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Explore the Delights & Sights in the Starved Rock Area

Reservations Now Being Accepted for Summer Tours and Private Shuttle Service

We are pleased to announce reservations are open for Daily Public Tours, Special Event Shuttles, and Private Shuttle Service in the Starved Rock Area. View our  Calendar on our Events Page for details.

AT THIS TIME AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, tickets can only be purchased on day of Tour with CASH ONLY. Advance reservations are required to guarantee a seat; walk-ons welcome if space permits. Please contact us to reserve your seat, or to inquire about Private Shuttle Services and Rates, via email, voice or text.

Service Policies, Terms, and Conditions – Please Review Before Booking Your Tour

We have room for up to 14 guests (or 13 where noted) in our air conditioned and heated 15-seat van. Our tours take place rain or shine, and may involve sitting, walking and standing for extended lengths of time, and a minimal to moderate amount of stairs.

Price includes activity and tour fees. Meals are not included in fees, except where noted. Time for meals on your own and shopping is included in most Tours. Tour attractions are subject to availability, and last-minute changes may be made due to special events or circumstances beyond our control – or on a whim if time permits to add a few extras.

Reservations are required to guarantee a seat and can be made online or via email, text, or voice. Please indicate your pick-up location and phone number with texting capability when making your reservation. Online credit card payment options are coming soon.

Special Event Shuttle pricing is for round-trip shuttle service only. It does not include entrance fees (when applicable). All ages are welcome, unless otherwise specified.

Pick-up locations are subject to last-minute changes, and may be added upon request with advanced notice.

Minimums may be required for Tours and Shuttle Service and will be noted. If minimum reservations aren’t met before reservation deadline, the Tour or Shuttle may be canceled, in which case a credit or refund will be issued. No refunds will be issued for no-shows or cancellations made less than five business days prior to Tour or Shuttle date.

Photographs and video may be taken during your tour and used for future marketing purposes. Permission to use the images is assumed, unless notified to the contrary before we depart.

Please carry your possessions with you, as we are not responsible for lost or stolen items left in the van.  Food and drinks are not allowed on board, with the exception of bottled water.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to listed time, as we leave promptly at scheduled pick-up time. Locations are subject to last-minute changes.

Self-Guided Tours

You might head here for the parks, for which we’re very well known, but you will want to stay – and you should – to check out our many other gems and jewels that make up the Starved Rock area. The millions of visitors who flock here every year have discovered our little piece of paradise. But you can take advantage of our inside knowledge of where to find the roads less traveled and outdoor playgrounds about which some of the locals don’t even know! Your trip adviser has the inside scoop and can assist you with planning a day visit or an overnight or multi-day stay. Your personalized itinerary is yours to complete at your own pace. Pricing varies based on tour itinerary, activity fees, etc.Let’s get started creating your unforgettable outing.

Check out our Tour Menu below for a sampling of the abundant options you can include in your custom itinerary.

Adventure

Experience Seekers: Are you up for an action-packed adventure? We’ve got it all right here in Starved Rock Country!

  • Skydiving
  • Zip-lining
  • Four-wheeling/off-roading
  • Amphibious and UTV tours
  • Chasing waterfalls
  • Rafting
  • Tubing
  • Curling
  • Equestrian trails/camping
  • Boating/canoeing/kayaking
  • Biking/mountain biking
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Archery
  • Shooting range
  • Hunting – plants, animals, fossils
  • Indoor water parks
  • Geo-caching
  • Golfing
  • Disc golfing
  • Stock car racing
  • Go-kart racing and rentals
  • Marathons
  • Warrior races
  • Car shows
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Ice climbing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Sledding
  • Ice skating/roller skating

Incredible, isn’t it? So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started planning your next amazing adventure. We’re only a click, call, or instant message away. Consultations are always FREE.

Agricultural

Agritourism is growing in the captivating communities in the Starved Rock area thanks to the rich, fertile soil that surrounds them, and an influx of innovative entrepreneurs. Include one or several of the following in your personalized tour itinerary:

  • Grapes, grains and hops
  • Sustainable farms
  • Farmers markets
  • Nurseries
  • Orchards
  • Pumpkin farms
  • Wind farms
  • Corn mazes
  • Petting zoos

Let’s get started planning your next amazing tour or getaway. We’re only a click, call, or instant message away. Consultations are always FREE.

Americana

It’s like stepping back in time when you discover the warm hospitality, friendly faces, and cool places during your next tour or visit to the area. Here’s our recommendations for enjoying what feels like the “old days” and “simpler times.”

  • Drive-in theater
  • Drive-in diners (car-hop service)
  • Supper clubs
  • Taverns
  • Mom-and-pop shops and grocers
  • Roller rink
  • Record stores
  • Arcades
  • Boys’ and girls’ summer camp
  • Country roads

Let’s get started planning your next tour or getaway. Add one or several of the above stops on your personalized itinerary. We’re only a click, call, or instant message away. Consultations are always FREE.

Arts

No humdrum here – it’s anything but! – and no shortage of entertainment options, either! Local cultural and community-based performing arts and events are abundant and affordable in our charming communities, including:

  • Community theatre
  • Symphony
  • Concerts
  • Live music
  • Events, festivals, and fairs
  • Comedy shows
  • Art & History Exhibits
  • Workshops
  • Gaming

Let’s get started planning your next amazing getaway or tour. We’re only a click, call, or instant message away. Consultations are always FREE.

Girlfriend Getaways

Sometimes you just to have to get away, indulge yourself in a little pampering, and decompress with your gal pals. No deadlines, dishes or drudgery; just relaxing and reconnecting with your besties. You deserve it!

  • Boutiques, antiques, and specialty shops
  • Spa and wellness
  • Salt cave
  • Multi-media art sessions
  • Charming tea rooms, coffee shops, and cafes
  • Vintage markets
  • Craft, sewing, and quilting supplies
  • Fairy gardens
  • Sweets shops
  • Home and garden decor
  • Wineries, breweries, and distilleries

You can always add an adventure along the way, too. Check out our other tour options, and let’s get started planning your next amazing getaway with your gal pals. We’re only a click, call, or instant message away. Consultations are always FREE.

Special Events

Natural beauty and scenery provide the atmosphere free of charge.

Destination weddings and special life events should be about quality time with loved ones, dreams, affordability and, of course, location, location, location. The Starved Rock Area offers that choice destination!

From gardens and mansions to the traditional or extreme, our distinctive venues offer picture-perfect locales that everyone can explore together and find some of the best Instagrams of your life. The rural charm and awe-inspiring scenery will steal your heart.

Whether you’re having your wedding in the area or not, this is also THE place for your engagement, bachelorette, or bachelor party! Tip: Lodging fills up quickly during the high seasons, so it’s best to plan and book early.

We proudly collaborate with many partners to create unforgettable events and experiences. Contact us to get started. We’re only a click, call, or instant message away. Consultations are always FREE.

History

History lovers, this is your trip!

  • Lincoln National Heritage Area 
  • I&M Canal National Heritage Area
  • Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway
  • Illinois Route 66
  • Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park
  • Locks and dams
  • Notable architecture
  • Mansion tours
  • Historic neighborhoods
  • Murals
  • Museums
  • Monuments
  • Barns

Whether you’re hitting the open road or strolling through a charming town, historic park, or along one of our numerous waterways, fascinating history surrounds you. Let’s get started planning your next tour or getaway. We’re only a click, call, or instant message away. Consultations are always FREE.

Irish Tales

History lovers and quaint-town aficionados will appreciate this trip, too. Learn more about the vital role Irish immigrants played in the development and growth of our area. Noteworthy sights along the way include:

  • Replica canal boats
  • Locks
  • Aqueducts
  • Toll house/lock-tender’s house
  • Historic grain elevator
  • Churches
  • Cemeteries
  • Trails

Let’s get started planning your amazing tour or getaway. We’re only a click, call, or instant message away. Consultations are always FREE.

Natural Beauty

You’ll want plenty of time to savor the peace and quiet; breathe in fresh, fragrant air, and soak up all the natural wonders that are scattered throughout the area. You will find plenty of great pit stops along the way, and opportunities aplenty for some of the best Instagrams of your life!

  • State parks
  • Nature and wildlife preserves
  • Canals
  • Creeks
  • Rivers
  • Lush gardens
  • River walks
  • Scenic boat tours
  • Waterfalls
  • Leaf-peeping
  • Birding and eagle watching
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Photography
  • Stargazing

What surprises visitors the most is that we don’t just have farmland and flatland here. We have jaw-droppingly beautiful parks, trails, and awe-inspiring natural vistas that are just a quick drive away. Let’s get started planning your long-overdue, relaxing getaway, or a fun group outing with friends, families or colleagues. We’re only a click, call, or instant message away. Consultations are always FREE.

Road Trips

No matter the season, an iconic road trip is always warranted. Of course, the area is more thoroughly enjoyed by getting off the highway and exploring from the scenic back roads. You’re sure to discover warm hospitality, nostalgic places, hidden works of art, locally-made products and wares, and the rich history that make up the Starved Rock area and beyond.

  • Canyon Drive
  • Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway
  • Grandview Drive
  • Illinois Route 66

Our central location provides unlimited opportunities for guided and self-guided tours. Let’s get started planning the itinerary for your road trip. We’re only a click, call, or instant message away. Consultations are always FREE.

Wining and Dining

Many folks agree that their favorite part of a getaway is immersing themselves in the local food and music scene, and sampling delectable specialties, and great chow! Who doesn’t love to wine and dine?!?

  • Local treasures
  • Farm-to-table
  • Ethnic restaurants
  • Unique food shops
  • Nostalgic supper clubs and diners
  • Locally-made brews, wines and spirits
  • Riverfront eateries and Tiki bars
  • Grub and pub crawls

And that’s just a preview of what you can find throughout our service area. You can also expect to find plenty of live music – indoors, outdoors, on land, and on water! Let’s get started planning your next amazing adventure, tour, or getaway. We’re only a click, call, or instant message away. Consultations are always FREE.

Meetings and Retreats

Make your meeting or retreat a meaningful one and venture outside the conference room.

The best event space or venue is critical to your event’s success and the guests’ experience. Taking a break from the daily grind is always a welcome respite for the team. And what’s a retreat without the “treat”?

There are loads of traditional and, more importantly, non-traditional settings and activities in Starved Rock Country in which to mix business and pleasure and put that “treat” in the retreat.

Whether you’re planning a corporate retreat, meeting, or fundraising event, we can assist you with planning the best one ever! We proudly collaborate with many partners to create unforgettable events and experiences. Let’s get started planning your event. We’re only a click, call, or instant message away. Consultations are always FREE.