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are no longer valid for future punches or additional stays at no charge.

Trolley Tours Available Now

Relax and enjoy one of our various trolley tours! Trolley transportation is included with every tour. It’s the perfect way to learn about the rich history of the Starved Rock area. Reservations are required. Book online or call our Activities Office at (815) 220-7386.
*Online bookings subject to additional fees and taxes.*

Historic Trolley Tours

We are excited to announce that our Trolley Tours are available again! This will include a 90 minute trolley tour with stops at the Starved Rock State Park Visitors Center, the IL Waterway Visitor Center and through downtown Utica.

  • June-September
  • Mondays, Wednesday & Fridays, 3pm-4:30pm,
  • Saturdays & Sundays 12 & 1:30pm
  • $18/adults, $15/seniors, $13/children 10 & under; children 3 and under are free
  • *Online bookings subject to additional fees and taxes.*
  • Call 815-220-7386 to book July 26th, July 31st & August-September

Outdoor Dining Experience

Starved Rock Lodge is teaming up with Speakeasy and Riverfront Bar & Grill for an outdoor dining experience! We will depart from the Lodge on the trolley and head to Speakeasy for a specialty drink and to explore this fun, Roaring 20s style bar! After our drink, we will head down to Riverfront Bar & Grill for dinner on the patio. You will get a choice of: Summer Salad, Smash Burger, Wrap or Salmon. You will also get a specialty drink! After dinner, we will head back to Starved Rock for dessert and a drink! Reservations required. Must be 21 years or older to attend.

  • Select Wednesdays
  • June 19, July 31, August 21, September 18
  • 5-9:30 PM
  • $80 per person
  • *Online bookings subject to additional fees and taxes.*
  • *Call 815-220-7386 for tickets*

Trolley Trio Progressive Dinner

Join us for our series of Trolley Trio Progressive Dinners!  August Hill Winery, Camp Aramoni and Starved Rock Lodge have teamed up to create a new unforgettable event filled with wine, spirits, beer and food tastings.  Meet at Starved Rock Lodge at 4:45pm, where the Starved Rock Trolley will take you to August Hill Winery for cocktails and appetizers.  Next, the trolley will head to Camp Aramoni for dinner and drinks.  Lastly, the trolley will take you back to Starved Rock Lodge for dessert and after dinner drinks in the dining room. Make it an all-nighter with our overnight package.  The Trolley Trio Progressive Dinner Overnight Package includes your dinner for two, overnight stay for two and a $15 breakfast voucher for the next morning. Dinner only: $110 per person, Dinner & Overnight Package: $367.77 (for 2 people).  For more information or to book please call us at 815-220-7386.  Reservations are required for this event. Guests must be 21 or older to attend.

  • Select Thursdays
  • Check back for coming up Trolley Trios
  • 5-9:30 PM
  • Dinner only: $110 per person, Dinner & Overnight Package: $367.77 (for 2 people).
  • *Online bookings subject to additional fees and taxes.*

Fall Color Trolley Tours

Experience the spectacular display of fall colors with a 45 minute, guided hike to scenic Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon. Relax on a Starved Rock trolley ride and enjoy lunch off a special menu in the restaurant.

  • Runs in October
  • Limited Saturdays & Tuesdays at 9:30am & 11am
  • $38 per adult, $32 children 10 and under
  • *Online bookings subject to additional fees and taxes.*

Ghost Tours

A fright night filled with ghost stories and eerie tales of hauntings and sightings is what you’ll enjoy if you book one of Starved Rock Lodge’s upcoming Ghost Tours. Choose any Friday, Saturday or Sunday night in October and get ready to experience a spooky adventure. Board the trolley you’ll be escorted by a costumed guide to some local destinations known for their occult aura. Tickets are $30 per person. The tour last about 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Reservations are required and space is limited.  Call (815) 220-7386 or book online at  This tour was created by Follies Production & Events. Tour is not recommended for children 8 years and younger.

  • October
  • Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays beginning October 13
  • 6 pm – 8 pm & 8 pm – 10 pm
  • $30 per person
  • *Online bookings subject to additional fees and taxes.*

Christmas Trolley Tour of Lights

Relax before the holidays on this illuminated tour just days before Christmas. Let our staff do the driving so you can enjoy some of the area’s most stunning holiday displays.

  • This tour runs December 10-14 & 17-21
  • 6:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Adults: $25; Children 10 & under: $20
  • *Online bookings subject to additional fees and taxes.*

Bald Eagle Trolley Tours

Tour begins with lunch at 11am, Tour ends at 2:30 pm.
Be mesmerized by the beautiful bald eagles at Starved Rock. Ride our trolley to the Illinois Waterway Visitor Center for eagle viewing and an educational program. Ticket price includes your selection from our trolley lunch menu and the tour. Dress warmly and bring your binoculars, spotting scopes, and cameras. For reservations call 815-220-7386.

  • Runs in January & February
  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
  • Adults: $38; Children 10 and under: $33
  • *Online bookings subject to additional fees and taxes.*

Winter Wildlife Trolley Tour

Join us for a narrated trolley ride to see our winter wildlife in their natural habitat! Tour will depart from the Lodge and take you on a tour through Buffalo Rock State Park to visit our resident Bison. Then we will travel to the IL Waterway Visitors Center observation deck to see if we can spot an Eagle or two. We will also travel to some other areas that are known for Bald Eagle sightings! The trolley will be narrated with history and legends of the area and the park as well. Guests will receive a sack lunch as upon boarding the trolley. Lunch will include: turkey or veggie wrap, bag of chips, granola bar, piece of fruit and a bottle of water.

  • January-March
  • Saturdays & Sundays
  • 11am-1pm & 1pm-3pm
  • $33 per person
  • *Online bookings subject to additional fees and taxes.*

Waterfall & Canyon Trolley Tours

Experience the fun outdoor adventure at Starved Rock State Park with a guided walk to three spectacular waterfalls and canyons. See spring come to life in French, St. Louis and Ottawa Canyons. This tour includes a hot lunch (special menu) in our restaurant and a relaxing trolley ride. Waterfalls cannot be guaranteed on this tour. Route may change due to trail conditions.

  • March: Select Fridays at 11am (tour begins with lunch; tour/hike follows from 12-3PM).
  • April – May
  • Mondays & Wednesdays at 11am (tour begins with lunch; tour/hike follows from 12-3PM).
  • Saturdays at 9am (tour is first followed by lunch in the Main Dining Room at noon).
  • Saturdays at 11am (tour begins with lunch; tour /hike follows from 12-3PM)
  • $40 per person ($35 for children under 10. Children under 3 Free /lunch not included).
  • *Online bookings subject to additional fees and taxes.*

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