Family Vacation Campgrounds are the Best Option for Summer Fun!

February 2, 2016

It’s good to dream up amazing vacations, but some families can get a bit too creative when it comes to planning their next holiday. Like most things in life, it’s best to stick with the basics. Family vacation campgrounds have been helping to give families the time of their lives for decades, and remain the premier option for family fun in the summer.

Family camping adventures allow the whole gang to try new things while enjoying the company of one another. These days, kids (and parents) are usually too focused on their smartphones and tablets to actually have a conversation. At family vacation campgrounds, such as Camp Jellystone parks you’ll find that it’s never been easier to bond with your loved ones.

You also may run into other families during your trip as well, which makes the experience even more exciting. You never know what to expect in family vacation campgrounds, which is probably why millions of people spend time there every single year.

That’s not all, though. Here are just three of the many reasons to consider family vacation campgrounds for your next getaway:

    • Spend time with loved ones. Camping is still one of the most popular activities for families, because it brings loved ones together unlike anything else. In fact, family camping vacations are one of the most popular choices for Americans, and they spent about 534.9 million days camping altogether in 2011. If you feel as if your relationship with your family has suffered since technology became so prominent, you need to check out some family vacation campgrounds.


    • Meet new people. In 2010 alone, approximately 40 million people went camping for a total of 515 million outings. As you might expect, this staggering number means that you’ll probably run in to some other like-minded families during your camping adventure. Meeting new people is perhaps the best part of family vacation campgrounds, and these random run-ins often lead to families becoming lifelong friends.


    • Experience different regions and environments. There are campgrounds all over the nation, and each and every single one offers a unique and distinct experience. There are campgrounds in Wisconsin, campgrounds in Texas, and even campgrounds in New York. Each of these family vacation hot-spots offers something totally different, yet all of them are supremely entertaining.

Most camping — about 70% — is done in public campgrounds, and your family will be convinced to make this a yearly event after they experience family vacation campgrounds. Check out some campgrounds near you and start a new family tradition this year!

Camping in the Northeast? Consider These 3 Incredible Destinations

February 2, 2016

Camping in North EastThere’s nothing quite like spending some quality time with family on vacation, and camping is the ultimate way to enjoy the company of loved ones in the great outdoors. When planning your next vacation, consider camping in the Northeast at one of the many popular destinations in the region.

The West Coast might be a beloved vacation destination because of its weather, but camping in the Northeast is an experience unlike any other. Americans went camping for a total of 516.6 million days in 2013, and many of these families took advantage of the incredible campgrounds near New York, Pennsylvania, and Ontario.

Most campers went on five camping trips that year, traveling an average of 191 miles from their home to the campground. If you live anywhere in the Northeast, you’re already within driving distance to some of the most amazing camping destinations in the country. In fact, you can see all of these places in one weekend if you plan your trip just right.

Here are a few of the best places to check out when camping in the Northeast:


    • Camping in New York. New York is generally known for its skyscrapers and snow, but hardcore campers know that it’s arguably the best state in the country for some quality camping. Upstate New York is full of unique campgrounds where families from all over the country gather to have the time of their lives. Most camping (about 70%) is done in public campgrounds, and you can find some resort-style campgrounds in NY if you know where to look.


    • Camping in Pennsylvania. Drive just a few hours south from your campground in New York and you’ll land in beautiful Pennsylvania, also known as The Keystone State. Pennsylvania is known for having some of the friendliest people in the country. When you reach your campground, you’ll find plenty of other families who can show you the best places to hike, fish, hunt, and enjoy other activities.


    • Camping in Ontario. If you choose to head north after you leave your New York campground, you’ll find yourself in gorgeous Ontario. Americans may not see Canada as the spot to vacation, but the entire country is a well-kept secret for savvy American campers. Ontario is a city with deep roots in the great outdoors where you’ll find world-class ice fishing spots as soon as you cross the border.


Camping in the Northeast is full of possibilities, and each of the places mentioned above are among the greatest places in the country to spend time with family. Consider camping in these areas for your next family vacation and enjoy the unique serenity of the Northeast.

Family Reunions...Jellystone Park Style

September 3, 2011

Family reunions are a great way to spend your family vacation. Family reunions are a time for cousins, grandparents, in-laws and distant relations to come together and spend days and evenings retelling the tales of years gone. Reunions are also a time for rebuilding friendships and bonds that have gone neglected over the years. Family reunions also give you a chance to meet all the new family members who have joined in recent years and more than anything they are a time for fun and relaxation.

Family Reunion Activities - Volleyball

Have Your Reunion at a Jellystone Park

One of the best locations for hosting a family reunion is at a Jellystone Park Campground. Family members are often scattered all over and so selecting a centrally located Jellystone Campground can be perfect, that way no one has to travel overly far. Additionally, Jellystone Parks are prepared to accommodate the lodging needs of anyone, with tent spaces, RV sites, and cabin rentals.

Here are some other reasons why choosing a Jellystone Park Campground for your family reunion is a good idea:

  • Age appropriate – One of the neatest things about a family reunion is the age range. There seems to be someone of every age at a family reunion – teens, middle-agers, seniors, toddlers, babies, young adults and everything in between. Jellystone Parks offers fun activities for nearly every age. The kids can have plenty of fun in the pool and game room while the adults enjoy soaking up the sun or talking around the campfire. The whole family can enjoy a game of volleyball or basketball or the grandparents can take the grandchildren on a walk on a nature path. At Jellystone Park no one should feel left out because of their age.
  • Reservations – If you are planning a family reunion at Jellystone Park, you can be sure that the staff will work with you to make the reunion a memorable event. Everything from finding close campsites or RV sites, to reserving a covered pavilion can be handled with ease. At Jellystone you can be sure of getting the help you need to make your event go smoothly.
  • Location – Not only is there many different Jellystone Park locations, but most are close to other attractions. So while the park provides many fun activities, you can, as a family, spend a day or two exploring the local area. All sorts of activities may be at your disposal, everything from visiting a natural history museum to seeing the site of an old fort. Most Jellystone campgrounds are close to one or two interesting attractions and several hiking options.
  • Price Camping at a Jellystone Campground will be less expensive than staying in a hotel and you will have more opportunities for family interaction.

So find a Jellystone Park that is convenient for everyone and make your reservation. We are certain that your family will have a great time.

Tabor City Jellystone Park™ Earns Awards for Inspection and Outstanding Service

March 26, 2011

It’s a big year at the Jellystone Park™ Campground in Tabor City, North Carolina , where the campground has been recognized for the third consecutive year with the Carroll Award, which is presented to the campground receiving the highest inspection score of the entire 75-park Jellystone Park system. 

In addition, Rick Coleman and his family, owners of the Tabor City Jellystone Park, received the system’s Jim Webb Spirit Award, which recognizes outstanding service and commitment to both guests and the franchise system itself. 

The Coleman family built their campground on an old farm, creating a big, open space similar to a national park – but with all the amenities and activities of a top-notch family resort. Tabor City Jellystone Park guests enjoy meticulously manicured grounds, concrete pads, sparkling restrooms and a helpful, attentive staff. Tucked away on a quiet farm in Southeastern North Carolina, the campground is just minutes away from the Grand Strand of South Carolina, Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, NC. Whether you are an angler at heart, enjoy hiking, area social butterfly who loves planned activities or you just want to relax, you will experience natural beauty like you’ve never seen before at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Tabor City. Guests can choose from a range of accommodations, from tent and RV sites to camping cabins and even pet-friendly yurts.
First-rate amenities include free Wi-Fi, accommodations, and activities for the whole family. There’s also a pool, lap pool, Yogi Bear’s Splash Zone, and Water Wars for fun in the sun; an arcade, indoor theater and amphitheater; a jungle gym playground; gem mining; basketball and volleyball courts; and the Locomotion Ride Truck, which takes guests on a four-wheel open-air trek through muddy terrain. Nature lovers will enjoy miles of hiking trails and fully-stocked fishing ponds.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Tabor City is located just off Highway 701 on Richard Wright Road. The campground is open year round with planned activities beginning April 2. For reservations, call 877-668-8586 or visit

Jellystone Park™ in Luray is Campground of the Year

March 25, 2011

The Rust family, owners of the Jellystone Park™ Campground in Luray, Virginia , have been recognized with the Camp-Resort of the Year award by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The award – the highest honor that can be earned by a Jellystone Park Camp-Resort – recognizes a campground and operators who exceed all standards of operation, show a strong growth in business, implement sustained improvements to the facility and are viewed as leaders in the campground industry. 

The picturesque Luray Jellystone Park is found on Lee Highway at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Luray Caverns, world-famous Skyline Drive and the main entrance to Shenandoah National Park are just a few miles away.

The park boasts beautiful tent and RV sites, ranging from full hookup (water, electric and sewer) Red Carpet sites to rustic tenting. Nine new camping cabins will be added this year for a total of 59 cabins. For bigger groups, the Three Bears Lodge sleeps 10 and includes a gas fireplace. And activities abound for every member of the family – a twisting, turning tornado of a waterslide; Laser Tag; pedal boats; Old Faceful gem mining; two swimming pools, including one with a spray feature; kiddie pool; miniature golf; fishing; a game room; and a Jumping Pillow. 

Planned activities and themed weekends kick off March 26 with Wake Up the Bears/Two for One Weekend, when guests can camp two nights for the price of one (not valid on cabins and cottages.) Other great themed weekends include Pirate Adventure Weekend (May 14-15) and the campground’s popular Halloween Weekends (October 14-16, 22-23, and 29-30.) During mid-summer themes are extended for a full week; examples include Christmas in July Week (July 5-10); Kids’ Revenge Week (August 1-7); and Yogi Bear’s Birthday Celebration (August 22-28).
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Luray is located at 2250 Lee Highway. The campground is open year-round. For reservations, call (800) 420 –6679 or visit their

Exciting Events at the Warrens, Wisconsin Jellystone Park!

July 8, 2010

July is here, and that means camping and family vacation season is at its best! Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Warrens has several exciting activities planned for the month of July, so gather up the gang and book your stay for one of these awesome family fun themed weeks!

July 5-11: Chocolate, Chocolate and more Chocolate! This year will be the most fun filled and sweet chocolate week yet! Start by slipping around on the chocolate Slip-n-Slide, or participate in the chocolate pie eating contest. There will also be chocolate crafts and live entertainment at the band stand by Pink Confusion- an all girl band-performing on July 10. Come check out what Cindy Bear is so excited about, just don’t forget to bring some old clothes, however, because this weekend gets really messy!!

July 12-18: It’s Yogi’s Birthday! Come celebrate our favorite bear’s birthday! He will be out looking for you to help his friends sing “Happy Birthday” and wish him ‘many more!’ Even though he’ll be another year older, he never seems to show his age. Don’t miss the opportunity to party hardy with Yogi and the gang! Brush up on your Yogi Trivia for great prizes. Performing at the band Stand July 17 will be the Kar-Jackers with DJ and karaoke fun for everyone!

July 19-25: Sports Week! This week is for the sports lover and fan in us all. Come compete in a variety of games or learn new ones! There is sure to be something for everyone to participate in whether it’s basketball, volleyball, swimming contests, or just being a spectator. Or, head over to the skate park and show your stuff!

July 26-August 1: Miss Cindy Bear’s Week! Let’s see if Cindy Bear can make Yogi be on his best behavior. As Cindy likes to be a Princess, let’s have some of our own Princesses! Bring your Princess outfits and let’s have some fun! There will be a golf cart parade featuring all of our special royalty in waiting. Games and fun galore! And, if you like rock music, come dance to the tunes of the Radio Raid Band, performing live at the band stand on July 31, 2010.

Aside from all the themed fun, don’t forget the Warrens Jellystone Park has Yogi Bear’s Splash Zone, Water Wars, slides, and a sandy swimming beach for all your families’ wet and wild desires.

Yogi Bear's Splash Zone

Yogi Bear's Splash Zone

To make a reservation or to find out more information, visit or call 888-386-9644 but hurry because spots are filling quickly!

Kansas Gets it's First Jellystone Park!

July 8, 2010

Located at 1473 Hwy 40 in Lawrence, Kansas, owners Ralph and Kim Newell are the first park owners from Kansas to join the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park franchise system. When they bought the campground 10 years ago, they knew they had their work cut out for them. The park was in “tough shape,” but after investing $750,000 in improvements, the Newell’s have transformed their campground into a popular family friendly destination.

With 95 sites in all, Kansas City Jellystone is sure to please any type of camper with pull-thru sites, tenting sites, and a variety of amperes to accommodate any need.

Other amenities include internet access, Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, a snack/dinner bar, and a convenience store for those precious Yogi Bear souvenirs or last minute camping necessities.  There are also meeting rooms, and pets are welcome, so even Fido can join in on the fun.

For all your family’s entertainment needs, one can take a dip in the pool, run on the playground, fish, enjoy live entertainment, bounce about on the jumping pillow, sing along to songs on a wagon ride, or compete in classic games like basketball or volleyball on the sports courts. Of course every family enjoys Jellystone Park’s signature themed weekends, which includes everything from ice cream socials to flashlight candy hunts, hayrides to outdoor movies. This year, in fact, the Newell’s have planned nearly 30 themed weekends, including a “Death by Chocolate” and “Murder Mystery” week, as well as a 1950’s week and a “Christmas in July” celebration with campsite decorating contests, and free admission to children under 16.

The park also operates a corn maze in the fall and this year will have its first pumpkin patch in advance of Halloween.


Wagon Rides at the Kansas City Jellystone Park

Wagon Rides at the Kansas City Jellystone Park

Nearby attractions include golfing, museums, lakes, parks and trails, not to mention the park is just 45 minutes west of downtown Kansas City.

“Anybody can provide a place to stay overnight,” Newell said, adding, “What we want to do is get that customer to want to come back again and again.”

For current rates and availability or to book your reservation visit or call 785-842-3877.


July is Jumpin' at Tabor City Jellystone Park!

June 28, 2010

Tucked away on a quiet farm in southeastern North Carolina, Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Tabor City has a full line up of family fun activities planned for the month of July. Whether your family is looking to swim, slide, fish, hike, or just relax by the fire, without a doubt there is something for everyone to enjoy.

July 2-5: Red, White and Blue 4th of July Weekend
The fun kicks off with one of America’s most celebrated holidays-July 4th! Yogi and Boo Boo will lead a patriotic parade where campers are encouraged to decorate bikes and golf carts with their favorite holiday garb. Learn to tie-dye a shirt in our nation’s colors. Ladies of all ages can dance the night away on Saturday and compete in the best red, white, and blue hairdo contest. There will also be a scavenger hunt for the adults only!

July 9-11: 70’s Disco and Retro Weekend
Flash back to the past and get those John Travolta suits or bell-bottom jeans out for a groovy 70’s weekend. Tie-dye shirts for the disco dance on Saturday night ($) or participate in the biggest bubblegum blowing contest. You won’t want to miss the Saturday Night Live dance contest, so start practicing your best disco grooving steps and flaunt your “Stayin’ Alive” jive.

July 16-18: Farm Days and Animal Mania Weekend
Tractors, tractors and more tractors will be on display for viewing. Join in on the first “Pedal Tractor Pull” contest or try your luck in the bean spitting contest. Be sure to get your fancy outfits ready and enter your pet(s) in the “Pet Parade and Beauty Contest,” or earn bragging rights by entering the ‘best trick’ pet contest. Your furry family members will also enjoy the new ‘Bark Park’ where they can test their agility or run free while befriending others.

July 23-25: Christmas in July
Guess who is leaving the cold of the North Pole and heading south for the warm weather at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone in Tabor City? It’s Santa!!! Yogi Bear and Boo Boo will have their lists ready for an early start. Bring your lights and decorations and win the best site contest! Christmas crafts and cookie decorating will entertain the kids and Santa will be at the clubhouse to hear holiday wishes and give a small gift!

On top of these full filled themed weekends, Tabor City Jellystone also features other activities for the family, such as gem mining, Water Wars, sports courts, an arcade, a playground and a refreshing, sparkling pool complete with water slide fun!

Can’t decide which weekend to choose? Stay for two, three, or more! New lower weekly rates make it easy to keep the fun coming, and with so much fun to be had, spots fill quickly so call 1-800-558-2954 to make a reservation, or visit for more information. 

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Tabor City, North Carolina

Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Tabor City, North Carolina

Beat the Heat at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts!

June 25, 2010

The dog days of summer are finally among us, and with temperatures rising, there’s no better way for your family to stay cool than in the water. With several amenities sure to please any water lover, Jellystone Parks offer a wide variety of wet and wild fun.

Water Spray Grounds are Great Summer Time Fun!

Water Spray Grounds are Great Summer Time Fun!

All of our campgrounds have sparkling pools for soaking, splashing and relaxing, but Jellystone Park’s premiere beat-the-heat play place is Yogi Bear’s Water Zone “Splash Ground.” Found at many of our parks, these playgrounds in the water add a new element of fun to the old-fashioned swimming pool. Whether it’s the mushroom shaped showers, squirting water cannons or buckets of water dumped on unsuspecting heads, everyone in the family is sure to keep cool while having a blast. There are even zero-entry levels for the smallest members of the family to safely enjoy. Just a few of the campgrounds featuring this one-of-a-kind water play include Bremen, Georgia; Robert, Louisiana; and Quarryville, Pennsylvania. For a complete listing of the campgrounds with Yogi Bear’s Water Zone, please visit Splashgrounds.

For the more daring members in your family, many of our parks have twisting, turning and gravity defying waterslides. Jellystone Parks such as Mammoth Cave, Kentucky; Woodstock, New Brunswick; Waller, Texas; Marion, North Carolina and Fremont, Wisconsin have super flumes that take riders on a journey with all the thrills of a theme park, giving parents the perfect answer to the perennial kid question, “What can we do now?” For more water sliding fun filled parks, see Waterslides.

On top of all the pools, splashes, and thrilling water slide fun, some of our other Jellystone Parks offer lakes, rivers and streams which include outrageous fun like boating, fishing, rafting, and sandy beaches to wade and swim in. For our list of ways to get wet, see Family Fun.

So gather the family, beat the heat and head out to a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park near you! For more information visit our website at or call 1-800-558-2954 and take advantage of the all the wet and wild summer time fun!

Independence Day Activities at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Parks

June 25, 2010

Independence Day is just around the corner, one of America’s favorite and most celebrated holidays of the summer. Cookouts, fireworks and camping are just some of the ways many participate in the holiday, and there’s no better place to enjoy the festivities than at one of your favorite Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts!

Nearly all of our Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts have something in store for the big holiday weekend, so visit to see what your favorite park’s family fun activities are to celebrate America’s birthday!

Following are just some of the ways Yogi Bear and his friends will be having fun:

Austin, MN (July 2-5) Celebrate our nation’s independence with a Freedom Parade featuring guests’ decorated bikes, wagons, strollers, and golf carts. Kids will love the “Kids Pedal Tractor Pull” competition, and Saturday night the whole family can sway to the sweet sounds of the “3-Land” band.

Ashland, NH (July 2-5) Spend your holiday in the breathtaking White Mountains of New Hampshire. Plans include a parade, red white & blue tie-dying, live entertainment, pony rides, and don’t forget your festive finery for the Patriotic Campground Decorating Contest!

Caledonia, WI (July 1-4) Join in on the 4th of July American “Pic-A-Nic Basket” weekend! This weekend will be filled with many activities to celebrate our country’s birthday. Join in for the flag ceremony in the mornings, make a flag pillowcase and help to create our very own flag during craft time. Yogi Bear will be joining in for a hot dog picnic ($), so bring your camera and lots of smiles! Remember to bring your running shoes, as we will play reverse kickball to kick off – pardon the pun – this holiday celebration.

The holiday festivities are sure to be a blast for everyone in the family, so visit your favorite Jellystone Park this July 4th and book your reservation now , or call 1-800-558-2954 for more information as this popular camping holiday will no doubt fill up fast!