Families in the Dallas/Fort Worth area have several options for an affordable staycation, according to an article in the Keene Star. “Vacation to nearby places, staycations save money” by Paul Gnadt names camping in Texas as one idea. According to Gnadt, “About five years ago, as rising gas prices and a uncertain economy forced families to think about nearby destinations when making plans for vacation, a new word was created: Staycation. For many families, a vacation close to home makes sense economically. With about seven weeks remaining until school starts, here are some ideas for a family staycation.”
Nestled in the pristine countryside of Burleson is Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park North Texas. The camping resort is a fun-filled smorgasbord of accommodations and activities and winner of the 2010 Best Accommodations Award from the Texas Association of Campground Owners. Next to the campground is Pirates Cove, a water play park that opened in 2012, and a large video game arcade. Both are open to the public every day.
The 69-acre park has full service RV and tent sites, 37 cottages, two large pools, and four recreation halls. Each cottage is rustic-upscale, with unique handmade pine and oil-rubbed bronze furnishings from Mexico and East Texas. Many have two-person jacuzzis and stone fireplaces.
Owner and operators Ronnie and Ginger Bowyer, and manager Steve Stafford share a vision of family entertainment that continues to grow. “Currently, RV campers can choose from back-in sites, landscaped upgrades with rosebushes, flowers and greenery, or V-pod lots that provide a large shared yard for traveling groups,” Bowyer said. “Cottage choices include The Wagon Wheel Circle, where several cabins share a backyard patio, tree swing and grilling area that’s ideal for groups. Other options are private cabins and connecting room suites.”
Visitors can rent golf carts for zipping around the grounds, which are sprinkled with well-placed sculptures of horses, cattle and birds. The campground is animal friendly and has a pet park and pet island for walking furry members of the family. The Ranch house is connected to the main office and the hub for planned children’s activities. Each week, a set of themed activities such as candle making, picnic lunches with Yogi Bear, candybar bingo, ceramic painting and movie and karaoke nights. Yogi is on site daily to greet campers, pose for photos and take part in events. The park is located 2301 South I- 35W. For information call 817-426-5037.
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