Our family of four (5 year old, 14months) stayed here for 3 nights while we enjoyed the sights in St. Louis. It was a good value for the money - we stayed in a 2 bedroom cottage with kitchenette, bathroom and A/C. Our daughter loved the bunk beds, and a pack-n-play crib fit in the our bedroom or the living room. It was tight quarters (think train bunk or cruise room) but adequate for a short trip (and cheaper than renting 2 rooms at a hotel - plus had the fridge/stove/sink). I was pleasantly surprised at the cleanliness of the cottage and the staff was all very helpful and polite.
It was nice weather when we were there - even cool for a Midwestern July (high of 86, 75 at night). We still used the A/C at night because there weren't screens on the windows to keep bugs out. However, because there are so many big trees, it was shady and comfy during the day. I think if someone wants all A/C activities, outdoor summertime campgrounds aren't for them...the point is to enjoy the warm weather. A wonderful (unexpected) big perk was the free wireless internet - so we could use our laptop from the cottage (we were close to the ranger station - I don't know if it's available throughout the campground). It was handy to check email/news etc.
We enjoyed one afternoon/evening doing the activities - pool, minigolf, arcade games, shuffleboard, crafts, playground, ice cream sundaes, little train around the campground. There was a minimal fee for minigolf and ice cream ($1-$3 per person) and arcade games are quarter per play. They offered pancakes every breakfast, which was fun one morning - $4 per person. Otherwise it was nice to stock our kitchen for breakfast and snacks. As far as the 'nickel and diming', I would rather pay per entertainment item than raise the overall price - depending on your activities, lots of people might not utilize them. We printed off an online coupon that gave us $20 off per night, in addition to one free minigolf and a train ticket. We didn't buy much at the camp store (although not as overpriced as I expected - ice $1, firewood $5 per cord). Instead, we got supplies at the WalMart that was 10min away.
As alluded to in another review, it is a busy suburban campground (although much quieter on the weeknights we were there as opposed to the Friday night). After all, this isn't the Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park backcountry. Campsites are small (but very nicely shaded) and parking is one spot per cottage (but how many vehicles do you need to bring to a 4 person cabin??). However, I felt comfortable with my kids walking around - lots of kids were walking/biking everywhere, so cars are very slow and careful. Also, I wouldn't want it to be huge and have to walk large distances with little kids.
Conveniently located, it was only 30 min from all the sights in St. Louis (and only 5 min from Six Flags). This was a great lodging alternative that our daughter thought was a blast, and my husband and I found tolerable (and reasonably priced!) It's not Disney - this should not be your primary vacation destination, but we were pleased and would recommend it to other families.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located less than a mile from the gate of Six Flags and nestled among 35 wooded acres; our award-winning family resort offers all the fun and adventure of a back-to-nature vacation combined with first class resort amenities. We offer a wide variety of accomodations, from wooded tent sites to two bedroom resort cottages. Earn free Six Flags tickets with our Super Saver packages, which help you plan a fun filled, budget-friendly vacation for the whole family. We offer planned recreation, a swimming pool, daily character visits with Yogi Bear, and so much more! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Yogi Bear`s Jellystone Park Hotel Eureka