Pure family fun is what comes to mind to describe Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp and Resorts! A very short drive from Rochester, Buffalo, and Niagara Falls, and located in Java, New York, this is not your parent’s campground! The park has all the typical campground features, but also boasts a new 16,000 square foot multi-level water zone! Jellystone has over 70 different campgrounds in the United States and Canada.
This campground has something for everyone. It has campsites for tents and trailers. For those who like the comforts of home, there are also cabins (deluxe and lakefront), chalet homes, and deluxe trailers, all with air conditioning, kitchen areas, color tv, and more! The prices vary with sites having different seasons (i.e. in season, 4th of July, other holiday weekends, and also a half off Spring and Fall season).
The campground has a heated pool, small kiddie pool, miniature golf, horseshoes, two playgrounds, two stocked fishing ponds, basketball, beach volleyball and more! At the sandy beach, you can take out paddleboats, kayaks, and paddle boats. The beach is also lots of fun with community sand pails etc., super soft sand and swimming area. There are no lifeguards, however, so you do need to be diligent!
There are peddle karts, an arcade/redemption game room, snack bar, and large activity center! Most of the activities are included in the price of you staying at the campground (i.e. miniature golf, kayaks, paddle boats, water zone, canoes, etc. are all free)! There are, of course, charges for some of the craft activities.
The whole family will love the Water Zone! Bring your beach bag and towels and set up at one of the many cabana tables/chairs that are spread out around the whole water zone. Be prepared to get soaking wet once you enter the water zone! This is similar to a climbing playground complete with every type of water spray gun imaginable, dumping water buckets, a big tower that every so often gives a warning before it squirts out an unbelievable amount of water! There are two smaller straight blue waterslides, and a red and a yellow twisty water slide. When parents aren’t in the water, they can see most areas of the water zone from the center area if they set up at the cabana chair/tables in that area!
The recreation program is also fabulous! Each morning, an energetic camp director starts off with a flag ceremony and exercises! They then give a morning hayride that takes you around the whole campground, which consists of songs, and an appearance and pictures (your camera) with either Yogi Bear or Cindy Bear! They also do the hayride at night!
A recent sample of activities during the week was: 8:30am – Coloring and Yogi Cartoons; 9:00am Flag Raising and Hey, Hey, Hey Ride with the Bears; 10am – Arts-N-Crafts; 11am – Candle Art & Spin Art (extra $); 1pm – Kiddie Games; 2pm Kickball; 3pm Air Brush Tattoos (extra $); 4:30pm – Big Slide; 5pm – Hula Hoop Contest; 6pm – Color Time and Movie Night – Barnyard!
There is a snack bar and store at the ranger station. There were many items that were reasonable for what you would expect at a campground store (meaning there was a little upcharge but you didn’t feel as if they were completely ripping you off)! Make sure you pick up firewood down the road before you enter the park (it’s cheaper), and you don’t want to be without a fire for nightly s’mores!
Overall, the campground was fantastic! The grounds were well maintained and I observed daily thorough cleaning of the pools and water zone. The restrooms were very clean throughout our stay (we were there in the beginning of the week). The staff was friendly, and very hard working! For more information on rates, and other activities at Jellystone, click here!
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