Local Activities for Families
Looking for local activities in the area? Here is a variety of activities from easy hikes to kayaking to biking and even rock climbing!
The Shore Path around Geneva Lake features historic estates with well kept lawns and gardens, the clear blue waters of Geneva Lake with sailboats, excursion boats and antique wooden boats. There is so much beauty around Geneva Lake that it is impossible to see everything on your first walk around the path! The shore line of Geneva Lake is about 20+ miles, but the path reaches up to almost 26 miles with it weaving in and out of the woods along the shoreline.
Run, walk, bike or rollerblade with the blue waters of Lake Michigan to one side and gorgeous, green parks to the other. There's so much to soak in in addition to the skylines views — pass by peaceful boat harbors, serene nature sanctuaries, bustling boardwalks and more. Along the trail are parks, beaches and gardens; recreation areas including playgrounds, soccer fields, volleyball nets and tennis courts; and amenities like washrooms, drinking fountains and concession stands.
Starved Rock State Park
Although you can see waterfalls in 14 of the 18 canyons, some of the most scenic waterfalls are found in St. Louis, French, Wildcat, Tonty, Ottawa and Kaskaskia canyons. The best times to see waterfalls are in the spring when the snow and ice melt or after a heavy rainfall. Come back in the winter to see an icefall – they are spectacular!
Matthiessen State Park
If you think Starved Rock is fun you should also check out Matthiessen State Park which is only 5 minutes southwest of Starved Rock!
Devil's Lake State Park
Devil’s Lake State Park has over 22 miles of hiking trails of varying distances and difficulties. If you’ve not visited the park before, the trails at the top of your list should be the park’s East Bluff Trail & West Bluff Trail. If you find the hikes up the bluffs (About 500ft above the lake) to be too difficult or time consuming, we’d recommend the Tumbled Rocks trail along the water or the Grottos Trail on the park’s South Shore. No matter the season there is always something fun to do! Swimming, Hiking, Biking, Boating, Rock Climbing, Cross Country Skiing, and Snowshoeing!
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