Top 10 Activities for a Memorable Starved Rock Spring Getaway

The first buds of the season mark the arrival of spring, a time to finally put away those winter coats and prepare for some fun in the sun as summer approaches. To help you get a head start on planning, Kishauwau Cabins has put together a top 10 activities for a Starved Rock spring getaway, your area guide to all things spring! Read on and learn how you can fill your visit with memorable sights and lots to do as the weather warms.

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1. Hiking at Starved Rock State Park

Bring your best pair of boots for some of the most beautiful hiking in the area at Starved Rock State Park. Discover serene waterfalls, colorful canyons, and over 13 miles of trails to explore.

2. Exploring Matthiessen State Park & Its Waterfalls

Well known for its distinctive waterfalls, the park is a true wonder of nature with unusual rock formations and lush vegetation everywhere you look. They have plenty of picnic tables and scenic spots, so bring a packed lunch and enjoy it over an unforgettable view.

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3. Outdoor Adventure at Zip Chicago

Take a leap of faith and careen through the forest on a zipline at Zip Chicago Canopy Tours. As ziplining professionals with years of experience, they’ll get you set up with a safe and thrilling time high above the trees.

4. Wine Tasting at August Hill Winery

Sit back and relax with a glass of wine in your hand at August Hill and take in the ambiance of this beautiful winery. They offer wine tastings, tours, and special events so make sure and check out their website for upcoming dates.

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5. Kayaking or Canoeing on the Illinois River

Grab a paddle and see the sights along the Illinois River on a canoe or kayak! It’s one of the best ways to enjoy the water and will take you past some stunning scenery.

6. Fishing at the Illinois River or Nearby Lakes

Pack your poles for Illinois River fishing as well as in nearby lakes. If you don’t have fishing poles there are places around the inn you can rent along with any other supplies you may need.

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7. Horseback Riding at Cedar Creek Ranch

Go on a horseback riding tour at Cedar Creek Ranch and explore from a new perspective with experienced trail guides. They also feature a gator creek cruise, fishing excursions, and even a petting zoo.

8. Enjoy a Campfire Dinner at Your Cabin

As part of the lodging enhancements offered here at Kishauwau, you can enjoy a campfire dinner right at your cabin with all the fixings. Roast some S’mores for dessert and look at the stars by a crackling fire for the ultimate outdoor getaway experience.

a couple biking on a spring getaway near Kishauwau Cabins

9. Biking on the Illinois & Michigan Canal Trail

An eight-mile paved trail that’s perfect for biking, you can rent a bike or bring your own for one of the best ways to explore around the inn. Discover local shops, find a cafe for lunch, and make the most of the season’s delightfully balmy weather.

10. Shopping & Dining in the Quaint Towns of Utica, Ottawa & LaSalle

Handcrafted goods, delicious local cuisine, artisans practicing their crafts, and so much more can be found in these wonderful little towns. We are incredibly proud of the culture of this area and highly encourage guests to check out everything it has to offer.

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Book Your Spring Getaway Today

Have an unforgettable stay at our Illinois cabins for the ultimate spring getaway in Starved Rock. A comfy home base for all sorts of area activities, our cozy cabins have king and queen beds, full kitchens, and all the comforts of home with plenty of room for everyone, whether it’s just the two of you or a family reunion! Spend quality time with the people that matter the most and celebrate spring at Kishauwau Cabins for outdoor adventures amongst the pines.

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