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Awesome Ottawa Bike Tours

Awesome Ottawa Bike Tours

Nature, History & Bikes, OH MY! "History" is a snapshot in time. Layer those snapshots on top of each other, look through them an see the present. Awesome Ottawa Bike Tours are the only way to see this tableau. Visit the sights and hear the stories that have taken Starved Rock Country from an Indian trading post on the 1600`s to the vacation destination over 2.5 million visitors today. As depicted on the flag of Ottawa, Illinois, our guided tour takes you through the for epochs of our history, the Indian; the French or Exploratory; the Pioneer; and the Present. Our 5-6 mile ( Easy) ride will take you to historically significant landmarks as well as little known areas lost in time. Over 2-3 hours, hear stories from citizens of the past to fully immerse yourself in the history of Starved Rock Country. Awesome Ottawa tour guides are your personal concierge. Where is the best Manhattan or craft beer? Where is the best place to view wildlife? Where can we get Sushi? We can answer these and many more questions so you get the most out of your stay in our beautiful area. There is no better way to experience Ottawa and Starved Rock Country than a personally guided bike tour through the flat, level streets, the easy trails and beautiful parks of Ottawa, Illinois. Leave the car, save the feet, tour by bike!
Location: 501 W. Madison Street Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 613-241-4140
I & M Canal Toll House

I & M Canal Toll House

Come tour this part of America`s history. Learn the "Lincoln Connection" and of his business and travels along the Canal. See the "rope bed" where nap`s were considered comfortable and view the actual toll log book still in existence today. Photographs and stories from your tour guide will take you back in time to the Lincoln era and when luxury transportation was a boat pulled at four mph by a mule!
Location: 1221 Columbus St Ottawa IL 61350
Phone: 815-434-2737
Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum

Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum

The Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of boy scouts, girl scouts, campfire and the Ottawa, Illinois area.
Location: 1100 Canal Street Ottawa IL 61350
Phone: 815-431-9353
Reddick Mansion

Reddick Mansion

Built before the Civil War, this ornate 50 foot tall Italianate mansion was constructed by William Reddick, a leading philanthropist, businessman, LaSalle County Sheriff, and Illinois State Senator. Standing on the corner of Columbus and Lafayette streets in Ottawa, Illinois, the magnificent structure anchors the Washington Square national Historic District and remains as a tribute to the architecture, times, and people of a bygone era.
Location: 100 West Lafayette St Ottawa IL 61350
Phone: (815) 433-6100
Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas Debate Site

Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas Debate Site

The first Lincoln-Douglas senatorial debate was held in Ottawa`s historic Washington Square on August 21, 1858. Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas stood in this beautiful park to deliver the first of seven senatorial debates. It was estimated that 20,000 spectators gathered to witness this famous debate. The site of the debate is marked by a boulder and plaque, and a fountain topped by bronze statues of the "Railsplitter" and "The Little Giant" forms the centerpiece of the beautifully landscaped square.
Location: Washington Square Park Ottawa IL 51350
Phone: 815-434-2737
Allen Park - City Park

Allen Park - City Park

Amenities: Amphitheater, Benches, 2 Boat Launches, 3 Docks, Fishing Area, Parking, Picnic Tables, Playground, Toboggan Run, Riverwalk, Shelters, Washrooms In the winter bundle up and slide on down - the toboggan run is fun for the whole family! Bring your sled and enjoy a day in the snow at Ottawa`s Toboggan Run - Located on the east side of Allen Park.
Location: 400 Courtney Ottawa IL 61350
Buffalo Range Shooting Park

Buffalo Range Shooting Park

Offering a wide range of shooting targets: Rifle Range, Shotgun Range, Plinking Pit. Range entrance fees are: Adult (age 16 & up) $25.00, Children (age 15 & under) $15.00. Open Season is April through September and hours are Monday & Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-6pm.
Location: 1252 N 2803 rd Rd Ottawa IL 61350
Phone: 815-433-2471
Buffalo Rock State Park

Buffalo Rock State Park

Buffalo Rock State Park is located on a bluff which was once an island in the Illinois River. Now standing majestically on the north bank, this promontory affords a magnificent sweeping view of the Illinois River. Located approximately three miles west of Ottawa in LaSalle County, this 298 acre park has long been a favorite picnic area, as well as a nature lovers delight. The area of Buffalo Rock was the home of the Illinois Indians when Louis Jolliet, the French explorer, and the Jesuit missionary priest Father Jacques Marquette made their trip up the Illinois River in 1673. Later the Illinois Tribe was virtually annihilated in protracted warfare with the aggressive Iroquois.
Location: Dee Bennett Road Ottawa IL 61350
Dettore`s Town Lanes

Dettore`s Town Lanes

Take your family out for a fun-filled game of bowling! Bowling Bumpers are available for the little ones! Dettore`s Town Lanes is open from 10 a.m. - 12 a.m. Monday through Friday, 11a.m. - 12a.m. Saturday, and 11a.m.-6p.m. on Sundays. Snack Bar and Grill are located inside!
Location: 714 Columbus Street Ottawa IL 61350
Phone: 815-433-0033
Fox River Aqueduct

Fox River Aqueduct

This early engineering marvel carried waters of the Illinois & Michigan Canal over the Fox River. The Fox River Aqueduct is the largest aqueduct along the I&M Canal Corridor. Built in the 1840s by David Sanger & Sons Construction Co. of Ottawa, the aqueduct spans a length of 464 feet. Supported by seven towering piers constructed of Joliet limestone, the aqueduct was once considered the eighth wonder of the world.
Location: Ottawa, Illinois
Historic Old Town District

Historic Old Town District

LaSalle Street Prairie Plantings, streetscape flower beds, art sculptures
Location: Ottawa, Illinois
Historic Auto Tour

Historic Auto Tour

Discover the historic treasures that Ottawa has at your own leisure and in the comfort of your own automobile. This tour includes Ottawa`s original town square, the many stunning homes, interesting architecture and breath-taking natural scenery. Click on the link provided to download your copy of the tour or you can go to our downloads page.
Phone: 815-434-2737
Pinheadz Entertainment Center

Pinheadz Entertainment Center

Welcome to the newly renovated Pinheadz Entertainment Center located at 1758 Ottawa Ave, Ottawa, IL. We offer bowling for everyone from the casual bowler to the experience league play. If you are in need of refreshments we have a full-service bar and grill that serves up cold ones as well as entrees that will satisfy your appetite. Pinheadz is truly an Entertainment Center because we offer all types of games, leagues, and bags that will ensure a fantastic time! Formerly known as Dettore`s West, Pinheadz Entertainment Center combines the classic setup with a newly updated atmosphere. If you are a fan of live entertainment then we have what you are looking for. Weekly shows performed by the area`s top musical acts. Check out our events page to see who will be playing next!
Location: 1758 Ottawa Avenue Ottawa IL 61350
Phone: 815-434-0378
Starved Rock State Park

Starved Rock State Park

VOTED THE #1 ATTRACTION IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS Starved Rock Park is a world apart from anything else in Illinois! You will know it the minute you enter the park, as you wind your car through the towering trees. Amazing waterfalls are active in the spring and after heavy rains. We have 13 miles of trails to explore and the Illinois River offers fishing (ice fishing, too), boating, extraordinary views and great places to relax. Visit the Lodge and see the largest two-sided fireplace in Illinois!
Location: 2668 E. 875th Road. Oglesby, IL 61348
Phone: (815) 667-4726
Skydive Chicago

Skydive Chicago

Skydive Chicago’s team is dedicated to excellence in customer service, facilities, and safety. Setting the Standard through an evolving culture where goals become achievements, moments become memories, and friendships last forever.
Location: 3215 E 1969th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: (815) 433-0000