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August 22, 2020
Rated 4.0

It does feel like you are at the beach. Soft sand and close restrooms are always a bonus. Rip tides made swimming dangerous. No lifeguards on duty.

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Hampton Inn Joliet - I-55
3.5
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Hampton Inn Joliet - I-55
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August 21, 2020
Rated 3.0

Desk attendant was nice. We were given a room right next to laundry room, which was perfect for our needs. Room smelled of cigarettes. We expected a non-smoking room. Breakfast was grab and go due to pandemic. Pool open 6 am-8 pm.

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August 20, 2020
Rated 3.0

The kids liked the water park. The room was on the first floor, which was convenient. Nice exercise room with water available. The downfall was the bugs we found in our room. My daughter did not sleep over finding bugs. Also, Boss pizza was quite gross. As it was the only food option allowed in the atrium, we ordered it, but the kids didn't eat much of it.

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August 17, 2020
Rated 4.0

The sculptures are quite amazing in their realistic recreation of a bison hunt. The museum is small, but the presentation was nice. My kids were not really interested, and there weren't any hands on activities as advertised. The idea Mr. Kevin Costner had is a good one. I would like to see it become more of a cultural appreciation center. I learned that Mr. Costner was the first person in over a hundred years to ride in a buffalo stampede. My respect for him as an actor grew enormously due to the huge risk and danger he faced.

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August 17, 2020
Rated 5.0

Staff was helpful. Lodge is nice and directly across from Kevin Costner's Tatanka: The Story of the Buffalo. We liked the playground pool that is open 8 am-10 pm, but we wished there was a separate pool for older kids and adults without children. We did not go to the casino at all or eat at the restaurants. We liked the out of town location. Lots of motorcyclists from Sturgis in town for last weekend of the rally. We stayed two nights.

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August 17, 2020
Rated 5.0

Beautiful drive to the tower. We saw deer, longhorns, bison, horses, cows, and that was before getting to the park. We saw prairie dogs, squirrels and golden eagles at the park. Entrance fee is $25 per vehicle, but it is good for a week. There are two different trails. We took the shorter. It was not too difficult with children 11 and younger. It's nice and shady. Bring water. Bathrooms are not the nicest. Use bug spray to avoid being eaten alive. The tower is amazing! Will return in future.

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Big Bear Motel
3.8
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Big Bear Motel
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August 15, 2020
Rated 5.0

This was a fun place with kids because of the outdoor pool, horses, and park. My children really enjoyed staying here plus it's close to the Cody Stampede Rodeo, the gun museum, Cedar Mountain trail rides, etc. We stayed in the upper two Queen beds room. We found the motel to be adequate. People were nice!

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August 13, 2020
Rated 5.0

This was a fun rodeo experience for my kids. Lots of audience participation and interaction. They divide up the bull riding for the beginning and ending. Roping, barrel racing and team roping events take place. The rodeo clown is funny, but he includes mildly sexual content. It does get pretty cold, so dress warmly and/or bring blankets. I loved the patriotic message and tribute to the military at the start of the rodeo. Kids each got a $1 coin for participating in the calf chase. They were thrilled!

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South Beach Resort Hotel
3.0
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South Beach Resort Hotel
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August 12, 2020
Rated 3.0

Beautiful and nice location. It rained the whole time, so we were stuck inside. Just a disappointment, but would be great if weather cooperated.

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August 12, 2020
Rated 3.0

It was a planned stop for lunch at Runza and a quick photo opportunity. Nothing spectacular, but a break in the monotony along I-80,

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