My husband and I and our two children booked a two night stay at Mara, but due to weather only spent one night. The campsites are really quite average, not much privacy, close together, decent shade, but gravel/sand cover. The campground has a nice beach, but the playground is abysmal (metal slide!). We have been to Mara three times now and what brings us back is that we really like how close this site is to Orillia. If you need a pharmacy, groceries or camping supplies, it is all just a short drive into town.
Also it about a 10 minute drive to a water front playground and splash pad which is an excellent spot for young kids. Our two kids alternated between the beach, swimming, the splash pad and the playground, with a break for ice cream somewhere in the middle of all of that. The beach is well watched, with 2 life guards on duty when we were there. The water is nice, not to much seaweed, and is quite shallow for some distance out. I highly recommend this playground/beach if you have kids and you're staying at Mara.
Regarding the campground - we may be back, but our next trip is to Bass Lake, also in Orillia, to see if the sites are any nicer.
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