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One-Night Stay for Four or Two-Night Stay for Six at Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort in Starved Rock, IL

Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear Resort

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Stay in a lodge with an indoor water park and amusement park near white-pine and cedar forests

The Fine Print

Expires Dec 7th, 2012. Book by 12/7/2012 or promo value expires. Complete travel by 1/31/13. Not valid 11/10-11, 11/21-24, 12/21-1/5, 1/18-20. Valid only for check-in dates and option bought. Limit 2/person +1 as gift. Limit 2/visit. Reservation req'd, subject to availability. 72-hour cancellation notice or fee of applicable 1-night's stay up to Groupon price applies. Must be 21+ to check in. Credit card required at booking & check-in. Refundable security deposit of $50 per family suite and $250 per vacation villa required at check-in. $12 nightly resort fee and 11% tax not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Rustic Lodge with Kid-Friendly Indoor Water Park and Playgrounds

Starved Rock State Park hugs the south bank of the Illinois River, less than two hours from Chicago. Waterfalls plunge into canyons and white-pine and cedar trees cling to sandstone bluffs at this woodsy retreat that attracts more than 2 million visitors each year. Just across the street from the park stands Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, a rustic lodge that pairs an outdoorsy atmosphere with a slew of family-friendly activities, including a water park, theme park, 18-hole mini-golf course, and 60-game arcade.

Located near the main lodge, the 24,000-square-foot Grand Bear Falls indoor water park features a lagoon-style wave pool, a water slide, and a lazy river for tubing. Fountains spray at a playground for youngsters, and an oversize jacuzzi offers a quiet oasis for grownups. At the Enchanted Forest indoor amusement park next door, you'll find nine thrilling rides, including a tilt-a-whirl and a free-fall plunge. After working up an appetite, head to Jack's Place for custom-made pizzas. Nearby, family suites are outfitted with rough-hewn wood furnishings as well as mini fridges and microwaves, and each two-story vacation villa has a full kitchen, fireplace, and full-size washer and dryer.

North Utica, Illinois: Scenic State Parks with Waterfalls and Cross-Country Skiing Trails

North Utica's star attraction is Starved Rock State Park, named one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois in a 2007 poll. Among the park's 13 miles of hiking trails, the LaSalle Canyon path stands out, thanks to several delicate, veil-like waterfalls along the way.

For smaller crowds, try hiking through the lesser-known Matthiessen State Park, where deer congregate around salt-laden mineral springs. In December and January, you can rent skis at the park and explore 6 miles of cross-country skiing trails.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


76% of 218 customers recommend

  • “Great fun and nice rooms”

  • “Very clean, friendly staff, nice accomodations”

  • “Clean and good for 12 and under”

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    Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear Resort

    2643 IL 178

    North Utica, IL 61348


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