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Grand Bear Falls Indoor Water Park

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Address: 2643 N State Route 178, Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort, Utica, IL 61373-9707
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Average-plenty to do though

We have been to this park 2x. This park feels dirty compared to the others we have been to. Service is really good here though, and I like the location to downtown Utica. It... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 September 2016
neg2013
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just one horrible experience after another. Management is either blind or just don't care. Pool area is disgustingly dirty. Hotel is run down needs updating. Wi-Fi is a joke. Showing kids movies in an area that the ceiling is about to cave in. Soda in the restaurant is flat, pizza is poor quality for a resort. Talk to staff and... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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857 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 345 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

Stayed here, while on a golf outing with some friends. Took a look at the water "fun" activities for possible future smaller kids visit. Unfortunately, this would not be desirable. Need some upkeep assistance and that her activities. Way better choices in other resort areas!

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1 Thank Denny B
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We have been to this park 2x. This park feels dirty compared to the others we have been to. Service is really good here though, and I like the location to downtown Utica. It also offers the things you are looking for. I don't like the setup and layout of the park. There are a few places where it's tough... More 

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Morton Grove, United States
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35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

It is more run down from when I was there last summer. Moldy smell in the locker rooms. Rust around the intake vents. Many areas needed painting.

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1 Thank Carol M
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

We stayed in one of the villas at Grizzly Jack's and spent some time at the water park. It was cleaner than I expected and not too crowded. The lifeguards were attentive and I was impressed with how quickly and professionally they handled a swimmer who was having a medical emergency. They provide towels.

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Thank Amy D
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

If you have high standards and expect hospitality in a way that most people would, this place will blow your mind. We are not picky people and have realistic expectations. We travel a lot and are just calling this what it is. The concept of this place is right on. The execution is piss poor. The staff is not equipped... More 

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Thank Thekeims
Shorewood, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

For young kids who don't care if a place is clean or maintained... they had fun. But, I was extremely disappointed in how run down the water park has become. Everything was either dirty, dusty, cracked, or peeling. Locker rooms smelled horrible. Little ones enjoyed themselves though.

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016 via mobile

What fun! Stayed in the cabin that sleeps 20! It was neat and clean and lots of towels the staff provided is everything that we needed. It's close to the canyons and restaurants in town. There was an indoor kids area- bonus....adults can have cocktails at the bar and go on the rides too!

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Thank Jann Lexx W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Overall a good last minute mini vacation. We arrived at 1pm on a Saturday 4/9 and there was only 1 person ahead of us. Not as busy as I thought since it was still spring break for some schools in the area. We got a really nice clean room right away and headed straight to the water park. My kids... More 

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West Chicago, Illinois
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5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

It is fine for younger children. The place is close to being really nice. Would like to return in the summer when we can do some outside activities IF the slides are open.

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