Explore Scenic Amish Country from our New Ohio Park

The Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort family is excited to welcome a new member: Whispering Hills RV Park, nestled in the heart of Ohio’s beautiful Holmes County – also known as Amish Country. If you’ve always wanted to explore the simple pleasures and breathtaking scenery of this unique area of the country, here’s the perfect chance.

The newest Jellystone Park™ Camp Resort offers 250 spacious campsites, ranging from tents to full hook-ups, as well as rustic and deluxe cabins for rent. Beautifully wooded hills and lush, rolling farmlands come together here, creating the perfect setting for the quiet, traditional values of the Amish tradition. Spend a relaxing morning enjoying your coffee in one of the park’s A-frame swings, and then explore the hiking trails and lush gardens. Miniature golf, an Olympic-size swimming pool, disc golf, a playground, volleyball and basketball are there when you’re ready to get active. Or enjoy the onsite lake with fishing, kayak and paddleboat rentals. Jellystone Park’s beloved themed weekends are offered Memorial Day through Labor Day, and many Sundays guests are inspired and entertained with live gospel music. Kid’s will love Grandpa’s Farm, the onsite petting zoo. And don’t forget the family dog – this park is pet-friendly.

While you’re here, visit a working Amish farm; sample wholesome, delicious hand-made jams, jellies, pastries and more; shop for handcrafted furniture; check out the Amish flea market; and even listen for the clip-clop of horse-drawn buggies. There’s lots to enjoy – visit www.visitamishcountry.com for local events and attractions.

Whispering Hills is located at 8248 State Route 514 in Big Prairie, Ohio, just three miles south of Shreve, the world’s largest Amish community. To make a reservation, call toll-free at 800-992-2435.

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Want to Spend Some Quality Time With Your Family? Try Camping!

If you have children, you know from experience that taking them on a family vacation requires a great deal of planning and patience. And yet, the experience is always worth it: not only does a family vacation take you away from the common stresses of everyday life, it gives your kids a break from their TV and video games, helping them engage with the world around them. So if you’re thinking about your next family vacation, why not try a simpler, easier way to experience the joys of a family trip? Why not consider a family camping trip?

Approximately 43 million Americans went camping last year in the many campgrounds that are located across the United States. Camping, whether referring to tent camping, cabin camping, or more modern RV camping, is a classic American pastime, but is no longer synonymous with “roughing it”; instead, camping can be very comfortable, and even luxurious. Camping has always been a great way to spend time as a family, but due to the rise of family campgrounds, family camping also offers a number of activities beyond pitching a tent and enjoying the woods. Many campgrounds offer activities and amenities to entertain campers, both adults and children; according to the American Camp Association, 74% of campers reported that they had tried new activities while camping that they had previously been afraid to experience.

There are a number of things you can do to prepare for camping life, especially if you have children. Before embarking on a family camping trip, for example, try pitching a tent in your backyard to acclimate your kids to the idea of sleeping outdoors and away from home. Also, when you are in a campground, remember that most parks observe a carry-in, carry-out policy, and you should take great care not to litter. But otherwise, get ready for a simple, easy, fun vacation with your family on your family camping trip.

Tent Camping with Your Family

Nothing beats the great outdoors! And when you are going for an authentic camp experience, the ultimate vacation is to go tent camping.

The tradition of tent camping goes way back, and is an integral part of America’s vacation culture. Viewed by many as the best way to experience nature, tent camping has become a beloved tradition in many families in the United States and beyond — and family campgrounds are just the place to go.

It is truly authentic. While tent camping is perfectly safe, especially when the tent is pitched within family camping resorts, it is always good to do a tent trial run in your backyard with the younger ones, mostly so they know what to expect. Maybe, if they are not quite ready, an RV rental or cabin rental is a better option. There is always next year to try out tent camping. Another fun, unusual way to camp is in a yurt — more and more campgrounds are offering yurts for families that like to camp together.

Family camping and tent camping is an amazing way to orient your children with nature, and how important it is to “take nothing but pictures, and leave nothing but footprints,” as the old saying goes. You can show your kids how their behavior and habits can directly affect the world around them, negatively if without respect. For example, instruct them to use biodegradable soaps so that no harmful chemicals will be released into the ground water. There are so many valuable lessons on ecological responsibility to be learned, and family summer camps are an excellent setting.

The proof is in the pudding when it comes to why camping is so great. Typical campers go on five camping trips a year, at an average of 150 miles away from their home. This shows you that once you start going camping, you will never want to go to a boring old hotel again to have a break from your crazy and hectic life -— you will always want to go camping! Furthermore, think of all the amazing destinations you can reach within a 150-mile sphere around your home. And after years of exhausting those options, you have the rest of the world to explore!
Now get camping!

Travel to Family Campgrounds

Some of the most cherished family memories ever created will take place on family campgrounds. There is nothing like getting back to your roots (literally and figuratively) with your kin while enjoying the beauty of nature.
Without a doubt, it is one of the best ways to spend time with your family. And that means quality time! No one is distracted by basketball practice or video games, tutoring or babysitting —- everyone lives and thrives together in family camping resorts.

For avid camping parents who have traveled near and far with their own moms and dads, think back to when you would be camping in North Carolina with your favorite cousins, or meeting your first crush two cabins over when camping in Texas, and learning to drive when camping in Colorado. Are these not some of the most innocent and pleasant memories of your lives? You owe it to your children to provide them with the same wholesome and exciting opportunities.

Family campgrounds are overflowing with potential fun activities that don’t involve television in the slightest. On family campgrounds, there is a plentiful amount of space where families can play safely. From hiking and hide ‘n’ seek, to searching for birds in the trees or looking for crawfish in creeks, it is undeniably fun to get a little dirty and play outdoors. The more kids are outdoors, the better their knowledge of the environment right outside their front door, and the better their respect for this gorgeous green earth of ours.

The average camper goes on five camping trips a year at sites around 150 miles away from home. There’s no time to start like the present, and no place to go like family campgrounds. Get your kids out of the city and have them try new things! According to the American Camp Association, nearly 75% of campers have found the bravery to try new activities while camping; the spirit of adventure and exploration is contagious!

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