They were doing a lot of construction, and there had been a lot of rain before we got there, but for us it was pretty miserable. It was muddy and dirty and the pool was freezing and unappealing. After staying at a far superior Yogi Bear Campground, this really paled in comparison.
A lot of fun for very little money. My very young kids had a really good time and my husband and I had a good time watching them. We ended up getting a little stuffed animal Prairie Dog to take home from the gift shop.
I rated it higher than it probably deserves. If you have a sense of humor, you should go. My family had a lot of fun simply cracking jokes at the Corn Palace's expense. I really have no idea why it's a must see for any other reason.... A fun tip though: There's a FANTASTIC cupcake shop just down the street. On the way home, I kept teasing my son (who called the CP the stupidest place on earth) that we were going back to the Corn Palace to revel in it's majesty once again, when in reality I just really wanted another cupcake....unfortunately it was closed on Sundays.
It was beautiful but the area really stunk! I'm not sure where the smell was coming from but it really bothered us. We got our pictures and left pretty quickly.
My family went on a roadtrip from St Paul to Rapid City, our first family trip in fact, with a 4 year old and a 9 month old baby, and this was our first night stop. A year has gone by and this park is all my son still talks about it all the time! He is always asking me when we are going back to Yogi Bear park, and talks about the pool a lot, which was REALLY good. The temperature was warm, it was a gradual entry which was perfect for my little ones, it was really clean, and it had a lot of deck chairs to lounge around in. The jumping pillow was also a lot of fun, we had the whole thing to ourselves a lot so we could jump to our hearts content, and even the little one got in on the action. We stayed there again on the way home because we loved it so much.
A great place to stop on the way to South Dakota from the Twin Cities. My husband teased me about wanting to stop here, but it ended up being a highlight. For what it is, a free place to stretch your legs and take some pictures, with a nice big grassy area for the kids to run around for a bit, it is perfect. Nice and clean too.