There are a lot of things that I don't mind paying a little extra for, and a nice campground experience is one of those things, however, I didn't feel the high price was warranted at this Jellystone property. The first thing we noticed was that none of the sites were very level--the tent sites least of all. The fire pits were just dusty spots in the ground-- very hard to keep the fire contained. And firewood can't be brought in, but they charge $6 for a very small bundle. I don't mind buying firewood at the campground, but the price gouging was obnoxious. I noticed everyone else brought their own wood, so clearly we were the only suckers who followed the rules. The spread out nature of the park does encourage a lot of car and golf cart traffic-- and everyone was driving dangerously fast. The water slides were fun and fast, but only for the older kids. Unlike other Jellystone parks, there are no water activities for younger kids. No splash pads or small slides. We bought the wristbands ($18/each) which allowed unlimited mini golf-- water slides, and kayaks--more convenient than paying every time, but certainly not a deal. The pools were heated and comfortable, as well as relatively clean. The hot tub, however, was so hot it had to be in violation of regulation. I am certain it was over 110 degrees, and maybe even hotter. It was so full of dead, swirling bugs, that it looked like a bug soup was being made for later. The mini-golf was pretty standard, and plain enough that it should certainly be free. The kayaks were fun, although the lake could have definitely used a dredge for weeds. They had three pools, so none were especially crowded, which was nice. The arcade was fine for kids to play ticket games, and the ice cream at the snack bar was good. I should also mention that the younger staff members were very friendly and outgoing and great with the kids. The store facility and the bathrooms were very outdated and not very well kept. In fact, most of the property just seemed like it was suffering from neglect of one kind or another. The movie screen was flaking paint, the bathrooms were moldy and dirty, and the store smelled like mildew. On top of all that, they charge for wifi. We didn't bother to pay for it, but wifi seems like one of those things you can just throw in when you have a huge property charging outrageous prices. Which brings me to my biggest complaint-- for such a huge facility with a huge staff, they had terrible hours. Nothing opens until 10 or 11 am, and everything closes at 6 or 7 pm. What kind of campground has such goofy hours? So my kids woke up at 6, and we had to wait 4 hours before we could do anything. It was so weird-- I'd never been anywhere else that did that. The other Jellystones we stay at have activities and amenities that begin at 8 am and don't close until 8 or 9 pm. Those weird hours were the breaking point-- we will never return to this campground.
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