More Americans — and, in these cases, especially daring ones — are relying on seasonal camping to get their thrills. True, family camping is a great option for Americans looking for a relatively inexpensive vacation, but it can be a breathtaking adventure as well. How are some daredevils taking camping to the next level?
Under The Sea
For ages, Americans have been fascinated about what lies in the depths of the sea — and now you can find out in person (and even spend the night and early morning doing it, too!). Guam campers literally sank their tents by cutting slits in the fabric and anchoring it to the bottom of the sea. Using scuba gear, they were able to set up camp hundreds of feet below the surface.
Are You Afraid Of Heights?
Some daredevils are literally taking camping to new heights — or, more specifically, camping out of the tops of mountains, peaks, and cliffs. “For years climbers have been using portaledges, a contraption made with an aluminum frame that is held up on the side of a cliff using pegs and carabiners,” The Weather Channel reports. One climber encourages others who want to try it, saying that — in most cases — you cannot even see the edge or cliff face while you are sleeping.
Can You Camp In The Rainforest?
You sure can. That is, if you’re willing to possibly brave malaria! The Weather Channel describes some of the challenges of tent camping in the Amazon Rainforest: “Camping in the rainforest comes with its own unique set of challenges, including a wet, hot climate, hordes of insects, and the threat of diseases like malaria.” If you are heading out to the rainforest to camp, bring some anti-malaria pills to stave off illness and biodegradable soaps to avoid littering.
Forty-three million Americans camped last year. Go camping — and explore your inner daredevil — at the same time with these extreme types of seasonal camping.
When the temperature rises, there’s only one place to be – in the cool, clear water. While nearly every Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort boasts a sparkling pool, 39 of our campgrounds offer some serious splash-time fun, either onsite or just next door. Here’s a list of seven parks that added to their water attractions this summer camping season – you’ll find everything from the thrill of a 400-foot waterslide to relaxing lazy rivers and toddler-friendly fountain fun. And be sure to check with your favorite Jellystone Park™ to see what they’ve got in store to keep your family cool and active.
Pittsfield, IL: This park has added new water toys for its lake, and offers a swimming pool and splashpad.
Bloomington, IN: You’ll love the brand-new $750,000 interactive water play attraction that includes water slides, water blasters and dozens of interactive water features that spray, splash and dump thousands of gallons of water, including a 30-foot tall Giant Hydro Storm that dumps 500 gallons of water. There’s also an outdoor pool, indoor pool and kid’s pool with splash feature.
Fremont, IN: Look for a $750,000 climbable water feature with a tipping bucket in late July or early August. In the meantime, cool off in three outdoor swimming pools, one indoor pool, a water splash playground and three giant water slides that are 42 feet high and over 300 feet long.
Mt. Gilead, OH: Zoom down the new 75-foot long tubular slide, then take a plunge on the 250-foot long waterslide. The park also has two heated swimming pools and a 6-acre lake with a floating jungle gym as well as paddle boat and kayak rentals.
Burleson, TX: The owner of this Jellystone Park™ is nearing completion of a $1 million expansion of Pirates Cove waterpark, a separate facility located next door to the campground. New attractions at Pirates Cove include a 60-foot tall kamikaze slide that provides a nearly vertical slide as well as a 60-foot tall “fast track” with six side-by-side lanes that provide a 350-foot-long slide. The park is also installing two 40-foot-tall corkscrew slides that dump into a swimming pool as well as a paintball play area and a new food court. Other new features will include a 700-foot-long lazy river with zero entry lagoons and a stage area for concerts and “dive in” movies.
Waller, TX: A new lazy river and a 565-foot family slide join the park’s 2,500-square-foot splash pad that includes various water slides, dump buckets and spray toys, an activities pool and a 350-foot Pine Tree Plunge water slide.
Wichita Falls, TX: This park, which recently joined the Jellystone Park™ system, is completing a new spray ground, set to open early July 2014.
We’re excited to welcome the newly renovated Dogwood Valley Camping Resort in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, to the Jellystone Park™ family! The Columbus area campground is owned by Nancy and Richard Felber, who’ve made more than $1 million in improvements since purchasing the 202 park site five years ago.
Additions and improvements to Dogwood Valley include new water and sewer service connections; a 2,000-square-foot store and office; and two new swimming pools complete with a 250-foot waterslide and a 75-foot-long, 14-foot-tall tunnel slide.
The new Dogwood Valley Jellystone Park™ offers plenty to do for everyone in the family. Don’t miss the 6-acre crystal clear lake with its white, sandy beach, swimming area and midlake platform. The inflatable water tower and blob add excitement, and the park’s paddleboats and canoes offer a relaxing way to spend a hot summer afternoon. The lake is even fully stocked for catch-and-release fishing. Not into the water today? Hiking trails, playgrounds and games like tetherball, basketball and volleyball are waiting for you too.
Joining the Jellystone Park™ family of course means plenty of visits from Yogi Bear™ and his friends, as well as our famous themed weekends. Coming up on the Dogwood Valley calendar are Racing Days, Candy Castle and Slimefest. You’ll find the new Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort at Dogwood Valley in scenic Mt. Gilead, OH, at 4185 Township Road 99. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.ColumbusJellystone.com
Americans are taking tent camping to new and exciting levels. While a standard family camping experience — or spending a few nights at family campgrounds — can be a great vacation and relaxing reprieve, there are plenty of options for Americans who are looking for a thrilling adventure, instead. What are some of the most daring places to pitch your tent?
What Is Cliff Camping?
Some climbers literally spend nights hanging from cliffs. “For years climbers have been using portaledges, a contraption made with an aluminum frame that is held up on the side of a cliff using pegs and carabineers,” The Weather Channel writes. A regular climber and camper describes the portaledges as comfortable, and explains that you often cannot see the cliff — or the drop — when you are trying to sleep.
Are Americans Really Camping At The Bottom Of The Sea?
Some campers prefer an almost luxurious experience at campgrounds with long lists of amenities. The odd camper, however, may also choose to purchase one-of-a-kind, underwater tents. Some campers in Guam made history by using weights to anchor a tent at the bottom of the sea. The men reportedly needed to cut long slits in their tent to prevent it from floating up to the surface.
Get Up Close and Personal With Rainforests
If you are really looking for a daring and dangerous experience, the rainforest is the place to do it. “Camping in the rainforest comes with its own unique set of challenges, including a wet, hot climate, hordes of insects, and the threat of diseases like malaria,” The Weather Channel continues. For campers who are sold on the idea, some stores even sell anti-malaria pills for that exact purpose.
More Americans are camping every year. In fact from 2010 to 2012, the number of American campers increased by 3 million — and some of those campers are redefining traditional tent camping by spending the night hanging from a cliff or even in the depths of the rainforest.
More often than not, some rest and relaxation — or a nice, long vacation — are a welcome change from the daily grind. The 43 Americans who camped last year, moreover, were onto something. Camping can be a fun and restful idea for family vacations, but it can also be a great solitary activity. What are some tips for Americans who want to strike out and go camping on their own?
Carefully Inspect Any Gear and Equipment Before You Leave
“Test your camping gear before you pack — especially if it has been sitting unused in storage for a while. Bring extra batteries, matches, a lighter, tinder and paper in a plastic bag so they don’t get wet,” The Travel Channel recommends. Decide from the start whether you will go cabin camping or tent camping. If you are camping in a tent, make sure it is practical to place all of the poles on your own.
Do You Have a Dog? Consider Bringing Him or Her Along
Solo campers can guarantee a certain amount of companionship and safety simply by bringing a dog along. (Okay, so that’s not strictly alone — but dogs are likely to be relatively silent and agreeable companions!) Dogs can pick up on sounds before humans, alerting you to any animals near cabin rentals or near your tent in family campgrounds. “It was only because of 2 dogs that I survived a run-in with a mountain lion in New Mexico,” one lone camper tells The Travel Channel.
Don’t Stray From The Marked Trails
Some campgrounds have luxurious amenities that can easily keep you occupied all day long. If you want to venture out into nature, however, stick to marked paths — especially if you are camping by yourself. That way, if you lose cellphone service and you need help, you’re likely to run into someone.
Cabin camping — or even camping in a tent — can be an extremely relaxing experience with friends and family, or even on your own! Know what to expect and be careful if you do plan to go camping alone.