Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort - Starved Rock, IL

Two-Night Stay Valid for Check In Sun–Wed for Up to Four at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort & Indoor Water Park in North Utica, IL

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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 two 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 offerings, 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 water park (open 9 a.m.–10 p.m.) 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 (open 4 p.m.–10 p.m. currently and 11 a.m.–10 p.m. starting June 30), you'll find nine thrilling rides, including a tilt-a-whirl and a freefall plunge. Outside, giant inflatable cartoon characters and castles provide plenty of bouncing territory.

After working up an appetite, head to Jack's Place for custom-made pizzas, or carry your meal to the outdoor patio overlooking the mini-golf course, which is landscaped to look like a creekside forest. Nearby, family suites are outfitted with rough-hewn wood furnishings as well as mini fridges and microwaves.

North Utica, IL: Scenic State Parks with Waterfalls and Summer Flowers

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 summer, the park's meadows are blanketed with wildflowers including black-eyed susans, partridge-pea blossoms, and purple mint buds.

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

What You Get

  • $199 for two-night stay July 1–August 16 for up to four in a family suite, valid for check in Sunday–Wednesday

Book by: 7/15/12

Included in all options:

  • Complimentary access for up to four to Grand Bear Falls water park and Enchanted Forest indoor amusement park

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

Amenities

  • Indoor water park and theme park
  • Adults-only jacuzzi area
  • One restaurant, café, and candy shop
  • Playground and 18-hole mini-golf course
  • Onsite arcade
  • Free parking
  • Free WiFi in main lodge
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The Fine Print

  • Book by 7/15/12 or promo value expires
  • Valid for travel 7/1/12-8/16/12
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 more as gift
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • 72hr cancel notice or fee of applicable 1-night's stay up to amount paid for Groupon applies
  • Not valid for Fri or Sat night stay
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card needed at booking
  • $50 refundable security deposit needed at check in
  • $12 nightly resort fee & 11% tax not included and due at time of check in
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

  • Two queen beds and pullout sofa
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 6
  • Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night for each guest 3 or older; no charge for guests 2 or younger on existing bedding
  • Mini fridge, microwave, and coffeemaker
  • Small sitting area

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Resort fee includes: water-park and amusement-park access, shuttle service, WiFi, parking, and local calls
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

  • $199 for two-night stay July 1–August 16 for up to four in a family suite, valid for check in Sunday–Wednesday (up to a $340 value)
  • Complimentary access for up to four to Grand Bear Falls water park and Enchanted Forest indoor amusement park throughout stay

Getting There

  • By plane: about 70 miles from General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport (PIA); about 90 miles from Midway International Airport (MDW)
  • By car: about 95 miles southwest of Chicago

Traveler's Tips

  • The indoor amusement park and mini-golf course both sell tickets to the public, but the water park is reserved for resort guests only.

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