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Family Friendly Activities

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Family Friendly Activities
With a long list of family-friendly activities in Starved Rock, you’ll never have to sit around when you’d rather be out exploring. Book your reservations at Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort, and stay within easy reach of the robust outdoors recreation in the gorgeous Northwoods of Illinois. Here are just some of the excursions you’ll encounter.
Hiking – Featuring more than 13 miles of trails, you can amble around or get a full workout in Starved Rock State Park, famous for its glacier-formed rock formations, caverns, and cascading waterfalls. Choose a trail to glimpse stunning views of nature, and enjoy this spectacular attraction any time of year. If you get hungry after your hike, head to the onsite lodge for a delicious lunch overlooking the falls. For information about educational programs and other all-age events, check out the calendar at
Horseback riding – Make reservations at Cedar Creek Ranch, and gallop along on a gorgeous ride through hills, valleys, and creeks. Squeeze in a short history lesson at a Civil War-era cemetery. Situated just a short drive away from the park, this adventure in nature is perfect for a warm-weather afternoon. To book your outing, you can call (815) 481-3337.
Water sports – Paddle leisurely along the Illinois River, or seek some thrills on a white water rafting voyage. Find canoe rentals, river cruises, and other water activities launching from Starved Rock State Park at If you want to skirt along the waterfront and make some waves, call (815) 434-6386 to rent a jet ski or ski boat at Starved Rock Marina.
The area is also home to some spectacular local wineries, eagle watching, and historical and cultural activities. Check out everything there is to do right here at our resort at and start planning your visit today!
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