Ottawa, IL - The Middle of Everywhere

Rainy Day Activities!

If a rainy day has your spirits down, don’t worry. Ottawa still has plenty to offer, even if you don’t want to be outside. Here are just a few of the things you can do here in town that will drive off any rainy-day blues. Reddick Mansion (100 W. Lafayette St) The...

Summer Checklist: Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out in Ottawa, Il!

Summertime in Ottawa is full of exciting events and opportunities for everyone. Whether you're having a get-together with friends, enjoying a day with the family, or needing some quality "me time," Ottawa has got you covered! Here are just a few ways for you to...

Attraction Spotlight: The Sainte Genevieve Riverboat

The Sainte Genevieve is a classic riverboat, but reimagined for the new, modern era. Rather than the traditional red and white paintjob, onlookers will notice her striking dark green accents. Not only can passengers admire the intricately handcrafted interior, but...
The Middle of Everywhere

Ottawa, Illinois is a vibrant tourist destination located 80 miles outside of downtown Chicago. It is often considered to be “In the Middle of Everywhere”.  You are within a stone’s throw of many diverse activities–from lush and natural outdoor areas to renowned cultural and historic attractions. Surrounded by open spaces, rivers, and trails, Ottawa is a natural setting that allows for people to get outdoors and enjoy some relaxation. We serve as a hub to 4 state parks (Starved Rock, Matthiessen, Buffalo Rock, Illini State Park) and a nature preserve all within 20 minutes of our downtown.

Ottawa is… The Middle of Making Memories. So, start making your Ottawa memories now! Book your stay, you’ll see why we love Ottawa.

Overhead view of Ottawa, IL.