Take a tour of beautiful Starved Rock on Ranger or Bella! There’s no better way to ride! Ranger seats up to 26 guests in its cozy, charming interior. Bella is our Wedding Trolley & Special Event Trolley, with seats for up to 22 guests. Plus it features a floral package and on the back of the trolley, there’s a Conductor’s Platform (great for photos). We offer seasonal tours (to see waterfalls, eagles and fall colors) and historic tours, wine & shopping tours and more. Click here to see the Lodge’s UPCOMING EVENTS.
For Tickets & Information please call: (815) 220-7386
Wine & Shopping Tours run EVERY Friday in March and April from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Tickets are $17 per person. Board a Starved Rock Trolley and travel…more details
HISTORIC TROLLEY TOURS
Offered:March – December (Sundays) Price: $12.00 per adult/$10.00 senior/$8.00 children under 10
Board a trolley outside of the Great Hall area of the Lodge. Enjoy a historic trolley ride with stops at the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center where you will see a short video of the area. You will also travel to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center where you will see Starved Rock from across the river and watch as the river traffic lock through the locks. You will also travel through the village of Utica and hear about the Illinois and Michigan Canal. While aboard, the driver will narrate the history and legends of the area. This tour is offered EVERY Sunday from March through December.
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Tour Dates: December 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23
Adults: $15 Children 10 & under: $10
Relax before the holidays on this illuminated tour of the LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby and Utica area, just days before Christmas. Let our staff plan the route and do the driving so you can enjoy light displays in our fully enclosed trolley. Our trolleys are heated but you may want to bring along an extra blanket. Each tour will have a guide to get into the holiday spirit through some Christmas carols and songs. Tours run from 6-8pm and reservations are a must. For reservations please call (815) 220-7386.
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Offered: January & February only Ticket Price: Monday, Wednesday & Saturday (includes Lunch): $25 Adults / $20 children (10 and under)
Sunday (includes Brunch): $32.00 Adult / $27.00 Children (10 and under)
Tour includes transportation, tour guide, eagle presentation at the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center and lunch (or brunch on Sunday) in our rustic dining room. See this majestic symbol of America in its natural habitat. Dress warmly, bring binoculars and cameras. Eagle sightings are not guaranteed in warmer weather.There is minimal walking and restrooms are available throughout the tour.
NOTE: There will be NO Bald Eagle Trolley Tours during Eagle Watch Weekend, January 25-26, 2014. Instead a Trolley shuttle will run from 9am to 5pm both days between the Lodge, Starved Rock Visitor Center and the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center. An all day wristband can be purchased for $1.00.
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Offered: May – October (Every Friday) – 11am Ticket Price: $39.00 Adults / $34.00 Children (10 and under)
Start off with a delicious hot lunch in the rustic dining room at Starved Rock Lodge. Next, board one of our trolleys and travel to LaSalle, IL, where you’ll embark on a relaxing ride on the historic Canal Boat. Step back in time to 1848, with period-dressed interpreters on this 1-hour mule-pulled canal boat ride. After the boat ride the trolley will transport you to our State Park’s Visitor Center. There is minimum walking on this tour and restrooms are available along the way.
LAND & WATER CRUISE
Offered: June-September (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday) Tickets Price: $40.00 Adults / $35 Children (10 and under)
Tour includes a historic trolley ride, hot lunch at Starved Rock Lodge, and a leisurely 1-hour river cruise on the “Belle of the Rock”, an authentic paddle wheel boat.There is minimum walking on this tour and there are restrooms along the way.
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TROLLEY FALL COLORS TOUR
Offered: October 1-31, 2013 (Monday & Saturday) Ticket Price: $30 Adult/ $25 Children (10 and under)
Enjoy Starved Rock during the most beautiful time of the year. We’re in the top 10 for great places to see fall colors! Tour includes a relaxing trolley ride, a hot lunch in our rustic dining room and a guided, scenic walk to Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon. The walk on this tour is less than a mile and will take 45 minutes. This tour is not recommended for individuals with limited mobility.
WATERFALL & CANYON TOURS
Offered: April & May (Monday & Saturday) Ticket Price: $32 for adults, $27 children (10 and under).
Experience the fun of outdoor adventure at Starved Rock State Park with a guided walk to 3 spectacular waterfalls and canyons. We will hike to French and St. Louis Canyons as well as Ottawa Canyon. The tour will also include your selection from our Special Lunch Menu and a relaxing, historic trolley ride. This is a walking tour and is not recommended for individual with limited mobility.
WINE AND SHOPPING TOURS
Offered: March & April (Every Friday) Time: 1pm Ticket Price: $17 per person
Board a Starved Rock Trolley and travel to the wine tasting rooms at Cattails, August Hill and Illinois River Winery. Receive a glass to sample wine of your choosing. The Trolley will also stop throughout historic downtown Utica. There is some walking and standing on this tour.
MUSIC OF THE RIVER CRUISE & TOUR
Offered:June-September (Every Tuesdays) Ticket Price: $42.00 Adult / $32 Children (10 and under)
New for 2013! Meet us in Starved Rock Lodge’s Great Hall for check-in and to receive your box lunch then board a trolley to take you to the “Belle of the Rock”, an authentic paddle wheel boat. Aboard the boat, you will listen to and learn the history of many river songs such as Proud Mary, Alabama’s Tennessee River and Credence Clearwater Revival’s Green River. After your 90-minute lunch cruise you will reboard the trolley for a historic tour with stops at the State Park Visitor Center and the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center.
DINNER & EVENING CRUISE
Offered:June-September (Monday & Thursday) Ticket Price: $38.50 Adult / $28.50 Children (10 and under)
This casual tour begins as you board a Starved Rock Trolley and travel to the “Belle of the Rock”, an authentic paddle wheel boat, for a leisurely, scenic cruise on the picturesque Illinois River. After the cruise, the trolley will bring you back to the Lodge where you’ll enjoy dinner from our special menu served with dessert.
Reserve a trolley for yourself, your family, a Group’s Day Trip, a Public Trolley Tour or a Special Event rental. Whether you want trolley transportation to some of the area’s smartest boutiques or simply a luncheon/tour combination to discover the eagles along the banks of the Ilinois River, reserving a place on Rita or Ranger is always a great and comfortable choice!
The trolleys may be rented for all kinds of events: