We stayed at Jellystone Park for 2 nights over the weekend in August. It was my husband and I and our 2 young children, ages 5 and 3. When we first arrived, I was disappointed at the lack of "wilderness" feel. Our camp site literally overlooked the hwy 400 (we were in site 72). Once we got over that initial disappointment, things looked up. There are lots of activities for the kids, which is mainly why I gave Jellystone a 4/5 rating.. My kids really had a blast the entire time and didn't want to come home. When we arrived, we were given the weekly calendar of events, everything from face painting, arts and crafts, chalk colouring, kids playground, pool (life jackets available for rent for little ones from the Rangers Station), Hey Hey Hey Rides twice per day (10am and 7pm) with Yogi and Ranger Smith, themed dances and more and all included in the price of our campsite. The tent campsites are about $40.00 per night and then an additional $9.00 per child per night. There's was also a 9 hole mini-golf on site (extra charge of about $5.00 per per person) which we did. It was just a basic course, but the kids really liked it. The grounds are nicely maintained and clean. The grass was newly cut, the buildings were all in a good condition. The arts and crafts room had tons of stuff for the kiddies. The bathrooms were cleaned regularily.
I will agree that many of the campsites are on a slope. Luckily ours wasn't. Also, the park wasn't that full when we were there, or we probably would have had other campers almost on top of us, with few trees or buffers for privacy. But, it wasn't too busy, so it worked out fine for us. In my experience, most campsites provide a grill for over the fire, but unfortunately, Jellystone does not. So, we purchased one at the Rangers Station for $17.99 when we arrived. We thought this was a bit of a rip-off. Also, not all of the sites seemed to have a metal fire pit to keep the fire contained. Ours didn't, it was just a hole in the ground, so we ended up taking one from one of the vacant sites. Again, if the park was full, we probably would have complained about this.
Overall, we had a great experience. The weather co-operated and the kids really did have a great time (so did the grown-ups). We've promised them we will return next year!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There is always a lot to do at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park™. Take a swim in our heated in-ground swimming pool, play a round of mini-putt golf, watch Yogi Bear™ cartoons, enjoy the traditional "Hey, Hey, Hey, Wagon Ride", and much, much, more. You can also take part in any of our planned special events. There's never a dull moment at Jellystone Park™! ... more less