Every year we travel to Alabama and our children see Jellystone from I-10, begging to visit. This year we planned a three day trip to Jellystone. Upon checkin, we were directed to a very uneven site. Frequent rains had washed out the site and made it very difficult to level our travel trailer. When we mentioned it to the staff, we were given a choice to move to a variety of other sites. We chose another site and set up. We really enjoyed the slide and lazy river. However, the slide has wood decks on the stairs and concrete base. The wood would develop a slick layer and become quite slippery. It desperately needed some non-slip mats or something. The same thing happened with the concrete around the bottom. I watched one teen take a nasty spill on the wood decking. It was very lucky how she fell she did not go tumbling down the stairs.
One other issue was the putt-putt course. It appears like it was set up and never upkept at all. All of the electronics were not working, even though the plugs indicated there were supposed to be some ball blocks and other things happening. Additionally, there were several really soft spots in the wood, rotten decking, tearing carpets. All of this takes money to fix, and I understand how renovating a park may be expensive, but someone is going to step through the decks. The most irritating part was the gravel all over the decks. Fixing this is as simple as sweeping it off daily.
Finally, we did some kayaking on the lake. It was enjoyable, but the kayaks had broken pieces, so sharp plastic edges were exposed. Given this is a camping experience, it is expected there will be some issues with equipment and overall we had a really pleasant time. The issue is one of value. Given the state of the amenities, the price seems really high.
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