Camping is one of America's most beloved pastimes, followed closely by playing baseball, going to drive-in movies, and teaching bald eagles to vote. Ratify your wish for recreation with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get two nights of camping at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Van Buren, roughly a three-hour drive from St. Louis (up to a $78 value).
Jellystone Park's welcoming confines provide a plethora of rustic scenery and engaging entertainment for family, friends, and local picnic-basket enthusiasts alike. While the breathtaking scenery and real-live dirt lend a sense of roughing it that a backyard can’t offer, guests still have access to a water hookup for washing up, and to electricity for charging emergency cell phones and powering a travel-size particle accelerator at the Riverview campsite. For an additional fee, campsites are available on the banks of the Current River, a spring-fed and crystal-clear part of the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways. Visitors can head down to the exclusive camper beach area for river access, where newfound woodsmen and longtime forest sprites swim, fish, kayak, and mix up Ozark-style cocktails. To prevent campers from resenting nature and its unnatural lack of modern conveniences, Jellystone offers free WiFi, two laundry rooms, and man-made restrooms. A veritable activity feast awaits visitors to the campground, pacifying restless children and keeping thoughts away from dreaded future chest-waxings. An arcade features video-game tournaments, and mini golf, a playground, and a swimming pool with a kid-centric splash pool provide hours of memory-forming entertainment. The not-your-average cherry on top of this vacation basket is Yogi Bear himself, who starts each day by helping campers raise the U.S., Missouri, and Jellystone Park flags, followed by an ursine rendition of the Pledge of Allegiance. Campers can also climb aboard an evening hayride with the erudite bear to discuss hay, sunsets, and string theory. Select weekends feature kid-friendly themes that make daily activities all the more costumed.
County Road M-127
Van Buren, Missouri 63965Get Directions