Rochelle, Illinois Things to Do

The historic town of Rochelle, Illinois, boasts an array of exciting tourist attractions, museums, activities, events, historic sites and fun things to do - from touring historic landmarks to ice fishing. Enjoy a scenic shopping spree in downtown Rochelle, lined with unique gift and antique shops. See a theatre production at Vince Carney Community Theatre in the Hickory Grove Center or catch a movie at the Hub Theatre in the Historic Downtown Rochelle, or Enjoy a culinary adventure at Rochelle’s diversity of restaurants - from burger joints to fine dining. Packed with beautiful parks, playgrounds, paths, trails and lakes, nature and sports lovers can enjoy biking, tennis, basketball, soccer, baseball, skateboarding, boating, fishing and golf. Enjoy a bike ride on Rochelle's 4-mile bike path or a refreshing swim at Spring Lake Marina, and cast your fishing lines in Lake Sule and Rock River. Rochelle has been the hub of rail and highway systems west of Chicago since the arrival of two western transcontinental railroads in the late 1850’s. With over 100 trains passing through every day, Rochelle is a hot spot for train watching!
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Rochelle, IL Attractions & Historic Sites

Rochelle Railroad Park.

With 80 to 120 trains passing through Rochelle every day, Rochelle is a "hot spot" for train watching. Welcoming train spotters from around the world, Rochelle Railroad Park features an observation pavilion with vantage sites for viewing and photography, a replica of the original 1854 Steel Strap Rail, both a 7-ton and 50-ton Whitcomb engine built in Rochelle, plus a gift shop to pick up souvenirs. Visitors will see locomotives from different railroads pass through Rochelle on the Union Pacific and BNSF lines, as well as trains from the Eastern United States, Mexico and Canada. In June, the park hosts Rochelle Railroad Days, 3 days of train watching, hobo stories, rail car rides, railroad displays, food and vendors. Visit

Flagg Township Historical Museum.

Built until 1884, this historic town hall building evolved into Flagg Township Historical Society in 1971. Created to preserve the old brick and limestone building, once an old locomotive factory, and the history of Flagg Township, the museum is the resting place for artifacts of Rochelle's colorful heritage. The only existing Partin-Palmer rail car produced in Rochelle is on display, along with other historic items and toy and tool collections. Thursday - Sunday from 11am - 4pm. Visit [Top]
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1918 Standard Oil Filling Station.

Serving as the Rochelle Visitor's Center and Tourism Office, the 1918 Standard Oil Filling Station was the first gas station built in Rochelle in April of 1918. After the filling station closed, and the canopy and pumps were removed, the station housed several businesses including barbers and a taxi operator. Today, the historic building is restored to its original 1918 design.

Lincoln Highway National Scenic Byway.

Discover the American landscape and unique attractions along the Lincoln Highway as it winds its way from New York to San Francisco. Created in 1913, this National Historic Byway stretches 3400 miles from coast to coast over the shortest practical route, and cuts right through Rochelle to Franklin Grove, home of National Headquarters of the Lincoln Highway Association. As it crosses Northern Illinois, drivers with see many cities, sights and attractions, including the Mural of Emily Post. [Top]
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Lincoln Highway Mural of Emily Post.

Unveiled on Memorial Day, 2007, the 10' x 20' mural is the 3rd in a series of 43 murals placed in towns along the Lincoln Highway National Scenic Byway in Illinois. Emily Post traveled the newly built Lincoln Highway in 1915, before she became famous as an author of etiquette books, during her travels she spent 3 days in Rochelle at the Collier Hotel. Back then, Lincoln Highway was America's only coast-to-coast highway.

Fire Department Museum.

Rochelle’s historic Fire Station Museum houses unique memorabilia and fire trucks that highlight the history of fire fighting in this small town. The Museum is home of the first piece of fire equipment that Rochelle owned, a hand drawn hose cart, which was sold to 20th Century Fox for $35 in 1935 to be used in the movies. See Rochelle's first water pumper, the restored 1924 American LaFance fire engine, “Old Gertie.” Come by in the evening and push the button on the south side of the Museum to turn the lights on and view "Gertie" in all her glory! [Top]
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Flagg Township Public Library.

Built by Andrew Carnegie in 1912, with the words "19 TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY 12" over the original main entrance, Flagg Township Public Library is on the National Registry of Historic Places. This very historic building is on Hwy 251 behind the Rochelle City Hall.

Historic Skare Homestead Museum.

Journey back in time as you tour the historic homestead of Norman Skare located in Skare Park. The beautiful 320-acre park features hiking/biking trails, equestrian trails, ball fields, grilling and picnic areas, horseshoe pits, playgrounds, shelters and the Historic Skare Homestead Museum.

Rochelle Illinois Things To Do Water Park

Magic Waters Waterpark.

Located in nearby Rockford, Magic Waters is a family water park with wet and wild slides, rides and attractions. Splash into summer fun at Magic Waters, featuring the Midwest’s coolest aquatic rides like The Abyss, a twisting tunnel tube ride, Splash Blaster, a 2-person raft ride that drops you 80 feet, Breaker Beach, Illinois' largest wave pool, Splash Magic Island's Castaway Adventure, a 50-foot tall interactive water complex, SPLASH Magic River, a 1,200 foot long river ride with waterfalls, rapids, and a water-canyon, three fast Body Slide, Tube Slides, and Little Lagoon for the young crowd. On dry land, you’ll find a sand beach for soaking up rays, volleyball courts and Mai Tiki Surf Shop featuring sunglasses, tropical jewelry, souvenirs, water toys, apparel, games, candy and Panama Jack® sun lotions. [Top]
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Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home.

Walk in the footsteps of the most revered American President of the 20th Century, Ronald Wilson Reagan. Tour the restored Boyhood Home of Ronald Reagan in Dixon, Illinois, where the Reagan family lived from 1920-1923. The home has been restored with period furnishings and tour guides will share stories about the house and the family. See the room that Ronald shared with his brother Neil. Visitors will learn about his boyhood and the community that formed his values. Stroll through the yard where our 40th president worked in his garden and played football. Wander through the Visitor Center and Gift Shop featuring the Reagan Legacy Timeline. Gaze upon the statue of Ronald Reagan surrounded by the beauty of Reagan Memorial Park. The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home National Historic Site is an American treasure. Visit

Jonamac Orchard.

Pick your own apples on this 80-acre apple orchard featuring over 6,500 apple trees of more than two dozen varieties, a Barn Yard activity area, Apple Train, Apple Launcher, Petting Zoo, Pony rides and a massive corn maze for family fun. Celebrating its 25th season, Jonamac Orchard also offers group tours and family events such as the Haunted Corn Maze in October. The Country Store's sells home-made jams, jellies, mustards, apple butter, as well as gifts, crafts and fresh baked items like apple donuts, breads, apple pies, caramel apples, and apple pizzas. Visit

Pride of Oregon Paddle Wheeler.

Experience a taste of life along the river towns of Northern Illinois, back in the heyday of the paddlewheel steamer on the Pride of Oregon, an authentic paddle wheel riverboat docked by Maxson Riverside Restaurant. Enjoy a relaxing 2-hour lunch, dinner or moonlight cruise on the scenic Rock River - from April 1 - November 15 - with delicious food and spectacular scenery. The boat also hosts special events, tours, weddings, reunions, business meetings, and school outings. Visit [Top]
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Comfort Inn & Suites Rochelle - Rochelle, Illinois (IL)
1133 N 7th St. Rochelle, IL 61068
Reservations: 815-562-5551 Fax: 815-562-3911
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1133 N 7th St. Rochelle, IL 61068