What to Expect When Cabin Camping

April 28, 2016

To most, cabin camping sounds more luxurious and relaxing than tent camping, but the truth is that the two are very similar. In fact, it might even help you to think about cabin camping as roughing it in a hard-shelled tent. Cabin camping is a great introduction to camping for beginners, and for more seasoned adventurers, it can be a welcome change of pace. You get all the benefits of a traditional camping experience, but without the trouble of setting up and taking down a tent, or worrying much about the weather.

No matter, it is still important to come prepared in mind and body. Here’s what you should expect from your cabin camping experience:

Campgrounds with cabins can have accommodations that range in size and quality from basic, four-walled structures with cots and bunks, to deluxe accommodations including kitchen appliances and air conditions. But, most often, cabins lack private bathrooms — chances are you’ll have to use the public bathroom accommodations provided by your campground. Come equipped with a shower caddy, a couple of gallons of clean water, and toilet paper, just in case!

There is good news! Most cabin sites, like tent sites, will come with a picnic table and a fire pit. These two ingredients are often all you need to have a great time at the campsite in between outdoor adventures — 87% of campers participated in multiple outdoor activities during their stay, which is why it’s a great idea to have a comfy campsite ready to go.

Bedding will be just as important in the cabin as without for all family vacations — it can get chilly at night, even in the summer! Make sure you know what the accommodations are in the cabin — if they provide mattresses, then only sleeping bag and pillows will be necessary whereas inflatable sleeping pads will be needed if there’re only empty frames!

One thing you now have room for in your cabin, as opposed to the old tent, is full sized towels! They will be a luxury after a day on the lake, or after a big rain.

Speaking of rain — now that you have a dry area to enjoy for those rainy days, come prepared with games for a family vacation like cards and board games to occupy the time until the sun shines again.

Of course, all the standard camping amenities should not be forsaken — coolers, warm clothes, fire starting gear, cooking and cleaning gear, and food are a given!

Camping is well loved. In 2010 alone, approximately 40 million people went camping for a total of 515 million outings, and American families, in particular, spent 534.9 million days camping altogether in 2011, but make sure you come prepared for your vacation cabins!

3 Reasons to Plan Your Shakedown Trip Today!

April 15, 2016

Unless you are lucky enough to live in a year-round RVing climate, you are probably opening up the RV for camping season this month. While many experts recommend a “shakedown” trip if you purchase a new RV, we strongly suggest that you make this a yearly tradition, even if you are a camping veteran.

What is a Shake Down Trip?

A shake down trip refers to a short, close to home, excursion with your RV for the purpose of testing out the systems and stocking up on necessary supplies.  We used to be so excited about dewinterizing our travel trailer and hitting the road that we skipped this tradition for years. Then we ended up on a 10-day vacation in Myrtle Beach without any running water. A problem that could have been easily fixed at home became a lot more complicated on the road.

Now we visit a favorite nearby campground where we enjoy a shake down weekend every spring. Something we avoided has become a favorite family tradition, an event we look forward to that marks the opening of our official camping season.

 

3 Reasons You Should Plan a Yearly Shake Down Trip

  1. Identify any maintenance issues before embarking on longer trips.

We take very good care of our RV, and most of the time it opens up without any issues at all. However, fuses do blow out and squirrels do sometimes chew on propane lines.  When you set aside a weekend at the campground to tend to these basic maintenance issues, you can take care of your chores in a beautiful and relaxing environment.

 

  1. Practice working all your systems in a low stress environment.

When you are on an RV vacation, you don’t want to worry about anything except enjoying your precious time at the campground. The last thing you want to do is figure out how to get your hot water heater working. Take care of this ahead of time on a shake down trip, and you will coast through your RV set up for the rest of the season.

 

  1. Make sure your RV is properly packed.

Pack up your RV and then head out for your shake down trip. Once settled at the campground, you will inevitably discover items you forgot. No worries…your home is nearby and you can pack that tire pressure gage as soon as you return.  You might also discover a few items that you don’t really need. You can ditch that clutter before your next big trip.

 

Our yearly shake down trip has turned into a fun, relaxing way to celebrate the beginning of camping season. And other RVers seem to feel the same. This year we will be joined at the campground by many other camping friends, eager to test out those tanks and then share s’mores around the fire.

 

See you at the campground!

 

Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi are the co hosts of the weekly RV Family Travel Atlas and Campground of the Week podcasts, as well as the creators of the RVFTA Podcast Network. They are also the authors of The Idiots Guide to RV Vacations and the Acadia National Park Adventure Guide. After buying their very first pop up camper six years ago, Jeremy and Stephanie caught the RV bug in a big way, and now spend over 70 nights a year in their travel trailer with their three sons, Theo, Max, and Wes, and sweet Maggie the pup. You can follow along on their adventures (and misadventures) at rvfamilytravelatlas.com.

Stock that Storage Bin: 5 Gear Recommendations for the New RV Owner

April 6, 2016

These 5 inexpensive products should be among your first purchases when stocking your brand new RV.

As exciting as it is to prep a new RV for your first camping trip, it can also be a bit overwhelming. There is a fine line between being prepared and over packing, and you just might find yourself asking, do I really need this?

There are thousands of camping gadgets and gizmos that you might never actually use. But here are 5 pieces of gear that every newbie RVer should purchase before heading out to the campground.

  1. Tire Pressure Gauge

RV safety experts recommend checking your tire pressure on every single traveling day, but many RVers don’t do this until they experience a tire blow out. Adopt this simple but important safety habit from day one. Tire pressure gauges are inexpensive, so you don’t have to bust the budget to stay safe. Our own gauge cost under $20 and has been working well for years.

  1. Extra Water Hose

We were shocked the first time we showed up at a campground and couldn’t reach the water hookup with one hose. We were even more shocked at the price we had to pay to purchase an extra hose in the camp store.  Although this doesn’t happen regularly, experienced RVers know to always have an extra hose for those campgrounds that have the water hookup across the campsite from the sewer. Go figure.

  1. Water Pressure Regulator

You don’t want to figure out the hard way that there is a water pressure problem at a campground. This rather inexpensive product can save you a tremendous amount of money by protecting your RV plumbing. It can also save you a lot of aggravation from uneven water pressure. The fancy ones come with a gauge and will run you about $50 or so. But if you are on a tight budget, get one of the simple ones for under $10. It will do the job.

  1. Firewood Splitter

While you won’t be cutting down any trees at the campground, you will be buying your fair share of firewood at camp stores. A small splitter can be a lifesaver when the firewood is just too big to burn properly. Don’t let a bum campfire get you down. Be prepared to do a little chopping. As an added benefit, you will feel way more outdoorsy.

  1. Fire Starters

You may have finely tuned Scout abilities, but most people don’t want to rub two sticks together until a campfire sparks. Keep it simple by always stocking a box of fire starters in your storage bin. You can buy them commercially, or make your own using one of the many ‘recipes’ found on the Internet. Our favorite DIY method is to buy candles at the dollar store, break them into one-inch pieces, and wrap the candles in wax paper.  Place one in your fire ring, and watch the magic happen.

 

These five inexpensive items will help keep you safe, keep your RV working, and get your campfire roaring. Because at the end of the day, that is why we RV– to make wonderful memories with our loved ones at the campground.

 

See you there.

 

 

Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi are the co hosts of the weekly RV Family Travel Atlas and Campground of the Week podcasts, as well as the creators of the RVFTA Podcast Network. They are also the authors of The Idiots Guide to RV Vacations and the Acadia National Park Adventure Guide. After buying their very first pop up camper six years ago, Jeremy and Stephanie caught the RV bug in a big way, and now spend over 70 nights a year in their travel trailer with their three sons, Theo, Max, and Wes, and sweet Maggie the pup. You can follow along on their adventures (and misadventures) at rvfamilytravelatlas.com.

 

 

Here's How Family Camping Trips Can Provide You with the Vacation Experience of a Lifetime

April 1, 2016

When most people think of going on a family vacation, they imagine flying to a tropical destination. In most cases, the grown-ups will indulge in adult activities while the kids run around a hotel and order room service well into the night.

While this type of vacation may be enjoyable for some, it has one crucial and glaring flaw; it’s not really a family vacation. If you want a real family vacation that brings loved ones together, you should consider family camping vacations.

Family camping is truly the essence of a great vacation because it encompasses so many different things. From packing up the RV to telling stories around the campfire, the entire family camping process will allow you to learn more about your loved ones while enjoying their company. Here are three of the many reasons to consider family camping vacations for the experience of a lifetime:

 

    • Explore new places. Cabins in Texas, campgrounds in New York, RV camping in Illinois…the list goes on and on. When it comes to camping, there truly is no limit to the places you can discover. Most camping — about 70% — is done in public campgrounds. However, there are also incredible camping destinations with furnished cabins, as well as enormous RV camps that almost feel like a small village.

 

    • Weather the great outdoors together. The word “weather” may be a bit strong considering your family will likely be staying in a furnished campground, but you never know how loved ones will react to the outdoors until you’re in the moment. Hiking is the most popular activity among campers (about 92% said they hiked,) allowing you to see what your loved ones are really made of. It’s a fun and harmless way to push each other to your physical limits, which is something most people rarely get to do at their work desk.

 

    • Put down the smartphones. Teenagers certainly do their fair share of texting, but most adults would also admit that they spend a bit too much time on their smartphones. On a family camping trip, you’ll be having too much fun to think about your phone. An estimated 87% of campers participate in multiple outdoor activities, and you’ll quickly realize that there’s no time for texting when you have a full day of excitement ahead of you.

 

If you love spending time with your family and want something new to try, you should strongly consider a group camping trip. It’s the perfect blend of excitement and serenity, and one of the best ways to reconnect with loved ones.

Plan on Camping in North Carolina? Check Out One of These 3 Incredible Campgrounds

April 1, 2016

Regardless of where you choose to visit, camping with family is truly a special experience. An estimated 40 million people went camping in 2010 for a total of 515 million outings, and that number continues to grow with every passing year.

While you really cannot go wrong when selecting a place to bring your family, you should strongly consider camping in North Carolina. Between its beautiful year-round weather and eclectic mix of camp resort destinations, it’s no surprise that camping in North Carolina is one of the most popular options for vacationing families.

Campgrounds in NC are full of families just like yours who could use a nice retreat away from the smartphones and tablets that currently dominate our free time. You can bring your RV or even take advantage of cabin rentals to indulge in a more luxurious camping experience. The list is quite long, but here are just a few places you should consider when camping in North Carolina:

 

    • Marion. Located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, your family will enjoy one of the most breathtaking views in the country at this incredible campground. Marion is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities, particularly camping. Hiking is the most popular activity among campers (about 92% said they hiked,) and the Blue Ridge Mountains are full of exciting trails to discover.

 

    • Cherokee. Deep in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina is Cherokee, a unique campground in which your family can opt for cabins, RVs, or tent camping. Nearly 70% of tent campers have one to two-night outings, but your family can camp in a tent for much longer in Cherokee because of its great weather and wide range of amenities.

 

    • Asheboro. If you’re not planning on camping in North Carolina until the spring or summer, you absolutely need to reserve a spot in the Asheboro campground. This new site is scheduled to be ready for rental in the spring, which will be just in time for most families’ vacations. There will even be Wi-Fi in this new campground for those who just can’t afford to go a few days without the Internet.

 

North Carolina has dozens of unique campgrounds just like these, so you really can’t go wrong regardless of which one you choose. Check out any of these great places for camping in North Carolina and experience everything the Tar Heel State has to offer.

3 Make-Ahead Meals for Weekend Camping Trips

March 9, 2016

There is nothing more exciting than heading off to the campground after a long week at work. However, prepping for those short weekend RV trips can be a bit of a challenge.  The trick is to prepare in bits and pieces throughout the week, so that on Friday afternoon you can hit the road with no muss and no fuss.

One of the easiest ways to prepare in advance is by doubling your dinner recipes the week before and stocking your RV refrigerator with the extra portion. That way, you won’t have to do additional meal planning and food shopping for your short weekend getaway.

Here are three of our favorite make-ahead meals for weekend camping trips.

 

Tortilla Pie

Ingredients

 

1 pound ground beef

1 package taco seasoning

1 15-ounce can of diced tomatoes

1 large can of beans, black or pinto

12 large flour tortillas

12 ounces grated cheddar cheese

 

  1. Prepare the ground beef according to the seasoning packet instructions. Add in the can of diced tomatoes and the can of beans. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Using non-stick cooking spray, coat the bottom of a casserole dish large enough to fit the tortillas.
  3. Place a tortilla in the bottom of the casserole dish. Cover the tortilla with some of the meat mixture. Top with a thin layer of cheddar cheese. Place another tortilla on top of the cheddar, and repeat the process until you have layered all the tortillas with meat and cheese.
  4. Sprinkle cheese on the top of the tortilla pie and cover in foil. Store in the refrigerator.
  5. At the campground, cook the tortilla pie at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly and hot. Serve with rice and a fruit salad.

 

Pasta Salad

Ingredients

 

1 pound bowtie pasta

1 6-ounce jar of prepared pesto

A medley of your favorite roasted vegetables (I roast asparagus, grape tomatoes, and yellow bell peppers on a sheet pan at 425° for 25 minutes)

 

  1. Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain.
  2. Mix pasta with pesto sauce.
  3. Add roasted vegetables. Store in the refrigerator tightly covered with plastic wrap.
  4. This is the perfect dinner to serve on Friday night when arriving at the campground. A loaf of crusty bread makes a complete and hearty meal!

 

Barbeque Meatloaf Sandwiches

Ingredients

 

1.5 pounds ground beef

1 cup breadcrumbs

1 onion, diced

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce

1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together except for the BBQ sauce.
  2. Form into a loaf and place in a shallow pan.
  3. Pour BBQ sauce evenly over the top of the meatloaf.
  4. Bake at 350° for 1 hour.
  5. Cool and store tightly wrapped in the refrigerator. Serve at the campground on slices of sourdough bread with prepared coleslaw and potato salad.

Keeping meal preparation simple will ensure that those quick RV getaways are relaxing and refreshing.  That way you can return to work on Monday, rested and ready to plan your next great RV trip.

 

See you at the campground!

 

Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi are the co hosts of the weekly RV Family Travel Atlas and Campground of the Week podcasts, as well as the creators of the RVFTA Podcast Network. They are also the authors of The Idiots Guide to RV Vacations and the Acadia National Park Adventure Guide. After buying their very first pop up camper six years ago, Jeremy and Stephanie caught the RV bug in a big way, and now spend over 70 nights a year in their travel trailer with their three sons, Theo, Max, and Wes, and sweet Maggie the pup. You can follow along on their adventures (and misadventures) at rvfamilytravelatlas.com.

Spend Spring Break at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park!

February 16, 2016

Spring is quickly approaching and it’s time to start making your plans for nice weather and the kids’ week long break! You’ve been cooped up inside all Winter long, so why not plan a trip to Jellystone Park and go enjoy the outdoors?! We have 59 parks that open before May, so find your favorite location and book your trip today! Check below to see what activities they’re offering and specials they are running.

 

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Alabama

Elberta, AL: March 21-24: Spring Fling – March 26-27: Easter Eggstravaganza – March 28-31: Wild About Wildlife – April 1-3: Color Bomb Creations – April 4- April 7: Gettin’ Froggy – April 8-10: Reptilian Encounters – April 18-24: Earthday Every Day – April 25- May 1: Yogi Bear’s Birthday Bash

Colorado

Larkspur, CO: April 29-May 1: Welcome the Baby Goats

Montrose, CO: Open all year – No activities until May

Delaware

Milford, DE: Mach 24-27: Opening Day/Easter Weekend Party – April 1-3: Blooms & Bugs – April 8-10: Yogi Bear Heroes – April 15-17: Cindy Bear’s Bingo Birthday Bash – April 22-24: Wild West April 29-May 1: Boo Boo Safari

Florida

Madison, FL: March 7-20: Fun in the Sun Spring Break Weeks (full activities March 14-20) – March 25-27: Eggtastic Easter Celebration
Specials: Stay 5 nights, get 2 free! 

Georgia

Bremen, GA: March 12: Yogi Bear Easter Egg Hunt – March 19: Yogi Bear Easter Egg Hunt – March 26: Yogi Bear™ Easter Egg Hunt – April 1-3: Mardi Gras – April 8-10: Mardi Gras – April 15-17: Mardi Gras – April 22-24: Space Weekend – April 29- May 1: Space Weekend
Specials: Stay 5 nights, get 2 free!

Illinois

Amboy, IL: April 22-24: Wake Up the Bears, Yawn & Stretch – April 29-May 1: Fishing Derby & Polar Plunge

Millbrook, IL: Open All Year – No activities until May

Pittsfield, IL: April 22-24: Opening Weekend & Honoring Earth Day – April 29-May 1: Getting to Know You (Double points for Club Yogi Rewards members)
Specials: Camp for 5 weekends starting 4/22 – 5/21 for a low price of $408.00 (20% discount on pre-season rates!). Lodge in a cottage or park model rental from 4/22 – 5/21 and receive a 20% discount on pre-season rates. 

Indiana 

Fremont, IN: April 22-24: Welcome Back! – April 29-May 1: Bingo Bonanza Weekend

Knightstown, IN: April 1: Jellystone Park Opens for the 2016 Season – April 29-May 1: Wake Up Yogi Bear

Portage, IN: Opens April 1- No activities until May

Scottsburg, IN: Opens March 1- No activities until May

Iowa 

Monticello, IA: April 15-16: Wake the Bears Weekend

Kansas

Lawrence, KS: March 26: Yogi Bear Easter Egg Hunt – April 22-23: Vintage Camper Rally – April 29-May 1: Wake up Yogi Bear

Kentucky

Mammoth Cave, KY: March 18-20: Spruce-Up Weekend – March 25-27: Easter Eggs-trava-ganza Weekend – April 1-3: Wake Up Yogi Bear – April 8-10: Birthday Bash for Boo Boo – April 15-17: Mardi Gras & Color Fun Run Weekend – April 22-24: Kids Get Even- SlimeFest Weekend – April 29-May 1: I Double Dare You

Louisana

Robert, LA: March 4-6: Cochon De Lait Weekend – March 11-13: Yogi Bear Spring Bargain Weekend (40% off sites & cabins) – March 18-20: Irish/Italian Weekend – March 25-27: Easter Celebration Weekend – March 28-31: Spring Break – April 1-3: Cindy Bear Spring Fling Block Party Weekend (40% off sites & cabins) – April 8-10: Strawberry Festival Weekend – April 15-17: Spring Swamp Pop Music Fest – April 22-24: Pajama Party Weekend – April 29-May 1: Yogi’s Horseshoe Invitational Tourney

Maryland

Hagerstown, MD: March 25-27: Easter Egg-Stravaganza Weekend – April 1-3: Mardi Gras Weekend – April 15-17: Candy Shop Weekend – April 22-24: Circus Weekend – April 29-May 1: Fiesta Weekend
Specials: Spring Fling- March 27- May 12: Campsites starting at $178/Cabins starting at $288- Includes any 3 consecutive weekday nights within this time period with golf cart rental and FREE gift at check-in. Camp & Store Special- April 22-May 15: Starting at $451 (campsites only)- Go Green and save on gas by leaving your rig on site & plugged in! These packages include four consecutive weekends of camping.

Massachusetts

Sturbridge, MA: April 22-24: Ranger Smith’s Cleanup Weekend  – April 29-May 1: Yogi Bear’s Birthday Weekend
Specials: 4/22 – 4/24 stay for FREE when you help the park with their spring cleaning.

Michigan 

Frankenmuth, MI: April 2: Puzzlemania – April 9: Celebrate Spring – April 16: Craft Madness Saturday – April 23: Awesome 80s Day – April 30: Game On!

South Haven, MI: April 15-17: Spring Cleaning Weekend – April 22-24: Planet Earth Weekend – April 29-May 1: Raceway Weekend

Minnesota

Austin, MN: April 15-17: “Welcome Home” To Our Beary Happy Campers – April 22-24: Cindy Bear Pajama Party – April 29-May 1: Rake and Bake

Mississippi

Pelahatchie, MS: March 4-6: Wake Up Yogi and Boo Boo/ Pajama Party – March 11-13: St. Patrick’s Day Weekend – March 18-20: Spring Fling – March 25-27: Easter Egg-Stravaganza – April 1-3: Wacky Weekend – April 8-10: Race Weekend – April 15-17: April Showers – April 22-24: Earth Appreciation – April 29-May 1: Fiesta Weekend

Missouri

Forsyth, MO: Open April 1 – No activities until May

Eureka, MO: March 25-27: Hoppy Easter Weekend – April 1-3: April Fool’s Trickster Weekend – April 8-10: It’s a Spring Thing! Week 1 – April 15-17: It’s a Spring Thing! Week 2 – April 22-24: It’s a Spring Thing! Week 3 – April 29- May 1: Grandparents and Me Weekend

New Jersey

Elmer, NJ: March 25-27: Easter Weekend – April 1-3: Wake The Bears Weekend – April 8-10: Anything Can Happen Weekend – April 15-17: Parents Night Out – April 22-24: Boo Boo’s Birthday – April 29- May 1: Sports Lover Weekend

New York

Gardiner, NY: April 29- May 1: Wake Up the Bears

Mexico, NY: April 22-24: Open for Camping/Clean Up Weekend – April 29-May 1: Wake up the Bears Weekend

North Hudson, NY: April 29-May 1: Yogi Bear’s Annual Clean-Up Weekend

North Java, NY: April 29-May 1: Tribal Survival Weekend/ Wake up the Bears

North Carolina

Cherokee, NC: March 25-27: Wake the Bears/Fishing Tournament/Celebrate Easter – April 1-3: Mardi Gras in the Mountains – April 8-10: Carnival Time – April 15-17: Boo Boo’s Birthday Party – April 22-24: Celebrate Mother Nature – April 29-May 1: Time Travelers

Marion, NC: March 11-13: Opening Weekend with an Irish Twist – March 14-20: Spring Fling Clean-Up Week – March 21-27: Eggsta-Special Easter Week – March 28-April 3: Family Olympics Week – April 4-10: Camo Week – April 11-17: Woodland Adventures Week – April 18-24: Wild Wild West Week – April 25-May 1: Yogi’s Mexican Fiesta Week

Tabor City, NC: March 18-20: Wake Up the Bears Weekend – March 25-27: Easter Weekend – April 1-3: Spring Break Weekend – April 15-17: Gone Fishing Weekend – April 22-24: Earth Lovers Weekend

Ohio 

Mount Gilead, OH: April 29-May 1: Wake up Yogi Bear

Holmes County, OH: Opens April 29

Pennsylvania

Harrisville, PA: April 15-17: Opening/ Bugs &  Bloom Weekend – April 22-24: Honor our Police/Build It Weekend – April 29-May 1: Derby Fun
Specials: 4/15 – 5/22 leave your unit on site for 6 weekends of camping, save over $200. 4/15 – 5/1 leave your unit on site for 3 weekends of camping, save over $100.00.

Mill Run, PA: March 24-27: Easter Break Weekend – April 1-3: Back to the Basics Weekend – April 8-10: Pet Lovers Weekend – April 15-17: Wild and Wacky Science Weekend – April 22-24: Race Weekend – April 29-May 1: Safari Weekend
Specials: From 3/25- 5/22 stay 5 weekends for $350.00. From 4/1 – 4/3 campsites for $20.00/night and cabins for $100.00/night. 

Milton, PA: April 8-10: Spring Cleanup Weekend – April 15-17: Opening Weekend & Easter Egg Hunt – April 22-24: Earth Day Weekend – April 29-May 1: Fiesta Weekend

Quarryville, PA: April 15-17: Easter Egg-stravaganza – April 22-24: Space Weekend – April 29-May 1: Fiesta Weekend

South Carolina

Swansea, SC: March 11-13: Camp Clean-Up Weekend – March 18-20: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Waking of the Bears – March 25-27: Easter Weekend – April 1-3: April Fools Weekend – April 8-10: Anything Glows Weekend – April 15-17: Chocoholic Frolic Weekend – April 22-24: All About Nature Weekend – April 29-May 1: Cinco De Mayo/Pool Opens

South Dakota

Sioux Falls, SD: April 1: Campground Opening Day

Tennessee

Memphis, TN: March 25-27: Easter Weekend

Nashville, TN: March 26-27: Easter Weekend – April 29-May 1: Yogi Bear’s Spruce Up Weekend

Texas

Burleson, TX: March 4-6: Deep In the Heart of Texas Weekend – March 7-10: Spring Into the Future (Spring Break) – March 11-13: Spring Into the Future (Spring Break) – March 14-17: Better To Be Lucky, Than Green Week – March 18-20: Better To Be Lucky, Than Green (Spring Break) – March 25-27: Eggs-Tra Special Easter Weekend – April 1-3: We Aren’t Fooling Around Weekend – April 8-10: Jellystone Park’s Spectacular Sports Weekend – April 15-17: Who Done It? Mystery Weekend – April 22-24: Planet Earth Weekend – April 29-May 1: Jellystone Parks Got Talent

Canyon Lake, TX: March 4-6: Wake Up the Bears Weekend – March 11-13: Spring Break Weekend – March 11- 20: Spring Break Week – March 25-27: Easter Weekend – April 1-3: Hillbilly Hoedown Weekend – April 8-10: Dinosaur Weekend – April 15-17: English Faire Weekend – April 22-24: The Great Outdoors Weekend: Earth Day! – April 29-May 1: Cinco De Mayo Weekend

Fredericksburg, TX: March 4-6: Texas Independence Day – March 11-13: Spring Break Weekend! – March 18-20: All About That Paint! – March 24-27: Easter Weekend

Kerrville, TX: Open All Year – Activities coming soon

Tyler, TX: March 5-19: Yogi Bear Loves Spring Break – March 21-26: Yogi Bear Easter Eggstravaganza

Waller, TX: March 4-6: Wake Up the Bears Weekend – March 11-17: Just Relaxin’/ Spring Break Week – March 18-20: St. Patrick’s Day Weekend – March 25-27: Easter Weekend – April 1-3: Scavenger Hunt Weekend – April 8-10: Outdoor Adventures Weekend – April 15-17: Wild Wild West Weekend – April 22-24: Earth Day Weekend – April 29-May 1: Pet Lovers Weekend

Wichita Falls, TX: Open All Year – Activities coming soon

Virginia 

Emporia, VA: Open All Year – Activities coming soon

Gloucester Point, VA: March 25-27: Wake Up the Bears/ Easter Egg-stravaganza – April 1-3: Flower Power and Annual BBQ Dinner – April 8-10: Wacky Science – April 15-17: Bear-o-saurus – April 22-24: Beat the Clock, Music Festival – April 29-May 1: Western Rodeo
Specials: Stay 2 or 3 consecutive weekends and leave your RV set up on site midweek

Luray, VA: March 25-27: Easter Egg-stravaganza – March 28-April 3: Spring Break – April 8-10: Feelin’ Groovy Weekend – April 15-17: Ships Ahoy Weekend – April 22-24: Jellystone Park Goes Green Weekend – April 29-May 1: Fiesta Weekend
Specials: 4/22 -5/15 starting at $366 (campsites only) includes 4 weekends of camping plus free on-site storage for your RV in between for one low rate! 3/27 – 31 or 4/3 – 4/7 campsites starting at $185.00, cabins starting at $273.00 includes any 3 consecutive nights within these time periods with golf cart rental and FREE gift at check in. 4/7 – 4/10, 4/14-4/17, and 4/21 – 4/24 campsites starting at $244.00, cabins starting at $342.00 includes 3 consecutive nights with golf cart rental plus 2 gem mining bags.

Natural Bridge, VA: March 18-20: Opening/St. Patrick’s Weekend – March 25-27: Easter Weekend – April 1-3: Clean Up/Wake the Bears Weekend – April 8-10: Gone Fishing Weekend – April 15-17: Around the World Weekend – April 22-24: Earth Day Weekend – April 29- May 1: Boo Boo’s Jurassic Birthday Weekend
Specials: 3/18 – 4/3= Book 3 days for the price of 2 on all reservations, additional days beyond 3 are 50% off. 3/18 – 6/5=  Spring Gas Saver, leave unit on site between weekend stays and just pay for weekends. 

Wisconsin

Bagley, WI: April 29-May 1: Opening Weekend (Enjoy 2 nights for the price of 1!)

Fort Atkinson, WI: April 29-May 1: Welcome Back to Camping/Rangers in Training Weekend/Spring Cleaning

Fremont, WI: April 29-May 1: Cabin Fever

Warrens, WI: April 29-May 1: Camper Appreciation and Wake Up the Bears!

Camping Etiquette: What You Might Not Know

December 16, 2015

Every year, millions of people going camping. Research shows that in 2011, 42.5 million people went camping. Many of the times, these outdoorsy folk bring their friends and family along, too. In fact, campers include their friends on their trips 70% of the time, and in 2011, 534.9 million days were spent on family camping trips.

 

Whether you’re an experienced camper taking your loved ones out on a trip or you’re about to go on your first camping trip, there are certain etiquette rules that you should follow. Many campgrounds often post their rules and regulations, making it clear to all what can and cannot be done, but there are also some unspoken rules, too.

 

Here are a few suggestions on important camping etiquette to take with you on your next trip.

 

Leave No Trace.

 

One of the most well-known (yet unspoken) rules of camping is to leave no trace. Whatever you take to a campgrounds should leave with you, including your trash. It’s rude to leave anything that might detract from the outdoors experience of those who come to the campgrounds after you. Once you’re all packed up and ready to leave, take 10 minutes to police your campsite, and go through your checklist to make sure you have everything with you.

 

Clean Up the Campsite.

 

Leaving a campsite as you found it is generally expected, but it’s also nice to try to leave it even better than how you found it. It’s not the most necessary thing, but it’s always nice when people police the grounds and try to find old pieces of trash and other debris so that they can throw it all away. If you have kids, pay them a penny or a nickel a piece for each piece of trash they find. For just a couple bucks, the campgrounds will be spotless.

 

Be Careful of Your Firewood.

 

Firewood can be a touchy subject with some campers. Firstly, don’t bring your own firewood. You may have some that have been seasoning for a while, but it’s best to leave it at home, because you may inadvertently bring insects and other diseases with you that could harm the ecosystem. Secondly, leave some firewood for the next campers. Finding firewood is hard to do in the dark, so when the next campers arrive and are all set up, it’s nice to have firewood already there.

 

Remember, these rules are largely unspoken. Breaking them won’t get you kicked out of a park, but it will likely upset others. So if you just remember to be kind and take care of the campgrounds, you’ll be fine.

First Timer Tips: How to Get Ready For Your First Cabin Camping Trip

December 16, 2015

In 2013, Americans went camping for a total of 516.6 million days, and brought their friends and family with them about 70% of the time, many of whom likely had never even gone camping before.

 

If you’re one of those friends and family who’s about to tag along to the campgrounds for the first time, don’t worry. Winter camping is a lot of fun, and since it’s starting to get pretty cold out, you’ll likely go cabin camping, which is one of the easiest forms of camping.

 

That being said, you do have to pack well. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your first cabin camping trip.

 

Keep Your Activities in Mind.

 

Research shows that 87% of campers participate in multiple outdoor activities. In other words, you’ll likely go hiking, play sports, catch fish, and more, so you need to be prepared. Pack boots, sneakers, sweats, jeans, and every sort of clothing you think you’ll need. It’s better to over-pack than it is to under-pack, after all.

 

Find Out What the Cooking Arrangements Are.

 

You’d also be wise to find out what the cooking arrangements are. If the cabin has a full or partial kitchen, you shouldn’t have as hard of a time with your menu. Check to see if it has a fridge, otherwise you’ll have to bring a cooler and keep your meats and things cold that way. If there is no kitchen, you’ll need to be able to prepare your food over a campfire.

 

Ask If the Park or Facility Has Family Activities.

 

Some campgrounds have all sorts of fun family camping activities available for their campers. They might have educational hikes, scavenger hunts, nature centers, and more. It’d be a shame if you found out about these activities late and lost the chance to check them out.

 

Cabin camping is a lot of fun. Just be sure that you plan accordingly.

Getting in the Holiday Spirit at Jellystone Park!

December 7, 2015

Christmas season is upon us and what better way to get in the spirit than heading to a light show at some of your favorite campgrounds? Experience thousands of lights at four of our Jellystone Park locations during the holiday season! See what each has to offer and plan a trip before it’s too late!

 

Nashville, TN: The Dancing Lights of Christmas will be at Nashville Jellystone Park until January 3rd. Drive thru the park and listen to music that dances with the lights. With new displays added this year, there will be hundreds of thousands Christmas lights to enjoy! Bring the whole family for $25/car and get in the holiday spirit!

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Caledonia, WI:  With more than 1.5 million lights, Wisconsin’s Christmas Carnival of Lights will be a show that you won’t want to miss! Enjoy the comfort of your own car as you drive around Caledonia, WI Jellystone Park and enjoy time with your loved ones. The light display closes on December 31 so make sure you plan your trip before it’s over!

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Eureka, MO: This light show is open every day from November 13 to January 3, so there are plenty of opportunities to make sure you visit at least once! Shimmering lights, animated scenes and a tunnel of dancing lights are just a few things you can expect from Santa’s Magical Kingdom at Eureka, MO Jellystone Park.  At just $20/car, the whole family can come along!

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Larkspur, CO: Featuring 250,000 lights, Jellystone Park in Larkspur, CO brings a lot of hype to a small town during the holiday season. Stay warm inside your car as you drive through a 100 ft tunnel, candy land, and more! Illumination Light Show is open daily until January 3rd, and open weekends through January 24. Don’t miss out on starting a tradition and bonding with your family! This light show will not disappoint.

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