Jellystone RV Parks are scattered all through the U.S. and Canada. Aimed at travelers for camping – we were surprised to discover that the Jellystone Park in Nashville has a day pass. And it is AWESOME! (Click on the photos to see the full gallery)
For $15 per person, we had a great day of fun! After investigating the park and the playscape, our visit started with a “hey hey hey ride” – which is different than an “hay ride”. Take a ride through the camp ground, sing some Yogi Bear songs, and say “Hey!” to everyone you see. We even rode with Yogi!
The Hey Hey Hey Ride is just one of many activities available during the day. Each week has a theme and all the fun is included in your day pass. There are a few things that you may have to purchase something to participate – for example tie dying T-shirts – but games and other activities are free. Get an idea of what is going on when you go HERE. After our ride we tried out the mining sluice. We have been to lots of places and have not purchased the bag of sand to do the sluice. This time it was included in our wrist bands and I can't believe how excited the kids were! They each had a metal mesh screen box to pour the sluice in and then rinse it clean in running water. They were both amazed and impressed with their finds – many different types of large crystals as well as several pieces of fool's gold.
We moved from mining to mini golf. Balls and clubs are available near the start of the nine hole course. The holes were simple and straight forward – just right for 30 minutes of fun for a 3-year-old.
Needing to cool off and getting hungry we headed to the Hot Rod Ice Cream Shoppe for dinner and ice cream. We had cooked to order burgers, hot dogs and pizza followed by Pied Piper Ice Cream – which was included in our wrist band. If you rather, you can bring in a picnic lunch or dinner but don't miss the ice cream!
Following dinner we decided it was time to get wet. You can either wear your swim suit under your clothes or there is a large bath room at the Ranger Station where you can change. The pool is large and has a max depth of 5 feet. There were lots of balls, floats and pool toys that were there to use.
As the sun was going down and the kids got tired we dried off and went to experience the last perk of the wrist bands, a petal car ride. Petal cars are 4 wheeled cars that you peddle like a bike. I had never seen them before. There was even a small seat that attached to the back of the big cars so an adult could take a preschool passenger. We rode around the camp ground at dusk right as the fireflies were coming out.
When we returned the daily “dive in movie” was just starting. A screen is put up at the pool and a family friendly movie is shown and you can float and watch. The night we were there the evening feature was “Cars”. The park does take requests so if there is a particular favorite, stop by the Ranger Station during the day and let them know. Our kids lasted about 30 minutes as they enjoyed a fruit slush purchased from the Ranger Station with the movie. By 9 PM we were all tired after a long and fun day so we headed home. Consider taking your family for a day of fun with Yogi! I'm sure you will enjoy it as much as we did.
Family Fun Facts
Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM
Cost: $7/ general admission – access to pool and activities
$15/wristband includes: 1/2 hour pedal bike rental, unlimited mini golf, 1 small mining sluice rough bag, 1 junior ice cream cone/cup