Amenity-Rich LSI Resorts Open 2013 Season
The list of on-site attractions at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts continues to grow as parks across the U.S. and Canada add new amenities in preparation for the upcoming summer camping season.
Many Jellystone Parks are also adding more rental accommodations.
“Every year, we add more rental cabins because of growing demand from families and from people who don’t have a tent or RV but still want to have a fun camping experience with Yogi Bear,” said Michele Wisher, director of marketing for Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems Inc., which franchises Jellystone Parks across North America.
According to a news release, Jellystone Parks are famous for their fun family activities, which include arts and crafts and frequent interactions with Yogi Bear as well as special weekend activity themes that can include everything from Western cookouts to Mardi Gras parades and pre-Halloween costume and campsite decorating contests.
But Jellystone Parks also have onsite attractions, which can range from mining sluices to mazes and laser tag games. Some parks also have waterslides, lazy rivers and splash pads.
Here is a sampling of some of the Jellystone Park locations across the U.S. and Canada that are adding new rental accommodations and other amenities in preparation for the upcoming camping season:
- Amherstburg, Ont. (Detroit Market): This park has added five new rental trailers, making a total of seven rental trailers available in addition to four deluxe cabins and two bare bones cabins. Other improvements include upgraded electrical service for 16 cabins and new vinyl siding on the store, office and mini-golf buildings.
- Austin, Minn.: In addition to adding two more rental cabins, this park has finished rebuilding its ranger station, which includes the park’s banquet room, game room, teen room and adult room. The park has also added a new toddler pool with a water feature in it. New restroom and laundry facilities have also been completed along with a new stage and pavilion.
- Bloomington, Ind.: This park’s newest amenities include a mining sluice; a trackless train; a basketball goal and horseshoes. This park also planted 65, 15- to 20-foot tall trees in February of this year. The park is also adding a pavilion to increase the amount of available space for arts and crafts, dances, and birthday parties.
- Bradford, Ont. (Toronto Market): This 150-site park has added two new rental trailers, which complement the park’s 25 yurts.
- Bremen, Ga.: This park is adding four rental cabins, which will create a total of six rental cabins at the park.
- Cave City, Ky.: This park has added a second swimming pool and a new splashpad.
- Cherokee, N.C.: This park’s recreation room has a new 60-inch color RV with an X-box.
- East Wareham, Mass. (Cape Cod Area): This park has installed new playground equipment.
- Emporia, Va.: This park has added a new “Water Wars” game.
- Estes Park Colo.: This park has a new mining sluice.
- Fremont, Ind.: This park’s latest additions include new jumping pillows, which were added last year.
- Goodfield, Ill.: This park has added a jumping pillow.
- Harrisville, Pa.: In addition to adding four more park model cabins, this park has expanded its office and doubled the size of the park store and registration area.
- Horn Lake, Miss. (Memphis area): This park has added two new cabins and two new inflatable waterslides.
- Indian River, Mich.: This park has added a mining sluice.
- Lincoln, Del.: This park now has a meeting room that can accommodate up to 70 people; six “super sites” with concrete patios and grills; as well as seasonal campsites that include concrete patios and storage sheds.
- Madison, Fla.: This park has refurbished its waterslide and has added a lazy river as well as a spash pad and fun zone for kids.
- Pittsfield, Ill.: This park has added a jumping pillow.
- Tabor City, N.C.: This park has added a new water feature called a “Downpour Derby.”
- Williamsport, Md.: This park’s newest amenities include a “depth charge” enhancement for the park’s “Water Wars” games, which increases the risk of players getting doused with water when the opposing team hits a specific target area with their water balloons; special teen laser tag games; and a canine corral dog park. The park also now has a customer care desk similar to the concierge desk in a hotel. An enchanted forest is also being added during the park’s Pumpkin Patch Weekend.