Children and teens through age 18 are invited to participate in “The World’s Large Swimming Lesson,” which takes place at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 22. The free swimming lesson, hosted by the North Texas Jellystone Park, is one of 700 such events taking place around the world on the same day. The lesson is designed to teach children to swim to help prevent drowning. Last year’s event drew 40,298 students at 641 facilities in 24 countries.
For more than a decade, privately owned campgrounds have been increasingly adding rental cabins to accommodate people who don’t have a tent or RV. Most campground cabins sleep four to six people, either with one big bed and a couple of bunk beds for the kids or a big bed plus a loft where the kids can roll out their sleeping bags. But growing numbers of Jellystone Parks are taking the rental concept a step further by providing their guests with bunk houses and other large multi-room cabins and ranch style houses. Most of these larger units can sleep at least eight people, while many sleep 12 to 14 people.
06.16.2017MILFORD, Ohio — Campsites and cabins are booking up quickly at Jellystone Parks for Independence Day weekend.“It’s always one of our busiest weekends of the year,” said Michele Wisher, vice president of marketing for Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems, Inc., which franchises 80 Jellystone Park Camp Resorts across 31 states and four Canadian provinces.Independence Day weekend activities […]
Jellystone Parks in Canada are planning activities ranging from flag making to family dances, glow stick parades and campsite decorating contests to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. But the sooner you camp at a Jellystone Park™ the better because for each advance reservation made for a stay during the month of June, the camping guest will have their name entered into a drawing for a chance to win up to a week of free RV or cabin camping at any Jellystone Park in Canada.
Jellystone Park is famous for its weekend activities, which range from ceramic and craft classes to digital scavenger hunts to chocolate themed weekends with chocolate pie eating contests, candy bar bingo and chocolate pudding Slip N Slides. But the Jellystone Park in Gloucester Point has another unique attraction as well: A petting zoo, which recently added donkeys, alpacas, giant Flemish rabbits and Juliana pigs, some of which have been rescued. Other petting zoo animals include miniature horses and goats.
The Texas Wine Country Jellystone Park™ has completed lots of improvements in time for the summer camping season, including 26 new RV sites, five new rental cabins and a snack shack. A splash pad will also be installed in time for Father’s Day weekend. “This park just keeps getting better and better,” said park owner Sissy Andrichyn, adding that the additional RV sites and cabin rentals are needed to accommodate the park’s growing business base.
Jellystone Parks across the United States and Canada have lined up a variety of unique activities to make this Father’s Day a weekend they will always remember. “We have everything from three legged races to father-child lookalike contests to Miss Jellystone competitions, when dads dress up in ladies attire to see who can generate the wildest response,” said Michele Wisher, vice president of marketing for Leisure Systems, Inc. The Milford, Ohio-based company franchises 80 Jellystone Parks across North America, all of which have rental accommodations as well as RV and tent sites.
Have you ever thought about owning and operating your own Jellystone Park™ franchise? Leisure Systems Inc. will hold a Prospective Owners Workshop Sept. 16 -17 with seminars designed for people thinking of going into the campground business as well as existing campground owners who are considering joining the Jellystone Park network. The two-day workshop will be held at the award winning North Texas Jellystone Park in Burleson, Texas, near Fort Worth.
Dozens of families from the Northeastern U.S. and Canada plan to gather at Jellystone Park over Memorial Day weekend as park owners Mike and Gina Lenhard celebrate 25 years in the campground business, including 20 as a Jellystone Park. “We’re looking forward to having a wonderful celebration with families who have been camping with us for many years,” said Gina Lenhard.
The floods that roared through Robert last August were the worst Maurice LeBlanc Jr. and his wife, Me-Me, had ever seen at their 374-site Jellystone Park campground, which has survived numerous Hurricanes over the years, including Katrina, Gustav, Lee and Isaac. “We had water in 84 of 85 cabins,” Maurice LeBlanc said.
Jellystone Parks in Canada are offering a special advance reservation promotion in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. For each advance reservation made for a stay during the month of June, the camping guest will have their name entered into a drawing for a chance to win up to a week of free RV or cabin camping at any Jellystone Park™ in Canada.
The Tyler campground has also installed basketball, sand volleyball and pickleball courts 05.11.2017TYLER, Texas, May 11, 2017 — Families heading to the Jellystone Park at Whispering Pines are finding an even greater selection of outdoor activities this year with the park’s addition of new basketball, volleyball and pickleball courts.“We are constantly making improvements,” said Jellystone […]
There are lots of improvements this year at the Jellystone Park at Coyote Ranch, including a new new laser tag field, a 10-car barrel train and a shaded pavilion by the park’s splash pad — a perfect spot to watch the kids enjoying the interactive water features. The park is also adding an escape room, which it hopes to have ready for use by late June. “This is going to be a neat attraction,” said park manager Debbie Norton. “Players will first watch a video to give them instructions and then they will go through a series of clues and puzzles to work their way out of the room.”
The excitement is building across the Carolinas as the Jellystone Park in Tabor City prepares to open a 10,000 square foot interactive water play structure. “We’re working to get it installed as soon as possible,” said park manager Rebecca Murphy, adding that Jellystone Park reservations are running ahead of last year’s figures. The 20-foot-tall AquaPlay structure features water cannons, water slides and buckets that fill up and dump water on children playing below.
Moms will be treated like queens at Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts on Mother’s Day weekend. “Most of our franchisees have special Mother’s Day activities planned, including mother-child lookalike contests, Mother’s Day crafts and complimentary breakfasts,” said Michele Wisher, vice president of marketing for Leisure Systems, Inc. Moms who camp over Mother’s Day weekend also receive a notepad with a cover that says “Jellystone Park Mom’s To Do List,” which is to relax, have fun and enjoy the outdoors.
Increasing occupancies are prompting the Jellystone Park at Lake Monroe to add 18 more RV sites and invest in numerous other improvements in preparation for camping season, which kicks off tomorrow, Friday. “Interest has really spiked over the past couple of years so we know the demand is there for more campsites,” said Rachael Stine, the park’s general manager, adding that eight of the new campsites will be available by Memorial Day with the remainder available by Father’s Day.
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When camping enthusiasts think of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Parks as a brand, “family” and “fun” immediately come to mind, according to an independent branding survey.
Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI) posted double digit growth in 2015, with a 12.8% increase in same-park revenues compared to the previous year, according to an announcement from the Milford, Ohio, franchisor of the Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort network.
MONTROSE, Colo., Aug. 2, 2011 – When Shawnie and Oliver McMichael took a weekend camping trip with their five kids and other family members a few weeks ago, they didn’t have far to go. They camped at the Black Canyon Jellystone Park Camp-Resort – just a few minutes away from their home in Montrose. “My husband wasn’t convinced it was going to feel like camping because it was so close to home,” Shawnie McMichael said. “But he actually liked it.”
Bill Pott – Cave City, KYI really like the way it brings me a nice class of customers. I get happy families. I get people who want to come and to spend money to have fun. They enjoy our park. It’s just wonderful they way they come in, and you get so many that want to meet the other guests, they want to go have fun on the Jumping Pillow, then they want to go to the Splash Pad – and they want …
Denny Quigley & Tami Alessio – Harrisville, PA2011 was our first year as a Jellystone Park™. Since then, we have definitely noticed that we are attracting a lot more guests from a much larger radius that extends nationwide. And we are seeing more guests from Canada. Over this three year time period, our store sales have increased almost 45%! The increased business also helped to allow us to do…
Chip Smith – Monticello, IAWe got into the Jellystone brand at the beginning of last year. This is the end of our first season. We are pretty excited about it. What I like most about the brand is the fact that they are drawing in families from three hours away. They all know what we’re there for, and they’re willing to spend a longer time at our park than just the weekend. The investme…
Joey Coleman & Rick Coleman – Tabor City, NC
In 2001, we began a unique challenge to build a campground on our family farm 35 miles inland from Myrtle Beach. People responded to our design of large concrete pads, full hook-ups, plenty of open space, and ultimate customer service. But we soon had “growing pains” with procedures and operations.
In 2003, we joined Jellystone Park™. The operations…
Brent Fannin – Delaware Beaches
2011 was our first year as a Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™. We saw record occupancy levels with increases of more than 35% year over year! The addition of nine cabins to our park yielded occupancy levels well over 90% each weekend! The conversion to a Jellystone Park™ did exactly what we expected – it grew our business.
Rick Spear – Estes Park, COWe’ve been in the Jellystone franchise system for 20 years this year. It was a family endeavor to begin with, but over those 20 years we’ve seen significant growth of our campground. In particular, just the last three years in a row we’ve been up double digits, 10-11% points three years in a row. We’ve really been coming on strong, and continue to see good grow…
Roger & Anna Barry – Fremont, IN
When we joined the Jellystone Park™ system in 1980, we were a small operation without a plan. What we have learned through the years from LSI and our fellow Yogi Bear™ owners and operators has been extremely valuable. We now have over 500 sites, RV Sales, waterslides, and a seven family member team of owners and operating managers. We couldn’t have done it w…
Theresa Isaacson – Caledonia, WI
We’re going to be entering our 13th season, and I sure would hate to own a property without being Yogi branded. The reason we really like Jellystone Parks is because of the support behind us. With 80 other parks in the system, we have 80 sources of question-and-answer type people to go to. The support is wonderful. The franchise, the LSI system itself – their …
Erv & Marilyn Banes – Frankenmuth, MI
We decided to convert to the Jellystone Park™ system in 1996 because the market conditions were changing. Several of our colleagues had converted and grown in the process. We found that by changing our customer base to families, rather than seniors, we expanded.
The advantage of a Jellystone Park™ is that it is so much more alive than the average park. Plu…
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Where: Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Burleson, TX (near Dallas/Ft. Worth)
When: September 16 & 17, 2017
Cost: $350/couple which includes 2 nights in a Premium Luxury Cottage Cabin and lunch.
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