Area Attractions

Things to do in and around Bureau County

Princeton Tourism – Indulge in the sophisticated charm of this small town’s upscale boutique shopping and local art, vintage covered bridges and other historic landmarks.

Owen Lovejoy Homestead – A Former Station on the Underground Railroad, the Lovejoy Homestead is located at the eastern edge of Princeton, Illinois, and was the home of the Denham and Lovejoy families for nearly 100 years.

Hennepin Canal – Bike, hike, walk or paddle some or all of the Hennepin Canal and its miles of surfaced, equestrian or hiking trails.

Starved Rock State Park – Seasonal waterfalls, inspiring bluffs and canyons dominate the landscape at Starved Rock. Activities include hiking, canoeing, cross-country ski trails, fishing and picnicking.

Bishop Hill State Historic Site – Restored 19th Century Swedish communal settlement. Bishop Hill is a National Historic Landmark. The village has five museums, three restaurants and 20 unique gift shops.

Festival 56 – Small Town, Big Drama. Festival 56 is to present a wide selection of the most memorable plays and musicals throughout history, from the plays of William Shakespeare to the new generation of Broadway composers.

Paxton’s Corner Coop – A is a fun family stop to get hand dipped ice cream, mouthwatering cupcakes, cinnamon rolls and more! Also special orders!

Myrtle’s Pie – Myrtle’s Pie Shop is known for their variety of homemade pies. Call a day in advance to order a special whole pie or to reserve a slice or two!! We have lots of whole & sliced pie available daily!!

Prime Quarter – Quality USDA Choice beef, hot out of the oven baked potatoes and a build your own unlimited salad bar with nearly two dozen items! Top that off with family and friends having fun around a live hickory grill, a great price and you’ve got the makings of an exceptional dining value.

Z-Tour – Ride some of the best bike roads that northwest Illinois has to offer. The routes will feature loops that incorporate hills, rolling terrain, beautiful views of Bureau Creek with minimal traffic, beginning and ending at Princeton’s beautiful Zearing Park.