Say Yes to a Summer Road Trip!

June 13, 2023

Get ready for a fun-filled summer! Starved Rock Lodge has just announced several new events (along with traditional favorites) for the season ahead. On the Veranda, live music will fill the air from 8-11pm every Friday (and on select Saturdays) through Labor Day. Click here to see our Veranda entertainment schedule and menu. Outdoor dining with the best view in LaSalle County pairs perfectly with a seasonal cocktail at twilight. Click here to see our line-up of summer cocktails!

The Lodge is having a special event on the Veranda to kick off the 4th of July Weekend. Brews with a View & Food, too will take place on Friday, June 29th. This event includes hot and cold appetizers, brick oven pizza, beer and wine tastings from Destihl Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Company and Starved Rock Wines. The air will be filled with live music by Kevin Kramer from 6 to 8pm. Guests must be 21 years of age to attend. Preferred seating is included. Reservations are required. $50 per person. Click here to get tickets.

We have four wonderful getaway packages to make your stay at Starved Rock Lodge even better. Click here to see the packages. Our new “Summer Lovin” package includes a bottle of Starved Rock Bubbly and a $40 dinner voucher. We also have a “Golden Getaway” package for seniors, “Explore Starved Rock” for hikers of all ages.

Historic Trolley Tours are the best way to spend one hour and see the beauty of Starved Rock Country. Learn about the rich history of this unique part of Illinois as you travel to the IL Waterway Visitor Center to see the Lock & Dam and tour the Starved Rock State Park Visitor Center. Tours run Monday, Wednesday & Saturday from 3-4:30pm. There are two tours on Sundays (Noon-1:30pm and 1:30-3pm). Tickets are $18/adults; $15/seniors; $13/Children under 10. Children under age 3 ride for free.

The Main Dining Room is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are suggested, especially on weekends and at peak dining times. Smoked Prime Rib (made in-house) is on the menu every Saturday night from 5-9pm, along with menu featuring salads, steaks and many other delicious choices. Please call (815) 220-7321 for reservations.

The Great Hall is the setting for the Lodge’s Tribute to the Stars Shows. Book now for upcoming shows which all include a hot lunch buffet. Call (815) 220-7386 or book online end enjoy a walk down memory lane! Click here for details and tickets.

“Take a Hike & a Lunch” guided hikes are offered each Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm. Hikers will discover Starved Rock’s canyons, bluffs and seasonal waterfalls on this 3-mile (round trip) guided hike. Listen as the guide tells stories of how Starved Rock got its name along with other legends of the area.  Hikers will break for lunch at the halfway point. Lunch includes your choice of turkey, ham or veggie wrap, snacks and bottled water. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Hike will vary upon group skill and trail conditions. A boxed lunch and souvenir drawstring backpack are included. Tickets are $25 per person. Reservations are necessary. Call (815) 220-7386 for tickets. Click here to learn about all of our fun summer activities.

The Land & Water Cruise runs June-September on Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 11am-3pm. This tour begins with lunch in our restaurant followed by a narrated trolley tour. Learn about Starved Rock’s history and legends of the area. The trolley takes passengers to the Eagle 1 to see the east end of Starved Rock State Park by water. Restrooms are available throughout the tour and minimal walking is involved. Both the trolley and boat are wheelchair accessible. Tickets are$58 adults, $53 Children (10 and under).

The best combination of a river cruise and hike are on our “Visit a Canyon & a Boat Ride” experience which runs June-September on Saturday & Sunday from 11am-1:30pm. Guests board our trolley with a guide and head to the entrance of one of Starved Rock’s most scenic canyons. The walk is less than a mile and takes about 45 minutes. Following the hike, relax with a boat ride on the picturesque Illinois River. A snack, bottle of water and souvenir drawstring backpack are included. Canyon chosen may vary, depending on weather, river and trail conditions. Ticket are $53 Adults, $48 Children (10 and under).

Up for a water adventure? The “Waterfowl Cruise” runs June-October on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. The Trolley takes you to Lone Point Shelter to enjoy an hour-long boat ride on the Eagle I where you will get to spy the Waterfowl of the Illinois River. Tickets are $35 per person.

New this season is the “Sunset Cruise” aboard the Sainte Genevieve sternwheeler which runs on select Thursdays from June-September. Enjoy a late-day cruise down the beautiful Illinois River aboard the Sainte Genevieve Riverboat. After the cruise, the trolley will bring you back to the Lodge. Tickets are $50 for adults, $40 for children Reservations required.

If you’d like to do something special with your child, grandchild, niece or nephew before they go back to school, be sure to treat them to our Summer Sendoff on Sunday, August 13, from 11 am – 1 pm.This fun-filled event will include games, crafts and more. A sack lunch of either a PB&J or a ham & cheese sandwich is included! Ticket are $30 per person. Reservations are required.

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