Jellystone Park, Sioux Falls, SD

Discussion in 'South Dakota' started by bsandey, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. bsandey

    bsandey Active Member

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    Jun 9, 2005
    Red Wing, MN

    First, I want to start by saying that this is not my typical preference for campground. I like the more open spaces at state parks. But this was a family gathering, and this was the campground selected.

    Overall, I will give the park a 4 out of 5 star rating. Even though, as I said, it's not my taste to camp at these types of parks, I'm setting that aside and giving what I feel the park is based on what it does have.

    It's a very clean and well maintained park. I was really surprised at how clean the bathrooms were with the number of people (many families with kids) that were there. Kids get excited about a lot of the amenities there, and they don't really pay attention to what they are doing, causing some small messes here and there. But this was very clean.

    They also take good care of the customers. We checked in, they gave us a map of the park, pointed out where our site was, and directions to get there. Then they had an employee in a golf cart escort us to the site. That was a surprise for me. And while camping, you can put your trash along the street, and they come along and pick it up for you. I've never seen a campground do that before.

    It's a very family friendly campground, with many features for the kids. They have a pool, a bouncy pillow thing (not sure what it's called), mini golf, and such. On Saturday night, they had a dance, and Sunday morning a pancake breakfast (I didn't take part or see how these were, so can't comment). And Yogi himself was there, and you could sign up to have milk and cookies with him at your campsite (for a charge, but reasonable).

    The part that I knocked a point off is the price. It was $55 a night, which is higher than I like to pay for camping. Most of the features I didn't take part of, and the site was water and electric. So for me, it was on the high side. But for a family that uses the features, they may find it to be a good price.
  2. CamperChrissy

    CamperChrissy Well-Known Member

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    Nov 25, 2016
    Chicago suburbs
    Sounds similar to the couple of Jellystones I've been to. Price is higher, but nice amenities for families!

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