Every city has its hidden gems, and Jellystone Park™ is one of Gardiner’s. A beautiful setting, family-friendly environment, and endless activities are just a few of the things that make Jellystone Park™ so special. While you’re planning your next family getaway, you might be wondering why glamping in Gardiner, New York is a must. Keep reading below to find out what your best vacation ever to Jellystone Park™ Gardiner could entail with our vacation itinerary!


The big day is finally here! The car’s packed up, the RV is ready to go, and the kids can’t stop asking “are we there yet?” It’s check-in time (3PM for campsite campers & 4PM for cabin campers), and you can’t wait to explore everything that Jellystone Park™ has to offer. Once you get settled in to your campsite or cabin, the fun truly begins – but what to do first?

Tip: upon arrival, take a look at the Camp-Resort map to see which activity you’re most interested in checking out first. Will you head to the Water Zone to splash the day away? Gather up the family to play a round of mini golf? Head over to the jumping pillow to get out some extra energy built up during your day of travel? Whatever you choose – you can’t go wrong!


After a restful night of sleep, your crew is ready to get going for the day. With so much to do, plan on spending the first full day soaking up everything that Jellystone Park™ has to offer. From outdoor water amenities, mini golf, arts & crafts, and gem mining, to Lazer Tag, archery tag, “Hey Hey” Rides, and more – you’ll stay busy from dawn till dusk! After a busy day at the park, finish off your evening by making tasty s’mores by the campfire.


Time to explore the surrounding area with family and friends! One of the best reasons why Gardiner is the place to be is due to the fact that it’s near a variety of other great cities like New Paltz, Poughkeepsie, and even New York City – only a 2 hour drive! Taking a trip to these locations is the perfect way to spend the day exploring everything that’s near Jellystone Park™. Lucky for you, we’ve outlined a few ideas that we’re sure you’ll love!

If you’re looking to connect with nature, a must-see is Minnewaska State Park. If you’ve never been, you’re surely missing out! Whether you visit during the spring where everything is starting to bloom, or the fall where colors of red, yellow, and orange peak, you’ve never seen views like this. Don’t forget to hike your way to Awosting Falls as well – a beautiful waterfall awaits you!

Need a break from the kids? Take a visit to the Shawangunk Wine Trail where you’ll get to visit several wineries while snaking through the mountains of the western Hudson Valley. Some wineries you’ll get to try include Ben Marl Winery, Robibero Family Vineyards, Whitecliff Winery, and Brotherhood Winery – and it doesn’t end there!

A day exploring a nearby town at your own pace is definitely a day well spent. Be sure to check out downtown New Paltz, where you’ll meet craftspeople, foodies, and artists all in one location! With dining ranging from award winning farm-to-table restaurants and family friendly breakfast bistros, to unique shops in every size and variation, the possibilities are endless.

Not interested in these ideas? No problem! There are so many opportunities to explore around Jellystone Park™ Gardiner. Check out the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, Historic Huguenot Street, Goodnow Family Farm, and more! All just a short drive away.


After one more hug from Yogi Bear™, it’s time to pack up and leave your new favorite home away from home. But don’t fret, campers! We hope to see you again in the near future, where we know even more lasting memories will be made. During check-out, you can even choose to book your next stay on the spot – up to a year in advance. Best vacation ever!