Have you ever wanted to take a vacation in one of your favourite cartoons? Try this on for size.
We spent two nights at Frankenmuth Jellystone Park, which is part of the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resorts chain. This was the first experience I’ve had with this chain of parks. Actually, it was the first I’ve heard of this chain of parks. There are more than 70 Jellystone Park locations but only 5 of them are in Canada, the rest are in the U.S. I guess that’s why I was so clueless.
At $55 a night, it was a little pricey for a campground but, in exchange for the extra ten bucks, you’re getting a great location. Jellystone is right across the road from the world’s largest Christmas store and is, literally, walking distance to downtown Frankenmuth. You don’t get that kind of convenience at most campgrounds.
I’m not going to lie to you; taken at face value, the campsites are very small. Had the park been full, I think the sites would have been untenably small. As it was, however, even on a weekend at the height of camping season, the staff was able to space the campers out with two or three sites between them and never backed one pop-up directly behind another. This gave everyone plenty of space. I’m actually getting used to the fact that most vacation parks have smaller campsites than government parks. As long as everyone respects each other, it works out fine.
The park has a variety of amenities including a fantastic mini-golf course, a playground, free wi-fi, and a fantastic store with all sorts of cool souvenirs. There’s a snack bar serving hot food and ice cream. The park shows Yogi Bear cartoons in the morning and family friendly movies in the evening. There’s a recreation hall where there are crafts and activities planned everyday. Yogi himself can be spotted in the park at different times through the day and there are Yogi statues scattered around, just begging to be posed with.
Liam loved the indoor pool and declared that he “can swim now”. His father and I disagree. I’d call it floating around in a PFD holding onto Daddy for dear life. He’s obviously becoming more comfortable with the water, though. He’s doing just fine for a two year old.
Here’s a heads up about an unusual rule. There’s a Frankenmuth city ordinance that requires a campsite fire be contained in a fireplace that is one foot off the ground. The flames cannot exceed two feet high. If you don’t have a fireplace and you’d still like a fire, there are community fire pits, in the park, that can be shared among the campers. Fires must be extinguished by 11:00 p.m.
There really isn’t much I can criticize about Frankenmuth Jellystone Park. The staff made sure we had a good time. I can’t say enough about how friendly and welcoming they were at Jellystone. There’s no shortage of things to do without ever leaving the park and when it’s time to go site seeing you’re a hop, skip and a jump away from everything Frankenmuth has to offer.
Now that I know about the Jellystone chain I’ll be on the lookout for them.