There's something super fun for everyone in your family at the best state park in the state of Illinois. Get to crossing off all ten, this summer.

After spending a lot of last summer indoors, that sill not be the case this year. A road trip to Starved Rock State Park in Oglesby, Illinois might the way to satisfy everyones idea of fun. A task that can be hard for some families.

Condé Nast Traveler named Starved Rock, "the most beautiful place in Illinois."

Ok, let's get to it.

10 Most Thrilling Adventures at Illinois’ Starved Rock State Park

1. Taking a hike

2. Chasing waterfalls at Starved Rock is pure bliss (Sorry TLC)

There are 18 canyons around the park and since each was formed by a different stream,  they all hide a waterfall.

3. Get in the water

If it's a kayak, a canoe or a raft, get it in the water and lose time taking in all the beauty.

4. Get on your bike and ride

Many of the trails you can hike, you can also ride your bike.

5. Fishing the Illinois and Vermilion rivers.

You can bring your own boat or you can book a guided fishing tour.

6. Hit up nearby Matthiessen State Park

This park is good alternative is if Starved Rock is packed, or if you're staying in the area for a couple days. Its only 5 minutes away and also offers horseback riding trails.

7. The Grand Bear Resort

8. A visit to nearby Ottawa and Utica

9. Grab some cold ones at a nearby brewery

Tangled Roots Brewing Company in downtown Ottawa is a must.

10. Get some sips of some local bottles at a nearby winery

There are two wineries close to Starved Rock. August Hill and Illinois Sparkling Co.


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