrian walkway has been constructed that takes you straight to the heart of the shopping and entertainment center of the town. Here, you can snap up some bargains, buy souvenirs, enjoy some great Mexican food and traditional Mexican music and entertainment.A short drive north brings you to the town of Edinburg, where you can find the Museum of South Texas History. Here, you can learn about the Rio Grande Valley and the incredible history of the region. The museum building is also impressive, built in the Spanish Colonial style, and features a huge chandelier in the form of South Texas animals and plants.

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Questions about RVs?


What type of RV should I choose?


Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


Do the RVs have bathrooms?


Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


How does check-in work?


Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.