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!
Texas camping used to be synonymous with staying in a tent or RV. But Texas camping resorts across the Lone Star State are finding they can accommodate bigger groups and introduce more people to camping by making park model rental accommodations available to them, according to Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners.
“We’re seeing a dramatic increase in the number of parks that offer rental accommodations,” said Schaeffer, whose organization launched a separate website called TexasCabinRentals.net to help people find campgrounds with park model rental accommodations. Park models are 400-square foot, factory built units that are built on a chassis, like a trailer, but look like cabins or cottages. They come fully furnished with beds and kitchen appliances. Some even have lofts for the kids.
“We’re adding a dozen of them to our park this year,” said Steve Stafford, manager of the Jellystone Park Texas Camping Resort in Burleson, outside of Dallas.
Major campground chains like Jellystone Parks have joined independently owned and operated campgrounds across the country in adding park models as rental accommodations for their guests. Government run campgrounds are also investing in park models.
More information on the park model surge in Texas is available from the Texas Association of Campground Owners, the Crowley-based trade association that represents and markets campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the Lone Star State. The association’s 2013 RV Travel & Camping Guide to Texas highlights the fact that Texas is a birders paradise and includes detailed information on campgrounds, RV parks and resorts, as well as old Western style maps.
Ronald Bowyer, owner of the North Texas campground near Fort Worth, has been recognized with the Entrepreneur Award by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The Entrepreneur of the Year award recognizes Camp Resorts that show a strong growth in business over the prior year. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort group in Cincinnati.
Located 15 minutes south of downtown Fort Worth and 40 minutes west of Dallas, the 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. Nearby entertainment and attractions include golf, shopping, restaurants, museums, theme parks and professional sports and racing. Families will also love the laser tag field, candy bar bingo, hayrides, visits from Yogi Bear and fire truck rides.
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 Texas camping getaway.
The North Texas campground’s management team looks to continue the entrepreneurial trend with the addition of new attractions and programs in 2013. The new Lost Maze is a fun challenge for kids and parents to navigate together, and the Crafts & Activity Room will offer opportunities for families to indulge their creative sides with activities like candle making, tie-dyeing, and woodcrafts; the soon-to-open Inflatable Corral is an innovative “bouncy” park sure to wear kids out and ensure a good night’s sleep, while older kids will love the new woodlands walking and biking trail. The park’s Ranch Pool will feature a Tropical Sno Cone stand for summer 2013, and improvements to the onsite activities center include a new stage, movie screen and karaoke sound system.On the value side, guests can now choose from package deals like the Build Your Own Birthday package and Stay & Play wristbands, which allow unlimited enjoyment of all the park’s offerings.“We are always looking for ways to add value and family fun for our guests,” said owner Ron Bowyer. “We are excited that the Jellystone Park system recognized our efforts, and I am so proud of my entire team for always focusing on improving our guests’ experience. We look forward to an amazing 2013.”
The North Texas Jellystone Park campground is located at 2301 S. Burleson Blvd. in Burleson, TX and is open year-round. If you are camping in Texas, check them out!
The Tyler Texas campground, which was previously known as Whispering Pines RV & Cabin Resort, joined the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort network of family campgrounds on Jan. 1. The 30-year-old Texas campground, which has 133 RV sites and 18 park model cabins, has long been a Texas camping favorite. Families enjoy the campgrounds’s lineup of themed weekends and special events from Easter through Halloween.
Don and Jan Tardy, who acquired the campground in May of last year with Jan’s adult children, Colt and Bree Perrin, said they wanted to join the Jellystone Park chain to expand their marketing reach. “I like the concept of Jellystone Park and I want to emphasize the fact that we are a park that caters to families,” Don Tardy said.
Jellystone Parks are famous for offering fun, family activities that include everything from crafts and games to “hey rides,” birthday parties with the bears and daily appearances by Yogi.
The campground will celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with spa-like amenities that include special stations and supplies that will be set up so that kids can give their moms manicures, pedicures and massages. The park is also planning a mom and kids team tournament, a scavenger hunt, and craft activities, which give children the opportunity to create memorable gifts for their moms and other special people in their lives.
“You don’t even need a tent or RV to camp with us because we have cabins and other vacation rentals,” said Michele Wisher, a spokeswoman for Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems, Inc., which franchises Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts.
The Tardys, who run the park with Jan’s adult son, Colt Perrin, already have a head start on the family activities and nice amenities, including two salt water swimming pools and a fishing pond, which is stocked with perch, bass and brim. But they plan to make more improvements to the campground in preparation for the upcoming camping season.
“We’re about to add five more cabins,” Tardy said, adding that the new cabins should be in place by May 15. Whispering Pines also has four large meeting rooms with separate kitchens to accommodate large groups. Other amenities include basketball, horseshoe, ping pong, shuffleboard and volleyball courts, a camp store and a poolside cafe.
Tardy said his market primarily involves the area between Dallas and Shreveport, La.
If you are camping in Texas, visit one of five Jellystone Parks in the state. Other Jellystone Park Texas campgrounds are located in Burleson, Canyon Lake, Fredericksburg and Waller.
Looking for relief from the summer heat in TX? Head to the Jellystone Park campground in Waller County where there’s waterslides, a pool and splashground. Check out these photos from YourHoustonNews.com taken last week:
Larry and Kim Jones, owners of Jellystone Park™ Campground Hill Country in Canyon Lake, Texas, have been recognized with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Jellystone Park franchise system. The award recognizes Campgrounds that show a strong growth in business over the prior year
Located on 27 acres in the beautiful rolling hills of Texas Hill Country, the campground is just 13 miles from New Braunfels and less than an hour from Austin and Houston. Guests will love the brand-new sparkling pool and kid-friendly splash park that opened for the 2011 camping season, as well as the indoor pool, Jumping Pillow, meeting rooms, Laser Tag, disc golf, Gem Mine, sand volleyball court, half court basketball, horseshoe pits, playground and Jellystone Hall, which is perfect for family reunions or church retreats. The park also allows day visitors to its pool and splash park, and rents its meeting rooms and Jellystone Hall to the public, making it a great day destination for locals.
The Joneses, whose children also work at the campground, were chosen for their commitment to consistent improvement to their growing park. In addition to the new pool, splash park and disc golf, they have recently added a jumping pillow and camping cabins.
“We’ve been very blessed with strong business growth thanks to our wonderful staff and our amazing customers,” said Larry Jones. “Our team, the unique Texas economy and the great regional attractions that surround our park have helped us build a strong repeat customer and referral base.”
Themed weekends provide additional family fun, with a different theme every weekend all summer long. Kids and adults alike will enjoy events like Hero’s Weekend (May 20-22), when all law enforcement, doctors, nurses, EMTs, firefighters and military personnel camp two nights for the price of one; Western Roundup Weekend (June 24-26), when guests can don their cowboy duds and Under the Sea Weekend (August 12-14), including sand castles, blowing bubbles, crafts, crab races, and of course, lots of water activities.
The Jellystone Park Campground Hill Country is located at 12915 FM 306 in Canyon Lake and is open year-round. Find more information and reservations visit jellystonehillcountry.com or call 877.964.3731.