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

Grizzly Jacks Grand Bear Resort

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In a Nutshell

A family-friendly lodge with an indoor water park and an amusement park near white-pine and cedar forests

The Fine Print

Expires Jul 19th, 2013. Book by 5/31/13 or 7/19/13, per option purchased, or promo value expires. Travel by 5/31/13 or 8/31/13 per on option purchased. 2/person, +1 as a gift. 1/visit. 2-night minimum stay to check in on 5/25. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required, subject to availability. $25 fee to cancel. 72-hour cancellation notice required or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to the amount paid for Groupon applies. Must be 21 or older to check in. Credit card required at booking. Refundable Security Deposit of $50 per reservation required at check-in. 11% tax and daily $12 resort fee 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 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 youngsters in the playground area, 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 Restaurant & Sports Bar for custom-made pizzas. Nearby family suites are outfitted with rough-hewn wood furnishings as well as mini fridges and microwaves; some units have balconies overlooking the grounds.

North Utica, Illinois: Scenic State Parks with Waterfalls and Hiking 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.

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76% of 217 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 Rte. 178

    North Utica, IL 61373

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