Oh my it’s supposed to drop down to 39 degrees tonight. Yipes. Why did we want to camp one more time this fall? Even with this frigid weather, I am thankful we ventured to Fremont, Wisconsin where we discovered Fremont Jellystone. We picked this place as our final destination for 2010 because a coworker of Brad’s was heading that way. They have young children close in age to ours and we’ve never camped in a group before. We arrived on Friday night around 5pm. The weather was doing us no favors with high winds and chilled air. Thankfully we had propane heat and lots of blankets. Despite the winds, we still visited around the campfire. Our dog did reap the benefits of the weather by finally being able to sleep in the camper right next to our two year old son.
- The property. Fremont Jellystone is huge and very spacious. Because we went there in the fall, there were few people there. It was hard to get a sense of what the grounds would be like full, but the sites themselves are spacious. There is also a large pond that breaks up the grounds quite a bit. The campground also has frontage on Partridge Lake. Since the grounds are so spacious you could spend at least an hour walking or bike riding. A pedal cart would be a fun choice here.
- The activities. We only stayed for the weekend, but we enjoyed several activities including t-shirt tie dying, candle making, a “hey” ride, and even a polka band (it’s Okoberfest weekend here!). The prices were very reasonable (and I’m a cheap skate).
- The staff. The staff consists of several teenagers. Unlike our other experiences, the teenagers here are mature and friendly. None were rolling their eyes, texting, or staring off in space wishing they were somewhere else. Actually on the “hey” ride Jenna, our daughter, refused to sit near Yogi Bear. Ever since Wisconsin Dells she’s developed a disgust for that bear. After the “hey” ride, I noticed a staff member from the ride (with her friend) in the store. I asked if that friend was Yogi Bear on the ride. Sure enough she was and she happily introduced herself to Jenna as the person behind the bear. That made Jenna feel so much better that she was able to have her picture taken with Booboo the next day.
- The concessions. The prices were very fair. Actually, right now it’s buy one, get one free on several of the snacks they’re probably looking to unload before winter.
- The outdoor theatre. This one is so darn cute – wooded benches, big screen, concessions real close, et cetera. The first night was so cold and windy that I did not think they would bother setting up a movie. As I was walking the dog at 9pm, I noticed there “Scooby Doo” was playing with about 10 people all wrapped up watching. Tonight the original Yogi Bear movies are playing. We will be heading up there soon, winter hats, gloves, multiple layers, and all.
- They do not have free wifi. I did not look into the cost. I have a data plan for my cell phone so I really did not mind and plus, everyone needs to unplug, especially when camping with the family.
All in all, we will be back for sure. Actually, this will be a frequent location for us. It is so close and has enough amenities to keep us on property for several days.
Update: We went back to Fremont the next weekend for one night. Even though the weather was chilly, we still had a good time. I should note, however, that we picked a different site and ended up having to move. No matter how we positioned the camper, we couldn’t establish a safe, level parking spot. We ended up moving back to the site we had the previous week. I think it’s important for us to purchase a hose longer than 25 feet and perhaps bring two cinder blocks.