If you are planning your next family vacation, consider cabin camping or RV camping. In the United States, there are 113,000 federally owned campgrounds and 166,000 camping facilities in state parks. Ohio state campgrounds offer cabin facilities, tent camping areas, and secured locations for RVs. Even luxury facilities can be found, so that people do not need to totally rough it while on vacation.
Camping can be the most inexpensive option for families who want to spend quality time together away from the home. In fact, 40 million people in 2010 thought that RV camping was a great option for them. Camping not only supplies a unique experience, but it provides many great benefits.
1. Camping supplies clean air. When campers visit Ohio State campgrounds, they are surrounding by wilderness. The trees and plants that surround the campsite provide abundant amounts of oxygen. Increased oxygen helps to enhance brain function and increase the breakdown of essential nutrients in the body. The result of breathing fresh air can be seen as the brain becomes more active and energy starts to increase.
2. Visiting RV parks can stimulate the brain and increase the strength of neural pathways. This occurs when people take part in new activities. The experiences provide new information to the brain to increase activity substantially. About 74% of all people take part in new and exciting activities when they go camping. This means that the majority of people who camp are feeding their brains and learning new things.
3. By visiting Ohio State campgrounds, people can experience better sleep. Days full of hikes, nature exploration, and water sports leave the body tired at night. The increase in activity drains the body of energy to make it easier to fall asleep. Also, distractions like televisions, phone calls and internet usage are reduced when RV campgrounds are a part of a vacation. Improved sleep provides better concentration, increased appearance of the skin, and better digestion. Also, by sleeping seven to nine hours a night, people feel more awake during the day so they can continue to experience the adventures of the outdoor wilderness.
Camping is great a recreational activity for anyone who enjoys spending time in the outdoors. Camping has a history dating back to the late 1800s. The first campground, called Cunningham’s camp, was established in 1894. Thomas Holding is considered the father of recreational camping, and Holding spent most of his youth and his adult years enjoying the outdoors and touring both the United States and Ireland.
Camping is as popular today as it was in the early days, and in some ways it is even more attractive than it used to be. In fact, three million more people went camping in 2012 than in 2011.
The typical camper travels almost 200 miles and engages in five or more camping trips a year. There are many things that you should consider before going camping in Ohio. Read through the tips below and make sure you are prepared for your outdoor adventure.
1. Camping in Ohio does not mean that you have to rough it in a tent, unless you want to, that is! You have a variety of camper, cabin, and other luxury options open to you to make your camping trip as enjoyable as possible.
Consider RV camping at RV parks with a rental if you want luxury and all the amenities of home. Our cabins also provide comfort with running water, electricity, and a spacious area for you to spend your time. When you rent a cabin or an RV you don’t have to worry about bringing items that you would if you were staying in a tent.
2. Think about how to respect your outdoor environment when you go family camping. You do not want to contaminate the wilderness or leave refuse behind. Purchase biodegradable soaps to keep the water within the campground clean, and bring trash bags to store all food and garbage wastes in. Do not leave the waste at the campground.
3. Family camping is great for kids and it will give them a chance to experience something new! The outdoor wilderness brings a wide variety of sounds and sensations that may be frightening to children. Set up a tent outdoors with your kids and explain how crickets, birds, and other animals make noises in the evening. Make sure to bring flashlights, both for security and to provide a fun atmosphere.
4. Camping in Ohio is an adventure. This means you should look for new experiences to make the most of your camping trip. Consider mountain hikes, canoe adventures, and wilderness exploration.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts are Blooming with Great Deals this Spring
The flowers and trees are back, the grass is getting green and a warm breeze is on the air – spring has arrived! And none too soon, after this brutal winter. At Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts, this just may be our very favorite time of the year – camping season is upon us. If your family can’t wait to get outdoors, our parks offer the perfect opportunity to get out in the sun and reconnect with Mother Nature. And to help you do that, many Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts are offering Spring Camping Deals: budget-saving offers good only during the early part of the season. Celebrate the end of the snow by taking us up on one of these excellent deals – but don’t delay, they are only available a short time. Deals are subject to change. Contact the individual park for additional information.
ALL OPEN PARKS – Club Yogi™ Rewards members who stay with us ANY day between April 1 and May 15, 2014 will earn double Club Points on stays and qualified purchases.
Elberta, AL – Snowbird Special: Like the park on Facebook, then tag their page in a status update to be eligible for our SNOWBIRD SPECIAL! Groups of two of more RVs get a 10% discount on each site rental. Offer ends April 30th. Discount applied on monthly rentals only. For more information, please call the Ranger station at 251-986-3566.
Goodfield, IL – Add any Thursday or Sunday night (excluding holiday weekends) to a weekend reservation and receive 20% off the additional night.
Pittsfield, IL – Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort at Pine Lakes in Pittsfield, IL offers a Spring Fling special: camp every weekend between April 11 and May 19 for only $300! Just pick your favorite full-hookup site and leave your camper there all week long. In addition, Club Yogi™ Reward Members get double points.
Bloomington, IN – Kick off the Camping Season Package: May 2-June 2 Park your trailer and enjoy 5 weekends of camping, while leaving your trailer on the same site in between weekends, for one price. Memorial Weekend Included! $450 ($580 Value)
Fremont, IN- SUPER SPRING PACKAGE: April 11 – June 15 Leave your unit on site for 10 great weekends of camping! Save over $300 off regular rates & no storage fees. W/E Sites $730 to $795, W/E/S Sites $845 TO $920 OR APRIL PACKAGE – April 11 – April 27 Leave your unit on site for 3 great weekends of camping! W/E Sites $210 to $230, W/E/S Sites $240 to $265
Knightstown/Indy, IN – Camper Appreciation Program • The more you camp with Yogi Bear™ in 2014, the less you pay. • Camp once at Knightstown Jellystone Park™ at the published rate • Camp the second time with us and receive 5% off camping fees • Third time receive 10% discount • Fourth time receive 15% discount • Fifth time receive 20% discount • Sixth and over receive a 25% discount off camping fees This program runs from April through September. The holidays will count as a camping stay, but no discount will be offered on a holiday stay. Cabins are not available for this program.
Lawrence/Kansas City, KS – Stay in the month of March, buy one night get the 2nd night 50% off RV sites. The park also offers a 5% discount when guests book online.
Hagerstown, MD – Save Gas with Spring and Fall Specials. Go green this spring and leave your rig on site from April 20 – May 18. These weekends include Music & BBQ, Who Dun It, Mother’s Celebration and Death by Chocolate, which is the weekend our Water Zone opens! That’s four consecutive weekends of Yogi Bear™ fun to start the season. Then come back in the fall from September 5 – September 28 for four more weekends of fun, including Dog Lovers Weekend, which is the last weekend for the Water Zone. It also includes Chili Cook-Off & Football Fan Weekend, which is the last weekend for Ranger Smith™ pool, Storybook Weekend and our Pumpkin Patch Weekend – all for one low rate! Resort fees are included in these packages.
Sturbridge, MA – March Money! Reduced Rates: Save 15% by making and paying for a reservation by March 31. Mention March Money and put cash in your pocket. Very few restrictions…this offer ends March 31. Does not apply to Holiday weekends, existing reservation or the May Days and October Days Specials. This special is non-refundable. Call 508-347-9570.
Tabor City, NC – 25% off winter rates for cabin/yurt rentals throughout March.
Cherokee, NC – Bring 2014 in with a BANG! 50% OFF Save up to $179/night Get 50% OFF cabin or campsite rental if you stay with us between April 1st and May 18th.Two night reservation required. Must be 21 years of age or accompanied by an adult. Excludes Holidays. Reservations are required (Must mention this special when making reservation). Offer Expires: 05/18/2014 NEW YORK North Hudson, NYAdirondacks/North Hudson, NY SPRING CABIN/RV DISCOUNT APRIL 25TH THRU MAY 15TH 50% off regular pricing. There is a minimum two-night stay on weekends or weekdays. No other discounts apply.
Mt. Gilead/Columbus, OH – Mini Spring Seasonal Package: April 25th – June 7 $860.00 (2 adults & 2 children) 44 Glorious Days to watch the Dogwoods Bloom! Enjoy Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Father’s Day! Package Includes: All utilities plus cable. 2 pumpings per week. Heated pools open May 17th. Weekend Activity Programs. Sites are limited
Quarryville, PA – April 25-May 18 Camp and Store (Spring Special): Includes 4 consecutive weekends of camping (Friday and Saturday nights) and leave your camper set up and plugged in on site between weekends. See website for rates.
Mill Run, PA – Spring and Fall Discounts before Memorial Day Weekend and after Labor Day Weekend. All campsites 50% off summer rates. All rental units 25% off; 2-night stay or longer required.
Sioux Falls, SD – POP (Pay One Price) in May! Pay one low price and stay all non-holiday weekends in May for only $200. This rate includes free on-site storage during the week, camping for up to four occupants, and unlimited mini-golf (no other discounts apply. Package must be paid in advance. Occupants over 4 may be added for $3 per night per person.)
Burleson, TX – 25% all lodging March 17-20. Call 817-426-5037 to receive your offer – availability is limited!
Gloucester Point,VA – The Spring Fling Camping Pass allows guests to choose two or three consecutive weekends to camp anytime between opening weekend and the weekend before Memorial Day. Stay at the park Friday and Saturday nights, leave your camper plugged into your site through the week, and return for more fun the following weekend! Special rates are offered based on how many weekends you participate. Themed weekends are in full swing and there’s so much to do! Check out the details at www.jellystonegp.com or call 804-642-4316.
Luray,VA- Enjoy 3-night packages throughout the month of April. Stay any three nights between April 4-6, April 11-13, April 13-17, April 20-27 or May 2-4, and receive three nights of camping, a three-day golf cart rental, and unlimited use of mini-golf, laser tag, pedal boats and jumping pillows (good for up to four guests). Reservations must be made via phone; call (800) 420–6679.
Natural Bridge,VA – Stay every weekend from March 14-May 11 for one low price and leave your trailer on your site during the week for free. Electricity must be unplugged during the week. Water/Electric/Sewer site – $545
Emporia,VA – 27th Anniversary Special, March 1-April 15 Stay any two consecutive nights for $32 per night. No other discounts apply; two-night minimum stay required; does not apply to cabin rentals.
Caledonia, WI - Book Memorial Day Weekend and add the weekend before (May 16-18) for only $55 plus tax. Also leave your camper onsite, unplugged from Sunday May 18 until Friday of memorial Day! Call for details.
Spring Packages: Arrive Friday at 4pm and leave on Sundays at 2pm. Leave your unit unplugged and unattended from Sunday 2pm- Friday at 4pm. Per person fee listed is for duration of stay and must be added to package price. Includes laser tag, mini golf, jumping pillow and more! Water amenities (2 waterslides, water playground, Water Wars, Activity Pool, Picnic Splash) are open Memorial Day weekend and are also included in per person charges! Call for details.
Spring Package: Stay May 2-18. (3 weekends). $170. Per person charges are: 2 & under:FREE; 3-64: $8 ; 65 & up $5
Spring into Memorial Day: May 2-May 26 (4 Weekends) $325. Per person charges are 2 & under: FREE; 3-64: $29 ; 65 & up $17
Super Saver Spring Package: May 2- June 8: (6 Weekends) $480. Per Person charges are: 2 & under: FREE; 3-64: $35 ; 65 & up $20
While winter camping in Ohio is not for everyone, spring is right around the corner, bringing with it warm breezes and bright sunshine. This means that now is the perfect time to start planning an awesome trip camping in Ohio. Here are a few tips to help you arrange and prepare such a spring-time trip!
1. Who Are You Going With?
While you don’t really need anyone at all to go camping, some of the most fun trips are the ones we make with the people we’re closest to. Gauge your family’s interest in a camping trip, and if they’re all for it, sign them up. Ask your significant other as well if he or she is interested. A nice getaway into the woods can be the perfect romantic retreat. Don’t forget about your closest group of friends as well.
2. Find Your Campsite Online.
One of the best things about camping in Ohio is our parks! Our website can help you find the perfect campsite. This allows you to explore the different accommodations and amenities that different parks offer. Choose a park whose settings and activities are right for your group.
3. Gather the Necessities.
It’s incredibly beneficial to just keep your camping stuff in storage tubs. This will prevent the hassle of getting things together in the future, and it keeps the current trip organized. Each person’s choice of supplies vary, but it’s generally a good idea to keep a big tub full of: tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, first aid kits, lanterns, flashlights, tarps, spare batteries, matches, wet wipes, bug spray, trash bags, and cooking supplies.
It doesn’t matter if you prefer tent camping, RV camping, or cabin camping in Ohio, just so long as you get out there and experience the wide, wonderful world that our beautiful country has to offer this spring. If you have any questions about finding suitable sites or RV parks to go camping in Ohio, feel free to ask in the comments.
Next time you are camping in Texas, visit North Texas Jellystone Park™ Burleson and tell General Manager Steve Stafford congratulations – he’s been named Operator of the Year by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The Operator of the Year Award is presented to the person or people directly responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Camp-Resort. It represents excellence in management, improved inspection ratings, and growth in business. In other words, Steve is tops in our book!
Here’s Ranger Steve and one of his staff at an event – now you see why he’s awesome! Located 15 minutes south of downtown Fort Worth and 40 minutes west of Dallas, the year-round Texas campground has 37 custom-built luxury cottages (25 of which have a two-person spa and fireplace) and 248 RV sites with full hookups, 50 amp, and cable connection. Amenities include two family pools, a kiddie pool, playground, four meeting facilities, and more. Families will also love the laser tag field, candy bar bingo, hayrides, visits from Yogi Bear™ and fire truck rides.The park’s Pirates Cove Wet & Dry Fun Park is located next door to the resort and offers seven waterslides, multi-platform play area, inflatables, arcade games and more. Add themed weekends throughout the summer, and it’s a perfect getaway.
North Texas Jellystone Park™ is known for its innovative features . You’ll find the Lost Maze to be a fun challenge for parents and kids to navigate together, while the improved Crafts & Activity Room offers opportunities to indulge your creative side through candle-making, woodcrafts and more. The Inflatable Corral is a Texas-style “bouncy” park sure to wear any kid out; woodlands walking and biking trails are perfect for strolls or family rides. And this past summer saw the opening of a Tropical Sno Cone stand at the park’s Ranch Pool. If that’s not enough to keep your brood busy – all we can say is, Paintball is coming very soon. The North Texas Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort is located at 2301 S. Burleson Blvd. in Burleson, TX and is open year-round. Find more information and reservations visit www.northtexasjellystone.com or call 800.855.9091. Don’t forget to tell Steve and his team they’re doing a great job!
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.
If you’re looking for a unique Ontario camping experience for your kids, check out the Niagara Falls Jellystone Park summer camp. Niagarathisweek.com featured an article – “Spend Summer with the Bears” – about the new camps.
From Niagarathisweek.com: Contrary to popular belief, Yogi Bear™ doesn’t spend all of his days devising ways to steal picnic baskets.
Running in weekly blocks, each with its own theme, the camp is meant to give Niagara youth a fun introduction to camp life while giving their parents a break. Campground co-owner Jim Amadio said with all of the amenities already in place, it was really just a matter of setting it up.
“We have everything needed, a full-time recreation staff, the playground and a pool,” he said. “We’d just never done it before.”
Recreation program leader Emma Christie led the charge in terms of camp development, planning out the full schedule of daily activities including sports, crafts, activities and a daily visit from Yogi Bear or one of his pals, Boo Boo™ and Ranger Smith.™
“It’s really an extension of what we’re already doing in the park anyway,” Christie explained, noting they already run programs for young campers vacationing with their families.
The day camp will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, with extended care hours available starting at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m.
Different themes include superheroes, survivor, ooey gooey, zoofari and more. In addition to activities in the pool and playground, there will also be wagon rides, crafts and games. Amadio noted each camper gets a take-home Jellystone Park T-shirt signed by their new friends.
Christie said in addition to getting kids out of the house for a bit, the program also gives them a unique one-of-a-kind experience.
“We have campers stay here from all over the world, they’ll get to make new friends and play with children from other countries,” she said.
The Yogi Bear Day Camp costs $150 per week, plus tax with discounts available for siblings and multiple week bookings. Jellystone Park Niagara is located at 8676 Oakwood Dr. in Niagara Falls. For more information call Christie at 905-354-1432, email YogiBear@jellystoneniagara.ca or visit www.jellystoneniagara.ca.