Far removed from bustling city life, camping is a great chance to hear the birds tweeting and see the stars sparkling without being hit on the head with an oversized mallet. Keep your head wonder-filled and lump-free with today's Groupon: for $95, you get a two-night stay at a standard campsite for up to two adults and two children, including complimentary water, electric, and sewer hook-ups (up to a $196 value) or a $196 credit toward a weekday cabin rental at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Williamsport. Access to all recreational activities is included with both options.
Jellystone Park Camp-Resort's garden of campgrounds and cabins is nestled in a bucolic wooded wonderland and equipped with homey accents suited to a spectrum of outdoorsy comfort levels. The standard site, accessorized with cable TV, a picnic table, and a fire ring, provides a base camp much more comfortable than Davy Crockett’s original dirt fort. Four-walled domiciles range from the basic camping cabin with bunk beds, air conditioning, and a refrigerator, to the luxury cabin with two rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a bathroom.
Only steps away from the resort's thrilling amenities, campers may cavort and caper in Yogi Bear's Water Zone, practice for witch invasions on the water-balloon launch pads, and spin out on the Cindy 500 pedal-cart speedway. The arboreally shaded mini-golf course is open day or night for a respite from the heat, and the Ranger Station provides sundry camping necessities.
The surrounding landscape is peppered with a potpourri of attractions, from the sparkling sub terrain of the Crystal Grottoes Caverns to the history-laden battlefields of Antietam. Outdoorsy types glisten with glee over the tangle of bicycle paths and golf courses, and the nearby Appalachian Trail skirts past the original Washington Monument, after which our first president was named.
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Hagerstown
Contrary to cartoon portrayals, visitors to Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park in Hagerstown need not fear having picnic baskets stolen by tie-sporting ursine bandits. Instead, they get to slip down a pair of 400-foot water slides in a heated pool with hydro-therapy jets, putt beneath the waterfalls of an 18-hole mini golf course, and zip through the 1,000-foot pedal-cart track of the Cindy 500 Speedway. Families can hone their soaking skills in preparation for laundry day at a pair of balloon-launcher battle stations, or master stealth with outdoor laser tag. Throughout the campground, visitors kindle excitement at facilities as varied as an outdoor theater, koi pond, and an arts-and-crafts center with ceramic painting and a stuff-it-yourself Create A Critter shop.
Campfire rings at each campsite—from big-rig spots with hookups to wooded tent zones—make it easy to roast s'mores without summoning the family dragon from his kennel. Cabins and cottages range from basic structures to luxury cabins with kitchens and cable TV. Nearby Boonsboro and Shepherdstown make historic and charming day trips, and campers can drive just over 75 miles to get to Baltimore or Washington, DC for big-city exploration.
16519 Lappans Rd.
Williamsport, Maryland 21795