Happy Canada Day!

July 1, 2015

In honor of Canada Day, we wanted to take some time to recognize our Canadian Jellystone Parks! All 4 of these locations will provide you with a fun camping trip filled with a lot of activities and amenities.

  1. Woodstock, New  Brunswick
    – This park offers a ton of great amenities to make your camping experience enjoyable. From daily hay rides, movies and cartoons, storytime with yogi to summertime swim sessions and water slides, you will be entertained all day! Check out their website and book a trip there today to see other fun activities that they offer.
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  2. Kingston, Nova Scotia
    – If you enjoy bumper boats, beach volleyball, mini golf, swimming, daily planned activities and more, then this park should be the next place you go! With RV sites, tent sites, cabins, and trailers, you can stay for a weekend and get to enjoy all Kingston Jellystone Park™ has to offer.
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  3. Toronto, Ontario
    – What could be better than spending your summer days swimming, hayrides, playing sand volleyball and mini golf? The answer is nothing. If you are looking for all of that and more, Toronto Jellystone can offer you just that! Visit their website and book a site today!
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  4. Niagara Falls, Ontario
    – Just 3.5 miles away, this Jellystone Park™ is the closest campground to the falls. As if that wasn’t enough reason to visit, they have activities and amenities that will want you coming back every week! Water slides, pedal wagons, jumping pillow, mini golf and an arcade are just among the few amenities you can look forward to when you visit this park. Call and book today.
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Festive Treats and Eats

July 1, 2015

4th of July is just a few days away and who doesn’t love to get a little festive at this time to celebrate U.S.A? Here are snack ideas that are guaranteed to bring a little festivity to your table:

  1. 4th of July Toast (via tasteandtellblog)
    – Want to start your morning off right? Then this patriotic toast is a must-have for 4th of July morning! Healthy and appetizing, your whole family will be gathered around the breakfast table.
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  2. Celebration Pretzel Sticks (via ladybehindthecurtain)
    – If your kids love pretzels as a snack, then they’re going to love these colorful pretzel sticks. They can even help you make them too! All you’ll need are pretzel rods, sprinkles, and candy melts.
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  3. Patriotic Fruit Kabobs (via 100daysofrealfood)
    – Want to keep it healthy this holiday? There are festive options for that! These fruit kabobs are healthy, fun, and delicious. It will be a refreshing treat on a hot, summer day.
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  4. Ice Cream Sandwich (via athriftymom)
    – Need a last minute party favor? Don’t worry, this treat will satisfy both the taste buds and the eyes. And won’t take longer than 5 minutes to assemble!
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  5. Rice Krispy Treat Pops (via bakingbeauty)
    – Just as tasty as your original rice krispy treats, these American flag colored treat pops are sure to be a hit.5e37de94c969fe6398ef6f730dff722a 
  6. Red, White and Blue Finger Jello (via recipegirl)
    – Quick, easy, and guaranteed to make the kids happy!
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  7. 4th of July Strawberries (via thesisterscafe)
    – Not only are these fun to make, they’re also fun to eat. This will make your holiday party a little more festive.DSC_0057-683x1024

#1 Most Heartwarming Father's Day Fact

June 23, 2015

Here’s a heartwarming fact to share for Father’s Day — studies show that dads are by far the most likely person to take someone on their first camping trip. Hopefully, even if that bit of trivia causes flashbacks to disastrous camping trips filled with burnt hot dogs, poison ivy, and mosquito bites, we hope it also brings a smile to your face.

In addition to quality time with your dad, trips to family campsites have another important side effect: teaching kids that it is in fact still possible to have fun even if you aren’t staring blankly at a glowing rectangular screen.

So if you need any more inspiration for Father’s Day 2015, here are some fast facts about family campsites:

 

    • In 2011, Americans spent a total of more than 534 million days camping, which works out to an average of 12.6 days per person.

 

    • Also in 2011, a total of 42.5 million Americans went camping in the great outdoors.

 

    • Although young people have a reputation for being the most tech-obsessed generation of all time, 25.7% of camping participants are under the age of 17, and 14.9% are between the ages of six and 12.

 

    • According to a survey by the Outdoor Foundation, 67% of Americans said they were most likely to stay at public family campsites.

 

    • Many modern family campsites include water attractions to help pry youngsters away from their smartphones. Popular water features include lakes, pools, and even water parks.

 

    • Health experts recommend that young people receive 60 minutes of exercise or active play every day, and fortunately hiking is the most popular activity while camping.

As Father’s Day and the summer camping season officially arrives this June, many families will book fun family vacations at family campsites around the country. For some, that means cabin camping at family campgrounds, for others it means “glamping,” so-called glamour camping at family camping resorts. No matter what kind of family campsite you choose, we would recommend choosing a location without cell reception.

The Latest Viral Rap Battle Pits Camper Against Glamper

June 12, 2015

It’s a question many of us have undoubtedly thought about for hours on end. In a rap battle between a traditional tent camping enthusiast and a more modern “glamper,” who would come out victorious?

That very question is answered in a new YouTube video, aptly titled “Rap Battle: Camper vs. Glamper.”

According to the Inquisitr, the video begins with the humble camper sitting alone in the woods, peacefully watching the birds as they fly by. Soon, however, a group of unruly glampers arrives with unhappy children in tow, disturbing the peace and flaring tensions.

The glamper invites the camper to dinner, since he is so obviously unprepared; the camper retorts that the glamper is overprepared. Before long, camper and glamper stand toe-to-toe, eye-to-eye, each convinced that his way of going camping is superior to the other’s.

“Call me king of the woods, lord of the lake,” the camper begins to rap — and the rest is history. Each camper boasts about how superior his preferred method of camping is over the other’s.

In recent years, with camping on the rise, the art of glamping, or glamorous camping, has become much more popular. Of the 42.5 million people who go camping each year, a significant portion choose to go glamping by staying at luxury camping resorts.

Statistically speaking, at least, tent camping is still the most popular choice among the millions of people who flock to the nation’s campgrounds each year, with 86% of campers regularly camping in tents. Meanwhile, 33% of campers go camping in cabins, 24% choose to go camping in an RV and a mere 2% go camping in a yurt — one of the most popular glamping choices.

With Americans spending an amazing 516.6 million days camping in 2013 alone, it’s clear there are plenty of camping and glamping opportunities available for all of us.

Did you watch this video? What were your thoughts? Share any comments and questions you have about tent camping resorts and campsites by leaving a comment below.

Welcome the Palmer Family to Mexico, NY Jellystone Park Camp-Resort

June 12, 2015

The Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Mexico, NY, has brand-new owners this season! Bob and Marion Palmer, formerly of Charlotte, NC, joined the Jellystone Park family in March, purchasing the Camp-Resort from longtime owners Ed and Barb Lighthall, who have retired after 45 years.

The Palmers are outdoor enthusiasts and have long enjoyed camping, hiking and backpack­ing. In fact, Bob and his son hiked the entire Appalachian Trail – a journey that took over 18 years and was detailed in a 2010 article that appeared in Appalachian Trail Conservancy magazine.

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Since leaving the corporate world in 2012, they have been on a journey to change their lifestyle. Bob has a degree in personnel management and has worked in HR since 1980, most recently as an HR manager and training and development specialist. Marion has an accounting degree and after being a stay-at-home mom when their children were young, she worked as a controller for 18 years at a software development company.

After a three-year search, they chose the Mexico location for several rea­sons. “After living in Charlotte for the last 30 years, we desired a move to rural America,” Marion said. The Palmers are originally from Port Jervis, NY and have family in nearby Ohio. In addition, they liked the park’s amenities and its proximity to Lake Ontario.

The Palmers look forward to helping families “unplug and enjoy one another” at their campground. “All kids are born with a sense of adventure,” Bob said, “and you have a few years when they are young to tap into that.”

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The Palmers hope to provide an environment for their guests where a love of the outdoors and adventure can be cultivated.

Bob and Marion, who have been married 36 years, also enjoy antiquing. They have three adult children who live in Ohio, California and Kentucky – and five grandchildren.

Be sure to stop in and say hi to Bob and Marion when you visit the Mexico park!

Southeast Missouri Campground Joins Jellystone Park Family

June 12, 2015

Perryville Campground becomes Missouri’s third Jellystone Park Camp-Resort this season as it re-opens with a host of new amenities and activities ready to welcome guests of all ages.

“We’re really excited about the improvements we’re making and the fact that we’re going to be operating as a Jellystone Park,” said park manager Nathaniel Gabriel. “We’re trying to get people into the park and show them that it’s not the same campground anymore.”

The campground, which first opened 40 years ago, had its official grand opening as a Jellystone Park over Memorial Day weekend. The Perryville campground will be Missouri’s third, complementing other Jellystone Park locations in Forsyth and Eureka. It is conveniently located off I-55, about 80 miles south of St. Louis.
Gabriel said he plans to bring continuity of management and consistent improvements to the park, including upgrading its water, sewer and electrical hookups.

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The park store and restrooms have been remodeled, giant inflatable water toys have been added, and new landscaping and re-graveled campsites installed throughout the campground, whose RV and tent sites are complemented by four primitive and five full-service cabins.
“Our goal is to give the park that ‘Wow!’ factor as you pull up,” Gabriel said, adding that the park has beautiful 100-year-old oak, sycamore and hickory trees, and provides access to a 4.4 mile hiking trail around Perry County Lake.

In addition to featuring daily appearances by Yogi Bear, the Jellystone Park in Perryville will have a dramatically expanded arts and crafts program.

“We have a designated recreation center where children and their families can create birdhouses, ceramics, tie dye t-shirts and other crafts with fabric products,” Gabriel said. “We will also have crafts using recycled materials to make it educational too.”

 

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The park’s summer activities calendar is filled with Jellystone Park’s signature theme weekends; consider saying ole to June 26-27, a fiesta-themed celebration of fun with activities, crafts, and a Fiesta Buffet. Or Christmas in July (July 17-18); Chocolate Weekend spreads across the July 31-August 1, with plenty of sweet activities to satisfy your sugar cravings.

The park is also a great home base for checking out nearby Southeast Missouri wineries like Apple Creek Vineyard and Winery, and the Cave Vineyard, where you can enjoy your wine selections and a picnic deep underground in a natural saltpeter cave.

 

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Southeast Missouri Jellystone Park is located on Lake Drive in Perryville, MO. Visit the park’s website, www.semojellystone.com, or call 573.547.8303 to find out more and make reservations.

Tour the JELLYSTONE PARK™ Trail and Earn $150 Toward Future Camping

June 12, 2015

 

YOGI BEAR™ and his friends are so excited to introduce a fun new program for all our guests: the Jellystone Park Trail!

Stay at each of these six parks during the two-year Trail event, and you will receive a certificate good for $150 off a return visit!

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Fremont, Indiana – North of Ft. Wayne, near Shipshewana – located on Barton Lake

Holmes County, Ohio – South of Shreve and set in the World’s Largest Amish Community

Mt. Gilead, Ohio – North of Columbus
Uniontown, Ohio – Near Akron and Canton
Harrisville, Pennsylvania – North of Pittsburgh, near Slippery Rock and Grove City
Mill Run, Pennsylvania – One hour south of Pittsburgh in the beautiful Laurel Highlands
These six Camp-Resorts share the family-friendly Jellystone Park features you expect, like visits with Yogi Bear, planned activities, theme weekends, water amenities, mini-golf, gamerooms, playgrounds, Wi-Fi, camp stores, and so much more!

Although the parks share similar features and geography, each has unique characteristics that will keep you coming back. Here’s a great chance to experience different Jellystone Park campgrounds while exploring each one’s nearby attractions. Even if you don’t make it to all six Parks, you’re sure to have a fun and memorable experience.

 

How It Works

When you stay at least one night with the Jellystone Park locations above, you will get a custom stamp from that park. If you fill all six park stamps, you will receive a $150 gift certificate good towards your next camping or cabin stay.

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The gift certificate must be used at one of the six locations on the trail and is good towards camping or cabin rental fees only. The promotion ends December 31, 2016.

 

Once you’ve collected all six stamps, complete the form on the back of the brochure and mail the entire brochure (with your stamped locations) to: Leisure Systems Inc. Attn: Jellystone Park Trail, 502 TechneCenter Dr. Suite D, Milford OH 45150. Must be postmarked by December 31, 2016.

Leisure Systems Inc., the franchisor of Jellystone Park campgrounds, will mail the certificate to you. The certificate expires one year from the date your brochure is processed. One certificate per household.

 

Click here  for more information and to download the brochure, then start collecting those stamps!

 

Destination Camping with Yogi at Shangri-La (Milton, PA)

June 11, 2015

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Are you looking for a family campground that is a destination in its own right?  Where the fun starts each morning with a “hey hey ride” and only ends when the kids go to bed at night? Than Yogi at Shangri-La in Milton, Pennsylvania may just be the spot for your next great family vacation.  Once you check in you will not want to check out.

 

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This campground has over 50 sites that overlook the peaceful Chillisquaque Creek, which wraps around the western side of the property. It also has camping cabins, deluxe cottages, tent sites, pull-thrus and back-ins that can accommodate everything from the smallest pop up camper to the biggest rig.

 

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All of these sites and cabins were booked over Memorial Day weekend and every family was having fun. Correction.  Super-duper-fun.  Here are seven reasons why:

 

1. The playground rocked. The boys spent hours there. What did mom and dad do while they played? They relaxed with a cup of coffee and chatted with other parents at the picnic tables nearby.

 

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2. The large common areas gave the kids room to spread out and enjoy the beauty of the campground—which was full but didn’t feel crowded. Want to play horseshoes? Check. Volleyball? Check. Basketball? Check. Play catch on a huge grassy field? Check.  These options also let each age group gravitate towards appropriate activities. The little kids were happy. The big kids were happy. The teenagers were happy. This meant that the moms and dads were happy too.

 

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3. Feel like wetting a line down at the fishing hole? Well, that’s a great option too. Just remind Yogi and the kids that it’s catch and release.

 

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4. Want to cool off on a warm summer day? Go for it! The pool is large and clean and the snacks at the snack bar are tasty and affordable. There are also many places to sit and relax so grab a towel and stay awhile!

 

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5. Rainy morning at the campground? No problem. Bring the kids to the indoor activity area for coloring and Yogi Bear cartoons.

 

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6. Looking for a more adventurous way to beat the heat? Try the Wet-and-Wild Heyride. We smiled from beginning to end. Can you say highlight of the weekend? We can. Our kids had fun too!

 

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7. Are your competitive juices flowing? Try the air hockey machine in the arcade. Our twin boys were locked in a dead heat after two games. For only a buck per game I gladly treated them to a best of three.

 

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I often think that our children’s hyperkinetic energy and desire for nonstop adventure is irrepressible.  But by the end of each day, thanks to Yogi and his crew, they were exhausted and ready for bed. Hey mom and dad, now that your little Boo Boos are in bed—why not start a campfire and pull out a good book? You’ve definitely earned it.

 

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Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi are the co-hosts of the RV Family Travel Atlas podcast, which is available for free in the iTunes store, and on their blog.

Win a Week Vacation in the Winnebago Brave at a Jellystone Park!™

June 2, 2015

It’s officially time to break out your RVs, book your cabins, and plan your next camping trip! With the summer months ahead of us, there is no better time than now to get your family together and spend a weekend at a Jellystone Park™. What would make your camping trip even better? Winning a 7-day, 6-night stay in a Winnebago Brave at a park of your choice. Here’s your chance at that.

Enjoy all of the amenities that Jellystone Parks have to offer. From swimming pools to mini-golf, arcades and plenty of family friendly activities, you and your family are guaranteed to have a good time.

In addition to four grand prize winners, there will be weekly giveaways for a chance to win a camping prize pack. Don’t miss out on this opportunity and enter for a chance to win now!

Introducing Hipcamp, the Website That Makes Your Next Camping Trip a Click Away

May 26, 2015

There are countless websites that help travelers book flights and hotel rooms at the click of a button, making it easy to go pretty much anywhere you want.

Anywhere, that is, except on a camping trip. And when finding the right camping site can take hours of painstaking research and planning, sifting through seemingly endless websites for information on amenities and activities, it’s often more work than it’s worth to book a camping trip. Despite the fact that Americans spent a combined 516.6 million days camping in 2013, it’s still surprisingly tough to search for the right campground.

A new website called Hipcamp aims to change all that, making it easier than ever for you to book a family camping trip at campgrounds all across the country.

According to a March 30 Mother Nature Network article, Hipcamp fundraisers Eric Bach and Alyssa Ravasio came up with the idea for a website that gathers all the information one would need to know about a campsite in one place after experiencing the aforementioned frustrations.

Hipcamp’s greatest strength is that it contains information about public campgrounds — national parks, state parks, national forests and the like — in one convenient place. When 70% of campers do so at a public campground, this is an indispensable tool. Users can filter their search based on the amenities, services and activities they desire from a campground.

“We make it easy for users to filter through campgrounds based on what matters most,” Bach said. “We’re bringing the world’s public campgrounds online, unlocking private lands for camping and working overall to increase access to the outdoors.”

Currently, Hipcamp only offers its service for campgrounds in California, Oregon, Texas and Florida, but plans to eventually expand to all 50 states, Mother Nature Network reports. The site has searchable information on 351 parks, 1,985 campgrounds and 52,597 campsites.

Ultimately, Hipcamp encourages people to get in touch with the wonders of nature by making it significantly easier to do so. The average camper goes on five trips throughout the year — and now you can do so at the click of a mouse.

Would you use Hipcamp to book a camping trip? Have any other tips or hints for people looking to schedule their next family camping excursion? Let us know in the comments below.

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