Summer Fun at Starved Rock Lodge

June 29, 2022

Getting outside to have some fun, especially with family or friends is the best reason to plan a summer getaway to Starved Rock Lodge. Whether you choose to take a River Cruise on the Eagle 1 or explore the park on a guided hike, it quickly becomes apparent that time spent in nature brings you a sense of calm. The photos you’ll capture will preserve your time here and prove that Investing in memories is money well-spent.

Riding on the Starved Rock Trolley is a great experience for kids of all ages. It’s easy to board the trolley and the Eagle 1 River Boat, even if you have mobility issues. The “Visit a Canyon & a Boat Ride” Tour offered on Saturday and Sunday at $50 per person is for anyone who would enjoy a boat ride and a short hike to see Council Overhang (shown here) and Ottawa Canyon.  This is the best way to see the geological composition of St. Peter Sandstone along with many types of wildlife, plants, flowers and trees. Surrounding yourself with nature is therapeutic in many ways. From the flora and fauna you’ll see, followed by a relaxing river cruise along scenic Illinois River, the minutes pass by slowly when you’re floating along not looking at the clock.

Outdoor dining on the Veranda offers the best view in the county. Live music fills the air every Friday night from 8-11:00pm where you can sit back and enjoy great entertainment with bands like Wrecking Dixie performing on July 8, Three Day Weekend on July 15, MC2 on July 22 and Crooked Lines on July 29. See the complete music line-up on the Lodge’s website.

Tickets are still available for the Denny Diamond Show on July 11 where you’ll hear an amazing tribute to Neil Diamond. A hot lunch buffet is included in the ticket price of $55 per person. The Elvis Tribute is back on August 15. Tickets for this show are $45 per person and also include the lunch buffet.

With gas prices over $5 per gallon, the “Park the Car, Take a Hike, Stay the Night!” package gives you priority parking steps away from the trails and your room. In addition, your package includes a one-night stay in a room or cabin (for 2 guests), two souvenir drawstring backpacks to take home, a $15 breakfast voucher and a $40 dinner voucher. Plus, you can enjoy our indoor pool complex, shopping, the Great Hall and more.

Little ones would love to attend our Princess Sing-Along set for Saturday August 20th from 11:00am to 1:00pm in the Great Hall and Starved Rock Room. This event includes a child-friendly lunch buffet, meet & greet with princesses and a sing-along performance with the Columbian Miracle Princess. Ticket prices are: $25 for ages 4 and up. $10 for ages 3 and under. 

Grab your friends at 1:00pm on August 28th and join us for a fun afternoon of painting at the Lodge! Our new Sip & Paint Event includes hors d’oeuvres and an 11×14 canvas painting to create! Wine tasting will be available for an additional cost at the event. Your instructor, Lucy Schmidt, will guide you through the creative process so no experience is necessary. Reservations required. Must be 21 to attend. Tickets for “Sip & Paint” are $55 per person.

Reservations are required for tours, hikes and special events. Please call (815) 220-7386 or book online at: If you want to save 10% on your room cost, book a “Great Rate Date” of July 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 24 or 27. Book online at or call (800) 868-7625.

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