Wow! It’s been awhile!
A few weeks ago we took a trip (totally out of the ordinary for us) to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Lodi, Ca.
There are several locations throughout the U.S. but this one was a little less than 3 hours from us, so it was virtually a no brainer. Now that we are home, I decided this was definitely worthy of a blog post (if people even read these things anymore).
At Jellystone you can either tent camp, stay in a cabin, or use an RV.
On the dates we were looking to go, no cabins were available, so that led us to the next option: an RV.
Renting an RV with RV Share
We don’t own an RV, so (first time experience here) we rented an RV from RV Share.
This was the easiest option for me, since I have never used an RV or even hooked one up. I wasn’t sure if I would be flying solo on this trip, as my husband is in his busy season with Farming (in late July). At Jellystone there are full RV hookups (electricity/water) to connect your RV to.
I chose the option where they drop off and pickup the RV. They hook it up and do all of the dumping (no thanks) and I can just drive up and enjoy the RV!
If you have zero RV experience, or just want a break from the stress of setup and teardown, I highly recommend doing this!
Using the RV was pretty easy (aside from our fridge not being fully cold right away). There was plenty of space in the RV and it was a really fun experience overall! We had a separate master bed area, bunk beds, full fridge/freezer, microwave, stove, kitchen sink and full bath (“full” for an RV is a relative term).
If you want to look into booking an RV Share trip at Jellystone or anywhere else, use this link to get $25 off!
Yogi Bear Campgrounds:
Yogi Bear offers A LOT to do! There is a waterpark that has a lazy river, which my kids literally did not leave. They stayed from open til close (11am-5pm).
There is laser tag, mini-golf, a jumping pillow, basketball, playground, activities, there are themed weeks out of the month, and they show nightly movies. There is even a river/waterfront area that you can fish, paddleboard or kayak in. I’m sure there are other things I did’t even list– there is so much to do!
When we went, the theme at the time was “Christmas in July”. They showed Polar Express and How The Grinch Stole Christmas movies at night.
There was also laser tag at night, but the boys were so wiped (and happy) only using the waterpark and basketball that we didn’t even do those other things.
Depending where you are located within the camp, you may want to rent a golf cart to get around. The park is LARGE and there aren’t places to take a car. So it’s either a golf cart, or by foot. Click here to see a map of the park.
We rented a golf cart, and we used it constantly. It stayed charged the whole time too (2 days) and we didn’t need to charge it once. I highly recommend this option!
There is a restaurant and several food trucks on-site if you are running short on food or don’t want to cook.
If you forgot something, there is a store there as well with everything you need from snacks, toys, RV hoses, you name it! It is a tad pricey, but definitely good in a pinch.
I hope this is a vacation the boys will remember, it was a completely different experience for us and I would be up to try it again sometime. If you have any favorite camp spots please share them with me in the comments!