If you have seen the post about Clementine, our RV joining the family, then you know that we have recently joined the world of “RV traveling”. We are classified more as “Weekend Adventurers” than “RV Lifers”, because we don’t live full time in our RV, but we are extremely excited to learn more about this style of adventuring. So mere days after she joined our family, we headed off on our first adventure.
On May 4, we packed up Clementine (8 days after we brought her home) and headed to Waller, Texas, to explore Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, also known as The Lonestar Jellystone Campground. We wanted something close for our first RV adventure and this one was a little more than an hour’s drive away.
This campground is a great place for a various types of campers. They have tent sites, RV sites and cabins. We were a little flustered when we arrived because we had managed to start driving at the beginning of Houston’s Rush Hour traffic, and had encountered many spots of standstill traffic which nearly doubled our travel time. I’m sure George was a little more stressed with having to pull the RV through than traffic with his family and an excited dog in the truck, but when we arrived the staff was AMAZING. In fact, they were helpful the entire visit.
At the check-in point, we were greeted with a ready-made packet with our name and campsite with route to it marked. That is always so helpful when you are going to a place you hadn’t been. Having a clearly marked route directing you to your end point is always a bonus. The packet included a list of all the weekend activities, as well as information on general camping suggestions, park rules, car passes and more.
While George got the RV set up at our assigned site, I took Buster and Jamie for a quick walk to explore. Buster tried to chase a squirrel, but Jamie and I dragged him away from his furry nemesis to go explore the activities area.
There were lots of children and teens participating in various activities. There was a basketball and volleyball court, GaGa ball pit, and Human Foosball game all situated around the Activity Building, with an outdoor theater and concession stand with corn dogs and funnel cake nearby. There was also a stocked pond with people fishing. The pond also had a nice little gravel trail around it for walking, biking and golf carts. There was even an arcade which we did not use, but I imagine would be helpful in case there was rain during your stay or the kids needed a break from the summer sun.
The pool area was by far the favorite attraction for my family. While I am not a fan of water activities, Jamie and George would swim all day if they could. The Lonestar Jellystone Campground had 2 swimming pool areas, there was a small one by the rental office, but the large water activity area had the most options alongside two large water slides.
The main water activity area had a 3 ft, 6 in deep pool with basketball hoops that was a hit with many people there. Alongside it was kids area with the highest water level being under 2 feet. This area had several slides, and a large “picnic basket” on top of the slide structure that filled with water and dumped creating a fun waterfall every few minutes. This was a hit with kids and adults. In this section of the pool area, there was also a 2-story spiral slide that had a glow-in-the-dark tunnel portion in it. Jamie thought that part was really cool.
There was also a concessions stand and tables in shade for eating. Some people also brought their own food from their campsites.
Nighttime was fairly quiet. Our RV site was situated in nearly the center of the activities, so we were no more than a 2-3 minute walk from the pools and slides, Activity Center, theater, snack stand, basketball court and more. We were not at the campground at the height of the summer, so I’m sure it will be a little more active during those times. There is a posted “quiet time” period at the campground, so that is helpful.
We were also at the camp during a scheduled Character Meet & Greet and train ride. Jamie had fun with that, especially since we were the only ones on the train Sunday afternoon.
We participated several scheduled activities (some had extra cost) including ice cream social, pancake (and bacon) breakfast, and movie night. They also had a gather for s’mores (bring your own supplies) but we decided to do it at our own campsite.
Overall, we had such an amazing weekend. I’ll admit that it could have gone sideways when we realized how much stuff I forgot (mostly food items), but we were saved by the little country store at the campground.
Here is more information if you are considering this trip …
Price ranges for Lone Star Jelleystone Camping/Resort (at the time of posting):
- Tent Sites Water/Electric- $39/night
- RV Full Hook-Up Back-In- $45/night
- RV Full Hook-Up Pull-Thru- $49/night
- RV Full Hook-up Lakeview/Premium- $59/night
- PLUS Per Person Fee- $8/person/day (Ages 4-64)
- Online Booking Available
- Online Pricing for Cabins
Bonus Points for Mom:
- Supply Store onsite in case you forget something or find you need something that you hadn’t prepared for (who hasn’t had a kid get sick on vacation?).
- Souvenirs … they are in the supply store, so it makes it a little easy to avoid if needed or at least plan a trip so the kids aren’t asking at every place you go.)
- Onsite Propane … hubs loved this option even though we didn’t need it on this trip
- Alcoholic Beverages Available for Purchase … that explains itself
- Planned Kid Activities (Themed Weekends) … this was certainly thought up by a mom, there were s’more campfires, train rides, character meet and greets, ice cream parties and pancake breakfasts. (Some of these activities were extra cost.)
- Clean Bathroom Facilities. Not only were they clean but they have individual use bathrooms, meaning each bathroom is separate room with locking door. This is helpful if you are letting older kids go alone or if you have to wrangle a few younger kids on each bathroom trip.
- Laundry Room Onsite because we all know messes happen!
Photos from our trip …