Date of Stay: July, 2011
We stayed here over July 4th weekend. It seems to be mostly seasonal sites. We were a quite away from the main area so hiking back and forth with a 4 and 6 year old was a bit of a drawback. Also the pools were a bit of a problem because both are at least 4 feet deep. I assumed from looking at the map prior that one of the 2 pools was a kiddie pool. It is not. It is just as deep, but smaller. I was told it was the original pool. So I had to be on top of my kids the whole time. holding onto them. They could not stand in the pool. So it was hard to take them there myself. There is no lifeguard, only a "pool attendant" who would whisper to "enforce" the rules, then get annoyed that nobody listened to her. What I found lacking at the pool was made up for at the playground. Nice playground with a pirate boat, swings, seesaws, climbing tubes etc. Because of the ages of our kids, the organized activities are important to us. They really seemed to only have them on the weekend, but when they did, the staff was enthusiastic and the activities were fun and creative with prizes and watermelon eating contest.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
We stayed a week at this Jellystone Park. It seems like a great place for kids ages 7-12. Our kids were a bit younger and I did not feel comfortable with our 6 year old going on the waterslide (although ages 5 and up are allowed) so we did not purchase the wristband ($13 per day or $17 for the entire stay). The wristband is also good for the mini golf, laser tag, pedal boats. For a 7 day stay like we did, it would have been a good deal but it seems kind of high for a weekend which is when most people are here. It was very crowded on the weekend but not overly noisy from what I could tell. The weekdays were very nice and quiet. We had a nice level site down close to the pool but most of the sites are on the hill so I can appreciate what some other reviewers said about the hill. I would not want to be on the hill. It seems everybody had a golf cart but us and at $40-$50/day rental, not something I would do and all those golf carts got a little annoying after a while. The campground does not seem big enough to warrant all those carts. In all my years of RVing, I have never seen so many. As far as the scheduled activities, they seemed to always start a few minutes late, but another family complained the water balloon launch was over 2 minutes after it was supposed to start. The free crafts are lame, I think they want you to buy one of the ceramics or pillowcases or t-shirts to color. And they make you pay for Tie Dye even if you bring your own shirt: $3! We tie dyed somewhere else and if you brought your own shirt, it was free. Also the ladies on the staff at the organized activities were not enthusiastic at all. They seemed to be bothered by the whole thing. We had a good time overall and when the kids get a bit older it would be really great I think. Also, there is not a lot of shade at this campground. The jumping pillows, playground and the field were brutal in last week's heatwave. They need a few more of the nice big shade awnings like they have at the pool.