We recently spent a weekend glamping at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Resort-Camp in Williamsport, MD and it was an amazing experience that my family and I won’t soon forget. Initially we decided to cancel all travel plans for the rest of the year due to COVID. But when the folks at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park invited my family to enjoy a staycation not far from home and assured us of all of the steps they were taking to keep guests safe, we decided to check it out.
Jellystone Park is a camp-resort, which means they provide a camp experience for all levels of travelers. You can pitch a traditional tent and sleep under the stars, rent a basic campsite, park an RV in a full-service site, or you can rent a cabin. We did the latter.
We stayed in the Boo Boo Bungalow, which is a two-bedroom Pine Forest Cabin with a loft that could easily sleep up to eight people. When we first stepped into the cabin, my kids squealed with excitement. I was a bit giddy too. It felt like our own tiny house with a full kitchen, full bathroom, cable television, and air conditioning/heating. Our cabin had all of the amenities that you’d expect with a condo rental (minus linens and pillows), which are available for rent. Due to COVID, we opted to bring all of our own linens.
Our cabin was situated in front of a dog park. My kids enjoyed playing outside and watching the dogs run around. All of the cabins in our area had their own picnic table, charcoal grill, and fire ring.
Enjoying our meals and marshmallows over a campfire was THE HIGHLIGHT of the trip for my kiddos. They loved every minute of it.
There are larger lodges for groups of up to 16 guests. As well as smaller accommodations called Rustic Cabins that can sleep up to four and include a mini-fridge, microwave, and grill. For campers who prefer the true camping experience, there are open, grassy areas where they can pitch a tent called Primitive Tent sites. These sites are equipped with a fire ring and grill.
There were quite a few activities for the whole family. The Park had themed weekends. It was “Christmas in July” during our visit.
Here’s a list of activities that were available when we visited:
- Swimming Pools with Water Slides
- Jumping Pad
- Laser Tag (check for age minimum)
- Pedal Carts
- Archery Tag
- Gem Mining
- Horseshoe Locations throughout the Park
- Arts & Crafts
- Nature Trails
- Jellystone Ampitheater (physically distanced outdoor movie night)
There are a number of features that guests can add to their experience for a fee. We rented a golf cart and my kids thoroughly enjoyed cruising around in it. Golf carts are a great way to get around the park, but it’s not a necessity. Everything at Jellystone Resort-Williamsport is within walking distance. A lot of families brought bikes and at any given hour you could see a gang of 15 kids pedaling around the park.
Here’s a list of amenities that can be added for a fee:
- Golf Carts
- Hot Tubs
- Pool Cabanas
- Bear Visits
- Limo Carts
- Fun Passes
Prior to our visit, the park staff informed us that they were working diligently to ensure the safety of their guests. There’s a near contactless check-in process. Masks were required. Most of the activities were only available via sign up. Guests had to reserve a two-hour time slot to enjoy the pool per day. In between the allotted time periods, pool staff worked tirelessly to sanitize everything at the pool before the next guests arrived. Some activities like Gaga ball have been suspended indefinitely to keep the guests safe.
In a Nutshell
Pros: The Pine Forest Cabin smelled so good. The cabin had most of the amenities of home with a full-size bed, a bunk bed with a twin on top, and a full-sized bed at the bottom. The beds were firm but comfy, and there was a futon in the living room area, along with a full kitchen that came equipped with dishes and utensils, and a full bathroom.
Cons: We arrived on one of the hottest days of the year, so it took several hours for the air condition to cool the cabin completely. Despite the park’s efforts to keep families safe -with timed-access to the pool and cleaning surfaces every two hours- the pool area was more crowded than we felt comfortable with.
Overall, we had an amazing stay that I don’t think the kiddos will ever forget. I would highly recommend staying at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Williamsport, Maryland.
9550 Jellystone Park Way, Williamsport, Maryland 21795
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**We received free lodging to review this resort. All opinions are my own.