There’s no doubt about it – so far, summer 2012 has been a hot one! With much of the country facing record-breaking, super-intense heat, it’s hard for families to come up with activities that keep everyone cool but entertained. Look no further than your favorite Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, where swimming pools, splash parks, watersides and more offer a wet ‘n wild time for the entire family. Here’s just a glimpse at the fun to be had; be sure to check your nearby campground to see how they are helping guests beat the heat.
• A half-hour’s drive from Houston, the Lone Star Jellystone Park in Waller features a 350-foot whoosh into the water on its famous Pine Tree Plunge waterslide. Don’t miss the Ride the Serpent slide, the plunge pool and the swimming pool. For younger kids, visit the Splash Playground with its 5000-gallon Picnic Basket Blaster. And when you need to dry out just a little, the Wet-n-Wild Hey Wagon will keep you cool outside the pool.
• A giant swimming pool and a separate slide pool with three different water slides make this Minnesota campground perfect for pumping up the excitement. Keep an eye out for the Slip ‘n Slide, where kids will have a belly-busting good time.
• Teens, tweens and kids (not to mention Mom and Dad) splash into fun at the Splash Park and Yogi Bear’s Water Zone in Gloucester Point, VA. With waterslides, spray guns, buckets dumping gallons of water from far overhead and of course old-fashioned swimming, a weekend at Gloucester Point is sure to be wet, wild and full of memories.
• Caledonia Wisconsin's Water Zone features Yogi Bear’s Picnic Splash, with water slides, sprayers and a giant picnic basket that fills with water and dumps it out every few minutes. The Water Wars area offers water balloons and sling shots – what better combination for kids to help keep their parents nice and cool? The swimming and activity pool is for those who actually want to swim – and maybe play a little water basketball, volleyball and more.
The Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Natural Bridge, VA now has another option for physical outdoor family fun-a jumping pillow. Just in time for the 2010 camping season, guests of the park can bounce their way to laughter and fun.
Safer than trampolines, the jumping pillow is a giant pillow-shaped inflatable pad that several children can enjoy at the same time.
Wrist bands are required for the jumping pillow and can be purchased with package deals that also include mini-golf and access to the new Yogi Bear’s Water Zone, all of which are sure to make your family’s outdoor experience unforgettable.
To make reservations, or to learn more about the Natural Bridge Jellystone, call 800-258-9532.
Every year, Leisure Systems, Inc., franchisor for Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, recognizes the very best of its outstanding system. With so many top notch campgrounds to choose from, it’s truly an honor to be recognized as a standout.
In 2010, two campgrounds have earned the Facility of the Year award, which recognizes campgrounds that have added new amenities and facilities to their operations, and have shown sustained improvements overall. The first campground in North Java, NY saw tremendous growth in 2009 after opening Yogi Bear’s Water Zone – a 16,000 square foot interactive splash park featuring slides, a fort, water cannons and spray features. They also added deluxe cabins to increase their appeal to families. The second campground in Natural Bridge, VA , also added water attractions to their campground, including dual slides and multiple spray features.
Congratulations to these New York and Virginia campgrounds!
Jellystone Park campers are always up for a good time, but never more so than when the frost is on the pumpkin (and the candle is in it.) Our campgrounds are wrapping up the summer and planning blowout fright and fun fests.
If you’ve never been to Jellystone Park during Halloween season – you’re missing out! Here’s just a few of the fun things your family can do: deck out your campsite in its ghostly best; creep your way through haunted forests and mazes; enjoy the boys and ghouls in their costumes as they trick or treat through the park; play spooky games and so much more. Halloween is such a big event for Jellystone Parks, sometimes it’s a month-long celebration. Check with your favorite Jellystone Park for their scare-dule of events, or say “boo” to one of our suggestions below.
Enjoy four weekends of Halloween festivities at the Jellystone Campground in Cave City, KY. Beginning October 9, the Haunted Forest opens its gates with new attractions and each campsite gets two free admission passes. There will be Trick-or-treating on Saturdays plus pumpkin carving, costume, and site decorating contests with prizes to the winners. Competition is always fierce in all three events so come prepared!
Join the Jellystone Campground in Natural Bridge, VA for Yogi’s Spooktacular Weekends starting October 9. It’s our favorite time of the year and we’re celebrating all month long with games, crafts, pumpkin carving and painting, trick or treating, and costume contests. Decorate your site and scare our judges – you could win a free weekend of camping! Also, don’t forget to purchase your tickets for our haunted wagon rides. Come in costume Saturday night for our Monster Mash Party with karaoke and glow stick dancing.
The Jellystone Campground in Robert, LA has Halloween activities for all ages in October! The fun starts October 9 & 10 with our Pumpkin Patch and Kiddie Carnival, which is perfect for the little ones. The rest of the month includes Warlock Weekend October 16 & 17, Witching Weekend October 23 & 24 and Halloween. There will be monster mash dancing, karaoke, night vision volleyball, a haunted maze and trick-or-treating, of course.
It’s the month in which we celebrate our country’s hard-earned (and hard-defended) independence, and we’re so excited to honor a member of the United States Marines as July’s Camping Memories contest winner! Sergeant Robert Spade was kind enough to share his family’s longtime love of Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts. Thanks to Sgt. Spade for being part of our family – and especially for his service to the our nation!
My wife and I have been camping together since our wedding 24 years ago. We started out in a tent, then two pop-up campers, (during which time our daughters were born), two travel trailers and finally the fifth wheel we currently have. We used to stay only at KOA Campgrounds because that is all we knew. They met our basic needs, but their prices kept going up and they started charging extra for children and the use of A/C, which the 10% KOA Kard did not put a dent in these add on charges.
Then one day while we were planning a trip to Natural Bridge, VA , we found a Jellystone Park nearby and we decided to try it. That was the beginning of a whole new kind of camping. The staff are the most helpful and friendliest I have ever witnessed. From making the reservations to leaving the park, they made my family feel like we are the only campers there. There is always well organized activities to keep our children entertained if I need some alone time. Having served 12 years and two Combat Tours in the Marine Corps, it brought tears to my eyes every morning when we would gather at the Flagpole to say the Pledge of Allegiance with Yogi or Boo Boo. The campground was so clean and peaceful.
Anytime I have had to cancel for any reason, they are most understanding and helpful. The campgrounds and the staff are focused on clean, safe and well organized family fun. My children still sing the “Sticky Moose Song” they learned on the hayride in Niagara Falls, Canada. We now plan our camping trips around Jellystone Parks. We are booked at the Luray, VA Jellystone Park over the July 4th weekend, and my children are eager to try the waterslide. We have not camped at a KOA since we discovered what Jellystone Parks have to offer. I want to thank you for your training program, it really shows in the service we receive. Here are a few of our photos that we have collected, it was hard to limit how many to send. Thank you for all of the past and future memories you have helped provide for my family.
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The Jellystone Park campground in Natural Bridge, Virginia will host the grand opening of their new Yogi Bear’s Water Zone on May 15. The Water Zone includes a 175 foot dual waterslide, where riders can race each other to the finish! Campers can also find relief from the hot summer sun in one of the many splashground features – such as the Frog Slide, Spraying Palm Tree, or Tumbling Buckets.
The Natural Bridge campground offers wristband packages for unlimited use of Yogi Bear’s Water Zone and the mini-golf course. Use of the Water Zone is only for families staying at the campground, so make your reservation today! Call # 800-258-9532.
The campground has been open since 2002 and includes a number of tent camping sites, RV sites with full hookup and cabin rentals.