Top 10 Things to do in LaSalle, United States

April 12, 2018 Kandra Bartel

LaSalle is a city in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States, located at the intersection of Interstates 39 and 80. It is part of the Ottawa-Peru, IL Micropolitan Statistical Area. Originally platted in 1837 over one square mile (2.6 square kilometers), the city's boundaries have grown to 12 sq mi (31 km). City boundaries extend from the Illinois River and Illinois and Michigan Canal to a mile north of Interstate 80 and from the city of Peru on the west to the village of North Utica on the east. Starved Rock State Park is located approximately 5 mi (8 km) to the east. The population was 9,609 at the 2010 census, and was estimated to be 9,328 by July 2014. LaSalle and its twin city, Peru, make up the core of the Illinois Valley. Due to their combined dominance of the zinc processing industry in the early 1900s, they were collectively nicknamed "Zinc City."
Restaurants in LaSalle

1. Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat

754 1st St, LaSalle, IL 61301-2536
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 192 reviews

Lock 16 Visitor Center & LaSalle Canal Boat

Take a journey back in time aboard the “Volunteer,” a 70-passenger, mule-pulled 1840’s replica canal boat, as it coasts gently up and down the I&M Canal. Bring your camera, grab a snack and something to drink at the Lock 16 Cafe & Visitor Center, and climb aboard for an hour of peaceful, historical fun! Every trip begins with “Mule Tending 101” as our period dressed guides introduce the passengers to their intrepid canal mules, Moe & Joe. The tour guide regales everyone with tales of the canal while the deck hands guide the boat a mile up the canal to the Little Vermillion aqueduct and back. Mary Todd Lincoln has been known to ride the boat, knitting in the corner and telling fantastic stories of her time in the Nation’s capital with Mr. Lincoln. Families of all ages, historians, photographers and nature lovers will love this historic journey into Illinois’ scenic past!

Reviewed By stevenmB9421LC - Punta Gorda, Florida

Our group of 14 really enjoyed our informative trip.The woman playing Mrs. Lincoln was very informative and taught us many things we had never known of before. It was very well worth the investment. Our group ranged in age from 10 to 76, and everyone was impressed.

2. Matthiessen State Park

Box 509, Utica, IL 61373-0509 +1 815-667-4868
Excellent
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4.5 based on 389 reviews

Matthiessen State Park

Reviewed By Paul S - Marion

This park defies description. It is just down the road from the much better known and much more crowded Starved Rock but i sjust as impressive. We pulled into the parkinglot at the dells area and the first thing we saw was an old stockade (wooden western frontier fort). Turns out it was built by the man who owned the area as a privatre park before the state acquired it. A long flight of stairs leads down to the rim of the canyon and cascade falls below the bridge which divides the upper and lower dells trails. We did the lower loop and part of the upper loop but did not go down to the stream bed in either section because it was so muddy. Fences and rails prevent falls off the undercut cliffs. Strawberry rock is no big deal, just a boulder by the side of the trail. I wlaked right past it because I didn't even see the resemblance. From there, you can follow the rim or the stream bed on down to the Vermilion River or you can loop back to the Cascade Falls bridge which is what we did. Only saw two other people all morning.

3. Cedar Creek Ranch

249 East Illinois Rt. 71, Cedar Point, IL +1 815-481-3337
Excellent
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4.5 based on 22 reviews

Cedar Creek Ranch

Reviewed By Bob T - LaSalle, Illinois

This is a resturant bar attached to a riding stable. The food is very good and they have both inside and outside dinning. The prices are good and the service is very good. They have bands on the occasional weekend so check in and see what's going on and plan a better visit.

4. Baker Lake Park

1501-1698 Chartres St, Peru, IL 61354 +1 708-771-1330
Excellent
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Good
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Baker Lake Park

Reviewed By LovingLife4us - Peru, Illinois

This city park is very nice area and offers a walking path, bike path and a fishing lake also with a catch and release on the bass. There is beautiful houses that surround this city park and also offers large grass areas and shelters for picnics.

5. Senica's Deer Park Golf Club

100 Deer Park Ln, Illinois City, IL 61348-9637 +1 815-667-4239
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4 based on 1 reviews

Senica's Deer Park Golf Club

Reviewed By Phyllis N - Seneca, IL, United States

We have golfed this location a number of times, and we are always happy to see the beautiful views and well maintained course here.
The Clubhouse is friendly, and the food..bar type but good..is fresh.
The 18 hole course abuts the fascincating Matteison State Park, and the holes are challenging.
The Par 5 holes are LONG, the Par 3's are tricky, and the sand traps are ready to geet you!
This is a golf course worth playing.

6. Starved Rock State Park

Utica, IL 61373 +1 815-667-4726
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Starved Rock State Park

Known for its magnificent rock formations of St. Peter sandstone, this scenic park offers many hiking and horseback riding trails plus fishing and boating along the banks of the Illinois River.

Reviewed By Bob D - Saint Louis, Missouri

While our visit was on a blustery, grey and flurry-spiked April Thursday, it seems obvious to me that there would be a great experience here in any season...

It reminded me of another Illinois CCC-built facility further south on the Illinois River (Pere Marquette State Park & Lodge) however, there are finer hiking options here with the line of canyons inducing you to keep hiking further and further into the park.

There are numerous lodging, dining and libation choices when you're not outside getting better acquainted with Mother Nature.

7. Hegeler Carus Mansion

1307 7th St, LaSalle, IL 61301-1960 +1 815-224-5891
Excellent
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Good
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Hegeler Carus Mansion

Reviewed By Taylor B - Chicago, Illinois

What is interesting about old mansions and plantations houses from the Colonial, antebellum, post-Civil War and Gilded Age eras is you learn about the history of people you never heard of before, interesting and successful people like Edward C. Hegeler and Dr. Paul Carus. Hegeler made a fortune in the zinc smelting business. By 1880, it was the largest such business in the United States. In 1887, Hegeler launched a publishing company to provide a forum for the discussions of philosophy, science and religion and hired Dr. Carus, a German scholar, to serve as managing editor. Dr. Carus wrote 75 books and nearly 1,500 articles in his lifetime and is credited with introducing Buddhism to the western world through his book "The Gospel of Buddha According to Old Records." he married Hegeler's daughter in 1888. Hegeler built his magnificent seven-level, 57-room, 16,000-square foot mansion in 1876. Located at 1307 Seventh Street in La Salle, Illinois, it was designed by noted Chicago architect William W. Boyington, who also designed the Chicago Water Tower and Joliet State Penitentiary and completed the Illinois State Capitol. The interior was designed by August Fiedler, who fashioned a unique parquet floor and hand-painted ceiling for each public room. Today, a trip to the Hegeler Carus Mansion transports visitors back more than a century. Although the last resident was 102-year-old Alwin Carus, one of Dr. Carus' six children, died in 2004, the house and its contents are incredibly intact, from the original Fiedler painted decorations on the walls and ceilings to the wonderful custom-made furniture. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1995 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 2007. Open for public tours, the house is particularly notable for its high Victorian stencils and wall and ceiling paintings, its woodwork and its history.

8. August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room

106 Mill St, Utica, IL 61373-9450 +1 815-667-5211
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 145 reviews

August Hill Winery & Illinois Sparkling Co. Tasting Room

Come enjoy individual creations conceived in the heart and expressed through the hand in our tasting room. We offer wine tastings, wine flights, and wine by the glass and bottle. We also have some wonderful light food items available to pair with your wine. We have two brands available at our Tasting Room: AUGUSTHILLWINERY - red, white, rose, infusions, and dessert wines and ILLINOIS SPARKLLING CO. - traditional method sparkling wines.

Reviewed By Connie R

We stopped for a wine tasting on Sunday afternoon. Have had their wine at a wine festival and enjoyed it. Upon entering the place we were impressed. Tasting room, lounge and outdoor patio. Very nice and modern. Tasting was fine but the person helping us was more interested in helping the "club" members. I get club members are important to the business but so are those that aren't.

9. Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

950 N 27th Rd, Starved Rock Lock and Dam, Ottawa, IL 61350-9735 +1 815-667-4054
Excellent
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4.5 based on 72 reviews

Illinois Waterway Visitor Center

Reviewed By funinthesun5 - Illinois

There were boats passing through the canal when we were there and that was very interesting to watch. Would have liked to have seen a movie of the dam being built or a walking tour with information. The welcome center did have a few pictures but not a lot of information.

10. Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail

IL 351 and I&M Canal, LaSalle, IL 60450 +1 815-942-0796
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 30 reviews

Illinois & Michigan Canal State Trail

Reviewed By Jeanne M - New Lenox, Illinois

As part of our bike trip crossing Illinois from the Indiana border to the Mississippi River, we rode our bikes on the I&M trail from Joliet to LaSalle. It was great....picturesque, historic, and mostly well maintained. There are many access points along the way with parking, some with water fountains, some with bathroom facilities.

I've been on the trail several times since and have always enjoyed the experiences. It's quiet and relatively safe, though I'd suggest travelling in a group just because it can be lonely.

We should be proud this trail is available to us.

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