Getting ready to celebrate its 40th birthday next year, Jellystone Park
has grown from its small-town start in Wisconsin to the country’s
second-largest campground franchise, with more than 70 locations across
the United States and Canada.
Founder Doug Haag took a cue from his three kids as they watched
cartoons one morning in 1969, and found the name and theme for his
destination family campgrounds with the lovable Yogi and Boo Boo
characters. Once he acquired the right to use the names, Haag began
construction in April, opened three months later and could not keep up
with the need. Overnight camping, with all the amenities, was $3.50 per
night. Today, Leisure Systems Inc. is the current franchisor.
If you are traveling through New York state, consider dropping
by the North Java Jellystone Park, about a half hour from Buffalo. Open
from April through mid-October, the North Java campground includes 250
RV sites, 30 tent sites and 26 cabins for rent. Every member of the
family will discover an activity or event to pique their interest:
white-sand beaches, two fishing lakes, miniature golf, a movie theater,
swimming pools and playgrounds, an arcade steam railroad and nearby Six
Flags Darien Lake.
A full calendar of events features specials for Mother’s Day,
Father’s Day, Christmas in July, Halloween in August and much more.
Naturally, the friendly forest creatures will be there to entertain the
For more information: www.campjellystone.com