North Texas Jellystone Park will open its newly constructed three-story pirate ship,

Kids who wonder what it would be like to have adventures on a pirate ship will soon be able to turn their dreams into reality.

On Sunday, March 1, the North Texas Jellystone Park will open its newly constructed three-story pirate ship, which is docked next to the water slides at the Pirate’s Cove Water Park. The ship contains 10 two-bedroom cabin suites that can each accommodate families of six to eight people. Each suite has a full kitchen, including a dishwasher and washer/dryer, and a private bathroom with a shower.

​“Families that rent our pirate ship cabin suites will be able to create their own pirate-themed adventures that they will always remember,” said Steve Stafford, general manager of the North Texas Jellystone Park.​

The 260-foot-long red and black pirate ship looks like something out of a storybook with 85-foot-masts and black and white Jolly Roger sails and flags, each of which features a skull and crossbones. The cannons on the upper deck are equipped with red lights to simulate the firing of cannonballs.

​“We don’t know of any place else in the region where families can spend the night on a pirate ship, especially not at a campground!” Stafford said with a smile. 

​The pirate ship cabin suites are the newest rental accommodations at the North Texas Jellystone Park, which also features one- and two-bedroom cabins which range from rustic to luxurious. Hotel-style bunkhouse rooms and a farmhouse with a queen-size bed and two sets of bunk beds are also available. More traditional RV and tent sites are also available at the park. Thirty foot travel trailers are also available for rent, except during the summer season.

The North Texas Jellystone Park continues to be a top camping destination because of its organized family activities, theme weekends and growing array of amenities. Last year, the park opened two new 65-foot tall, 350-foot long tubular waterslides which twist and turn underneath one of the park’s previously existing slides.

​Of course, the main attractions at the North Texas Jellystone Park are its family amenities, activities, and Yogi Bear costumed characters. The park’s theme weekends range from family athletic competitions featuring a myriad of sporting events to Christmas in July featuring Christmas karaoke and other holiday themed activities to Halloween-themed weekends with costume and campsite decorating contests and trick-or-treating.

​The North Texas Jellystone Park location also offers a suspense-filled indoor escape challenge which requires teams to quickly solve a series of puzzles to obtain clues that lead them out of the escape challenge before time runs out.

​Stafford said the park’s recent improvements and expansions have created a need for more housekeeping, grounds and maintenance staff. The park plans to hire 35 international students this year to help in August when the park’s high school and college age employees return to school. The park typically hires 400 employees for the peak summer camping season.

The North Texas Jellystone Park is open year-round. For more information, including a full schedule of the park’s activities and theme weekends, please visit