There’s no time like summer to get out and see the country, and camping Illinois is one of the best ways to enjoy both rural wilderness and the vast expanse of the prairies, all in one trip. Campers tend to travel an average of 186.7 miles for their trips, and Illinois has more than 57,900 square miles of land to choose from the next time you feel like exploring.
For family vacations or romantic getaways, there are plenty of places to see and stay in Illinois. Here are a few of our best bets and recommendations for a great trip or vacation.
- Abraham Lincoln’s Home in Springfield: This national historic site is where our country’s 16th president lived from 1844 to 1861 before moving to the Oval Office. Learn about his legacy and lifestyle as well as some history of the area in this well-preserved 19th century neighborhood.
- Millennium Park in Chicago: The windy city may be the third most populous area in the country, but it’s only an hour’s drive from our Milbrook Camp-Resort. While 82% of campers like to spend one or two nights outside, many enjoy taking in the hustle and bustle of the city — if only to remind them of the peace and quiet that comes from camping.
- Route 66 Scenic Byway: Get your kicks on this famous stretch of road that runs diagonally across the state en route from Chicago to St. Louis. Along the way, you can find some of our campgrounds for cabin camping in Illinois.
- Shawnee National Forest: No camping Illinois trip would be complete without a visit to this national gem, located in the southern part of the state in the Ozark and Shawnee hills. This park boasts everything from lake beaches to rolling hills and rugged bluffs. Truly a must-see for all nature lovers.
It might be impossible to see all there is to see while camping Illinois in just one visit. But that’s the beauty of this state: Once you’ve visited, you’ll want to come back for more, year after year. The diversity of lands and experiences that Illinois has to offer makes it one of the best spots for camping and adventure, anytime of year.
Camping; whether cabin camping in Ohio, RVing or camping in a tent is one of America’s favorite pastimes. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, around 50 million Americans go camping each and every year. Camping, after all is one of the most wonderful ways to connect with our nations woodlands, streams, and other natural wonders.
Mt. Gilead State Park: Paradise for Camping in Ohio
For more and more Americans, camping in Ohio’s Mt. Gilead State Park is becoming extremely popular. The parks 181 acres according to Ohio State Parks, was given to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Parks and Recreation Department in 1949. From that time on, Mt. Gilead’s beech forests, vast expanses of different wildflowers, and Whetstone Creek have been protected and maintained for all Americans to enjoy.
Here are some of the activities that you and your family can enjoy while camping nearby Ohio’s Mt Gilead park:
- Mt. Gilead, according to MountGilead.net, is home to two lakes, along with Whetstone Creek. Bluegills, bass, and others make their homes in these waters, making Mt. Gilead a perfect fishing destination for the whole family to enjoy.
- Altogether, Mt. Gilead State Park has more than four miles of trails coursing throughout its woodlands. These trails, which are safe for families, take visitors through forests, open groves with beautiful, multicolored wildflowers, and the habitats of many Ohio’s wildlife species. You will enjoy exploring the area rich in nature’s beauty.
If you’ve been wondering about where to take your next family vacation, explore the different camping resorts that are in the Camp Jellystone family. We are committed to providing the very best in family camping adventure!
Camping in Michigan just got better with the addition of South Haven Family Campground to the Jellystone Park family. Located in South Haven, just a few miles from the beautiful beaches of Lake Michigan, this campground is a perfect home base for exploring the area’s many attractions. From swimming and sunning on the lake’s sandy shores to taking a catamaran or dinner cruise (or bring your own boat – there are plenty of launches just minutes from the campground.) If it’s not lake season, check out the area’s scenic hiking trails, U-pick farms, wineries and cider mills.
But perhaps the best part of the new South Haven Jellystone Park is that you never have to leave the park at all. Full of features you expect and love, this campground offers a beach-entry pool, gem mining, a jumping pillow, playgrounds and of course our famous themed weekend activities. If you’re in the area this month, check out their Halloween Spooktacular.
Family Camping in Michigan – Choose from tent campsites, RV campsites or Vacation Rentals
While the campground offers tent and RV sites for camping in Michigan, they also have plenty of vacation rentals available. From a one-room cabin to cottages with private baths and even a hot tub, you can enjoy all the fun without a tent or a rig. Or check out their poolside campsites, where the pool is just a few feet from your camper.The South Haven Jellystone Park Camp-Resort is at 03403 64th Street in South Haven, MI. To check it out or make a reservation, visit www.southhavenjellystone.com or call 269-637-6153. We’re looking forward to seeing your family there!
Throughout the course of the 2013 camping season, various fundraising groups at Jellystone Park Amboy, Illinois campground have donated almost $30,000 to worthy charities including Relay for Life, March of Dimes, Camp Sunshine and various food pantries.
“Our campers are amazing people,” said Holli Rapp, Recreation & Special Events Manager at the northern Illinois campground. “They are very supportive of our activities and their events have become staple events to our activity schedule.”
Leading the way is $20,000 that will be donated to Relay for Life/American Cancer Society in the name of the Jellystone Park Joggers team in Lee County. The group, including annual and weekend campers along with the support of the Camp-Resort, held various fundraisers including a silent auction, bake sales, pancake and sausage breakfast, ducks for Dads (rubber ducky) races, and various raffles.
An annual camping family, Lisa and Ken Koenen’s March of Dimes team held various activities the weekend of August 9-11 that raised over $2000. The campground also donated $225 to the team with the proceeds of their second annual Ms. Jellystone Park contest held on Father’s Day Weekend. Camp Sunshine and local food pantries have also benefited from campground wide garage sales held on major holiday weekends where guests pay a fee to be listed in the Garage Sale Listing. Another worthy charity, Give Kids the World, received $1525 from the Kids Carnival proceeds.
EUREKA, Mo. — The Jellystone Park campground near St Louis will celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with special activities, including a mom versus kids scavenger hunt, a beauty shop tea party with Cindy Bear™, a cotton candy glow stick parade and a Karaoke event. Additional activities include a runway moms challenge and a mini golf tournament. Card making and sand craft activities are also planned, which give children the opportunity to create memorable gifts for their moms and other special people in their lives. Moms also receive a free pancake breakfast on Sunday morning and a flower from Yogi Bear. A mom of the year award will also be presented.
“You don’t even need a tent or RV to camp with us because we have cabins and other rental accommodations,” said Michele Wisher, a spokeswoman for Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems, Inc., which franchises Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts.
If you’re looking for a campground near St Louis, check out our Eureka location.
For the 11th year, the Tapestry of Community Offerings Family Music Festival will offer a large selection of family entertainment.
The event, which takes place Sept. 7 through 9 at Jellystone Park Resort in Eureka, Mo., includes a variety of music and family camping or cottage lodging. Other offerings include swimming, art, food vendors and a campsite decorating and costume contest.
“We have a very unique festival, in that we have a fun event for the kids and adults,” TOCO executive director Kim Vrooman said. “It’s a chance to finish out the summer on a high note. And everything, from our music to our workshops, has a ton of variety.”
Children can choose from several workshops, including lessons in art, karate, tye-dye, music and song-making, mini golf, mask and hat making and hula hooping with the St. Louis Hoop Club. The festival also offers evening baby-sitting.
Musical entertainment features everything from rock and blues to country and bluegrass. Bands appearing will be Jake’s Leg, Madahoochi, Cumberland Gap, Dogtown Allstars, Bottoms Up Blues Gang, Vitamen A, Sarah Jane and the Blue Notes, Snarky Gargoyles, BOB, Elemental Shakedown, Following the Water, EarthSol, Auset Music Project, David and Roslyn, Brooken Cookie, T-Bone from Babaloo, The Sparrows, Flea Bitten Dawgs, Sully, Echo Trace, Langen Neubacher and the Defeated County, BigChiefSpaceCoyote, June Bug, Stone Sugar Shakedown, Ellen the Felon and the Mattronome and the Cosmic Collaborative Hoop Group.
“The parents can let the kids have their fun, and have some fun of their own while they are at it,” Vrooman said. “I think the baby-sitting is one thing that sets our event apart. And when you come back to pick up the kids, they will have learned a new skill.”
Tapestry of Community Offerings organizes family events to benefit and raise awareness of children in need, and the festival benefits several not-for-profit organizations. The donation to camp and attend the weekend festival goes directly to service programs including the TOCO Textile Pantry, TOCO Youth Sponsorships in the Arts, TOCO Youth Summer Camp Sponsorships, TOCO College Scholarships for Single Parents and TOCO Bear Necessities Family Adoption program. Money raised also goes to support community organizations like the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, YMCA and the Helping Hands Food Pantry.
“We want the fun to lead to a positive message for everyone, and to help those in need,” Vrooman said. “We want to set an example. But we want to let loose and party, too.”
Single-day passes range from $15 for children younger than 17, to $35 for adults. Weekend passes are $30 for children and $50 for adults. Camping options range from free primitive sites, to $75 for RV camps. To purchase tickets, make reservations or find out more information, including camping options and complete band lineup, visit tocofestival.com or call 618-257-8626.
Here’s a nice article we found about the Jellystone Park in Caledonia, WI. Thought we’d pass it along if you’re looking for a vacation in Wisconsin.
Looking For A Place To Beat The Heat Or Have A Stay-cation?
The hot weather has zapped all of us, but here’s a fun place you can go to beat the heat and even have a few laughs and giggles around the campfire.
Looking for a place to cool off? Yogi’s got you covered.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, 8425 State Road 38, just may be one of the coolest places to escape the hot weather, and the park and RV/campground isn’t far from home.
Randy and Theresa Isaacson, along with their three adult daughters – Rachel, Bridget and Marley and their families – operate the camp-resort from early May through mid-October each year.
The campground recently added a 173.5-foot waterslide that drops 25 feet, new mini golf greens, and two premium campsites, and four basic cabins to the 250 plus sites. They also upgraded the bathrooms.
Bridget Bender, the general manager for the park and Randy and Theresa’s middle daughter, said they added the amenities to provide their guests a better camping experience.
“The feedback we’ve gotten from riders has been fun to listen to,” Bender said. “Everyone loves the new waterslide, but the adults seem to be more surprised by it than anyone. This is what might explain the look on people’s faces as they exit the flume. Everyone has a shocking look on their face initially as if they are surprised by its speed, and then it is all smiles.”
Next year a second slide will be added, Bender said.
The park also features recreation activities and just recently held a mystery-themed weekend where campers needed to figure out who stole Yogi’s picnic basket and JellyFest, which features everything from karaoke to a “gel…ly hair style contest,” will be held from July 13 through July 15. They also have laser tag, a jumping pillow, pool and water balloon slingshots.
“We want our guests to have an experience that they can’t get anywhere else,” Bender said.
But you don’t have to camp at the park to enjoy the pool and recreation area. Day passes are $14 for an individual or $50 for a family from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, but some weeks are excluded.
Visit the campground’s website for campground pricing. Camping prices include all of the activities and recreation events.
They offer sites for tent and RV camping, but if lugging around all of that camping gear isn’t your thing, they also have a number of cabins, and they have air conditioning.
“We’re an expensive campground, but we offer a value vacation,” Bender said.
Jellystone Park campground in Bloomington has announced a rate reduction for their White Pine Cabins. You can save over $30 per night! Call 812-824-3322 to make a reservation.
Weekends: $85.00 per night
Weekdays: $75.00 per night
Holidays: $95.00 3 night minimum
Our White Pine Cabins feature a separate bedroom. They are not in a wooded setting but offer a nice area for your outside relaxation. These cabins are rustic inside featuring beautiful knotty pine wood interiors with high ceilings, and white pine exteriors. These cabins sleep 2 adults and 2 children nicely.
*A separate bedroom with full-size bed
*Pull-out couch or futon
*Full bathroom with toilet, sink and shower
*Heat (space heater) and air conditioning
*TV with DIRECTV
*Picnic table and fire ring
We have one handicapped White Pine Cabin that does not have a separate bedroom. It has a full size bed and bunk beds.
For the second year, CrossRoads RV and Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Fremont, IN hosted an open house in honor of all active-duty and retired military personnel. Operation Appreciation Open House was held on Armed Forces Day, May 19. The event was in celebration of the continuing partnership between the two Northern Indiana businesses, according to a news release. The program was designed to benefit active-duty military personnel with some “rest and relaxation.” For Operation Appreciation, Jellystone Park donates a seasonal lot while CrossRoads RV supplies a luxurious Hampton destination trailer for military personnel and their families to use, free of charge.
During the open house, which ran from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., all of Jellystone Park’s amenities were available, including mini-golf, a waterslide and basketball. Additionally, special children’s activities were planned and a lunch was served. CrossRoads RV also offered tours of the Operation Appreciation Hampton unit.
Boo Boo and Yogi get a chance to thank Roger Barry, (left), Fremont, Ind., Jellystone Park owner, and Don Emahiser, Pesident of CrossRoads RV, for making Operation Appreciation a huge success.
TOCO Music Fest from Friday September 9 to Sunday September 11 at Jellystone Park™ Campground near Six Flags – St. Louis. The campground is located at 5300 Fox Creek Road Eureka, MO. Camping options range from primitive to deluxe. It features music, camping, art, food, beverage vendors, campsite decorating contest, collective arts project, kids concerts and a party zone with a variety of children’s entertainment including face painting, performances and workshops. Tickets or information: tocofestival.com or call 257-8626.