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“Good lodging alternative for families”

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Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
Certificate of Excellence
Iowa
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46 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Good lodging alternative for families”
Reviewed July 8, 2006

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.

  • Stayed July 2006
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Reviewed May 31, 2006

The park was very clean with lots of stuff for the kids (us big kids too) to do. Although it can be a little crowded, that just added to the fun for my family to meet other people and for the kids to play with. The cottages were clean. The whole park was clean and the staff were very friendly. Pretty much everything you need is right there. If you are going to Six Flags, or visiting St. Louis, I would highly recommend it. It is more of a resort - not just a campground, which we thoroughly enjoyed!

  • Stayed May 2006
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Reviewed July 24, 2005

My family of four was meeting up with another family of four for a weekend in St. Louis. After much consideration, we decided on Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Campground-Resort. This choice was made due to the activities and amneties that was offered and we thought the kids would enjoy it so much. It wasn't at all what we expected. The campground is very very crowded, one way streets that are blocked anytime an RV or camper arrives and tries to back in a spot (which takes forever to do since the area is so narrow). There is hardly any available parking. All the sites are so close together and no room for outdoor entertainment. We couldn't let the kids outside the cottage to play as it was all rocky and close to the road. For being a "family-oriented" campground, we were shocked that there were no diaper changing facilities in their restrooms, and also, the door to our cottage had the kind of lock that would unlock at a turn of the handle. Not good when you have a three year old and five year old. There was no sliding chain locks either, so we had to worry the whole time that they would try to open the door and get outside. The arcade area and movie rooms were in a building without any air conditioning. So, in the 110 degrees, it felt like a sauna. Couldn't enjoy it for any length of time. Every little activity cost extra: the miniature golf, the lightstick parade (free, but you had to buy the lightsticks in the overpriced general store), the crafts (had to buy the shirts or ceramics in the store), the s'mores roast (they supplied the fire and the sticks, you had to bring all the ingredients)...etc.. they seemed to nickel and dime you to death. Everythign was about making an extra dollar. Also, our water didn't work at all for most of the second evening. They told us they would have it working soon, and we weren't able to finish preparing dinner until it was turned back on. They didn't even inform us when it was working again. There are no sidewalks for the children to walk, so they have to walk in the road, where traffic is thick on the weekends. They have "theme weekends" but this campground didn't do any activities pertaining to the theme. In fact, our weekend was supposed to be about pirates and treasure hunting, but we not once saw any such activities occuring. Also, Yogi Bear only made one brief appearance during the day, which is so disappointing to children who base their entire stay on seeing him.

On the positives, the cottages were clean, although very crowded. The staff was friendly and the restrooms were clean. It was cheaper than a hotel would have been, considering if you rent a cottage, you had a stove and refriderator.

I wouldn't recommend this site if you were going specifically to camp and enjoy what the site has to offer. However, if you have plans in St. Louis or want to go to area attractions and the campsite is not your main focus, it would probably be worth it.

  • Stayed July 2005
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Property: Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
Address: PO Box 626, 5300 Fox Creek Rd, Eureka, MO 63025-0626
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Location: United States > Missouri > Eureka
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Eureka
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 54
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 
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