Starved Rock Attractions

A visit to Starved Rock State Park consists of many sights to behold, including breathtaking views of its many canyons and awe-inspiring scenes of eagles flying during the winter month. The area known as Starved Rock Country contains so much more! Nearby Matthiessen State Park and Buffalo Rock State Park offer more views of the landscape. Don’t miss some of the great restaurants, like The Lone Buffalo or The Pink Chihuahua in Ottawa, IL for some tasty bites. There are even great indoor adventures, including exploring the historic Hegeler Carus Mansion in LaSalle or tasting some of the great wines from August Hill Winery in Utica. Starved Rock is more than a day trip, and is definitely full of more adventure than you would expect.
 

Boggio's Orchard and Produce

Outdoor Recreation
Boggio’s Orchard & Produce is a family-oriented owned orchard and produce. Their orchard includes freshly picked produce, bakery, livestock farm and local craft shows. Kids of all ages will enjoy the tunnels of fun, petting zoo, pony rides, hay rides, peddle carts and the corn maze. If you are looking for the best apple cider donuts in the Chicagoland area, than look no further than Boggio’s Orchard and Produce. Boggio’s is also the place to be for picking your own apples and ...

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Buffalo Range Shooting Park

Outdoor Recreation
Buffalo Range Shooting Park is centrally located near the Illinois River and historic Starved Rock State Park. Buffalo Range is Illinois’ largest outdoor public shooting range that includes a 100 yard, 50 yard, trap, pistol and unique plinking pit. Buffalo Range Shooting Park is a family friendly establishment that offers a variety of shooting ranges to meet your needs. The shooting park also offers concealed carry classes and defense training. There is plenty of open green spaces ...

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Catlin Park

Outdoor Recreation
Catlin Park is a county park located in LaSalle County, Illinois. Catlin Park has 333 acres and is home to 14 distinct trails plus numerous connector trails. These trails course throughout the park’s habitat, including its various streams and ponds. The park’s horse trails are perfect for the novice horse riders and challenging enough for the more seasoned riders. The horse trails are recognized as some of the best in the Chicagoland area. The park is also home to an obstacle ...

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Grand Bear Falls

Water Parks
Discover a magical family getaway just beyond the glow of Chicago at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort & Waterpark. Nestled in the Starved Rock State Park area, Grizzly Jack’s is a destination where water park fun meets nature. Enjoy a wet and wild family vacation at Grand Bear Falls, our 24,000 square foot indoor waterpark with play zones, slides, wave pool, lazy river, and 15 person hot tub! Splash all day in the wave pool, slip and slide down a rushing water slides, float down ...

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Hegeler Carus Mansion

Heritage
The Hegeler Carus Mansion is a National Historic Landmark in LaSalle, Illinois (just a short drive from Starved Rock State Park). The mansion is open year round, Wednesday through Sunday with one-hour guided tour begins at the top of the hour starting at noon each day. Virtually unaltered since its completion more than a century ago, the 57 room Mansion, built in 1874, is an example of high artistic achievement in architecture and interior design and the site of historic accomplishments ...

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Heritage Harbor Ottawa

Outdoor Recreation
The Heritage Harbor Marina offers 32 acres of nearly 8-foot deep harbor, boasts a harbor opening width of 200 feet and hosts 152 boat slips ranging between 35 and 60 feet. Watercraft rentals are also available for you to explore the water at your own pace with options like pontoons, electric boats, jet skis, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards.

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Hornbaker Gardens, Inc.

Gardens/Parks
The Hornbaker Gardens is a family owned and operated nursery located just 5 miles southeast of Princeton. Hornbaker Gardens is a specialty destination garden center, arboretum and botanical gardens in one beautiful location. Stroll through the extensive display gardens for inspiration. The garden center stocks over 400 varieties of hostas along with a large selection of perennials, tree & shrubs, daylilies and other perennials, grasses, aquatics, annuals, pottery, granite ...

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Hume-Carnegie Museum

Museums
The Hume-Carnegie Museum hosts an extensive photographic collection depicting over 100 years of Mendota area history. You won't want to miss it's Wild Bill Hickok collection. Other highlights include three Western cottage organs and a Carpenter organ manufactured in Mendota in the late 1800's, over 5,000 photographs and memorabilia items, and a medical exhibit featuring items from the 1920's.

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I&M Canal Boat Tours

Heritage
Come journey back in time aboard the “Volunteer,” a 70-passenger, mule-pulled 1840’s replica canal boat as it coasts gently up and down the I&M Canal. Climb aboard for an hour of peaceful, historical fun! Families of all ages, historians, photographers and nature lovers will love this historic journey into Illinois’ scenic past! Special group tours & boat rides are available.

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I&M Canal Visitors Center

Heritage
The I&M Canal Visitor Center presently has visitor information for sites throughout the national heritage area to help you plan your trip. Our map table is especially of interest to many. A story band and an 8 foot by 40 foot mural help tell the canal story. More exhibits are currently being planned for an unveiling for our 35th anniversary in late August 2019. Be sure to pick up brochures and visitor guides. The Lock 16 Visitor Center offers a combination of history, and ...

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Illinois River Road

Guide At: General Attractions
The heart of Illinois beats true and strong in the communities that make up the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway. This route - from Ottawa in the north to Havana in the south - is filled with breathtaking wonders of nature, rich history and culture, exciting recreational experiences and welcoming shops and restaurants. For warm, Midwestern hospitality and authentic experiences, follow the river - the Illinois River Road! Illinois River Road - Northern Leg Spanning ...

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Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

Outdoor Recreation
This Visitor Center is located across the Illinois River from Starved Rock State Park, offering a great view of Starved Rock. View Starved Rock Lock & Dam and enjoy interacting with towboat Pilot House, while you learn about Illinois River's unique history and watch wildlife. History detectives can discover displays about early users of the Illinois River, the I&M Canal and how water transportation transformed the United States. Throughout the summer the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ...

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Kayak Morris

Outdoor Recreation
Kayak Morris provides kayak and canoe tours on the Illinois River, Mazon River and I&M Canal. Kayak Morris is less than 1 hour from Chicago, kayak tours last approximately 2 hours. Tours are kept small in size to maintain comfort and pacing. Each tour makes stops along the way to enjoy nature and to take a rest. If you are an experienced kayaker or canoer, it is recommended you try a specialty kayak or canoe tour. Reconnect with your family or friends on a kayak or canoe tour ...

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LaSalle County Historical Society

Museums
The LaSalle County Historical Society campus is located on the banks of the historic I&M Canal and is situated in the quaint village of Utica, Illinois, bordering beautiful Starved Rock State Park. The museum campus features five facilities: the Canal Warehouse, the One-Room School House, the Heritage Center, the Blacksmith Shop and the 1875 Barn. On Sundays in May – September, the historical society is home to the canal market. The LaSalle County Historical Society sponsors ...

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Matthiessen State Park

Outdoor Recreation
Matthiessen State Park is an Illinois state park located a few miles south of the more famous Starved Rock State Park. Matthiessen State Park is a paradise for those interested in geology, as well as recreation. With a visit to this state park, you can expect to see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegetation and wildlife. An abundance of activities will be found at Matthiessen including, camping, fishing, horseback riding trails, geocaching, and ...

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Mendota Museum & Historical Society

Heritage
Mendota Museum & Historical Society's mission is to promote the preservation of the history of Mendota, its railroads and recognizing agricultural heritage through three museums. Relive history at the Hume-Carnegie Museum, Union Railroad Depot Museum, and the Breaking the Prairie Museum.

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Mix's Trading Post & Utica Electric Bike Rentals

Outdoor Recreation
Mix's Trading Post & Utica Electric Bike Rentals is located in North Utica, Illinois. Before heading to Matthiessen State Park or Starved Rock State Park stop by to rent an electric or conventional bike for your adventures. Mix’s Trading Post & Utica Electric Bike Rentals also features area tours, a rustic bar and gaming.

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North Central Illinois ARTworks

Visual Art
The mission of NCI ARTWorks is to inspire growth among artists through artistic collaboration, educational outreach and art space development. NCI ARTWorks promotes quality professionalism and diversity in the arts in a positive manner. It is also our mission to create venues which support public and private education, community events, economic development and cultural tourism. The Vision of North Central Illinois ARTworks is based on three initiatives, Artistic Collaboration, ...

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Open Space Art Gallery and Studios

Museums
Open Space Art Gallery and Studios aims to inspire and empower the community through the arts. Located in Ottawa (a few minutes from Starved Rock State Park), The Gallery is a space for the artists to show their work in a professional setting and gives them the opportunity to sell their peices. The Communal Studio is a place for artists to create. They hold classes and private parties as well to truly embrace your inner artist.

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Ottawa Art League

Visual Art
The Ottawa Visitors Center serves visitors to Starved Rock Country with information on lodging, attractions, events and amenities. The visitors center is open 7 days providing information on Starved State Rock Park. The Ottawa Visitors Center also holds area walking tours for visitors and residents to learn about not only the area but the history of Ottawa. On your next visit to Ottawa, swing by the visitors center for your “Scenic Route to the Rock” information.

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Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum

Heritage
The Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Ottawa, Illinois area and Boy Scouting, Lone Scouts, and Girl Scouting.

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Pirate's Cay

Outdoor Recreation
Discover your inner pirate at Priate’s Cay in Sheridan, Illinois. Pirate’s Cay is an indoor waterpark that features a lazy river, and waterslides for year-round fun. They also have a retractable roof that allows for open-air excitement in the summer. Pirate’s Cay is located on the grounds of Holiday Inn Club Vacations Fox River Resort. This family playground is a prime Midwest vacation destination.

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Putnam County Historical Society

Museums
The Putnam County Historical Society hosts an annual agriculture museum open house in August. The museum is home to antique farm equipment, a permanent exhibit on the history of corn in the U.S., a permanent exhibit on the Illinois River and area wildlife. The Agriculture Museum is open by appointment.

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Revelation VR

Guide At: General Attractions
Revelation VR offers Virtual Reality Gaming and Experiences! Fun for the whole family. Contact us for Date Night Specials, VR Birthday Parties and VR Fitness Programs available as well!

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SaltTreeYoga

Indoor Recreation
A trip to the Starved Rock State Park area is refreshing, especially when you make a stop at Ottawa's SaltTreeYoga. Everything at SaltTreeYoga focuses on restoring wellness and balance to the body, mind, and spirit. All services help with pain, detox, and/or relaxation. So many people in today's world are looking for more proactive choices to support their health and well-being. Their goal is to provide some of the latest natural healing methods and educational opportunities ...

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Seneca Area Heritage Museum and Resource Center

History
The purpose of the Seneca Historical Guild is to bring people together interested in history, and especially in the history of Seneca, Illinois. The Guild’s major function is to discover, collect, observe, advance, and disseminate knowledge of the history of Seneca. The Seneca Area Heritage Museum highlights the many layers of history of Seneca, Illinois, including the I&M Canal and the LST Shipyards.

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Skydive Chicago

Outdoor Recreation
Skydive Chicago is located off of I-80 in Ottawa, Illinois (in Starved Rock Country) and nestled on 230 acres of forested land along the Fox River. Skydive Chicago is home of World VFS Champions SFC Core and National Silver FS Medalists SDC Rhythm XP. In 2016, Skydive Chicago hosted the World Parachuting Championships FAI Mondial. Skydive Chicago is the Midwest’s world class skydiving resort offering skydiving classes for beginners to the more experienced. They also have cabins ...

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Spirit Farms

Outdoor Recreation
Spirit Farms is a diverse, modern farming operation located in the heart of Illinois farm country in Sheridan, Illinois, with state of the art facilities and equipment. Spirit Farms is dedicated to the forward progress of farming in our nation. Spirit farms hosts many events throughout the year including the Progressive Ag Safety Day, Summer Kids Camps, Community Events, Agricultural Tours, and Continuing Educations Seminars.

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Spirit of Peoria

Outdoor Recreation
The Spirit of Peoria is one of the nation’s overnight paddlewheelers. Hop aboard the Spirit of Peoria of a one to five day riverboat cruise to and from Starved Rock State Park and the Saint Louis Riverfront. Sit back, relax, dine and enjoy the beauty of the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers while listening to local musicians and old-fashioned entertainment. Board the Spirit of Peoria at the riverfront dock in Peoria for memorable journey along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers.

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Starved Rock Lodge and Conference Center

Hiking
Whether you’re a history buff, outdoor enthusiast or just enjoy relaxing in the Great Hall, Starved Rock Lodge offers an abundance of activities for everyone. Guided activities include Trolley Tours, River Cruises, and guided hikes. In addition to guided activities, massages can also be scheduled for a little R&R by scheduling your choice of massage in a quiet cabin with soft, calming music and soothing scents. The tranquil, wooded setting takes you away from the troubles of ...

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Starved Rock State Park

Outdoor Recreation
Starved Rock State Park is a world apart from anything else in Illinois. From the minute you wind your car through the towering trees, you will feel as if you are away from everyday life. Starved Rock has 13 miles of trails to explore and the Illinois River offers fishing, boating, extraordinary views and great places to relax. Towering canyons are visible all year round with amazing waterfalls that are active in the spring and after heavy rainfall. No matter what the season ...

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Weber House and Garden

Gardens/Parks
The Weber House & Garden, is located south of Chicago near Starved Rock State Park and sits on 2 acres in Streator, Illinois. The Weber House & Garden immerses visitors in storybook/Tudor architecture and English-style gardens. Visits will receive an intimate look at American history through the eyes of Ted Weber, a Chicago area radio and TV personality for over 50 years. The inside of the Weber House consists of cozy candlelit rooms that reflect the 18th century. The house consists ...

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Westclox Museum

Museums
The Westclox Museum in Peru, Illinois presents visitors with a history of the Western Clock Company, better known as Westclox. The museum is located in a portion of the historic Westclox building. On exhibit is a large collection of Tick Talk Magazines that hold all of the wonderful stories of the thousands of employees who worked at the Westclox factory. Learn about the company that began waking up America, and eventually the world in 1885 at the Westclox Museum.

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William Reddick Mansion

Heritage
Historically important and architecturally unique, the Reddick Mansion anchors Washington Square, the site of the first Lincoln-Douglas Debate in Ottawa, Illinois. Built in 1855, the Reddick Mansion is a lovely 22-room Italianate mansion was possibly the most expensive and ornate private home built in Illinois before the Civil War. Take a step back into the 19th century and visit the Reddick Mansion, where numerous rooms have been restored to their previous grandeur. The Reddick ...

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Scenes from Around the Corridor